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10:50 AM ET, January 9, 2008

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Tom Neumayr / Apple:
Apple to Standardize iTunes Music Prices Throughout Europe  —  Apple® today announced that within six months it will lower the prices it charges for music on its UK iTunes® Store to match the already standardized pricing on iTunes across Europe in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany …
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Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Apple cuts UK iTunes costs, but baits the labels  —  It's good news for UK music buyers - the cost of downloading music on the iTunes will be reduced to match that across nearly the whole of the rest of the EU.  —  But Apple's press release today reads a little like a ransom note …
Discussion: InfoWorld, Reuters, The Register and hypebot
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Why Apple changed its tune in Europe
Discussion: Technovia
Wall Street Journal:   Apple Scraps Europe iTunes Policy
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 …
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:   Google Reveals New MapReduce Stats
Karl / DSLreports:
Verizon FIOS GPON in Nine States - New installs in those states now all GPON  —  Verizon has long told us they'll eventually migrate their FiOS network from BPON to GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) fiber technology.  Their current BPON technology splits 622Mbps downstream and 155Mbps upstream among 32 users.
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Verizon:
Verizon Extends Industry Lead in Broadband and Video With G-PON
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Brittany Bohnet / Google LatLong:
Our primary colors  —  A few days ago, we announced that Google Maps would be presenting real-time U.S. presidential nomination results for the Iowa caucuses.  The map was so popular that we've decided to do it again, this time for the 2008 primary in New Hampshire.
Discussion: WebProNews and Search Engine Land
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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Electronista:
MS: no iPhone rival in works  —  Microsoft will not be producing an in-house attempt at replicating the iPhone, soon to be retired company CEO Bill Gates has told Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (registration required for full article).  The executive explained that it was more important …
Discussion: Reuters
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Scott Snowden / The Register:
Paramount puts down HD DVD dump rumour
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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?
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
FCC to investigate Comcast's alleged traffic shaping  —  The FCC didn't buy Comcast's explanation, either.  —  The Federal Communications Commission will investigate Comcast over alleged traffic interference (and at the same time reveal its attitude toward Net Neutrality).
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Jason Harris / Download Squad:
Comcast could receive hefty FCC fine for throttling Bit Torrent traffic
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Sign Of The Times: Web 2.0 Outsourcing Humor  —  Something that you don't often see a lot written about in new media is the strong trend by startups to outsource a lot of their work.  Digg for example was originally designed by Kevin Rose outsourcing the job on elance, and sites such as Slideshare …
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
Hey, Isn't That . . .  People Are Doing Double-Takes, And Taking Action, As Web Snapshots Are Nabbed for Commercial Uses  —  The pug in the corner of the Saints-Eagles football telecast on Fox looked familiar to Tracey Gaughran-Perez.  —  Not in the slobber-smile way that all pugs look familiar …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Sony Stops Licensing Of Digital Streams As It Allows DRM-Free Music  —  The timing on this one may be something of a coincidence, but it's worth noting that at just about the same time that Sony is getting a ton of press for finally realizing that DRM doesn't make sense …
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.
InfoWorld:
Yahoo tests support for OpenID  —  Yahoo appears close to implementing OpenID, a Web authentication standard that relieves people of the need to remember multiple passwords to log into different Web sites.  —  Yahoo controls a domain me.yahoo.com, which shows a short message indicating …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Social.im: The Instant Messaging Service For Facebook Junkies  —  If you don't mind installing one more instant messaging client on your computer, and you happen to be a heavy Facebook user, check out social.im.  This isn't yet another instant messaging application that resides on Facebook …
Discussion: GO2WEB20 Blog and All Facebook
Talia Brodecki / Inside AdSense:
Upcoming referrals changes  —  Are you currently displaying a referral unit for AdSense on your website?  Then read on, because there are some upcoming changes to the referral program that you should be aware of.  But first let me clarify that only referral units promoting AdSense …
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Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
AdSense Change Rules - Stupidity Stupidity Stupidity
Discussion: Shoemoney
UberPulse:
[CES '08] Opera Browser Coming To The iPhone (video)  —  The folks at Opera were nice enough to confirm the soon availability of the Opera browser for the Apple iPhone.  Maybe next week or with the release of the iPhone SDK.  Also at CES, the Swedish company launched Opera 9 for devices running Linux …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Insanely Great Mac
 
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Jango and Seeqpod Hope to Monetize Music
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Sarkozy proposes taxing new technology to finance the old
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Amazon Consolidates in Growing Area of Seattle
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