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5:30 PM ET, January 13, 2008


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Randall Stross / New York Times:
From 10 Hours a Week, $10 Million a Year  —  MARKUS FRIND, a 29-year-old Web entrepreneur, has not read the best seller “The 4-Hour Workweek” — in fact, he had not heard of it when asked last week — but his face could go on the book's cover.  He developed software for his online dating site …
USA Today:
Introducing the first Android prototype  —  NEW YORK — A small software developer today plans to unveil a suite of applications — browser, camera, games and more — based on the new Google-endorsed operating system, Android.  —  A La Mobile, based in San Ramon, Calif. …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Firm shows off functional Android build on ancient HTC hardware  —  California-based a la Mobile has crafted a somewhat complete set of phone apps in prototype form — you know, the most basic kinds of things you'd need on a smartphone to make it usable — on top of Android …
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5 Who Won't Appreciate Google Android
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
“U.S. Economy Screwed”  —  The recession-deniers having been muzzled by a horrendous last two weeks of December, the gloom-and-doomers are now out in force.  Their key arguments:  — Plummeting housing will now drag down the rest of the economy.  — The “bad debt” problem is not just …
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Jon Mooallem / New York Times:
The Afterlife of Cellphones  —  1. Cellphones in Hell  —  Americans threw out just shy of three million tons of household electronics in 2006.  This so-called e-waste is the fastest-growing part of the municipal waste stream and, depending on your outlook, either an enormous problem or a bonanza.
David Kravets / Wired News:
DRM Is Dead, But Watermarks Rise From Its Ashes  —  With all of the Big Four record labels now jettisoning digital rights management, music fans have every reason to rejoice.  But consumer advocates are singing a note of caution, as the music industry experiments with digital-watermarking technology as a DRM substitute.
Chris Sorensen / Toronto Star:
Telus considers dumping its ‘Betamax’ of wireless networks  —  With more wireless competition looming, executives at Telus Corp. are believed to be mulling a pricey swap of the firm's network technology in a bid to offer subscribers a bigger selection of mobile devices and grab a larger slice of lucrative international roaming fees.
Joe Maller:
iTransmogrify!  —  iTransmogrify! is a bookmarklet for iPhone which transforms embedded Flash content into direct links to natively supported formats.  That means YouTube videos and MP3s can now be played from the iPhone's Safari web browser with just a few clicks.  —  Seeing it work is the best explanation:
Discussion: Mashable! and Digg
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Netflix expands Internet viewing option  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Girding for a potential threat from Apple Inc., online DVD rental service Netflix Inc. is lifting its limits on how long most subscribers can watch movies and television shows over high-speed Internet connections.
Allen Salkin / New York Times:
Has Gawker Jumped the Snark?  —  “THE ideal Gawker item,” Nick Denton, the owner of Gawker Media, wrote in an instant message last month to a prospective hire, “is something triggered by a quote at a party, or an incident, or a story somewhere else and serves to expose hypocrisy, or turn conventional wisdom on its head.
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
I'm going to try live-blogging during the keynote  —  Have you ever sat there during a keynote and wondered what Dear Leader was really thinking even as he was restoring a sense of childlike wonder to your life?  Well, I'm going to try to help you find out, by blogging here on this blog even as I'm doing the keynote.
Discussion: MacUser and iPhone Savior
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Chinese Blogger Beaten To Death By Government Officials  —  A Chinese blogger has been beaten to death by Government authorities for the crime of attempting to record a protest on his mobile phone.  —  When Wei was present at some sort of confrontation or protest by local villages …
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Is Seven Renegade, Guerrilla Marketer or Fake? … Anonymous blog “Shipping Seven: Random thoughts from somebody working on the next Windows OS” is supposed to be the insider's view about the new operating system's development.  —  Right now, the posts are quite benign, which suggests the blog could be:
Discussion: Shipping Seven and WinBeta
John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
Great.  Expectations.  —  There's a delicate balance to Stevenote expectations.  The hype drives us all to pursue every shred of information leaking out about the big day, right up to mere moments before Jobs takes the stage.  The rumors, the patent filing, the retail store stock levels …
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