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6:25 PM ET, January 9, 2008

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Greg Reinacker / Greg Reinacker's Weblog:
NewsGator's RSS clients are now free!  —  We've got a lot of big news today at NewsGator.  —  First, we've got new releases of our most popular applications: FeedDemon 2.6, NetNewsWire 3.1, Inbox 3.0 (beta), and NewsGator Go! for Windows Mobile 2.0.  Each of these is a pretty major release on its own …
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Laura Farrelly / NewsGator:
NewsGator Releases New Versions of Client Products; Best-of-Breed RSS Readers Now Free  —  Free NetNewsWire, FeedDemon, NewsGator Inbox, and NewsGator Go!  Benefit Consumers and Businesses  —  NewsGator announced today the general availability of NetNewsWire 3.1, FeedDemon 2.6, and NewsGator Go! for Windows Mobile 2.0.
inessential.com:
NetNewsWire 3.1 is free!  —  By free I mean both that we've released it from its cage and that it costs no money.  Zero dollars.  —  Upgrades are free.  It's free for new users.  It's freeware.  —  You can download it right away.  Here are the change notes.
Discussion: ongoing
Nick Bradbury:
FREE Demon?  Yes, FeedDemon is Now Free!  —  That's right, FeedDemon is now free.  As in, you don't have to pay for it anymore.  Just download it and use it free of charge.  —  And we're also making NetNewsWire, NewsGator Inbox and NewsGator Go free.  In other words, all of NewsGator's consumer RSS readers are free.
Ouriel Ohayon / TechCrunch:
French Press Falls For Major Facebook Prank  —  This is probably the biggest hoax in the history of Facebook.  It happened in France and is one of the most discussed stories in the French blogosphere right now.  It all started a few weeks ago with a simple third-party Facebook application …
Dan Nystedt / Computerworld:
OLPC developing dual-boot Windows, Linux OS for laptops  —  The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project and Microsoft Corp. are working together to develop a dual-boot system to put both Linux and Windows on laptops aimed at kids in developing countries, the head of OLPC said in an interview Tuesday.
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Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Intel ‘undermined’ laptop project
Discussion: Engadget, BUZZYEAH and Slashdot
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Best Buy wants Macs in more of its stores  —  Apple's store-within-a-store partnership with Best Buy is going to expand this year, according to Best Buy executives.  —  So says UBS analyst Ben Reitzes, who met with Best Buy during the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: Apple is a full year ahead of competition
Discussion: Infinite Loop and GigaOM
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Google Maps Making Inroads Against Leader, Mapquest  —  I took a look at traffic to Maps websites after hearing repeatedly over the holidays that people didn't need directions as they would use Mapquest, Google Maps or GPS.  With the rise of GPS, I wondered if traffic to Maps websites …
Discussion: WebProNews
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Jordan McCollum / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Google Maps Growing in Popularity
Discussion: CNET News.com
Arn / MacRumors:
Warner, Paramount, Disney, Fox, Lions Gate to Join iTunes Rentals  —  Bloomberg reports that Warner Brothers, Paramount, Walt Disney Co., Lions Gate Entertainment Corp, and Fox will begin renting movies through Apple's iTunes Store in an announcement scheduled for January 15th at Macworld.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iTunes movie rental fire gets a poke: Warner Bros, Fox, Disney …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Salon
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
AT&T, Microsoft, NBC working on solutions to filter copyrighted material at the ISP level  —  It really shouldn't be a surprise that execs from AT&T, Microsoft, and NBC and several content filtering companies spent part of a CES panel about piracy talking about filtering at the network level …
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
IAC Management Shuffle: Safka Tapped As Ask.com's CEO; Lanzone Heads To Redpoint  —  As IAC prepares to spin-off its subsidiaries into into five separate, publicly traded companies - namely HSN, Ticketmaster, Interval International and LendingTree - the company is shuffling the management of its remaining pieces.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Billionaires Can't Keep Frontline Wireless From The Deadpool  —  Despite the backing of billionaires John Doerr and Ram Shriram, as well as former Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale and former FCC commissioner Reed Hundt, ambitious startup Frontline Wireless is closing up shop.
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Ten Reasons We're Doomed: CES Edition  —  Oh, CES.  You are a disgusting, bloated beast oozing everything that makes this industry horrible.  Nay, everything that makes our culture horrible.  Sure, to you fine readers it might look like it's all product announcements and good times, but that's far from the truth.
Discussion: Tech_Space and MSNBC
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Eyes-on with Samsung's 31-inch and 14-inch OLED TVs — take that Sony  —  After questioning Sony's ability to deliver their 11-inch OLED TV to market earlier this year, Samsung comes into CES with a pair of Sony trumping TVs.  Their 31-inch and 14-inch OLEDs easily best Sony's 27-inch prototype and 11-inch production sets.
Discussion: Big Tech, Gizmodo and Computerworld
Noah Robischon / Gizmodo:
Microsoft's Brainwashing Children's Book: Mommy, Where Do Servers Come From?  —  “Mommy, Why is There a Server in the House?” is a children's book dedicated to “Helping Your Child Understand the Stay-At-Home Server."  At first we snarked at this over-the-top marketing propaganda.
Discussion: Microsoft Watch and Global Nerdy
 
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Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
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Electronista:
Nokia planning aggressive US push in 2008
Discussion: Reuters
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Microsoft dealmaker Bruce Jaffe going startup
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Citi Media: Tom Rogers, CEO, TiVo: Curing TV Business Model's Crisis
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple lowers UK iTunes prices, points finger at labels
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
The Vanishing Numeric Keypad
Discussion: Infinite Loop and MacUser
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Social Network Stats: Facebook, MySpace, Reunion (Jan, 2008)
 Earlier Items: 
Caroline McCarthy / Crave:
Report: Her Majesty may become a ‘Nintendo addict’
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Xobni: The Super Plugin For Outlook
Discussion: GigaOM, Gabor's Blog and Xobni
Reuters:
Microsoft won't launch iPhone rival: report
Garmin Blog:
Chet's Corner: It's Finally About Time for Macworld!
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Sprint says WiMax on track for end of April
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
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Discussion: Hardware 2.0
CNET News.com:
Speed up Windows XP and Vista by turning off unnecessary services
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
Hey, Isn't That . . .  People Are Doing Double-Takes …