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10:00 PM ET, January 2, 2008


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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Is Twitter F'ed?  —  The question of business model timing seems to come up weekly with regards to some startup.  As Twitter usage has grown, have they f'ed themselves out of a real, sustainable business model?  And has Pownce done something right by launching with a business model?
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
The three business models that make Twitter a billion-dollar business in 12-24 months.  —  Allen wrote a blog post today about Twitter focusing on a business model.  Allen, my friend, you're thinking small.  Get out of Brooklyn and spend more time in the Valley.  Business models!?!?!
Fred / A VC:
Twitter's Business Model  —  I woke up this morning and found a twitter message on my phone from chris herbert pointing me to this discussion of twitter's business model on techmeme  —  That's the tiny url that chris sent me.  I hope it works.  I'm still limited to my blackberry for internet here on the great barrier reef
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Twitter's business model  —  When I was in college, professors used to ask questions that are much harder than the question Allen Stern asks in this piece.  —  The NY Times crossword puzzle is harder.  —  Geez, installing a new hard disk in a MacBook is harder, and as I've found out that's pretty easy.
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Mathew /
Calacanis: You have to be a “player”  —  Amid all the to-and-fro'ing on Techmeme about Twitter and its lack of a business model comes a post from Jason “Mahalo” Calacanis, in which he tells us the secret to building a business model in Silicon Valley.  Is it a vision of where the market is going?
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Sears: Come see the softer side of spyware  —  Sears and Kmart are places you might go when you need a new air conditioner filter or a lawnmower; they're not generally thought of as havens for spyware.  But that's what the two stores have become, at least online, where their websites were found …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Sears admits to joining spyware biz  —  A Harvard researcher has accused one of America's biggest retailers of sneaking privacy-stealing spyware from ComScore onto customers' machines.  —  Sears Holding Corporation, owner of Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart, makes the pitch in an email sent …
The Boy Genius Report:
Jay-Z launching record label with Apple  —  This one's been floating around like a hot air balloon, but we've just about confirmed it.  For those that don't know, Jay-Z left Def Jam as President last month, and everyone's been talking about where he's heading.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Plaxo's For Sale  —  Plaxo, the Sequoia-backed start that transformed itself from a hated spam monster into a mild mannered and interesting business social network, has started a sale process according to a source.  They've hired an investment bank, Revolution Partners, who are spearheading the sale effort.
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
New Apple notebook spotted, we told you so  —  The above photo may be the work of a PS junkie or it may just be the real thing.  In any case, the rumor mill is abuzz surrounding Macworld.  This time around it's all coming back to the purported multi-touch trackpad we told you about during the summer.
Web-only album ‘mad’, says Yorke  —  Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has said releasing latest album In Rainbows solely on the internet would have been “stark raving mad".  —  Yorke told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that 80% of people still buy physical releases and it was important for the band to have “an object".
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Radiohead: Artists often screwed by digital downloads
Discussion: Geek News Central
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Netflix developing movie set-top-box with LG  —  This one's just coming across the wires, but apparently, Netflix is actually developing a movie set-top-box with LG Electronics.  If you'll recall, there was quite a buzz surrounding such a device years back, but rumblings had remained largely dormant until a few months back.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
JPMorgan Predicts 2008 Will Be “Nothing But Net”  —  JPMorgan's Internet analyst Imran Khan and his team released a massive 312-page report this morning titled Nothing But Net that paints a bullish picture for the major Internet stocks (Google, Amazon, Yahoo, eBay, Expedia, …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Learned to Love the Blog: Goodbye Dead Trees!  —  As the new year begins, it's probably past time to assess what the jump from old media to new media has taught me.  —  I know what it sounds like-old lady print reporter starts a gen-you-wine blog and goes …
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Rumor: Red's Redcode coming to Final Cut Studio as native at Macworld  —  Part of Macworld next month will be a thing called the Final Cut Pro group, just for you video guys.  And we've been tracking rumors that there will be a special surprise on the 16th.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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