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4:10 AM ET, January 14, 2008

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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.
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Dave Ambrose / All Facebook:
Lessons Learned from 60 Minutes' Interview with Zuckerberg: Brandee Barker is a Genius and Zuck Wears Nice Moccasins  —  To say that the Lesley Stahl's profile of Mark Zuckerberg tonight on 60 Minutes was “groundbreaking” would be a great exaggeration.  Hell, to me, the most groundbreaking discovery …
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Trying to Fine-Tune Yahoo  —  Jerry Yang began his biggest public presentation since becoming chief executive of Yahoo with something of an apology.  —  “I'm guessing that a lot of you are here today to see what the new look and new face of Yahoo is all about,” he told an audience …
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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 …
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
CoverItLive looks like a worthy app  —  Rafe Needleman at Webware has a post up on CoverItLive, which reminded me that I've been meaning to write about this live-blogging tool for awhile now (and no, I'm not going to “live-blog” this post — that would be too recursive for words).
Discussion: The Blog Herald
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. …
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.
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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.
GigaOM:
Are Cable and Phone Companies Still Recession-Proof?  —  Cynthia Brumfield is a long-time communications, broadband and media analyst at Emerging Media Dynamics, and a blogger at IP Democracy.  —  AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson triggered a mini-free fall in the shares of phone companies last week …
Telegraph:
EMI managers will have to sing for their supper  —  Guy Hands will this week pledge to invest tens of millions of pounds recruiting new talent scouts and managing EMI's existing acts.  —  But alongside the investment in so-called A&R - artist and repertoire - he will also unveil plans to cut …
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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.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Wallstrip Star Leaves Show to Start Moblogic.tv for CBS  —  Wallstrip star Lindsay Campbell has left the daily financial news web show and moved on to a new project within CBS Interactive, according to Wallstrip founder Howard Lindzon.  CBS bought Wallstrip for $4 million last May.
Alec Saunders .LOG:
Skype with High Quality Video  —  Periodically a vendor sends me a pretty good toy to try out.  The Logitech QuickCam Pro for Notebooks is one such item.  The folks at Skype's PR agency shipped it to me because they wanted me to see the high quality video features in the latest version of Skype.... more on Skype in a minute.
Discussion: Skype Journal
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Things Are Looking Good At Startup Schwag  —  It's been a few months since we wrote about Startup Schwag, a service that sends users startup-branded tshirts and stickers every month.  —  You'll either think this is lame (not target market) or so cool you've wet your pants (target market) and act accordingly.
 
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
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Joe Maller:
iTransmogrify!  —  iTransmogrify! is a bookmarklet for iPhone …
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Is Seven Renegade, Guerrilla Marketer or Fake?
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