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11:45 PM ET, January 15, 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.
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:
MacBook Air: plenty more details
Discussion: Valleywag
Arn / MacRumors:
First Look at the MacBook Air
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
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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Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Steve Jobs Proves the Interweb Can't Beat TV ... Yet  —  Live media events are great, when they work.  But watching live services like Twitter collapse around the Steve Jobs keynote this morning provides more great examples (if needed) why the Interweb isn't yet TV.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Twitter Fails Macworld Keynote Test
Discussion: Mashable!, i-boy and Tech Ticker
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
Now we know what Twitter's good for: not much
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Apple TV Take 2: $229, No Computer Required, Direct Rentals (Netflix Screwed)  —  Holy crap, Jobs admitted Apple TV failed at getting computer content to the square screen.  Apple TV Take 2 requires no computer, you can rent from iTunes directly from the box—movies and music—and it's only $229.
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Video Podcasts: The Sleeping Giant on AppleTV
Discussion: TechCrunch and MacUser
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Does Apple's Streaming Movie Rental Service Make Sense?
Discussion: The Utube Blog
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Move over Netflix, VOD services; here comes Apple
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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Dreamhost Overbills Customers $7.5 Million; Uses Homer Simpson To Deliver Apology
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Live from Macworld 2008: Steve Jobs keynote  —  Thanks for joining us for our live Macworld 2008 keynote coverage!  We're in, so click on, all our real-time updates are posted just after the break.  —  Note: this time we're updating from bottom to top, with the latest updates below.
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Forbes:
Jobs Fails To Wow At Macworld
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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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Apple Announces Time Capsule Server for Wireless Time Machine Backup  —  At Macworld 2008, Apple just announced Time Capsule, a full Airport Extreme base station with 802.11n wireless and four Ethernet ports, plus server grade hard drives to back up all of the Leopard Macs in the house.
Discussion: Engadget, Hardware 2.0 and Electronista
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Nick Denton Runs a “Slave Shop,” Oxford Chum Jason Pontin Declares  —  Gawker Media chief Nick Denton is “profoundly talented....kind of bitchy"....and gets by with things he shouldn't.  But he does it in a sufficiently Oxonian way so “you don't feel too dirty,” says Jason Pontin …
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 …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Mashable!
GigaOM:
Google's Achilles Heel  —  Does Google not, like everyone else, have an Achilles heel?  —  Before I attempt to answer that question, let me just say right up front that when it comes to this topic, I am highly biased.  I want Google to have competition.  —  Biased or not, however …
 
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Striking Writers Plan Online Channel
Karl / DSLreports:
Uncle Sam Turns Blind Eye To Hidden Fees - Wasn't false advertising …
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Happy Birthday: Wikipedia Turns 7 Today
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Spore To Come Simultaneously To the Mac and PC
Discussion: CNET News.com
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Meebo Widget Strategy Paying Off
Discussion: VentureBeat and Beet.TV
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 Earlier Items: 
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
2008 shaping up to be “Year of Filters” at colleges, ISPs
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel to launch 15 Montevina CPUs in May
Discussion: Gizmodo and TechSpot News
Jeffrey Silva / RCR Wireless News:
FCC to probe carrier text messaging discrimination
Discussion: SMS Text News
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Mozilla Hires Humanized Founders
Nicole Maestri / Reuters:
Borders readies to take over Web site
Discussion: paidContent.org
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The earlier the better...  Most VC's typically “pass” …
 

 
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