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5:15 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.
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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
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
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 …
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MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Blogger Goes Down, I Look To Twitter For Help
Discussion: Blogger in Draft and Bloggers Blog
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 …
Discussion: MacRumors
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.".
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Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:   Re: the Violent Blue controversy — you just do NOT walk up and touch me.
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Dvorak Uncensored and Digg
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
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Google's Schmidt to NASA: Be more ‘open’  —  WASHINGTON—Google chief Eric Schmidt on Thursday suggested NASA could learn a few things from his company.  —  Speaking at a luncheon series to commemorate the agency's 50th anniversary this year, Schmidt urged the space agency …
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
Domain king cashes $750,000 check for $70 domain  —  Rick Schwartz just sold CNN the domain iReport.com for $750,000.  Schwartz bought the domain in 1997 for “$70 to $100,” he told Silicon Alley Insider.  CNN likely bought the domain for its I-Report program.  You know, the one where You The Viewer get to do all the work.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Slide Gets Big Funding?  —  Call it the Facebook Funding Effect.  —  I am still collecting details, but Slide-the San Francisco startup whose widgets are among the most popular on Facebook and MySpace-is completing a round of funding that could value the startup at many times a multiple of its most recent $60 to $80 million valuation.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Wii edges Xbox 360 in December console sales  —  Nintendo's Wii game console topped Microsoft's Xbox 360 in U.S. video-game console sales for the key month of December, according to numbers released this afternoon by the NPD Group research firm.  But the short supply of the Wii helped make the race relatively close.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPod touch users: if you bought after Jan 1 the new apps are free — maybe  —  Not only did you have to pay the premium on your iPod touch because you didn't want or couldn't switch to the iPhone, but then you got shafted for being an early adoptor on the free software updates.
 
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Kevin Ho / Crave: The gadget blog:
Macworld: Blinged out iPhone Cases
Daniel Langendorf / last100:
NBA decides not to go it alone, partners with Turner to expand its digital offerings
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and NBA.com
Janet Meiners / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
PBS Gears Site to Preschool Children
Washington Post:
DHS to Replace ‘Duplicative’ Anti-Terrorism Data Network
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Web Ad Buyer: Online Less Robust Than You Think, CPMs Headed Down
Discussion: Valleywag
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
DGA-AMPTP Deal: Full List Of New Media Provisions
New York Times:
Directors Reach Accord With Hollywood Studios
Jon Oltsik / CNET News.com:
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Christopher Mascari / Gizmodo:
Confirmed: Bricked iPhones Rise From the Grave With Firmware 1.1.3
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Psst, Want to Buy a Thoof?
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
iPhone Getting a Business/Corporate Plan on January 21st
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Valleywag
Jon Udell:
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Max Freiert / Compete Blog:
Sink or Swim? The Top Moving Sites Of 2007
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Update: Joost Fires CTO
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Exonerated RIAA defendant scores double victory in court
 

 
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