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2:05 PM ET, January 14, 2008

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Google:
Google announces faster, more customizable Google experience for iPhone Users  —  Today, the first day of Macworld, Google announced new improvements to the integrated Google experience on iPhone.  The previous version, launched just over a month ago, brought together our suite of web applications …
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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.
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google betting big on mobile market—and Apple  —  The story has been updated to reflect Google's announcement on Monday.  —  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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google doubles down on the iPhone; officially rolls out its app lineup
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Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.co.uk:
Macworld2008: Steve Jobs keynote speech leaked?  —  Apple CEO's stage notes appear on Wikipedia  —  We're used to seeing the online tech world go crazy with rumours and speculation in the days before Macworld, but this year a new element has been introduced to the mix.
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Purported Steve Jobs Keynote Leaked on Wikipedia  —  I have been an Apple watcher for years.  I freelanced for Mac pubs in the mid 1990s.  Now that doesn't make me more of an expert than anyone else.  However, I am inclined to believe this alleged Steve Jobs keynote leak.  It sounds real.
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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
European regulators targeting .Net, OOXML, server products in new Microsoft probe  —  European antitrust regulators are kicking off two new Microsoft antitrust investigations, one of which involves products and technologies for which Microsoft allegedly is withholding interoperability information …
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Antitrust: Commission initiates formal investigations against …
Aoife White / Associated Press:
EU launches new Microsoft investigation
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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 …
Chris Silver Smith / Search Engine Land:
20 Awesome Images Found In Google Maps  —  The introduction of satellite images into map search interfaces has excited both virtual sightseers and local app developers.  Further innovations like Google's Street View have caused consternation from privacy advocates while further pumping up the buzz about online mapping.
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Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
More Google Queries Get Google Maps
Discussion: Screenwerk and Natural Search Blog
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
MySpace Tries To Put Sexual Predator Problems Behind It  —  In a deal announced today with 49 state attorneys general and Washington D.C., MySpace has put into place new measures to protect minors from sexual predators.  The site, owned by News Corp., has agreed to independent monitoring and to work on age-verification technologies.
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Michael Gormley / Associated Press:
MySpace agrees to new safety measures
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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 …
Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
Netflix Opens Floodgates To Online Streaming  —  For Netflix customers, it's time to consider buying a better office chair and investing in a nicer monitor; the service that's best known for mailing DVDs will allow many people to view an unlimited amount of video online.
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 …
Suzanne Tindal / CNET News.com:
Near-final Vista SP1 goes public  —  Microsoft has made Vista's Service Pack 1 near-final “release candidate” available for download to the general public, after initially choosing to restrict it to 15,000 beta testers when it debuted last week.  —  According to a blog by ZDNet.com's Mary Jo Foley …
 
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