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12:55 PM 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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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 …
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
Discussion: Gizmodo
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 …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   Amazon/Pepsi DRM-Free Music Give Away Shows Yet Another Business Model …
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 …
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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Alexandra Frean / Times of London:
White bread for young minds, says university professor
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
HD DVD fires back, slashes hardware & software prices  —  HD DVD's response to being unceremoniously jilted by Warner going into CES was ... nothing.  A canceled press conference, downtrodden Toshiba press conference and rumors of further losses left great doubt that red had anything left in 2008, but now HD DVD is firing back.
Discussion: Digg
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Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Toshiba drops prices on HD DVD players
Anne Zelenka / GigaOM:
Coghead on AWS: The SaaS Ecosystem Expands  —  Coghead, like DabbleDB and Zoho Creator, allows you to quickly create a hosted database-backed web application without programming.  But unlike DabbleDB and Zoho Creator, Coghead wants to create a platform not just for web applications but for web businesses …
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Coghead 2.0: Built on Adobe Flex, Hosted By Amazon
Discussion: coghead.com and RIApedia
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 …
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.
BBC:
One million viewers use iPlayer  —  More than 3.5 million programmes have been watched by more than a million people using the BBC's online video service iPlayer since 25 December.  —  On average, 250,000 programmes were either streamed or downloaded each day following the Christmas Day launch.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
For political news, TV's decline opens door to Internet, NPR  —  The Internet might be changing the way that people get their news, but television is still king.  That's one result from a new Pew study into the Internet's role in the 2008 US presidential campaign.
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
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 …
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
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Zagat Family Is Putting Guide Empire on Market  —  A “clever and sharp” restaurant guide company with “telling” rankings and “a penchant for quote marks” from its thousands of “in-the-know” reviewers is “on the block."  —  Zagat Survey, the guide empire that started as a hobby for Tim …
 
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Steve Guttenberg / CNET News.com:
Teenagers think vinyl's groovy again, Time says
Discussion: Slashdot
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Independent study advises IT planners to go OOXML
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
EFF tries to quash labels' “making available” claims
David Rothman / TeleRead:
A Sony-Kindle-Cybook-iLiad rival from iRiver?
Petemortensen / Cult of Mac:
Hacked IKEA Paper Towel Holder Makes Great MacBook Pro Stand
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
TorrentFreak Interviews a Lawyer Defending 500 File-Sharers
Peter Sayer / IDG News Service:
Tech Companies Share Green Patents
Discussion: The Register and VentureBeat
Chris Williams / The Register:
MP accuses BBC chief of illegally championing Microsoft
Ryan Block / Engadget:
DroboShare Drobo NAS mini-review
Discussion: Electronista
Louise Armitstead / Times of London:
Game Over for Tomb Raider boss
Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
Netflix Opens Floodgates To Online Streaming
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
MacBook Air in the air?
Discussion: Cult of Mac and MacUser
 

 
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