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5:50 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.
John Markoff / Bits:
The Passion of Steve Jobs  —  Even more than when he's performing on stage, Steven P. Jobs's passion for personal computing comes through when he talks about the years he spent cajoling his designers to build what he presented today as the world's “thinnest” computer.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Air: The Only Thing Left In Your Wallet After You Buy Apple's New Laptop  —  Steve Jobs announced Apple's entry into the ultra-mobile laptop market, the Macbook Air during his keynote at the Macworld Expo today.  —  It's an amazing machine that I got to play with this afternoon (photos below) …
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 …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Enhancing Its Hits, Apple Adds Movie Rentals, Ultralight Laptop
Discussion: Podcasting News and Engadget
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Live from Macworld 2008: Steve Jobs keynote
Ryan Block / Engadget:
MacBook Air: plenty more details
Discussion: Valleywag
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.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why we're going to FastCompany.tv  —  Ahh, Andy Plesser broke my career news again (he was the guy who broke my news about leaving Microsoft too).  Louis Gray got the story first, though, I think, although I told dozens of people at the BlogHaus last week at CES.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Scoble's New Job Revealed - Video Guy At Fast Company
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 …
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
Now we know what Twitter's good for: not much
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Will Apple TV Take 2 Take Online Movie Rentals Mainstream?  —  An extraordinary thing happened today (well at least given who it was), Steve Jobs admitted that Apple had screwed up with its Apple TV product.  Never one to take the rap alone he threw in Microsoft and a few others as well as examples …
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:   Apple Reinvents Film Biz With iTunes Movie Rentals
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Video Podcasts: The Sleeping Giant on AppleTV
Discussion: MacUser
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
Discussion: Demand Satisfaction!
Clint Ecker / Infinite Loop:
Macworld.ars: iPod touch users to pay $20 for iPhone applications  —  Within thirty minutes of purchasing my original iPod touch, I had it jailbroken and installed those iPhone applications that Apple had purposefully left out.  Those include Google Maps, MobileMail, Stocks, Weather, and Notes.
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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.
Nate Westheimer / innonate:
Freebase's $42M!  Can the top-down semantic web scale?  —  I just read this:  —  MetaWeb, the folks who power Freebase, a semantic database, got another $42 million in funding.  —  This shows a very serious investment in the semantic web... but instead of a distributed semantic web …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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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TubesNow Service to be Discontinued on January 31
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