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9:45 AM ET, January 14, 2008

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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Sees Surge in iPhone Traffic  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Of all the iPhone's features, none had reviewers gushing more than its Internet browser.  It was the first cellphone browser that promised something resembling the experience of surfing the Internet on a PC.  Santa helped deliver on that promise.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google betting big on mobile market—and Apple  —  On Christmas Day thousands of people opened up boxes with something cool and functional inside and wasted no time logging onto Google.com through their brand new iPhones.  —  As a result of those gifts, the number of global queries …
Discussion: Mashable! and Scobleizer
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Facebook: The Entire “60 Minutes” Segment  —  For those who missed it, here is the entire video of the piece CBS' “60 Minutes” aired on Facebook last night, helmed by veteran correspondent Lesley Stahl.  —  It is not exactly the big wet kiss I was expecting the hot social networking company would get …
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Andy Chiles / The Argus:
Lecturer bans students from using Google and Wikipedia  —  A lecturer has criticised students for relying on websites like Google and Wikipedia to do their thinking for them.  —  Professor Tara Brabazon, from the University of Brighton, said too many young people around the world were taking …
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
University students banned from Google and Wikipedia
Discussion: PDA and Mashable!
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Macworld 2008: How can Steve Jobs top the iPhone?  —  The Macworld Conference & Expo, Silicon Valley's largest technology trade show, opens Monday.  But the moment everyone is waiting for comes Tuesday morning, when Steve Jobs makes his annual keynote address at San Francisco's Moscone Center.
Dominic Walsh / Times of London:
EMI plans to tighten support and make cuts to tune of 2,000 jobs  —  EMI, the music group behind Norah Jones and Coldplay, will announce plans tomorrow to scrap the system whereby each of its record labels has its own support function in a move that is likely to cost up to 2,000 jobs.
Discussion: p2pnet, Coolfer and hypebot
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Financial Times:
EMI chief confident of ability to call a new tune
Discussion: Guardian and paidContent
Telegraph:
EMI managers will have to sing for their supper
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
MacBook Air in the air?  —  The kids over at 9to5Mac are making the case that Apple's rumored ultra-portable will be dubbed the MacBook Air.  Besides all the anecdotal evidence supporting their case, one of their readers discovered a machine identifying itself as a “MacBookAir” in a January 9 …
Discussion: Cult of Mac and MacUser
InfoWorld:
InfoWorld launches drive to save Windows XP  —  The clock is ticking for Windows XP, the tried-and-true Microsoft operating system that millions of businesses and individuals depend on.  Soon, the only Windows option will be Vista, an operating system that businesses as well as individuals have disliked and often avoided.
Discussion: Gear Diary
Tom Hodgkinson / Guardian:
With friends like these ...  Facebook has 59 million users - and 2 million new ones join each week.  But you won't catch Tom Hodgkinson volunteering his personal information - not now that he knows the politics of the people behind the social networking site  —  I despise Facebook.
TankGirl / P2P Consortium:
“Our enemy has no intellectual capital to bring to the battle”  —  In this special interview Rick Falkvinge, the founder and the leader of Swedish Pirate Party, gives his own views on the wildly heated political filesharing debate in Sweden, evaluates the political and technological prospects …
Discussion: Boing Boing and Digg
Howard Lindzon:
Wallstrip has a new Host - Julie Alexandria  —  Don't shoot the messenger.  —  We all love Lindsay.  She rocks.  She is Wallstrip.  Blah blah blah .  —  Now it's Julie's turn so just deal with it.  Wallstrip is about stocks near or at all-time highs (for the most part) that I find interesting and my market thoughts.
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Wallstrip Star Leaves Show to Start Moblogic.tv for CBS
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Music Industry, Souring on Apple, Embraces Amazon Service  —  LOS ANGELES — At the Super Bowl next month, the music industry will be switching teams — from Apple to Amazon.com.  —  The major record labels lined up with Pepsi-Cola and Apple four years ago to give away 100 million songs …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Lifestreaming: a ReadWriteWeb Primer  —  Lifestreaming, according to Wordspy, is “an online record of a person's daily activities, either via direct video feed or via aggregating the person's online content such as blog posts, social network updates, and online photos.”
Discussion: Dembot
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
ULTIMATE LIVEBLOGGING TOOL: COVERITLIVE  —  CoverItLive is a new, hosted service for blogging events in real-time, or “liveblogging."  It's a useful tool for people covering major industry events, speeches, sports, and the like.  I first saw the product in use when I was watching …
Discussion: Ryan Stewart
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
CoverItLive looks like a worthy app
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
More Google Queries Get Google Maps  —  The share of Google searches that result in visits to Google Maps has skyrocketed since last year, according to the online traffic-measurement firm Hitwise.  Over the week ending Jan. 6, 2007, 0.22 percent of Google searchers went on to Google Maps.
Discussion: Screenwerk and Natural Search Blog
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Xobni: Social Network in Your Inbox  —  Xobni (that's inbox backwards - cute!) is the next big idea in productivity enhancements for your inbox.  The Xobni software is an add-on for Microsoft Outlook that offers email management and quick access to important information in your email.
 
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
LG's silver Prada gets a new on-screen QWERTY
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
EFF Files Brief In Howell Case, Says ‘Making Available’ Is Not Infringement
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
VideoEgg Adds imeem, Metacafe and Buzznet to Video Ad Platform …
GigaOM:
The Operators vs. the Media Brands
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
It is no accident that Typhoid Mary was a woman
Discussion: Futuristic Play
GigaOM:
Are Cable and Phone Companies Still Recession-Proof?
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Trying to Fine-Tune Yahoo
Discussion: paidContent.org
Paul Miller / Engadget:
iriver prepping handwriting-friendly e-book / tablet?
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Alec Saunders .LOG:
Skype with High Quality Video
Discussion: Skype Journal
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Bloomberg News Launches CEO Show as New Video Strategy Emerges
Discussion: Pulse 2.0 and Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Things Are Looking Good At Startup Schwag
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
TSA security flaws exposed users to risk of identity theft
Discussion: Computerworld
John Markoff / New York Times:
Two Views of Innovation, Colliding in Washington
Kerry A. Dolan / Forbes:
Andy Grove's Last Stand
Discussion: bytes|genes
Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Macworld Exhibitor tip: disable the IR port on your Macs