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11:50 AM 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?
Discussion: Scripting News
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Now You Can Graph Your Twitter Usage  —  Twitter has the potential of breaking into the mainstream this year.  A lot of what's going on around Twitter is not dissimilar to the earlier days of blogging; we're seeing evangelists, some basic mainstream adoptions, and even some tracking services.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple daytrading: How to cash in on the Macworld keynote effect  —  The buzz among Apple (AAPL) traders today is a thought experiment that Matt Haughey worked up at A Whole Lotta Nothing.  He writes … Haughey worked the numbers and the result is the chart above, which he calls the Keynote Index Fund (click chart to view full size).
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
First Hands On: Microsoft Office for Mac 2008  —  There's no better sign of Microsoft's increasing acceptance of the Mac population than the latest version of Office for Mac 2008, the first Office with native support for Intel-based Macs.  Like its Mac-side predecessors …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Washington Post Flubs Story On RIAA — RIAA Still Not Going After Personal Copies (Yet)  —  from the who-needs-to-read-the-details?  dept  —  Back at the beginning of December, we helped debunk a story making the rounds claiming that the RIAA was going after a guy named Jeffrey Howell for ripping his own CDs to his computer.
Sue Dunlevy / NEWS.com.au:
Rudd online porn-free plan questioned  —  A RUDD Government plan to censor internet pornography and violence could undermine another of its election promises - to speed up our internet access.  —  The Internet Industry Association has warned the downside of censoring access could be a reduction in the speed of access to websites.
Rachel Rosmarin / Forbes:
Preview: Las Vegas' Greatest Gadgets Show  —  Kevin Costner, Yoko Ono, Mary J. Blige and Danica Patrick will be hawking products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week—but they'll hardly be noticed.  —  As usual, the main attraction at CES will be the blizzard of new gadgets …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:
Celestron Digital Microscope Rocks Digital Screen and 2-Megapixel Camera  —  A sub-$300 microscope with 3.5-inch digital screen and built-in camera is being launched at CES 2008 next week.  Celestron's LCD Digital Microscope has three magnification levels of 4x, 10x and 40x …
Ian Smith / Download Squad:
The 5 most annoying programs on your PC  —  Elephantware.  That is what we are talking about.  Bloated programs that make brand new PCs boot like Pentium 2s with 64 MBs of RAM.  —  This is software that causes your screen to freeze while it works, consumes enough system resources to display …
Financial Times:
US extends China-3Com probe  —  By Sundeep Tucker in Hong Kong and Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Washington  —  A US probe into a proposed $2.2bn buy-out of 3Com, a network equipment supplier, by a consortium involving a Chinese company is poised to enter a decisive second phase.
Peter Sayer / InfoWorld:
IBM buys Israeli storage startup  —  San Francisco - IBM has bought XIV, an Israeli manufacturer of SAN (storage area network) equipment.  XIV's main product is Nextra, a storage system based on a grid of standard hardware components.  —  Nextra's self-healing, self-tuning …
Discussion: The Register and eWEEK.com
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Internet Shuffle: Citi Upgrades AMZN, Downgrads IACI  —  Clearly, Citigroup's Mark Mahaney wasn't just sitting around watching bowl games and eating dip yesterday.  Mahaney issued a fat report on the prospects for Internet stocks for the new year, dubbed the “2008 U.S. Internet Stock Playbook.”
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Brad Stone / Bits:
Gawker Media Gets Strung Out on Sci-Fi  —  Online blogomerate Gawker Media is best known for outsider snark-fests like New York's Gawker and Washington D.C.'s Wonkette .  But the company minors in geekier fare like gadget site Gizmodo, game blog Kotaku and Lifehacker, a productivity site.
Qualcomm:
Qualcomm Announces New UMTS Products Available to Customers for the United States Market  —  Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies and data solutions, today announced the availability of new UMTS (WCDMA) …
Discussion: Digital Trends and mocoNews.net
 
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Technologies on the rise in 2008  —  A number of technologies …
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Why Is Google Giving Its ‘Shared Stuff’ Feature No Love In Its Social Movement?
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