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7:40 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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
China Closes In on U.S. as Largest Web Market
Discussion: theory.isthereason
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.
Pdp / GNUCITIZEN:   Vulnerabilities in Skype  —  Aviv has already done most of the work …
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: jkkmobile and I4U News
Susie Pan / DigiTimes:
Touch panel component makers sampling for future Eee PCs
Discussion: Gizmodo
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 …
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Blogger Goes Down, I Look To Twitter For Help
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
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.
Former Disney executive joins Microsoft as CIO
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
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: Between the Lines and The Register
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
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 and from Schwartz, who told SAI he paid “$70 or $100” to register the domains back in 1997.
Discussion: Valleywag and Domain Name Wire
Kristin Shoemaker / Download Squad:
Flipping the Linux switch: New users guide to the terminal  —  The command line.  It strikes fear in the hearts of many a new Linux user.  They open their terminals reluctantly, and there the prompt sits, with the cursor blinking in rhythm with their racing hearts.  What does that blinking cursor want?
Discussion: Digg
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 …
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.
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.
Kevin Ho / Crave: The gadget blog:
Macworld: Blinged out iPhone Cases  —  Much like CES, the vast majority of iPhone accessories were limited to carrying cases or skins, which is surprising given that this was the event where the iPhone was introduced.  While entries from iSkin and CaseLogic were there, these entries from Gilty Couture caught my eye.
Discussion: Ubergizmo, and iLounge
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Jim Fusilli / Wall Street Journal:
The Strong Will Survive at EMI
Discussion: CNET and Coolfer
Prashant / Blogger in Draft:
New feature: Blogger as OpenID provider
Daniel Langendorf / last100:
NBA decides not to go it alone, partners with Turner to expand its digital offerings
Discussion: and Los Angeles Times
Washington Post:
DHS to Replace ‘Duplicative’ Anti-Terrorism Data Network
Jon Oltsik / CNET
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:
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 Earlier Items: 
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Wii edges Xbox 360 in December console sales
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPod touch users: if you bought after Jan 1 the new apps are free — maybe
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Folks In Europe Trying To Connect The CIA To Every Successful …
Discussion: Dvorak Uncensored
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
iPhone Getting a Business/Corporate Plan on January 21st
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Valleywag
Anne Broache / CNET
Google's Schmidt to NASA: Be more ‘open’
Max Freiert / Compete Blog:
Sink or Swim? The Top Moving Sites Of 2007
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Update: Joost Fires CTO