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11:40 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
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.
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.
Discussion: Between the Lines and WinBeta
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft to Buy Yahoo Again!  —  The Post's Microsoft (MSFT) moles report that Redmond is considering making another run at Yahoo (YHOO), this time by making its informal offer public.  This rumor rolls around every few months, and one of these day's it's going to happen, especially if Yahoo's stock continues to tank.
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.
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.
InfoWorld: names new CEO, president  — CEO Jim Lanzone is quitting after six years with the company, to join a venture capital firm.  His replacement, Jim Safka, currently heads Primal Ventures, the venture capital division of's parent company IAC.
Discussion: Digital Daily and Google Watch
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”
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
The Microsoft Office Live Small Business Blog:
Exciting Changes Coming Your Way  —  We think you'll be happy to know about improvements we're making to your Office Live Small Business service—especially since many of the suggestions came from customers like you.  (And we thank you for that!)  —  You'll find enhancements across all three …
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!
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
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.
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Trent Reznor favors an ISP ‘tax on music’  —  Very early in a discussion with Trent Reznor, the front man for the band Nine Inch Nails, it's obvious how highly he prizes his collaboration with musician Saul Williams on the album The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust.
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Katie Capps Parlante / The Chandler Project Blog:
OSAF Transitions  —  OSAF and the Chandler project are going through some big transitions.
Discussion: InfoWorld and The Open Road
Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
Steal This Wi-Fi  —  Whenever I talk or write about my own …
Discussion: Network World and Cathode Tan
Artists ‘must benefit from touts’
Discussion: TechCrunch UK and Techdirt
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Verizon's New Voyager Looks Like the iPhone, But Software Is Inferior
Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
Microsoft's Acquisition Exec Quitting
Discussion: PC World, MarketWatch and Valleywag
The Register:
FTC issues ad-tracking guidelines
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
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Skype's mobile dreams
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
Penguinistas hack Android onto real hardware
Discussion: Engadget and Slashdot
Agam Shah / New York Times:
Former OLPC C.T.O. Aims to Create $75 Laptop
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft releases another Vista SP1 refresh to 15,000 testers
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Ten Reasons We're Doomed: CES Edition