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10:25 AM ET, January 18, 2008

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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Time Warner: Download Too Much and You Might Pay $30 a Movie  —  Let's say you buy a new Apple TV because you want to rent high-definition movies.  And say you are about to move to Beaumont, Tex. If so, you might wind up paying Time Warner Cable as much as $30 when you download a movie using its high-speed Internet service.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Eee PC with 9-inch touchscreen in the works?  —  Details of future generation Eee PCs from ASUS have been trickling out even before the first generation shipped.  Now that sewing circle of Taiwanese component makers have whispered a few secrets in the direction of DigiTimes.
Discussion: Gizmodo and jkkmobile
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Deal Of the Day: CNN Pays $750,000 For Web Address  —  CNN just made self-styled “Domain King” Rick Schwartz a happy man.  The network paid $750,000 to acquire urls ireport.com and i-report.com from Schwartz, who told SAI he paid “$70 or $100” to register the domains back in 1997.
Discussion: WebProNews and Valleywag
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DNJournal.com:
The Lowdown … In our latest weekly domain sales report …
Discussion: Domain Name Wire
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: The Register
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
IBM's alternate universe: Big Blue sees great 2008
Discussion: eWeek and Seeking Alpha
AnandTech:
The MacBook Air CPU Mystery: More Details Revealed  —  Author: Anand Lal Shimpi MacBook Air Products  —  Earlier this week Apple announced its MacBook Air, and within hours we had the mystery of its “60% smaller” CPU uncovered.  Or at least we thought.  —  It turns out there's even more depth …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
China Close To Becoming World's Largest Internet Market By Users  —  New statistics released by the Chinese Government show that China is due to surpass the United States as the nation with the most internet users in the coming months.  —  The state-owned China Internet Network Information Center …
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Wall Street Journal:
China Closes In on U.S. as Largest Web Market
Discussion: theory.isthereason
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Web Ad Buyer: Online Less Robust Than You Think, CPMs Headed Down  —  Most prognosticators predict another booming year for online advertising, but Carl Fremont isn't so sure.  Fremont, the global media director for digital ad giant Digitas, says the weakening economy will slow down Web ads as well.
Discussion: WebProNews, Valleywag and Beet.TV
Aviv Raff / Aviv Raff On .NET:
Skype cross-zone scripting vulnerability  —  Skype uses Internet Explorer web control within the application to render internal and external HTML pages.  Examples for this pages are the “Send money via PayPal” dialog, or “Add video to chat” dialog.  —  Recently, I've discovered that Skype is running this web control in Local Zone.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Semantic Wave 2008 - Free Summary Report for RWW Readers  —  Project10X has just released a 400-page study of semantic technologies and their market impact, entitled Semantic Wave 2008: Industry Roadmap to Web 3.0 and Multibillion Dollar Market Opportunities.
Discussion: JasonKolb.com
Emma Vandore / Associated Press:
Orange Chief: French IPhone Selling  —  France's Orange Says IPhone Sales Better Than Expected  —  PARIS (AP) — Sales in France of the much-hyped Apple Inc. iPhone after the holiday season are going better than mobile carrier Orange expected, Didier Lombard, head of Orange parent France Telecom, said Thursday.
Daniel Berninger / GigaOM:
Here Comes Trouble: An Antidote to Software Patents  —  The $250 million Vonage burned through as a result of the patent lawsuit brought by Verizon et al provides yet another example of why patents for business processes implemented on computers (a.k.a. software patents) deserve to die.
Discussion: deal architect
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google No Longer Displays Stop Words Warning  —  In the past, a search on google stop words in search would return a warning that read, ""in" is a very common word and was not included in your search."  But if you do that search today, no such message is displayed.
Discussion: SEO by the SEA
Nokia:
Nokia N95 8GB, the first DLNA certified mobile  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia today announced that the Nokia N95 8GB had the distinction of being the first ever mobile phone to receive Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certification.  The DLNA is a body advocating the interoperability of wired and wireless consumer devices.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and atmaspheric
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 …
Darren Waters / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
Seesmic killed the YouTube star?  —  It's not often you are presented with a vision of the future of online video in a pub in London.  —  But that's exactly what I was shown last night by celebrated French blogger, well-connected entrepreneur and Seesmic founder Loic LeMeur.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Fujitsu's LifeBook P1620 is lighter than (MacBook) Air  —  Fujitsu's P1620 was just announced with a Stateside price starting at $1,599.  This quicker update to the highly praised P1610 boasts a new ULV 1.2GHz U7600 Core 2 Duo processor with up to 2GB of memory and 100GB of disk …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and Ubergizmo
 
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
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Hannah Hickey / uwnews.washington.edu:
Contact lenses with circuits, lights a possible platform for superhuman vision
Jim Fusilli / Wall Street Journal:
The Strong Will Survive at EMI
Discussion: CNET News.com and Coolfer
Prashant / Blogger in Draft:
New feature: Blogger as OpenID provider
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Slide Gets Big Funding?
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Ho / Crave: The gadget blog:
Macworld: Blinged out iPhone Cases
Jon Oltsik / CNET News.com:
Two old-time tech companies ripe for picking?
Christopher Mascari / Gizmodo:
Confirmed: Bricked iPhones Rise From the Grave With Firmware 1.1.3
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Digg's secret editors
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPod touch users: if you bought after Jan 1 the new apps are free — maybe
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Microsoft:
Microsoft Hires Tony Scott as Chief Information Officer
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Folks In Europe Trying To Connect The CIA To Every Successful …
Discussion: Dvorak Uncensored
Crave at CNET UK:
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