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3:22 AM ET, January 11, 2008

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Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Confessions: The Meanest Thing Gizmodo Did at CES  —  CES has no shortage of displays.  And when MAKE offered us some TV-B-Gone clickers to bring to the show, we pretty much couldn't help ourselves.  We shut off a TV.  And then another.  And then a wall of TVs.  And we just couldn't stop.
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
BLOGGERS BEHAVING BADLY: GIZMODO MESSES WITH CES FLAT SCREENS  —  The Gizmodo kids pulled a good stunt at CES: they fired TV-B-Gone remotes at walls of shiny new monitors on display and during press conferences, much to the displeasure of booth staffers.  —  The video is funny.
Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
Gizmodo Prank at CES.  Victims may be bloggers  —  The clever hacks at Gizmodo pulled a prank at CES making all those TV screens go blank all at once, then filming and posting it, I assume very much to their own sophomoric satisfaction.  As Webware Rafe Needleman put it:
Discussion: blackrimglasses.com
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Wikia Launch & Mahalo Growth  —  This week's launch of Wikia Search is the latest example of a human powered search engine.  Mahalo and Cha-Cha are two other recent entrants.  This week we've seen a spike in daily visits to Wikia Search, as you'd expect.  In my digging the thing that stood as interesting to me is Mahalo's growth.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Believe it or not, Mahalo is Growing  —  Human-built search engine Mahalo appears to be shooting past the traffic numbers it got when it launched, according to Heather Hopkins at traffic analyst firm Hitwise.  —  Mahalo pages are collections of the most useful links regarding a wide variety of timely topics in popular niches.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Amazon Completes DRM-Free Roster With Sony-BMG  —  For anyone who was bummed about the hoops they were going to have to jump through to get DRM-free songs from Sony-BMG artists, by the end of the month you will be able to download those songs at Amazon's MP3 store.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Music Industry's Last Stand Will Be A Music Tax  —  It is becoming more and more difficult for the music industry to ignore the basic economics of the their industry: unenforceable property rights (you can't sue everyone) and zero marginal production costs (file sharing is ridiculously easy).
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Hey Trent — a music tax is a dumb idea
Discussion: CNET News.com
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Sony Joins Other Labels on Amazon MP3 Store
Discussion: TechSpot News
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Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Checkout Trends  —  Google Trends allows you to enter keywords and phrases to compare what users have been searching for over a specified time period.  Now, the Official Google Checkout Blog has just announced that they've launched their own version which lets you see what people have been buying using Google Checkout:
Discussion: Googling Google
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Bebo's Platform Now Open for All Developers  —  Almost a month ago to the day, social network Bebo announced its developer platform.  Or rather, a clone of Facebook's developer platform.  The idea was to copy Facebook's platform so that developers wouldn't have to relearn a new one and rebuild …
Amanda Natividad / paidContent.org:
Facebook To Add More Privacy Controls, Mass Messaging; Zuckerberg On ‘60 Minutes’  —  Facebook plans to release new features giving users more control over their privacy settings and messaging capabilities, according to its “What's New” page.  Recently, Facebook added Friend Lists …
Discussion: Groundswell
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CBS News:   Facebook Founder Says “Beacon” Needs Work
Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
Steal This Wi-Fi  —  Whenever I talk or write about my own security setup, the one thing that surprises people — and attracts the most criticism — is the fact that I run an open wireless network at home.  There's no password.  There's no encryption.  Anyone with wireless capability …
Allison Braley / PR Newswire:
CondeNet Announces Change for Flip.com  —  Flip.com will be reshaped as a flexible web application designed to live on social networking platforms, starting with Facebook, the site's owner, CondeNet, announced today.  —  The site will continue to operate at www.flip.com, however, moving forward …
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Robby Stein / Official Gmail Blog:
Create personal mailing lists through contact manager  —  I have about eight friends from high school I like to keep in touch with frequently.  We all email updates or the occasional funny YouTube video to the group, but every once in a while I'd forget to include one of them or I'd accidentally use …
Discussion: Mashable!
Dave Linthicum / InfoWorld:
Budget Cuts and SOA  —  There seem to a few companies that are cutting their SOA efforts due to the softening of the economy.  No matter if you think its oil prices, the mortgage crisis, or other factors, in many organizations capital budgets, including IT, are being reduced.  —  Thus, what gets cut first?
Trevor / Inside AdWords:
The Conversion Optimizer: Increase profits and save time  —  Last September, we launched the Conversion Optimizer, a free AdWords feature for managing CPA (cost-per-acquisition) bids.  Since then, the Conversion Optimizer has helped many advertisers save time and money, and we're announcing today that it's no longer in beta.
 
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Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Blog Takes Failed Marriage Into Fight Over Free Speech
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
FBI Wiretap Cut Off After Feds Fail To Pay Telecom Spying Bills
Discussion: Gizmodo, Ars Technica and Techdirt
Larry Dignan / Zero Day:
Oracle plans 27 security fixes for Jan. 15
Matt Rosoff / CNET News.com:
Yahoo tool eases music playback from personal Web pages
Discussion: Matt McAlister
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Travel Chases Kayak With FareChase
Discussion: Kango Blog
Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:
The Problem with Podcasting Isn't Downloads
Discussion: Podcasting News and WebProNews
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Amazon rounds out DRM-free music offering with Sony BMG
Terrence Russell / Epicenter:
Four Tricks Companies Use to Feign Openness
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Startup shrinks Peltier cooler, puts it in the chip package
Discussion: Reuters, Boing Boing and Slashdot
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Another of the Microsoft old guard moves on
Jordan McCollum / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
You Can Make Six Figures in SEM (If You Pay Your Dues)
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Porn Providers Rethinking Next-Gen DVD Plans
Smashing Magazine:
Adobe Photoshop Tutorials - Best Of
Discussion: Digg
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
FACEBOOK TOPS ONE LIST OF ‘SLOW AND INACCESSIBLE’ SOCIAL NETWORKS
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Weather Channel Adds Weather to Google Maps
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
LinkedIn, SixApart and Flickr People Join DataPortability.org …