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3:25 PM ET, January 10, 2008

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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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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:
Mathew Ingram / WebProNews:
More and More People Turning to Online Video
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 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).
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.
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 …
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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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 …
Discussion: Identity 2.0 and TechCrunch
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Steve Ganz / The LinkedIn Blog:
Who Owns Your Data? (hint: you do)
Discussion: Insider Chatter
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Joins The DataPortability Work Group
Discussion: Mashable!
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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Jyri / Jaiku:
We've joined Google; now what?  —  It's been a while since we've given …
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.
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 …
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Lights, Camera, Action: MySpace Debuts Celeb Channel
Discussion: USA Today and Mashable!
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.
Reuters:
New York Launches Intel Antitrust Probe  —  The New York attorney general has launched a formal investigation to determine whether Intel violated antitrust laws to squeeze out AMD.  —  Recommend this story?  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - The office of New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo …
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 …
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.
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Sony drops 20GB, 60GB PS3 models in Japan  —  Both Sony and Microsoft have released multiple hardware revisions and packages since launching their gaming consoles, but today Sony has announced a bold step: the company is discontinuing the 20 and 60GB PlayStation 3 models in Japan …
Discussion: PC World
Katie Capps Parlante / The Chandler Project Blog:
OSAF Transitions  —  OSAF and the Chandler project are going through some big transitions.  Yesterday, January 7, we restructured the organization.  This is the biggest change since the inception of project six and a half years ago.  —  In September 2007 we delivered a Preview release of Chandler Desktop …
 
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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
FACEBOOK TOPS ONE LIST OF ‘SLOW AND INACCESSIBLE’ SOCIAL NETWORKS
Discussion: WebProNews
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Weather Channel Adds Weather to Google Maps
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
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
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
OLPC spin-off plans $75 laptop
Discussion: TechCrunch
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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
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft to Buy Yahoo Again!
BBC:
Facebook futures  —  Regular commentator Bill Thompson ruminates …
InfoWorld:
Ask.com names new CEO, president
Discussion: Google Watch and Digital Daily
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
What's the best Web site for geotagged photos?
Discussion: All Points Blog
Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
Semantic Web: What Is The Killer App?
Discussion: BlueBlog and Raw
 

 
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