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5:15 AM ET, January 9, 2008

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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Bombshell: Google and Facebook Join DataPortability.org  —  The DataPortability Workgroup announced this morning that representatives from both Google and Facebook are joining its ranks.  The group is working on a variety of projects to foster an era of Data Portability …
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Chris / Are You Paying Attention?:
Individuals from Plaxo, Google and Facebook join DataPortability.org Workgroup  —  We are proud to announce the inclusion of Joseph Smarr (Plaxo), Brad Fitzpatrick (Google) and Benjamin Ling (Facebook) to the DataPortability Workgroup.  —  Plaxo, Google and Facebook together represent …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Facebook, Google And Plaxo Join The DataPortability Workgroup  —  After publishing an invitation to Facebook to join the DataPortability Working Group January 4, we never thought that Facebook would accept it.  Today changes everything you've ever thought about social-networking data and lock-in before …
Tim Faulkner / Valleywag:
Facebook and Google join data-swapping group, change nothing
Discussion: TechCrunch UK
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Releases Browser Based MP3 Player  —  This is clearly just a first step in whatever Yahoo's grand plans are around the future of their music service, but today they released some code to embed a very simple Javascript based MP3 player on any website.  —  The player finds MP3s …
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Yahoo! Developer Network blog:
New player  —  The second iteration of our browser-based player is coming out in beta today.  Here's how it works:  — Link to MP3s in your web page.  These can be anywhere on the web.  — Add a line of code to insert our Javascript library.  We host this, so you just have to point to our URL.
Brad Stone / Bits:
AT&T and Other ISPs May Be Getting Ready to Filter  —  For the past fifteen years, Internet service providers have acted - to use an old cliche - as wide-open information super-highways, letting data flow uninterrupted and unimpeded between users and the Internet.  —  But ISPs may be about to embrace a new metaphor: traffic cop.
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
FCC to Probe Comcast Data Discrimination  —  LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission will investigate complaints that Comcast Corp. actively interferes with Internet traffic as its subscribers try to share files online, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said Tuesday.
Scott Snowden / The Register:
Paramount puts down HD DVD dump rumour  —  Hollywood-based Paramount Studios has denied claims that it will be dropping the HD DVD format and returning to Blu-ray Disc.  —  In an email sent to Bloomberg, Paramount spokeswoman Brenda Ciccone said: “Paramount's current plan is to continue to support the HD DVD format.”
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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CircleID:
Network Solutions Responds to Front Running Accusations  —  Following a post on the DomainState forum today, a number news and blogs have criticized Network Solutions for front running domain names that customers try to register.  (See for instance today's report on DomainNameNews).
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Google, IBM and VeriSign in talks to join OpenID  —  Google, IBM and VeriSign are all in talks with the OpenID foundation with a view to joining imminently, according to a highly-placed source.  Digg, Technorati, Microsoft, AOL, Plaxo and WikiPedia have previously announced their intention …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   The OpenID Train Steams Ahead: Google, IBM and Verisign Said To Be Joining
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Google processes over 20 petabytes of data per day  —  Google currently processes over 20 petabytes of data per day through an average of 100,000 MapReduce jobs spread across its massive computing clusters.  The average MapReduce job ran across approximately 400 machines in September 2007 …
Christopher Grant / Engadget:
OpenFrame: ‘The iPhone of home phones’  —  With data integration in mobile handsets, it's no wonder home telephones haven't been able to keep up.  But what happens when you're using a service like Verizon's FiOS and all of a sudden that boring handset has broadband data piped right into it?
Discussion: PC Magazine and textually.org
Kristina Shevory / New York Times:
Amazon Consolidates in Growing Area of Seattle  —  Amazon.com, the world's largest online retailer, will soon finally have one place to call home.  —  The company is moving all of its administrative employees, who are now scattered in offices around Seattle, to a single location in the city.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Time Warner invests in teen virtual world Gaia Online  —  Gaia Online, the virtual world for teens, tells us that media conglomerate Time Warner has invested an undisclosed amount in the company.  —  San Jose, Calif.-based Gaia says it has nearly three million monthly users.
Clint Boulton / eWEEK.com:
Fast Opens New Front in Microsoft's War With Google  —  Microsoft is mounting a new challenge to Google, IBM and other competitors with its acqusition of Fast Search.  —  Analysis:Microsoft's play on Jan. 8 to buy Fast Search & Transfer ASA for $1.2 billion is an attempt to grab …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
CBS Web guru Quincy Smith talks Digg partnership  —  When CBS Interactive announced on Tuesday that its CBSNews.com property had entered a content partnership with Digg, there wasn't a whole lot of information released other than the fact that election-related headlines from Digg would appear …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
CES: Dude, Where's My Driverless Car?  —  So General Motors Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner says the company expects to have driverless cars on the road by 2018.  —  Now, I know the autonomous Chevrolet Tahoe SUV that GM developed with Carnegie Mellon University (pictured above) …
 
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