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4:30 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 …
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.
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.
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.
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
NetNewsWire for Mac, other NewsGator products go free
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 …
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.
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Intel ‘undermined’ laptop project  —  Technology reporter, BBC News, Las Vegas  —  Intel repeatedly undermined a not-for profit scheme to bring cheap laptops to children in the developing world, the head of the charity told BBC News.  —  Nicholas Negroponte accused Intel, which makes a rival PC …
Discussion: Engadget, BUZZYEAH and Slashdot
Tom Krazit / CNET
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.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: Apple is a full year ahead of competition
Discussion: GigaOM and Infinite Loop
Scott Moritz /
Best Buy's Apple Offerings Grow
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Apple Gazette
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Billionaires Can't Keep Frontline Wireless From The Deadpool  —  Despite the backing of billionaires John Doerr and Ram Shriram, as well as former Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale and former FCC commissioner Reed Hundt, ambitious startup Frontline Wireless is closing up shop.
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 …
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.
Garmin Blog:
Chet's Corner: It's Finally About Time for Macworld!  —  While the rest of the Consumer Electronics world is focusing on the CES Show in Las Vegas, us Mac-Lovers are just biding their time waiting for our time in the sun.  Well we're only a week away from the Macworld Expo in San Francisco …
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 …
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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Social Network Stats: Facebook, MySpace, Reunion (Jan, 2008)
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
Good times roll again at Sony
Discussion: PC World
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Monitoring Tools Help Cut Home Energy Use, Study Finds
Discussion: CNET
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Eyes-on with Samsung's 31-inch and 14-inch OLED TVs — take that Sony
Discussion: Gizmodo and Computerworld
Robert Vamosi / CNET
Massive SQL-based Web attack decoded
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols /
Is Network Solutions Snatching Domain Names?
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iTunes movie rental fire gets a poke: Warner Bros, Fox, Disney …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Salon
Caroline McCarthy / Crave:
Report: Her Majesty may become a ‘Nintendo addict’
 Earlier Items: 
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
AT&T, Microsoft, NBC working on solutions to filter copyrighted …
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Xobni: The Super Plugin For Outlook
Discussion: Xobni
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Hiring Investigator / Threat Analyst For Safety & Security
Discussion: WebProNews
Microsoft won't launch iPhone rival: report
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Parallels rides Apple servers into hypervisor fray
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Brittany Bohnet / Google LatLong:
Our primary colors  —  A few days ago, we announced that Google Maps …