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4:15 AM ET, January 17, 2008


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Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Interview: Sony's Thoughts On the MacBook Air  —  During the Keynote, Jobs compared the Macbook Air to Sony's TZ ultraportable, implying it had a small keyboard and screen, was too thick, and was not that good.  Here's what Sony thinks of the Apple MacBook Air:
Discussion: PalmAddicts and
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Is MacBook Air Worth the Money?  Five Slim Laptops Face Off  —  Updated with battery life stats, by popular demand.  We can all agree that the MacBook Air is a slick-looking little laptop.  It's so thin!  You can't argue with that!  But if you're in the market for a small, high-performance laptop, is it the best option?
Discussion: Infinite Loop, and Digg
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
A decentralized Twitter?  —  Andrew Baron is a smart guy, and he's not a techy, so when he explains technical issues he does it in a way non-technical people can understand.  —  Dembot: “If you hosted your own Twitter, just like you host your own website, you could put your twitter anywhere.”
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Centeralization vs. Decentralization: What's The Value Of Twitter?  —  Although I haven't had time to use Twitter recently, I've been following all the discussions about Twitter, because it's become a flashpoint for innovative thinking about online communication and media.
Can We Talk About Twitter for a Second?  —  About a year ago, I wrote how I had completely sworn off instant messaging, and how, despite its fast-rising user base, I had no intention of using Twitter.  And so far, I haven't given in to the siren song.  While I hadn't expected to ever gain …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch: To Offer DaaS Service, New Pricing Model, Competition  —  CRM and SaaS provider have announced that there Cloud Computing Architecture (our review here) is to now offer Development-as-a-Service (DaaS), a new pricing structure and a developer competition.
Discussion: Between the Lines
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
SalesForce Updates Platform and Offers New Pricing …
Discussion: Mashable!
Matt Raymond / Library of Congress Blog:
My Friend Flickr: A Match Made in Photo Heaven  —  If you're reading this, then chances are you already know about Web 2.0.  Even if you don't know the term itself, you're one of millions worldwide who are actively creating, sharing or benefiting from user-generated content that characterizes Web 2.0 phenomena.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Perspective: Myspace Still Kicking Facebook's Ass in Traffic  —  While the media and Silicon Valley have lost our collective minds over the rise of Facebook over the past year, traffic analysts Hitwise released numbers today indicating that things are not as they might seem.
Time Warner Cable Eyeing Overage Charges?  - Memo says trial will determine national deployment...  Time Warner Cable may be exploring the possibility of implementing overage charges for its RoadRunner cable broadband service.  According to excerpts from a leaked internal memo posted to our forums …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Leaked memo: Time Warner Cable to trial hard bandwidth caps  —  Metered Internet access is a fact of life for many broadband users around the world, but has been largely a nonfactor when it comes to wired broadband in the US.  That may change, according to a memo leaked to the Broadband Reports forums.
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Facebook bullies writers, not its engineers, to keep data private  —  My boss, Nick Denton, may be banned from Facebook, for posting photos of Emily Brill, daughter of entrepreneur Steve Brill.  Insiders at the social network tell me that they have considered similar sanctions against me …
Mike Cane /
Steve Jobs Is Up To Something.  Probably Big. … Emphasis added by me.  —  Let's review: … Here's Jobs dissing flash players in his own words at MacWorld 2004:  —  January 2005: Jobs introduces the iPod Shuffle.  —  Transcript Of Apple's iTunes Conference Call (2004) … Emphasis added by me.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
How Do You Say “Fix Your Service” In Japanese?  —  Twitter is to launch a dedicated version of their growingly popular messaging service for Japan.  —  The new site is will be developed in partnership with Digital Garage, who as part of the deal has also made an investment in Twitter …
BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Twitter in Japan  —  Despite the fact that Twitter is in English …
Discussion: Mashable!
Savio Rodrigues / InfoWorld:
More thoughts on Sun & MySQL  —  First off, kudos to Sun for valuing MySQL at this price.  The deal represents ~36% of Sun's Cash & Cash Equivalents (of $2.7B) on hand at the end of their last quarter (Sept. 2007).  But considering how cheap debt is these days, Sun could probably fund a portion of the deal through cheap debt.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Broadband Enterprises raises $10M to help with video shift online  —  Movie, television and radio writers have been on strike since last fall — and when they come back they may find all their viewers gone.  —  You'd think American Idol's viewer ratings would be immune to the strike, because it doesn't have any writers.
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
Internet routing shows growing pains—again  —  The growth of the Internet  —  Every conduit can take a 144-fiber cable  —  Thanks to the virtualy infinite bandwidth of fiber—or rather, the empty tubes that can hold multi-fiber cables—the Internet has continued to get faster for almost four decades …
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
Disney delays Stage 9  —  Guild concerns may be a factor  —  Disney's ABC has indefinitely postponed the debut of a unit charged with launching original online series.  —  The unit, known as Stage 9, planned to distribute its first offering in February with one of four shortform episodic programs scheduled to roll out this year.
Discussion: and Reel Pop
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Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:
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Social software Twitter, Facebook called on for higher purpose
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
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Configuring Visual Studio to Debug .NET Framework Source Code
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Discussion: CircleID and Mashable!
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AOL's Morgan To Media Buyers: Fix Your Models Before It's Too Late
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 Earlier Items: 
Clint Ecker / Infinite Loop:
Macworld.Ars: NewsGator to get your attention in 2008
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Surprise, Justin.TV Builds Own CDN To Cut Costs, Improve Performance
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
WAYN said to be close to sale. The price? $200m. The buyer? AOL
Financial Times:
Rolling Stones move new album from EMI
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
I stoleded your Air: Air has no Kensington laptop lock slot
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Tin Foil Hat Alert: Paypal Messes With Ron Paul Campaign
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple PC Sales Jump 30% in Q4, Gartner, IDC Say
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Peter Sterne / Politico:
As Gawker traffic stalls, writers told to work faster

Committee to Protect Journalists:
Somalia, Iraq, and Syria top CPJ's list of places where journalists are killed with impunity

Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
By end of 2015, McClatchy expected to scale back national coverage and close its five foreign bureaus in Beijing, Mexico City, Istanbul, Berlin, and Irbil, Iraq

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