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6:05 PM ET, January 18, 2008

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Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
Slide: The $500 Million Widget  —  After cashing in big with PayPal, Max Levchin could be at it again with his social network tool.  The latest funding values Slide at a half-billion  —  When Max Levchin started Slide, the popular tool that lets users create slide shows and other bling …
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Slide Slides Into Some Cash  —  Slide, the maker of applications for social networks, has raised another round of funding - $50 million from the private equity funds at Fidelity and T-Rowe Price, two major Wall Street investment houses.  The firms have taken a 9 percent stake in the three-year-old …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Slide Gets Big Funding?  —  Call it the Facebook Funding Effect.  —  I am still collecting details, but Slide-the San Francisco start-up whose widgets are among the most popular on Facebook and MySpace-is completing a round of funding that could value it at many times a multiple of its most recent $60 million to $80 million valuation.
Discussion: Epicenter, Valleywag and bub.blicio.us
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
CE-Oh no he didn't!  Part LIV: Jobs calls Robbie Bach a drunk  —  Proving once again that the truth is stranger (and more entertaining) than fiction, Steve Jobs himself delivers one of the finest Oh no he didn't moments ever.  Apparently riding high on the thrill of introducing the MacBook Air …
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I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
The Big Picture  —  Up or down?  That's what this week's Macworld show came down to for most news organizations.  Would the new Apple products make the company's shares go up or down?  They went down.  Macworld was a bust, we were told repeatedly, as if it really mattered.
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
What Bugs Apple Fans
Discussion: The Mac Observer and MacDailyNews
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
The “Google generation” not so hot at Googling, after all  —  A new UK report on the habits of the “Google Generation” finds that kids born since 1993 aren't quite the Internet super-sleuths they're sometimes made out to be.  For instance, are teens better with technology than older adults?
Sprint:
Sprint Nextel Reports Fourth-Quarter Subscriber Results, Announces Actions to Streamline Operations  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S) today reported wireless subscriber results for the fourth quarter of 2007, announced initial plans to streamline its business as part of an ongoing review …
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Chris Vallance / BBC:
Facebook faces privacy questions  —  Facebook is to be quizzed about its data protection policies by the Information Commissioner's Office.  —  The investigation follows a complaint by a user of the social network who was unable to fully delete their profile even after terminating their account.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Sources: MacBook Air battery replacements take only minutes  —  Due to its ultra-thin profile, Apple's new MacBook Air was designed with an integrated 37-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery that is not user-replaceable.  Though this has caused some initial concern amongst potential adopters …
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Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
More information on the MacBook Air's CPU
USA Today:
Social, work lives collide on networking websites  —  Just after her honeymoon last March, Wadooah Wali took the de rigueur next step these days: She changed her status on the networking websites Facebook and MySpace from “in a relationship” to “married” and posted pictures of her partner — another woman.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Don't miss lessons Radiohead, Trent Reznor offer  —  Musicians aren't merchants.  —  We certainly learned that through Radiohead and Trent Reznor's separate experiments with choose-your-price album promotions.  —  In October, Reznor, the leader of the band Nine Inch Nails …
Mweller / The Ed Techie:
The Facebook lessons  —  (avlxyz - http://www.flickr.com/photo_ zoom.gne?  id=2077892948&size=l)  —  So, as I said in my last post, this will be the year Facebook fades away for many of us.  It won't disappear - I'll probably have a Facebook profile still, but I just won't use it much …
Gamerscore Blog:
Undertow Free of Charge Next Week on Xbox LIVE Arcade  —  Recently, Xbox.com posted a letter from Marc Whitten, General Manager of Xbox LIVE, thanking subscribers for their patience with the service.  We've implemented several improvements to the service, to help ensure ongoing reliability and performance.
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
New Blu-ray 2.0 spec makes PS3 the most future-proof player  —  With the sudden and unexpected announcement from Warner that the studio would be abandoning HD DVD titles in favor of Blu-ray, it seemed to many observers that the high-def format war was all over, bar the shouting.
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Karl / DSLreports:
California Releases Broadband Status Report - Most wired State …
Discussion: GigaOM
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Personal data for 650,000 customers vanishes into thin air
Discussion: E-Commerce Times
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Three tips to protect your WordPress installation
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
MySQL, JBoss, Zimbra...What is an open-source company worth?
USA Today:
‘Rock Band’ pumps up music sales
Discussion: Techdirt and geeksugar
Internet Crime Complaint Center:
VISHING ATTACKS INCREASE
Discussion: IDG News Service and InfoWorld
Associated Press:
FCC resumes testing of Internet devices
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Sites Closer to Launch?
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
37signals - All Services Currently Down
Erik Hanson / Engadget:
DirecTV rolls out remote recording
Discussion: Gizmodo
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Jupiter: Local Online Advertising Will Be Worth $8.9 Billion In 2012
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Fish Bridge Connects Two Aquariums; if Only Fish Were Smart Enough to Use it
Discussion: OhGizmo!
Don Reisinger / Crave: The gadget blog:
If people buy consoles for software, why is the Wii so popular?
Discussion: Associated Press and Kotaku
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPhone speaker too quiet? Stab it with needles
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
AMD's earnings: off life support and headed back to black
Discussion: eWeek and Electronista
Darren Waters / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
Seesmic killed the YouTube star?
 

 
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