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10:51 AM ET, January 10, 2008


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Fred Vogelstein / Wired News:
The Untold Story: How the iPhone Blew Up the Wireless Industry  —  The demo was not going well.  —  Again.  —  It was a late morning in the fall of 2006.  Almost a year earlier, Steve Jobs had tasked about 200 of Apple's top engineers with creating the iPhone.
Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
User denied iPhone warranty service for custom ringtone  —  Doug Rodriguez never unlocked his iPhone for use unauthorized wireless carriers; he never hacked his phone by jailbreaking it and adding unofficial third-party applications; yet he was denied warranty service from Apple …
Discussion: IntoMobile and All About Symbian
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch and broadstuff
Lee Rainie / Pew Internet:
Increased use of video-sharing sites  —  48% of internet users have been to video-sharing sites such as YouTube and the daily traffic to such sites on a typical day has doubled in the past year.  The basic findings in a national phone survey that ended in December show:
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
MICROSOFT DEAL KING TO LAUNCH OWN FIRM  —  One of Microsoft's chief deal architects is leaving the software giant to start his own firm.  —  Bruce Jaffe - currently vice president of corporate development for Microsoft - plans to vacate his post at the end of February.
Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
Microsoft's Acquisition Exec Quitting  —  In October, Microsoft's Steve Ballmer announced that he intended to acquire 20 companies per year for the next five years.  As far as anyone knows, that remains the case.  Yet this task may become more difficult than Ballmer expected, as Bruce Jaffe …
Discussion: PC World
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.
Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
Semantic Web: What Is The Killer App?  —  The Semantic Web has been in the making for some time and people think it is nearing maturity.  We have written about this trend extensively, with our two most notable posts being an analysis of the challenges of the classic bottom-up approach and the promise of the new top-down one.
Discussion: BlueBlog
Facebook futures  —  Regular commentator Bill Thompson ruminates on the inevitability of Facebook being in the news in 2008  —  The coming year is not going to be a comfortable one for Facebook.  —  It might just manage to avoid upsetting its users with new services such as Beacon …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Analysis: Plaxo and Friendfeed, pushing the “feed”
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps Gaining On Market Leader Mapquest  —  Mapquest arguably “owns” the mapping brand online.  It has been the dominant mapping site for years by a wide margin.  But that dominance may now be slipping under pressure from Google.  Hitwise reports that “traffic to Mapquest …
Richard Wray / Guardian:
BT bets its future on broadband 20 times faster than now  —  BT is boosting Britain's attempt to remain at the top of the global broadband market with plans to install a network at Ebbsfleet in Kent that offers speeds 20 times faster than the average UK household connection.
Chris Williams / The Register:
Want faster broadband soon? Move to Kent, says BT
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
3 Important Facebook Updates Coming Soon  —  Here's a quick look at some important Facebook updates that are expected to launch in 1Q 08:  —  1) Friend Lists Privacy Controls  —  A few weeks ago, Facebook took the first step toward enabling more efficient friend management with the release of Friend Lists.
Discussion: Mashable!
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Wizzard Media: 1 Billion Downloads in 2007, Podcasting Far from Dead  —  Wizzard Media, owners of the Libsyn, Switchpod and Blast Podcast networks, will announce tomorrow that it passed the 1 billion download mark in 2007.  While online media consumption numbers are notoriously hard to verify, Wizzard's have some serious merit.
Agam Shah / New York Times:
Former OLPC C.T.O. Aims to Create $75 Laptop  —  A laptop under US$100 could reach desks if a new venture formed by former chief technology officer of One Laptop Per Child, Mary Lou Jepsen, can deliver on its promises.  —  A “spin-out” from OLPC, the company, Pixel Qi is looking to create …
Karl / DSLreports:
Network Solutions Holding Domain Names Ransom - We're domain front-running so scammers don't have to!  —  Network Solutions is under fire this week for domain “front running,” or for purchasing and holding certain domains after they're searched for at the company's website, thereby not letting anyone buy the domain at other registrars.
Discussion: eWeek and Techdirt
Stephen Shankland / CNET
What's the best Web site for geotagged photos?  —  Readers of this blog will have inferred I'm a fan of geotagging—in fact, I'm trying to label all my photos with the tags that show where the picture was taken, even though the geotagging process is complicated.
Discussion: All Points Blog
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Skype's mobile dreams  —  Internet-calling software provider Skype sees the mobile market as the next frontier for its service, but economic realities in the voice market—coupled with mobile operators who feel threatened by Skype—could put the kibosh on large-scale adoption for some time to come.
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Best Buy to double number of stores selling Apple's Mac line
Dieter Bohn / TreoCentral:
Exclusive: We Spotted a White GSM Centro!
Discussion: IntoMobile and Engadget
Comcast to cooperate in FCC Web traffic probe
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
CES 2008's Big Thing Is a Little Book
Amanda Andrews / Times of London:
Guy Hands to tell staff of his plans for EMI shake-up
Otto Z. Stern / The Register:
Beware the populist mash oozing out of Facebook and YouTube
Discussion: SYNTAGMA
 Earlier Items: 
Christopher Grant / Engadget:
NEC has its own 2880x900 curved gaming display
Discussion: Kotaku and Digg
Between the Lines:
All roads lead to the social Web
Penguinistas hack Android onto real hardware
Discussion: Engadget and Slashdot
Elisabeth / Podcasting News:
CES: Podcasting Coming To TiVo
Discussion: Mashable! and Dembot
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft releases another Vista SP1 refresh to 15,000 testers
Google LatLong:
The next generation of Google Sky
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Urban Mapping Gives Us Free Neighborhoods
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb and Screenwerk
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Ten Reasons We're Doomed: CES Edition