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12:25 AM ET, February 1, 2007

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Onethumb / SmugBlog:
The Dark Side of the Flickr Acquisition  —  You asked for it, you got it: SmugMug is offering 50% off to all Flickr refugees.  Just sign up for our free trial using the coupon code flickr and if you like what you see, you'll get 50% off your first year.  —  We're getting some email …
Discussion: HorsePigCow and Digital Alchemy
Anil Dash:
I am okay with my Yahoo sign-in.
Discussion: FactoryCity
Business Wire:
Google Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2006 Results  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG - News) today announced financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2006.  —  "Our impressive performance in the fourth quarter demonstrates …
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Vishesh Kumar / TheStreet.com:
Mixed Message Mars Google  —  Google (GOOG - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr) blasted past Wall Street's earnings estimates for the fourth quarter, but shares gave back Wednesday's gains in postclose trading as revenue failed to impress traders.  —  The Mountain View, Calif. …
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Google Watch:
Google 4Q 2006: Revenue up 67% over 2005
Discussion: PaidContent and Tech Beat
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google's 2006 Money Shot, $10 billion in revenues
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Taking the payola out of DEMO-ing: The TechCrunch 20 Conference (or, I'm back in the conference business baby!)  —  I've always loved DEMO-style conferences (like the one going on in Palm Desert today) where entrepreneurs show off their creations for the first time to an audience of their peers, the press, and investors.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The TechCrunch20 Conference  —  I am very excited to announce a new conference, called the TechCrunch20.  This is a joint venture between us (TechCrunch) and Jason Calacanis, who broke the news about this earlier today.  The format is simple: Twenty of the hottest new startups will announce …
Brian Briggs / BBspot:
Windows Vista Upgrade Decision Flowchart  —  With the launch of Windows Vista, many people are wondering if they should upgrade their computers to the new operating system.  Here at BBspot we're dedicated to offering sound technical advice to businesses and home users, so we've created the Windows Vista Upgrade Decision Flowchart.
Discussion: digg
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Voidunknown / Neowin.net:
Vista 'Family Discount' Bites Back
Discussion: MSTechToday
Dsifry / Sifry's Alerts:
WTF?  It's a new feature!  —  Great news - today we launched a feature I've really been looking forward to and that I hope you'll come to love as much as I do.  It's called WTF (no, not that: It's "Where's the Fire.")  —  We've been doing a lot of thinking and planning lately about how we can help …
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Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Technorati WTF annotates keyword search results
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
BBC:
BBC's download plans get backing  —  TV shows like Doctor Who are expected to be available for download later this year after the BBC Trust gave initial approval to the BBC's on-demand plans.  —  Under the proposals, viewers will be able to watch popular programmes online or download …
Discussion: PaidContent, TVover.net and Slashdot
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Google can't use "Gmail" name in Europe  —  Google's Gmail trademark just suffered a severe blow in Europe as the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market has ruled against the search giant's use of the Gmail name there, according to the man who opposed the mark.
Discussion: Slashdot
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Jan Libbenga / The Register:
Google loses European GMail trademark battle
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Lee Rainie / Pew Internet:
Tagging  —  Just as the internet allows users to create and share their own media, it is also enabling them to organize digital material their own way, rather than relying on pre-existing formats of classifying information.  —  A December 2006 survey has found that 28% of internet users …
comScore:
comScore Networks Releases Top Web Properties Worldwide for December; Reviews Biggest Gainers for 2006  —  Worldwide Internet Usage Increases 10 Percent in 2006; Top Gaining Categories for 2006 Include Search, Multimedia, Community, E-mail, and Games  —  comScore Networks …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Giveaway Wednesday: FON Wi-Fi routers, Joost and some Babelgum  —  Update: Apologies for thinking it is Thursday.  Apparently, there is two more working days, which kinda sucks.  Clearly I have a bad hangover.  Also, please slow down on the Joost requests.  I have run out of invites.
Discussion: digg
Business Wire:
Michael Dell Assumes Duties as Chief Executive Officer of Dell Inc.  —  Dell Will Remain as Chairman of Board  —  ROUND ROCK, Texas—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL - News) announced today that Michael Dell will assume the duties of Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Games That Sell While Others Languish  —  Some of the video game industry's smartest minds thought that couch potatoes wanted richer graphics and more challenging virtual worlds.  It turns out that a lot of potatoes simply wanted to get off the couch.  —  That may be the best explanation …
Discussion: Kevin Maney, Joystiq and Kotaku
Peter / The Local Onliner:
Boston.com Ties Hyperlocal, Local Search  —  Newspaper sites have done a lot of window dressing with "hyperlocal" by adding neighborhood blogs and whatnot.  But now some papers are challenging themselves to embrace hyperlocal in all things, as they seek to tame Google and Yahoo in search …
Seeking Alpha:
Google Q4 2006 Earnings Call Transcript  —  Executives  —  Larry Page - Founder, President of Products  —  Sergey Brin - Founder, President of Technology  —  Jonathan Rosenberg - SVP, Product Management  —  Omid Kordestani - SVP, Global Sales and Operations  —  Analysts
Discussion: PaidContent
 
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Paying YouTube content creators easier said than done
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
DEMO 2007 Live  —  update #5: So these are the last of the 15 presenters this morning.
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Fring Is Here  —  I first got to see an early version of FRING at fall VON last September.
Reuters:
Sources: Microsoft to set up MSN center in China
Discussion: Neowin.net
PR Newswire:
TextDigger Announces Digger.Com, the Contextual Query Expansion …
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
New York teen sues record industry
Discussion: Download Squad and digg
Bink / Bink.nu:
Jim Allchin retired from Microsoft as of Jan. 30, 2007
Discussion: Neowin.net and Scobleizer
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Net neutrality, broadband taxes top House tech agenda
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Jordan Running / Download Squad:
How to get rid of Snap's obnoxious link previews
Chris Thilk / AdJab:
One Final Jab  —  As you might have heard by now, AdJab is shutting down effective today.
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
THE BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO CRITIQUING THE LONG TAIL
Discussion: Valleywag and Glass House
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Microsoft Set to Take On Flash in Online Video with New Player …
Foster Klug / Associated Press:
Tech Firms Seek Action on Net Censorship
Discussion: Infothought
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
The New Media Mogul—You
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Oracle launches 5 new releases; touts integration, on-demand
Discussion: oracle.com and AccMan
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Alleged porn spammer settles with FTC