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2:55 AM ET, January 16, 2008

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Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
MacBook AirHead: why Apple's new laptop is basically useless  —  First, let me just say that the Air is an extremely impressive piece of technology.  The miniaturization, the optimization of space, the blatant disregard for current standards — it's everything a revolutionary machine should be.
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
MacBook Air Hands-on  —  Here's our take on the MacBook Air.  It's super light, super fragile, and super small.  If you just tap the screen lightly, the whole thing closes because it's so light.  The keyboard looks a little weird because it's black on the aluminum, but the keyboard feels great.
Forbes:
Jobs Fails To Wow At Macworld  —  SAN FRANCISCO -  —  You could hear the collective sigh from the crowd.  When Steve Jobs unveiled the newest member of the Macintosh fold, the skinny MacBook Air laptop, the Mac-faithful sighed with pleasure.  But it was just a momentary exhale.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
MacBook Air battery replacements: $129, free install!  —  We've got word back from Apple on MacBook Air battery replacement.  The good news is a new MBA battery is the same as a new MacBook Pro battery: $129.  And hey, installation is even free!  The bad news hasn't changed though …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
MacBook Air doesn't have a user-replaceable battery  —  We sort of understood it with iPods, and we grudgingly accepted it with the iPhone, but the MacBook Air has a sealed, non-user-replaceable battery, and that means we're suddenly a lot less in love.  We're digging for details …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Live from Macworld 2008: Steve Jobs keynote
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Air: The Only Thing Left In Your Wallet After You Buy Apple's New Laptop
John Markoff / Bits:
The Passion of Steve Jobs
Ryan Block / Engadget:
MacBook Air: plenty more details
Discussion: Valleywag
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Hey, Steve — you broke the Internet  —  Thanks for all the great toys, Uncle Steve, but did you have to go and break the Internet?  I and about 7,000 other people were all signed up to get Twitter updates from MacRumors, but I never saw a single one — and in fact the entire Twitter.com network …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Twitter Fails Macworld Keynote Test  —  Many Twitter fans have become very much used to following big events via Twitter, its immediate nature and 140 character limit provides key points of what exactly is going on.  —  Unfortunately for Twitter users, Twitter completely failed during Steve …
Discussion: Mashable!, Tech Ticker and Chuqui 3.0
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
Now we know what Twitter's good for: not much
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
Apple Reinvents Film Biz With iTunes Movie Rentals  —  Apple is about to turn the movie rentals business on its ear.  —  The new iTunes movie rentals service, announced Tuesday by Apple CEO Steve Jobs during his Macworld Expo keynote, is powered by deals with all the major film studios …
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Video Podcasts: The Sleeping Giant on AppleTV
Discussion: MacUser
Clint Ecker / Infinite Loop:
Macworld.ars: iPod touch users to pay $20 for iPhone applications
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Robert Scoble to Launch Online Video Network At Fast Company  —  Robert Scoble, who pioneered tech videoblogging at Microsoft with Channel 9 and produced hundreds of segments during his tenure at PodTech, is launching a new business television network for Fast Company.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Dreamhost Overbills Customers $7.5 Million; Uses Homer Simpson To Deliver Apology  —  There's a fine line between humor and condescension; more than a few customers felt that hosting provider Dreamhost crossed that line today.  —  The company overbilled nearly every customer, by a total $7.5 million dollars.
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Josh Jones / DreamHost Blog:
Um, Whoops.  —  Hello.. how's your morning going?  —  I hope it's been a little better than mine.  —  We had a teensy eensy weensy little billing error last night... my first clue something was up when I saw this morning's daily billing report (so far): $7,500,000.
Austin Modine / The Register:
Dreamhost billing cock-up shocks customer bank accounts
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Samwer Brothers Invest In Facebook  —  Serial German entrepreneurs Alexander, Marc and Oliver Samwer have invested in Facebook, we've heard from a very reliable source - presumably as part of Facebook's recent $15 billion valuation round with Microsoft.  We are still trying to nail down the size of the investment.
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GigaOM:
700 MHz Auction Update  —  So 214 bidders have been approved for the forthcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction, which starts on Jan. 24.  The big bidders include AT&T, Verizon and Google.  These bidders will go after 1,200 licenses.  —  The bidding will conclude on March 24; down payments will be due by April 11.
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
New iPhone update will confuse and upset many Gmail users  —  For people using POP access in their iPhone, the new update for the device will automatically convert your email to IMAP without you knowing.  Why does that matter?  Well, if you are in the habit of deleting messages from your iPhone …
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Another Media Exec Leaves Yahoo  —  As Yahoo narrows its focus on a few key priorities, it's not surprising to see those whose projects fall outside those areas leave the company.  And Yahoo's media group, whose once lofty mission to produce original, Hollywood-style content has been scaled …
 
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Future Of Digital Media: Perfecting Existing Technologies For People On The Web
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
TubesNow Service to be Discontinued on January 31
Discussion: Mashable!
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Nick Denton Runs a “Slave Shop,” Oxford Chum Jason Pontin Declares
Discussion: Portfolio.com
Karl / DSLreports:
Uncle Sam Turns Blind Eye To Hidden Fees - Wasn't false advertising …
InfoWorld:
Weak memory pricing hurts Intel revenue
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Spore To Come Simultaneously To the Mac and PC
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Meebo Widget Strategy Paying Off
Discussion: VentureBeat and Beet.TV
Light Reading:
AT&T Begins Massive Battery Replacement
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
2008 shaping up to be “Year of Filters” at colleges, ISPs
GigaOM:
Google's Achilles Heel
Josh / Redeye VC:
The earlier the better...  Most VC's typically “pass” …
Alex Serpo / CNET News.com:
A tenfold improvement in battery life?
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