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1:45 PM 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.
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Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
User denied iPhone warranty service for custom ringtone
Discussion: IntoMobile and All About Symbian
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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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Network Solutions defends frontrunning—to stop frontrunners  —  Domain registrar Network Solutions has come under fire this week for what some believe is “domain name frontrunning."  The practice resulted in Network Solutions registering a previously-unregistered domain to itself immediately …
Discussion: Techdirt, Gadgetopia and The Next Web
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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 …
Discussion: Network World, Cathode Tan and Slashdot
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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Thomas K. Arnold / Hollywood Reporter:
New Line falls in line with Blu-ray
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.
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Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
Microsoft's Acquisition Exec Quitting
Discussion: PC World, MarketWatch and Valleywag
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.
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Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Microsoft Sends Vista SP1 RC Refresh to Testers  —  Microsoft inches closer to Vista SP1 RTM  —  Microsoft continues to put the finishing touches on Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) and the steady stream of updates reinforces its actions.  Microsoft late Wednesday night released a SP1 Release Candidate …
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Dwight / TechBlog:
What's Microsoft doing to battle the negative Vista buzz?
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and WinBeta
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Google Neglects Jaiku So Users Switch to Twitter  —  Over at ars technica, there's talk of Jaiku users fleeing to Twitter due to the lack of any innovation since being acquired by Google. … I can attest to the poor performance of Jaiku.  After the acquisition, I remembered that I had signed up for Jaiku many months before.
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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 …
Business Wire:
MySpace Launches New Content Channel: MySpace Celebrity(TM)  —  New Channel Empowers Celebrities to Communicate Directly with Fans and Control Their Voice  —  Channel Unveils More Than 300 Celebrity Profiles Including Ashton Kutcher, Britney Spears, Hayden Panettiere, Jamie Foxx …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
LinkedIn, Flickr and SixApart 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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch and The LinkedIn Blog
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 and Mashable!
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Introducing SphinnCon & SphinnCon Israel Agenda Posted  —  The agenda is now up for our first SphinnCon internet marketing event — SphinnCon Israel, to be held on February 5 in Jerusalem.  Below, more about the inaugural event and details about the low-cost networking series that is backed by Search Engine Land's forum site, Sphinn.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
OLPC spin-off plans $75 laptop  —  According to a report in the New York Times today, a spin-off of OLPC is planning to launch a competitor to the company's $200 XO laptop.  Mary Lou Jepsen, former CTO of the Nicholas Negroponte-led company, claims that her new organization, Pixel Qi, can do it cheaper and better.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 and Raw
 
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
WSJ.com Merges OpinionJournal With Subscription Content For Free …
Mac Os / PC World:
Adobe Announces Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac
Discussion: MacRumors
Sean Cooper / Engadget:
Samsung surprises on the last day of CES with the SGH-F490
Duane Forrester / SEMPO:
Reality Check: In-House Search Marketing Pays Well But Not Dot Com Hype Levels
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
Big Social News Sites Need to Outsmart the Subverters
Discussion: Wake Up Later
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.
 Earlier Items: 
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft to Buy Yahoo Again!
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Verizon's New Voyager Looks Like the iPhone, But Software Is Inferior
BBC:
Facebook futures  —  Regular commentator Bill Thompson ruminates …
InfoWorld:
Ask.com names new CEO, president
Discussion: Google Watch and Digital Daily
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps Gaining On Market Leader Mapquest
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Skype's mobile dreams
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
What's the best Web site for geotagged photos?
Discussion: All Points Blog
Richard Wray / Guardian:
BT bets its future on broadband 20 times faster than now
Discussion: Gadget Lab and The Register
 

 
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