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1:55 PM ET, January 19, 2008

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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
2007 Crunchies: The Winners  —  A great evening was had by all tonight as some of the leading startups gathered for the first annual Crunchies, a joint production between Read/Write Web, VentureBeat, GigaOm and TechCrunch.  —  The ceremony went (mostly) smoothly with a couple of surprises amongst the results.
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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: Dembot, Mark Evans and Mashable!
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MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Buzz Doesn't Pay.  Is Joost Dying?  —  Mathew Ingram wonders tonight if Joost is heading for the deadpool - if utter lack of talk about the company since launch is any indication, I'd have to agree.  —  Joost was one of the most hyped services a year ago well before its launch.
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Yankee Group:
Yankee Group Forecasts US Online Advertising Market to Reach $50 Billion by 2011  —  Increased Online Spending and Improved Ad Targeting Help Drive Market Growth 24% Annually  —  Yankee Group today announced that the US online advertising market will reach $50.3 billion in revenue by 2011, more than doubling 2007's revenue.
Discussion: Podcasting News
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Online Ads Hit $50 Billion By 2011; Local Reaches $9 Billion By 2012 …
Jon Hemingway / Broadcasting & Cable:
Comcast Responds to Shareholder Complaint  —  Cable Operator Defends Consistent Financial Performance  —  Comcast responded to a complaint from one of its largest shareholders by trumpeting its predictable financial performance, even in the worst of times.
Talia Brodecki / Inside AdSense:
A follow-up to our referrals announcement  —  You may have seen our recent post about the upcoming changes to referrals promoting AdSense.  Since we made this announcement, we've received a number of responses about the program being dependent on the location of the referring publisher.
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Analysis: Metcalfe's Law + Real ID = more crime, less safety  —  “We have a saying in this business: 'Privacy and security are a zero-sum game.'” Thus spake security consultant Ed Giorgio, in a widely-quoted New Yorker article on the US intelligence community's plans to vacuum up and sift through everything that flies across the wires.
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: Geeking with Greg and DBMS2
Wired:
Google to Host Terabytes of Open-Source Scientific Data  —  Sources at Google have disclosed that the humble domain, http://research.google.com, will soon provide a home for terabytes of open-source scientific datasets.  The storage will be free to scientists and access to the data will be free for all.
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 …
Ryan Paul / Journals.ars:
Trolltech to adopt GPL 3 for Qt  —  Trolltech CEO Haavard Nord announced today at the KDE release event that the company's cross-platform open-source Qt application development toolkit will be released under the GPL 3.  This move, which comes shortly after the release of KDE 4.0 …
Discussion: Channel 9, Slashdot and Digg
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
700 MHz: Google Could Still Bid To Win; Bid To Lose More Likely: Analyst  —  The conventional view is that Google's (NSDQ: GOOG) participation in the upcoming 700 MHz auction isn't actually about acquiring spectrum, but about advancing its vision of open wireless networks.
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: michael parekh on IT and DailyTech
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.
 
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