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9:05 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.
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
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
IBM's alternate universe: Big Blue sees great 2008
Discussion: eWeek
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  —  Sources at touch panel and related component makers have revealed that companies are currently having their products undergo sampling with Asustek Computer in bids to win orders for next-generation Eee PCs which are set to launch later this year.
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
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
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 …
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: Gadget Lab and MacRumors
Nasa investigates virtual space  —  The US space agency is exploring the possibility of developing a massively multiplayer online (MMO) game.  —  The virtual world would be aimed at students and would “simulate real Nasa engineering and science missions".  —  The agency has published a …
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.
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.
PR Newswire:
Is There a ‘Mac’ Mindset?  ‘Mac People’ Found to be More Open and Superior Than Population at Large, According to Mindset Media Study  —  NEW YORK, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ — Mindset Media  —  According to Mindset Media, Mac enthusiasts descending on San Francisco in droves this week …
Discussion: Business Technology and Engadget
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.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Keepin' it real fake, part CVI: N800 gets Chinafied  —  $140 can't get you too far in the gadget world these days, but if you're in the market for a totally crap-ass knockoff of Nokia's slim and slender N800 tablet, look no further than this “dual-band PMP cellphone,” all hooked up with a QVGA display …
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The Official Palm Blog:
VersaMail Update for Palm Centro Smartphone
Discussion: Gadgetell, jkOnTheRun and Mashable!
Florian Jensen / Florian Jensen's Weblog:
AOL adopting XMPP aka Jabber
Discussion: Digg
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Fujitsu's LifeBook P1620 is lighter than (MacBook) Air
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Hannah Hickey /
Contact lenses with circuits, lights a possible platform for superhuman vision
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Deal Of the Day: CNN Pays $750,000 For Web Address
Discussion: Valleywag and Domain Name Wire
Prashant / Blogger in Draft:
New feature: Blogger as OpenID provider
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Semantic Wave 2008 - Free Summary Report for RWW Readers
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Slide Gets Big Funding?
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Ho / Crave: The gadget blog:
Macworld: Blinged out iPhone Cases
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:
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
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Folks In Europe Trying To Connect The CIA To Every Successful …
Discussion: Dvorak Uncensored
Crave at CNET UK:
Dell laptops in electric shock shocker
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
iPhone Getting a Business/Corporate Plan on January 21st
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Valleywag