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7:00 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.
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.
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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.
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 / InfoWorld:
OLPC developing dual-boot Windows, Linux OS for laptops  —  San Francisco - The One Laptop Per Child Project (OLPC) and Microsoft 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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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
IAC Management Shuffle: Safka Tapped As Ask.com's CEO; Lanzone Heads To Redpoint  —  As IAC prepares to spin-off its subsidiaries into into five separate, publicly traded companies - namely HSN, Ticketmaster, Interval International and LendingTree - the company is shuffling the management of its remaining pieces.
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PR Newswire:
IAC Announces Management Changes  —  Jim Safka Appointed CEO of Ask.com Scott Garell Appointed President of Ask.com  —  John Park Appointed President of IAC Consumer Applications & Portals  —  IAC (Nasdaq: IACI - News) announced today several executive management changes as it further prepares …
Discussion: WebProNews
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
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: WebProNews
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Jordan McCollum / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:   Google Maps Growing in Popularity
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.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
AT&T, Microsoft, NBC working on solutions to filter copyrighted material at the ISP level  —  It really shouldn't be a surprise that execs from AT&T, Microsoft, and NBC and several content filtering companies spent part of a CES panel about piracy talking about filtering at the network level …
Noah Robischon / Gizmodo:
Microsoft's Brainwashing Children's Book: Mommy, Where Do Servers Come From?  —  “Mommy, Why is There a Server in the House?” is a children's book dedicated to “Helping Your Child Understand the Stay-At-Home Server."  At first we snarked at this over-the-top marketing propaganda.
Discussion: Microsoft Watch and Global Nerdy
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.
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
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Discussion: Screenwerk
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Microsoft dealmaker Bruce Jaffe going startup
Bojan Zdrnja / isc.incidents.org:
Mass exploits with SQL Injection
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
The Vanishing Numeric Keypad
Discussion: Infinite Loop and MacUser
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Social Network Stats: Facebook, MySpace, Reunion (Jan, 2008)
 Earlier Items: 
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Eyes-on with Samsung's 31-inch and 14-inch OLED TVs — take that Sony
Discussion: Big Tech, Gizmodo and Computerworld
Caroline McCarthy / Crave:
Report: Her Majesty may become a ‘Nintendo addict’
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Xobni: The Super Plugin For Outlook
Discussion: GigaOM, Xobni and Gabor's Blog
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Jaiku users flee to Twitter as a result of Google's neglect
Garmin Blog:
Chet's Corner: It's Finally About Time for Macworld!
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Sprint says WiMax on track for end of April
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Hi Ultimate Extras, we noticed you've been inactive...
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
Hey, Isn't That . . .  People Are Doing Double-Takes …
 

 
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