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9:55 PM ET, January 17, 2008

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Steve Lohr / Bits:
IBM: A Separate Reality?  —  We knew the bottom-line numbers, after I.B.M. jumped the gun by three days and announced its surprisingly strong profits and sales figures on Monday.  But what was striking in the company's conference call on Thursday afternoon was the unhedged optimism in its outlook for 2008 …
Discussion: InfoWorld and The Register
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Video Killed the Broadband Buffet  —  Time Warner Cable this week said it will move away from the “buffet” model of broadband and start experimenting with a “metered” model.  The cable operator is rolling out a trial program in Beaumont, Texas, in which customers will be charged based on the amount of bandwidth they use.
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Time Warner: Download Too Much and You Might Pay $30 a Movie
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Gadget Lab
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
All-You-Can-Eat Broadband Is Dead: Time Warner to Charge by the Byte
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Implements OpenID; Massive Win For The Project  —  The rumor last week was that Google (as well as Verisign and IBM) were mulling over the idea of joining the OpenID 2.0 single sign-on framework.  But the real news comes today, as Yahoo and its roughly 250 million user IDs officially jump on the bandwagon.
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Hires Tony Scott as Chief Information Officer  —  Respected industry veteran to join executive leadership team, run global IT operations.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced the appointment of Tony Scott to the role of chief information officer (CIO) and corporate vice president of Microsoft.
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InfoWorld:
Former Disney executive joins Microsoft as CIO
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
iPhone Getting a Business/Corporate Plan on January 21st  —  Here's some good news for those of you who want an iPhone but have sold your soul to the corporate overlords: AT&T is said to be announcing iPhone compatibility to corporate and business accounts on January 21st.
Discussion: Valleywag
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AT&T iPhone going corporate on the 21st!
Crave at CNET UK:
Dell laptops in electric shock shocker  —  We've discovered a worrying new feature in some Dell laptops: if you touch them, you may get an electric shock.  This discharge can vary in strength from a gentle tingle to a sudden jolt.  Disturbingly, you could also be shocked when connecting printers …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Exonerated RIAA defendant scores double victory in court  —  A US District Court judge in Oregon has reaffirmed a magistrate's award of attorneys' fees and the dismissal of exonerated RIAA defendant Tanya Andersen's counterclaims against the RIAA without prejudice so that her class-action lawsuit …
Max Freiert / Compete Blog:
Sink or Swim?  The Top Moving Sites Of 2007  —  At Compete we frequently write about monthly traffic volume and site popularity, but the focus is usually on the ten or twenty sites that enjoy monthly visitors in the tens (or even hundreds) of millions.  While it's important to investigate these sites …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Blogger Suffers Major Outage.  Bloggers Not Happy  —  Google's Blogger hosted blogging service has suffered a major outage this afternoon (PST) with [Spammers] bloggers flooding forums to complain.  —  Users affected by the outage were presented with a Blogger error message that included the code …
violet blue:
so, everyone's asking what happened between me and steve jobs today...  Update 01.16: this is now on Digg, “Steve Jobs tells off fan, calls her 'rude': Blogger and podcaster Violet Blue approached the Apple CEO on the Macworld floor to ask for a photo — and got completely blown off.".
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Folks In Europe Trying To Connect The CIA To Every Successful American Internet Company?  —  Earlier this week, some readers sent in the utterly ridiculous article from the Guardian in the UK working out all sorts of laughable conspiracy theories behind Facebook.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Update: Joost Fires CTO  —  Joost CTO Dirk-Willem van Gulik was fired by the Internet TV software company.  He has taken another job as chief technical architect of the BBC Future Media and Technology Group, which is responsible for a similar project, the peer-to-peer video software iPlayer.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Confirmed: Change Your System Time, Watch Your iTunes Rentals Forever  —  Update: That was fast.  It's busted—or fixed, depending on your POV.  See the jump.  Movie rentals from iTunes 7.6?  Awesome.  That pesky 24-hour viewing window once you've started the film?  Not so much.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Survey finds Apple users have sense of superiority — no wait, hear us out  —  Wait up, hang on here — you're telling us a personality profiling conducted on 7,500 people at Apple's biggest tub-thumping event of the year, Macworld, yielded results that would suggest Apple users “are more liberal …
Discussion: Windows-Now.com and Digg
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Digg's secret editors  —  Why do some stories abruptly disappear from Digg?  Duncan Riley of TechCrunch suspects “super users."  But there's a much simpler explanation: Digg's shadowy moderators.  Digg cofounder Kevin Rose has admitted that the social-news site, a supposedly democratic venue …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Digg
Hugh / SXSW Interactive News:
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to Keynote on Sunday, March 9  —  SXSW Interactive is pleased to announce Facebook's founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, as the keynote presentation on Sunday, March 9 at 2:00 PM.  Sarah Lacy, author, BusinessWeek columist and co-host of Yahoo Finance's “TeckTicker” …
 
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Michael Reilly / New Scientist:
A Wii warm-up hones surgical skills
Discussion: Game|Life and Technology Live
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Wii edges Xbox 360 in December console sales
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Psst, Want to Buy a Thoof?
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPod touch users: if you bought after Jan 1 the new apps are free — maybe
CNET News.com:
Crave TV: Hitachi StarBoard interactive surface
Discussion: Blue's News and WinBeta
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Google's Schmidt to NASA: Be more ‘open’
Jon Udell:
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Swingers Director to Launch New Media Co
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Powerful Support For Flock. Wait, Nevermind.
Discussion: Webware.com and Macworld
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Real Story: Facebook About to Pass MySpace in Traffic
Discussion: Valleywag and Voices
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Google Video Grabs 31 Percent Of Market
Anna Pickard / Guardian:
Are you suffering from password pressure?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Zoli's Blog
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Internet Movie Database to acquire indie-film service