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2:50 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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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
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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!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Delicious Integrated Into Yahoo Search Results  —  I just got word that Yahoo is testing the integration of Delicious user generated bookmarks into Yahoo search results pages (Yahoo acquired Delicious in late 2005).  Some users will see the Delicious icon as part of their normal search results …
Discussion: Webware.com
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Palm's Vista-compatible Desktop 6.2 arrives woefully late  —  C'mon — hop in this nifty time machine here and float with us back to December of 2006.  That month, friends, is when Palm initially stated that it was cooking up a Vista-savvy iteration of its Desktop synchronization software …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
Agence France Presse:
Brazil bans popular video games seen to incite violence  —  RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) — Brazil this week imposed a ban on popular role-playing computer games “Counter-Strike” and “EverQuest,” claiming they incited violence and were “harmful to consumers' health.”
 
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