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5:45 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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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
(Fake) Steve Jobs Accepts The Best Gadget Award At The Crunchies  —  Apple was unable to attend the Crunchies tonight to pick up their Crunchie, however a special guest accepted the award on Apple's behalf.  Please note the language in the following video may offend some viewers.
Discussion: Laughing Squid
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.
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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: Mark Evans, Webomatica, Dembot and Mashable!
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.
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Paul Glazowski / Mashable!:
Google Said To Be Prepping Launch Of Social Science Data Network  —  Google has in the last few months been very much focused on consumers (and the business which cater to consumers).  The company has leveled a good deal of attention at YouTube and AdSense and so forth …
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
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.
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Macworld.Ars: Cruising the South Hall  —  More space and more deodorant would be nice for 2009.  —  Ever wonder what it's like to have a media badge at Macworld Expo?  From my observations, it seems to mostly be about sitting in the media room talking with other media types and surfing the web.
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 …
Discussion: Gadgetell
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.
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, Tinfinger and DBMS2
George Ou:
Don't believe the low bit-rate ‘HD’ lie  —  Update 6:00PM - Here's what fake HD video looks like.  —  Last week at CES, Comcast announced their “HD” video on demand download service over its future DOCSIS 3.0 that allows 4 minute downloads of entire HD movies.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget HD and DSLreports
 
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Trolltech to adopt GPL 3 for Qt
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