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9:50 AM ET, January 11, 2008

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Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Confessions: The Meanest Thing Gizmodo Did at CES  —  CES has no shortage of displays.  And when MAKE offered us some TV-B-Gone clickers to bring to the show, we pretty much couldn't help ourselves.  We shut off a TV.  And then another.  And then a wall of TVs.  And we just couldn't stop.
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Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
Gizmodo Prank at CES.  Victims may be bloggers  —  The clever hacks at Gizmodo pulled a prank at CES making all those TV screens go blank all at once, then filming and posting it, I assume very much to their own sophomoric satisfaction.  As Webware Rafe Needleman put it:
Discussion: blackrimglasses.com
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
BLOGGERS BEHAVING BADLY: GIZMODO MESSES WITH CES FLAT SCREENS
CBS News:
Facebook Founder Says “Beacon” Needs Work  —  Also Tells 60 Minutes It's Unlikely Company Will Go Public in 2008  —  (CBS) The controversial advertising device many accused of invading the privacy of Facebook users will eventually be a good tool, says Facebook founder and chief executive officer, Mark Zuckerberg.
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Charlene Li / Groundswell:
Facebook (and me) on 60 Minutes  —  In December, I received a call from the producers of 60 Minutes, the longest running news program on broadcast TV.  They were doing a segment on Facebook and wanted to know if I could provide background for the story.  —  Wow.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Amanda Natividad / paidContent.org:
Facebook To Add More Privacy Controls, Mass Messaging; Zuckerberg On ‘60 Minutes’  —  Facebook plans to release new features giving users more control over their privacy settings and messaging capabilities, according to its “What's New” page.  Recently, Facebook added Friend Lists …
Discussion: VentureBeat, ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Benchmark Bets on Ruby on Rails With $3.5 Million Investment in Engine Yard  —  Is Ruby on Rails the next Java?  Benchmark Capital thinks so.  It just invested $3.5 million in Engine Yard, taking its entire series A round.  Ruby on Rails is an increasingly popular Web application programming environment …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Believe it or not, Mahalo is Growing  —  Human-built search engine Mahalo appears to be shooting past the traffic numbers it got when it launched, according to Heather Hopkins at traffic analyst firm Hitwise.  —  Mahalo pages are collections of the most useful links regarding a wide variety of timely topics in popular niches.
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Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Wikia Launch & Mahalo Growth
Discussion: VentureBeat, HipMojo.com and Mashable!
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Bebo's Platform Now Open for All Developers  —  Almost a month ago to the day, social network Bebo announced its developer platform.  Or rather, a clone of Facebook's developer platform.  The idea was to copy Facebook's platform so that developers wouldn't have to relearn a new one and rebuild …
Richard S. Chang / Wheels:
Tata Nano: The World's Cheapest Car  —  (Photo by Money Sharma/European Pressphoto Association)  —  Tata Motors today took the covers off the world's cheapest car — the Nano.  —  Over the past year, Tata has been building hype for a car that would cost a mere 100,000 rupees (roughly $2,500) …
Discussion: Crave and michael parekh on IT
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Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Tata Nano, the world's least expensive car
Discussion: MediaVidea and DVICE
Tameka Kee / MediaPost Publications:
Print Yellow Pages Likely To Bleed More Dollars Online  —  THIS YEAR WILL BE PIVOTAL for the global Yellow Pages industry, according to a new report by The Kelsey Group.  —  Much like newspapers, print Yellow Pages will continue to bleed dollars to their various digital counterparts …
Discussion: Screenwerk and WebProNews
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Checkout Trends  —  Google Trends allows you to enter keywords and phrases to compare what users have been searching for over a specified time period.  Now, the Official Google Checkout Blog has just announced that they've launched their own version which lets you see what people have been buying using Google Checkout:
Discussion: TechCrunch and Googling Google
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Retirement and Transition Plan for Jeff Raikes, President of the Microsoft Business Division  —  Company announces it has hired Stephen Elop from Juniper Networks; Raikes will continue at Microsoft through September 2008.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced that …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo?  YaBay?  No Deal!  —  Look, I love a good takeover rumor as much as the next gossipy reporter.  —  But all the incessant rumblings of Microsoft sniffing around to buy Yahoo or Yahoo merging with eBay are getting a tad ridiculous.  —  So, Deal or No Deal?  Um, no deal, Howie!
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Facebook disables UK entrepreneur's account  —  UK entrepreneur Raj Anand, founded of kwiqq, has had his Facebook account disabled after he individually emailed all his friends and members of a Facebook group he runs.  Anand recently launched an independent social network for Salsa dancers …
Discussion: Kwiqq Blog and Technovia
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Music Industry's Last Stand Will Be A Music Tax  —  It is becoming more and more difficult for the music industry to ignore the basic economics of the their industry: unenforceable property rights (you can't sue everyone) and zero marginal production costs (file sharing is ridiculously easy).
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.
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Sony Joins Other Labels on Amazon MP3 Store
Discussion: CrunchGear, Slashdot and TechSpot News
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
CondeNet Reworks Flip.com As Social Net App Starting With Facebook; Site Will Remain  —  CondeNet is remaking its teen-focused community site Flip.com into an app that will live on other social nets.  The first to get the new Flip app is Facebook, with others to follow, CondeNet announced a few minutes ago.
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Allison Braley / PR Newswire:   CondeNet Announces Change for Flip.com
 
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Robby Stein / Official Gmail Blog:
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Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
FBI Wiretap Cut Off After Feds Fail To Pay Telecom Spying Bills
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Oracle plans 27 security fixes for Jan. 15
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Travel Chases Kayak With FareChase
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
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Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Journalism is doing just fine, thanks — it's mass-media business models that are ailing

Steve Coll / New Yorker:
Paying ransom for kidnapped journalists is not a crime, and calling them reckless blames the victims

Associated Press:
Journalist Peter Theo Curtis, held hostage in Syria for 22 months, arrives in US

 
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