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3:40 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?
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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.
Discussion: WinExtra and Roam4free
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!?!?!
Discussion: Insider Chatter and Furrier.org
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, Salesforce.com …
Discussion: Yahoo! Finance
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:   Internet EPS To Grow 34 Percent In '08 On CPMs, Global Strength …
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).
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.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
LANCOR sues non-profit charity OLPC for $20 million  —  Lagos Analysis Corporation (LANCOR) is going forward with its patent infringement lawsuit against the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project.  LANCOR has obtained a temporary injunction against the distribution of the OLPC XO laptop …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Cooking.com Takes Out A $7 Million Loan  —  Is it me, or are we seeing a lot more venture finance deals these days?  Web 1.0 holdover Cooking.com is the latest to jump on this bandwagon.  It just took out a $7 million loan from ORIX Venture Finance.  The ten-year-old dotcom …
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 …
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Amazon Gets Into MMO-Powered Crowdsourcing  —  Call it World of Worldcraft.  Amazon's Questville, set for a late 2008 release, is a spinoff of the company's Askville, a user-driven crowdsourcing question-and-answer service on topics ranging from everything from cars to electronics to relationships to science.
Discussion: Rough Type
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.
BBC:
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".
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 …
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
ModBook tablet Mac finally ships  —  Axiotron has announced that it is delivering the ModBook, its tablet Macintosh, almost a year after first unveiling the product at Macworld Expo in San Francisco, in January, 2007.  The ModBook is priced at $2,279 or $2,479 depending on configuration.
 
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Electronista:
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Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Nokia 5610 incoming with FCC's blessing
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
What's Next on the Web: a ReadWriteWeb Toolkit for 2008
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Rex Crum / MarketWatch:
Amazon, Broadcom can't keep techs from swooning
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Rumor: Gates to announce next Xbox at CES
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
New Apple notebook spotted, we told you so
Business Wire:
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Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Top 10 Most Pirated Movies and TV Shows of 2007
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Karl / DSLreports:
Uncle Sam Starts Handing Out Digital TV Coupons
Brett / Social Media Tips:
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Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
Wikia Search to offer first peek next week
Business Week:
The 2008 Venture Capital Outlook
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