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2:45 PM ET, January 9, 2008

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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 …
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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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.
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InfoWorld:
OLPC America to launch in 2008
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iTunes movie rental fire gets a poke: Warner Bros, Fox, Disney, Paramount and Lions Gate all on board?  —  Rumors have been swirling that Apple will be offering movie rentals over iTunes for weeks now.  Now it would appear that Warner Bros have joined Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Lions Gate and Paramount in the initial launch.
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Bloomberg:
Apple to Allow ITunes Users to Rent Films, People Say
Discussion: Salon
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Best Buy's Apple Offerings Grow  —  Apple (AAPL - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr) may soon add more juice to Best Buy (BBY - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr).  —  The electronics retailer plans to nearly double the number of stores that sell Apple's Mac computers, according to UBS.
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Apple Gazette
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: Apple is a full year ahead of competition
Discussion: Infinite Loop
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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Processing 20,000 Terabytes A Day, And Growing
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Xohm on track for April launch with up to 10 devices, nation mops brow  —  Sprint's CTO, Barry West, is working hard to alleviate concerns that their mobile WiMax service plans might be in jeopardy.  Speaking on a WiMax panel here at CES, West said that things are on track for a commercial launch …
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Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Sprint says WiMax on track for end of April
Reuters:
Microsoft won't launch iPhone rival: report  —  FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Microsoft (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) will not launch a product that competes directly with Apple's (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) iPhone, Chairman Bill Gates said in an interview with Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
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Electronista:
MS: no iPhone rival in works
Discussion: The Register and Los Angeles Times
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Parallels rides Apple servers into hypervisor fray  —  If market-leading VMware, open-source incumbent Xen, and Microsoft's upcoming Hyper-V aren't enough choices, another one is on the way: Parallels Server.  —  SWsoft, which is in the process of renaming itself Parallels …
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Chauncey Dupree / 9 to 5 Mac:
Parallels Server goes public, MacOS Server virtualization era begins
CNET News.com:
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 …
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
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 …
Caroline McCarthy / Crave:
Report: Her Majesty may become a ‘Nintendo addict’  —  Here in the U.S., our head of state couldn't seem to master the Segway, but Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is apparently quite the video game diva.  —  The undoubtedly reputable U.K. publication The People reported earlier this week …
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.
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Xobni: The Super Plugin For Outlook  —  Anyone who depends on email to work, knows how surprisingly bad Outlook is when you get beyond about ten contacts; conversations easily become jumbled, and keeping contacts up to date can be a pain.  Xobni's Outlook plug-in solves these problems …
Discussion: Xobni
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 …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Download Squad
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 and Slashdot
 
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Noah Robischon / Gizmodo:
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