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4:20 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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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
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.
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 …
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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).
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Government Doles Out $40 Coupons for DTV Conversion  —  If you found yourself in front of a television during the holidays, you no doubt noticed a handful of new commercials focusing on the upcoming digital television conversion slated for Feb. 18, 2009.  On that date, analog broadcasts …
Discussion: PC World and dailywireless.org
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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 …
Kim Yoo-chul / The Korea Times:
LG Eyes Digital TV Market in N. America  —  In a move to accelerate its entry into the mobile digital television, LG Electronics has developed a Mobile Pedestrian Handheld (MPH) system for over-the-air broadcasts in North America.  —  The upgraded technology system, which is the result …
Discussion: Electronista and mocoNews.net
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
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 …
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
What's Next on the Web: a ReadWriteWeb Toolkit for 2008  —  Some people say that the bubble's going to take a downturn in the next year or two - that huge numbers of copycat startups are going to shut down, people are going to be out of work and Web 2.0 cheerleaders are going to eat their (our) words.
Discussion: Digg
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 …
 
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Nintendo DS 2: the 3D Mock-Up Makes Us Drool Alien-Style
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Andrew Lavallee / Wall Street Journal:
Tech Stocks Sag in the New Year
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Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Nokia 5610 incoming with FCC's blessing
Discussion: Electronista and Ubergizmo
Rex Crum / MarketWatch:
Amazon, Broadcom can't keep techs from swooning
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Rumor: Gates to announce next Xbox at CES
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Microvision to Unveil Handheld ‘Plug-and-Play’ …
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Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
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Peter Cohen / Macworld:
ModBook tablet Mac finally ships
Business Week:
The 2008 Venture Capital Outlook
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