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7:25 PM ET, January 10, 2008

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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Trent Reznor: Why won't people pay $5?  —  UPDATE at 8:55 a.m.: The headline of the story was changed to reflect more broadly what Trent Reznor said during the interview.  As some readers noted, the original headline put too much emphasis on one of Reznor's statements.
Discussion: Podcasting News, Dembot and Digg
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Hey Trent — a music tax is a dumb idea  —  There's a great interview with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails up at CNET, in which he talks about his experience with the Saul Williams album he recently released as a “pay what you want” download (which I wrote about here).
Discussion: CNET News.com
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).
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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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Sony Joins Other Labels on Amazon MP3 Store
Discussion: TechSpot News
Saul Hansell / Bits:   Sony Drives Another Nail in the D.R.M. Coffin
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Amazon Officially First To Drop Major DRM: Sony the Fourth …
Discussion: Download Squad
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 …
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.
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Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Confessions: The Meanest Thing Gizmodo Did at CES
Discussion: Joe Duck and Valleywag
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:   Microsoft's Raikes Retiring; Juniper COO Elop To Succeed Him As Head …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
LinkedIn, SixApart and Flickr People Join DataPortability.org: Is This Stuff For Real?  —  The Data Portability Working Group is announcing today that key people from LinkedIn, Flickr, SixApart and Twitter are joining the group.  These new names are just the most visible part of a groundswell …
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Steve Ganz / The LinkedIn Blog:
Who Owns Your Data? (hint: you do)
Discussion: Insider Chatter
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.
Discussion: HipMojo.com, VentureBeat and WebProNews
BBC:
Americans turn to online videos  —  Online video sharing sites are reaping the benefits of the ongoing writers' strike in the US.  —  According to net measurement firm Nielsen Online, some online video sites have doubled their audience since the strike began at the end of October.
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
FACEBOOK TOPS ONE LIST OF ‘SLOW AND INACCESSIBLE’ SOCIAL NETWORKS  —  On Thursday, Web site-monitoring firm WatchMouse released the results of a study about the performance of 104 social-media sites—social networks, blogging communities, bookmarking sites, and the like—and boldly deemed them to be overall “slow and inaccessible.”
Discussion: WebProNews and All Facebook
Terrence Russell / Epicenter:
Four Tricks Companies Use to Feign Openness  —  “Openness” may be reaching hyperbolic proportions in Silicon Valley, but the idea is relatively good natured at heart.  The practice is rooted in the notion that sharing various assets (i.e., underlying code, operating and communication standards) merits both consumers and businesses.
Variety:
Blu-ray could win high-def battle  —  HD DVD backers could switch sides soon  —  The two remaining studios backing HD DVD could switch sides soon, ending the high-def format war instantly.  —  Daily Variety has confirmed that Universal's commitment to backing HD DVD exclusively has ended.
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Intel Gets New York Subpoena in Antitrust Inquiry  —  ALBANY — Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo of New York issued a wide-ranging subpoena to the Intel Corporation on Thursday as part of an investigation into whether the company violated federal or state antitrust laws in the way it priced and sold microprocessors.
Discussion: Reuters and Valleywag
 
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David Wurtz / Official Google Checkout Blog:
New on the hot list: Google Checkout Trends
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Startup shrinks Peltier cooler, puts it in the chip package
Discussion: Reuters and Slashdot
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Oracle to ship critical security patches next week
Discussion: Zero Day
Ryan Naraine's Security Watch:
QuickTime Under Seige: Another Zero Day Exploit Released
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Another of the Microsoft old guard moves on
Elisabeth / Podcasting News:
Wizzard VP Talks About What A Billion Downloads Means
Discussion: Mashable! and ReadWriteWeb
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You Can Make Six Figures in SEM (If You Pay Your Dues)
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Vonage updating V-Phone with Mac support, Bluetooth?
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We're Launching Three New Services!
Frank Watson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Entertains Real Estate Industry At NYC Offices
Discussion: Mashable!
DealBook:
Logitech Shares Jump on Microsoft Bid Rumors
Discussion: Engadget and Between the Lines
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft to Buy Yahoo Again!
Discussion: Mashable!
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
MICROSOFT DEAL KING TO LAUNCH OWN FIRM
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