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5:00 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!?!?!
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
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.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Skype coming to Sony's PSP?  —  Guess what babies?  All your wildest dreams are about to come true (provided they don't get too wild).  That's right, according to new PR for Sony's upcoming CES showing, Skype is apparently coming to the PSP.  Details are scarce at the moment (i.e. …
PSP adding Skype support soon?
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, …
Joseph Weisenthal /   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).
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 …
Discussion: B.L. Ochman's weblog
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 …
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: 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 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 …
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.
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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
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Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
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Peter Cohen / Macworld:
ModBook tablet Mac finally ships
Business Week:
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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
First Hands On: Microsoft Office for Mac 2008