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12:05 PM ET, January 9, 2008


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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 …
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 …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:   Google Reveals New MapReduce Stats
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: Search Engine Land and WebProNews
Speed up Windows XP and Vista by turning off unnecessary services  —  The fact is, you don't need all of the services that Windows starts automatically when it boots.  Disabling the non-essential services frees up memory and processor cycles for more important tasks.
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 …
Scott Snowden / The Register:
Paramount puts down HD DVD dump rumour
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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 …
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?
OLPC would welcome Intel back  —  The One Laptop Per Child Project would welcome Intel back if the chip maker returned to the group, the head of OLPC said Tuesday.  —  The statement came just days after Intel quit the group's board of directors over what it said was OLPC's insistence …
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Intel ‘undermined’ laptop project
Discussion: Slashdot
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Iomega's Zip Drive is back with a vengeance  —  Everyone remembers the Iomega Zip Drive - we all had one, it's okay to say it.  I'd lost track of the company for a while, but they're striking back with a new version of the device, which probably will get mixed reactions.
Discussion: OhGizmo!
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, which shows a short message indicating …
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 story in the french blogosphere right now.  It all started a few weeks ago with a simple third party facebook application …
Discussion: All Facebook
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch: 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  This isn't yet another instant messaging application that resides on Facebook …
Discussion: GO2WEB20 Blog and All Facebook
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 …
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Karl / DSLreports:
Verizon FIOS GPON in Nine States - New installs in those states now all GPON
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Discussion: Ars Technica
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Google, IBM and VeriSign in talks to join OpenID
Network Solutions Responds to Front Running Accusations
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Time Warner invests in teen virtual world Gaia Online
Kristina Shevory / New York Times:
Amazon Consolidates in Growing Area of Seattle
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Discussion: Macworld
Jnack / John Nack on Adobe:
Adobe and Omniture: Further details
Brad Stone / Bits:
AT&T and Other ISPs May Be Getting Ready to Filter