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6:05 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!?!?!
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 / mathewingram.com/work:
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?
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
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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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.
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Nick / Rough Type:   Will work for virtual gold
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".
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.
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
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Who on Earth Would Want to Buy Yahoo?  —  While pundits yap away about how Yahoo is fresh acquisition meat, we find it hard to believe.  The company is pretty pricey, with a market cap of roughly $33.5 billion, and the number of businesses that could actually swing it is minuscule.
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. …
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 …
Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
Wikia Search to offer first peek next week  —  Wikia Search, a community-driven search engine, will get its first public preview on Monday, according to co-founder Jimmy Wales.  —  In an e-mail sent to the Wikia Search mailing list on December 24, Wales wrote that he aims to make the initial version …
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).
 
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Tumblr's David Karp: “Norbum” Isn't Me
Discussion: Valleywag and CenterNetworks
CNET News.com:
Is the 'I can't hear the difference' myth killing the speaker business?
Discussion: Listening Post
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Alpine set to introduce PND-K3 GPS unit
Discussion: Electronista and NaviGadget
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
28 Things Didn't Happen In 2007  —  A lot of predictions …
Discussion: Business Week
Saul Hansell / Bits:
New Questions for a New Year
Discussion: Geeking with Greg
PR Newswire:
Lindsey to Remain in Part-time Role working on Special Projects
Andy / AndyDickinson.net:
2008 predictions: Newspaper video will die
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Nintendo DS 2: the 3D Mock-Up Makes Us Drool Alien-Style
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 Earlier Items: 
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Government Doles Out $40 Coupons for DTV Conversion
Electronista:
Titanium Plus USB drive backs up online
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
What's Next on the Web: a ReadWriteWeb Toolkit for 2008
Discussion: Digg
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Rumor: Gates to announce next Xbox at CES
Discussion: Gizmodo, GamePro.com and Ubergizmo
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Cooking.com Takes Out A $7 Million Loan
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Top 10 Most Pirated Movies and TV Shows of 2007
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
ModBook tablet Mac finally ships