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8:20 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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
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
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft releases another Vista SP1 refresh to 15,000 testers  —  Microsoft made availble to testers on January 9 yet another refresh of Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 Release Candidate (RC) test build.  —  Microsoft's statement: … Microsoft released a publicly available test build of Windows Vista SP1 in December 2007.
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Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Hi Ultimate Extras, we noticed you've been inactive...
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
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.
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.
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PR Newswire:
IAC Announces Management Changes
Discussion: WebProNews
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 …
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
The Vanishing Numeric Keypad  —  My brand new Apple MacBook doesn't have the embedded numeric keypad the Macbook used to have; there are no small numbers on the U, I, O, and other letter keys, and no NumLock key on the top row that normally activates those keys.
Discussion: Infinite Loop and MacUser
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Tech Ticker: More Details And A Screenshot  —  Yahoo's new technology business video show, TechTicker, is set to go live soon (officially, in the next few weeks, but I'm hearing that some early stuff may come out as soon as next week).  —  The show will be hosted by Henry Blodget …
Discussion: Epicenter and Valleywag
Google LatLong:
The next generation of Google Sky  —  Posted by Ryan Scranton, Google Sky Team, and Andy Connolly, Visiting Faculty, University of Washington  —  The new year is here and it's time to unveil a new set of features and content for Sky in Google Earth.  This update is particularly exciting …
Discussion: WebProNews and Search Engine Land
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Microsoft dealmaker Bruce Jaffe going startup  —  While Microsoft has yet to come up with a search engine that wows consumers, it has successfully wooed Wall Street with its push into online advertising.  Alas for Microsoft, it's losing a key dealmaker.  Bruce Jaffe, a top corporate-development executive …
 
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
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Michael Calore / Compiler:
Opera Headed to the iPhone? Not So Fast
Discussion: UberPulse and Gadgetell
Vishen / MindValleyLabs Internet Marketing Blog:
Using ASCII Art on Google Adwords - Brilliantly Innovative!
Discussion: WebProNews
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Urban Mapping Gives Us Free Neighborhoods
Discussion: Screenwerk
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
Could P2P Networks Enable a Google Killer?
InfoWorld:
Vonage hopes new services will improve prospects
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
ASUS, iRiver to Sell Unlocked Smartphones in U.S.
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Social Network Stats: Facebook, MySpace, Reunion (Jan, 2008)
Discussion: VentureBeat
 Earlier Items: 
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
Good times roll again at Sony
Discussion: PC World and NYT
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Eyes-on with Samsung's 31-inch and 14-inch OLED TVs — take that Sony
Discussion: Gizmodo, Big Tech and Computerworld
Bloomberg:
Apple to Allow ITunes Users to Rent Films, People Say
Discussion: Engadget, CrunchGear, Salon and last100
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Xobni: The Super Plugin For Outlook
Noah Robischon / Gizmodo:
Microsoft's Brainwashing Children's Book: Mommy, Where Do Servers Come From?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Billionaires Can't Keep Frontline Wireless From The Deadpool
Garmin Blog:
Chet's Corner: It's Finally About Time for Macworld!
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
Hey, Isn't That . . .  People Are Doing Double-Takes …