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10:30 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: Ranchero Software, Blogcosm and ongoing
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
FeedDemon and NetNewsWire are now free
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.
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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Agam Shah / New York Times:
Former OLPC C.T.O. Aims to Create $75 Laptop
Discussion: VoIP Blog
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: Googling Google and WebProNews
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Jordan McCollum / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:   Google Maps Growing in Popularity
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 …
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
Elisabeth / Podcasting News:
CES: Podcasting Coming To TiVo  —  Digital video recorder purveyor TiVo Inc. said yesterday that its subscribers will soon be able to select Internet video (i.e. podcasts!) for playback on televisions, expanding the digital recording service's capabilities beyond TV offerings.
Discussion: Mashable! and Dembot
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 …
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
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Urban Mapping Gives Us Free Neighborhoods  —  For those of us who dwell in cities neighborhoods are an incredibly useful convention that is usually only known by locals.  They break a city up geographically or architecturally or socially.  Until now there has been no freely available source of neighborhood data for geohackers.
Discussion: Screenwerk
 
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Citi Media: Neil Ashe, CEO, CNET; Investors' Timing ‘Impeccable’
Discussion: Pulse 2.0
LinuxDevices.com:
Penguinistas hack Android onto real hardware
Discussion: Engadget and Slashdot
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
Sources say Universal and Paramount are both going Blu
Discussion: Engadget HD and Digg
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Xbox Live account takeovers put users at risk
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Number of Women at Video Sites Doubles
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Analysis: Plaxo and Friendfeed, pushing the “feed”
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Express Scribe makes transcribing audio a bit less painful
Michael Calore / Compiler:
Opera Headed to the iPhone? Not So Fast
Discussion: Techlog and UberPulse
 Earlier Items: 
Vishen / MindValleyLabs Internet Marketing Blog:
Using ASCII Art on Google Adwords - Brilliantly Innovative!
Discussion: WebProNews
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
Could P2P Networks Enable a Google Killer?
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
IAC Management Shuffle: Safka Tapped As Ask.com's CEO; Lanzone Heads To Redpoint
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Social Network Stats: Facebook, MySpace, Reunion (Jan, 2008)
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Eyes-on with Samsung's 31-inch and 14-inch OLED TVs — take that Sony
Discussion: Big Tech, Gizmodo and Computerworld
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Xobni: The Super Plugin For Outlook
Noah Robischon / Gizmodo:
Microsoft's Brainwashing Children's Book: Mommy, Where Do Servers Come From?
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
Hey, Isn't That . . .  People Are Doing Double-Takes …