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5:40 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
Discussion: CNET News.com
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 …
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.
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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.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Reuters
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Sony BMG signs onto Amazon's DRM-free music store  —  It's a full hand of cards for Amazon: the Web's mega-retailer announced Thursday that it will be selling music from Sony BMG Music Entertainment in its Amazon MP3 store.  This means that Amazon MP3, which only sells “naked” …
Discussion: Associated Press and USA Today
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)  —  Data portability is on a lot of people's minds right now.  You don't need to be an A-list blogger trying to export your massive friend list to know that your address book is your own, nor to recognize that toting around your network can be cumbersome.
Discussion: Insider Chatter
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.
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John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
If HD DVD has a surge plan, now would be the time
Discussion: AppScout, DailyTech and PC Magazine
Wall Street Journal:
Wsj.com/opinion  —  Everyone knows that Joseph Schumpeter's “creative destruction” is roiling the newspaper world, and today we'd like to announce something on the creative side.  We're rolling out a new Web site for the Journal editorial page offering free access to all of our editorials and op-eds, video interviews and commentary.
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
WSJ.com Merges OpinionJournal With Subscription Content For Free …
Discussion: Mashable!
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
Frank Watson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Entertains Real Estate Industry At NYC Offices  —  The Real Estate Connect conference is in New York this week and participants were invited to hang out at Google HQ East last night, Their invitation says it all:  —  Google would like to invite you to an evening at our New York office.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Zillow Adds 10 Million Homes, Adopts Real Estate Data Standard With Yahoo and Trulia
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.
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: ReadWriteWeb, Webware.com and Mashable!
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.
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: VentureBeat and WebProNews
 
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Shuttle's $199 Linux PC
Discussion: TechSpot News, Slashdot and Digg
Smashing Magazine:
Adobe Photoshop Tutorials - Best Of
Discussion: Digg
AboutUs.org Weblog:
We're Launching Three New Services!
DealBook:
Logitech Shares Jump on Microsoft Bid Rumors
Discussion: Engadget and Between the Lines
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Weather Channel Adds Weather to Google Maps
Discussion: WebProNews and CenterNetworks
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Reports Apple To Dump Akamai As CDN For Google-Run CDN Are Simply …
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Deleted but Not Erased: Photos Reborn
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Network Solutions defends frontrunning—to stop frontrunners
Discussion: DSLreports, eWeek and Gadgetopia
 Earlier Items: 
Sean Cooper / Engadget:
Samsung surprises on the last day of CES with the SGH-F490
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Google Neglects Jaiku So Users Switch to Twitter
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
OLPC spin-off plans $75 laptop
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
Big Social News Sites Need to Outsmart the Subverters
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Is Piracy The Leading Indicator Of Innovation?
Rick Broida / Crave: The gadget blog:
Bump your notebook to 2GB of RAM for $26.99 after rebate
Katie Capps Parlante / The Chandler Project Blog:
OSAF Transitions  —  OSAF and the Chandler project are going through some big transitions.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft to Buy Yahoo Again!