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4:40 AM ET, January 19, 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 …
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.
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Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
Ultralight Lenovo X300 Series Thinkpad Leaked  —  It appears that Lenovo have themselves a new ultralight X300 series Thinkpad—and outside of the price and release date, we have all of the specs that you need to know.  At a glance, some of the major features include: a 13.3-inch LED backlit 1440X900 screen …
Discussion: DailyTech and michael parekh on IT
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?
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 …
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Is Joost headed for the deadpool?  —  It's been awhile since I wrote about Joost, but the sudden departure this week of the company's chief technology officer — which started out amicably and then became a firing — made me want to take a look at the company again.
Discussion: Mashable!
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Jupiter: Local Online Advertising Will Be Worth $8.9 Billion In 2012  —  There are now a range of local forecasts in the market, some more bullish and some more conservative.  But all agree that locally targeted ads in search, display (including video) and classifieds are growing at rates faster than overall online ad growth.
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Online Ads Hit $50 Billion By 2011; Local Reaches $9 Billion By 2012 …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Skrentablog:
Database gods bitch about mapreduce  —  This is what disruption sounds like.  —  This rant by major database guys against mapreduce is pretty telling.  —  (You can read a good rebuttal here, and discussion on ycomb.)  —  The thing that disrupts you is always uglier and worse in some way.
Discussion: DBMS2 and The Database Column
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Welcome to The Crunchies: Live Video and Winners  —  The Crunchies Awards Show is starting now at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, so keep this post open if you want to follow the night's festivities from afar.  Embedded above is the live stream hosted by NewTeeVee lead writer Chris Albrecht.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Offers OpenID Logins Via Blogger  —  After testing OpenID's as logins to Google's Blogger in Draft program in November, Google has become an OpenID provider itself.  The news confirms TechCrunch UK's story of January 9, which also predicted that IBM and VeriSign would soon be joining the OpenID train.
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.
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Bug Labs going live on Monday  —  Here are the first shots of the BUGBase Hiro P model that goes on sale this Monday when the store opens up.  This is the final production model, but is, sadly, sans Wi-Fi.  Yeah, seems that open source Wi-Fi drivers were causing some issues and Bug Labs decided …
Discussion: Bug Blogger, Gizmodo, Engadget and Mashable!
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Sites Closer to Launch?  —  Since October 2006 when Google announced they had acquired Jotspot - the wiki hosting service which allows you to create “rich web-based spreadsheets, calendars, documents and photo galleries” by using their wiki applications - people have been waiting for Google to do something with it.
Josh Quittner / Techland:
The hard side of Mister Softie  —  Ah, Microsoft.  Nothing gets the knickers of Silicon Valley startup guys more twisted than signs that the world's largest software company is over-reaching again.  The latest outrage?  Some of my friends at the Valley's best-known social networks …
 
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Glenn Chapman / Agence France Presse:
US video game sales soar to record 17.9 billion dollars
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Scott Nichols / Today @ PC World:
Life is Good, Except when the FTC is Investigating You
Garrett M. Graff / Washingtonian.com:
A Night Out: Google Opens a DC Office
Karl / DSLreports:
California Releases Broadband Status Report - Most wired State …
Discussion: GigaOM
Gamerscore Blog:
Undertow Free of Charge Next Week on Xbox LIVE Arcade
Dan Goodin / The Register:
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 Earlier Items: 
USA Today:
‘Rock Band’ pumps up music sales
Internet Crime Complaint Center:
VISHING ATTACKS INCREASE
Discussion: IDG News Service
Kevin Poulsen / Wired News:
MySpace Bug Leaks ‘Private’ Teen Photos to Voyeurs
Discussion: CyberNet, Mashable! and Digg
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
37signals - All Services Currently Down
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
What Bugs Apple Fans
Chris Vallance / BBC:
Facebook faces privacy questions
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPhone speaker too quiet? Stab it with needles
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
New Blu-ray 2.0 spec makes PS3 the most future-proof player
Discussion: Bits and Digg