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8:50 AM ET, January 16, 2008


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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.
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 …
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.
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
Apple Reinvents Film Biz With iTunes Movie Rentals
Discussion: Cult of Mac
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Video Podcasts: The Sleeping Giant on AppleTV
Discussion: MacUser
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.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why we're going to  —  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
Facebook asked to pull Scrabulous  —  Facebook has been asked to remove the Scrabulous game from its website by the makers of Scrabble.  —  The Facebook add-on has proved hugely popular on the social network site and regularly racks up more than 500,000 daily users.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Stevenote In 60 Seconds  —  Too lazy to watch the entire Stevenote video stream on CrunchGear, or read Duncan's real time notes from the event?  No worries.  Mahalo's Veronica Belmont distills all the important stuff down into just sixty seconds.  —  See all of our coverage from Macworld here and at CrunchGear.
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Macworld 2008 Keynote: Watch it beginning to end, right here
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and TechCrunch
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
iGoogle Themes Directory Launched  —  In October last year, I asked whether we should expect to see an iGoogle Themes Directory Coming Soon.  Today, Peter Dawson noticed that the Themes Directory is now live!  —  The directory, which is available through the “Select theme” …
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Dreamhost Overbills Customers $7.5 Million; Uses Homer Simpson To Deliver Apology
Discussion: Demand Satisfaction!
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 …
Mathew /
Hey, Steve — you broke the Internet
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Application Developers: Don't Be Surprised If Facebook Changes The Rules When You Do Something That Hurts Users  —  We saw early on that Facebook was willing to change policies and their API in order to protect users against clearly black hat/spammy applications, or ones that break the terms of use with users.
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Blog:
Helping Dolphins Fly  —  We announced big news today - our preliminary results for our fiscal second quarter, and as importantly, that we're acquiring MySQL AB.  —  If you're interested in the financial details for the quarter, tune in to our conference call (see details on today …
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
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.
Discussion: Ars Technica
Dan Dickinson / The Primary Vivid Weblog:
HOWTO: iPhone Webclip Icons  —  I remember, years ago, I was baffled by the little 16x16 icons that were showing up in my URL toolbar, and it took a surprising amount of searching to find out how to create one.  I refuse to let this happen again.  —  So: if you want to make a custom icon …
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:
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Nick Denton Runs a “Slave Shop,” Oxford Chum Jason Pontin Declares
Karl / DSLreports:
Uncle Sam Turns Blind Eye To Hidden Fees - Wasn't false advertising …
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG and MSNBC
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Happy Birthday: Wikipedia Turns 7 Today
Discussion: Voices
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Wall Street Journal:
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