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8:25 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
CBS News:
Facebook Founder Says “Beacon” Needs Work  —  Also Tells 60 Minutes It's Unlikely Company Will Go Public in 2008  —  (CBS) The controversial advertising device many accused of invading the privacy of Facebook users will eventually be a good tool, says Facebook founder and chief executive officer, Mark Zuckerberg.
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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 …
Charlene Li / Groundswell:   Facebook (and me) on 60 Minutes
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.
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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.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Retirement and Transition Plan for Jeff Raikes, President of the Microsoft Business Division  —  Company announces it has hired Stephen Elop from Juniper Networks; Raikes will continue at Microsoft through September 2008.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced that …
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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 …
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: TechCrunch and Googling Google
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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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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:   Amazon rounds out DRM-free music offering with Sony BMG
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Sony Joins Other Labels on Amazon MP3 Store
Discussion: TechSpot News and Slashdot
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Benchmark Bets on Ruby on Rails With $3.5 Million Investment in Engine Yard  —  Is Ruby on Rails the next Java?  Benchmark Capital thinks so.  It just invested $3.5 million in Engine Yard, taking its entire series A round.  Ruby on Rails is an increasingly popular Web application programming environment …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Richard S. Chang / Wheels:
Tata Nano: The World's Cheapest Car  —  (Photo by Money Sharma/European Pressphoto Association)  —  Tata Motors today took the covers off the world's cheapest car — the Nano.  —  Over the past year, Tata has been building hype for a car that would cost a mere 100,000 rupees (roughly $2,500) …
Discussion: Crave and michael parekh on IT
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Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Tata Nano, the world's least expensive car
Discussion: MediaVidea and DVICE
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).
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo?  YaBay?  No Deal!  —  Look, I love a good takeover rumor as much as the next gossipy reporter.  —  But all the incessant rumblings of Microsoft sniffing around to buy Yahoo or Yahoo merging with eBay are getting a tad ridiculous.  —  So, Deal or No Deal?  Um, no deal, Howie!
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
CondeNet Reworks Flip.com As Social Net App Starting With Facebook; Site Will Remain  —  CondeNet is remaking its teen-focused community site Flip.com into an app that will live on other social nets.  The first to get the new Flip app is Facebook, with others to follow, CondeNet announced a few minutes ago.
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Allison Braley / PR Newswire:   CondeNet Announces Change for Flip.com
 
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Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
Swedish Politicians Strike Blows at Copyright Lobby
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
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Longofest / MacRumors:
Macworld Expo 2008 Keynote Live Coverage: Web, SMS, iPhone
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Dave Linthicum / InfoWorld:
Budget Cuts and SOA
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Robby Stein / Official Gmail Blog:
Create personal mailing lists through contact manager
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Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
FBI Wiretap Cut Off After Feds Fail To Pay Telecom Spying Bills
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Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Intel Gets New York Subpoena in Antitrust Inquiry
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:
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