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1:36 AM ET, January 20, 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.
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
Google to Host Terabytes of Open-Source Scientific Data  —  Sources at Google have disclosed that the humble domain,, 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.
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 …
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.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Oh, How the Mighty Have Fallen: Joost Edition  —  Last summer, Joost was the hottest thing going.  Finally, real TV on the Internet.  The traditional networks couldn't stop praising it (the first frantically waving red flag).  Joost was going to steamroll sleazy and maligned YouTube …
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Five Ways to Save Joost
Discussion: broadstuff and Dembot
Doug Meacham / NextUp:
Companies Without Conversation  —  This past week gave us several great examples of companies demonstrating their obliviousness to the changing world around them.  —  Hasbro / Mattel  —  You know Scrabble.  Created in 1933, the classic wordplay board game has been a favorite worldwide for decades.
Discussion: WebProNews and Texas Startup Blog
Antony Bruno / Reuters:
“Rock Band,” “Guitar Hero” drive digital song sales  —  DENVER (Billboard) - In the two months since MTV Networks and Harmonix released the music-based videogame “Rock Band,” players have purchased and downloaded more than 2.5 million additional songs made available after the game's initial distribution.
Tony Dennis / Inquirer:
IPhone's UK sales disappoint  —  O2 fails to hit its own target  —  IN A couple of leaks to the FT, O2 and independent reseller - the Carphone Warehouse - have conceded that iPhone sales have disappointed.  —  The paper says that between Apple, O2 and the Warehouse, only about 190,000 handsets …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Hackers Cut Cities' Power  —  Cyber-security experts have long warned of the vulnerability of critical infrastructure like power, transportation and water systems to malicious hackers.  Friday, those warnings quietly became a reality: Tom Donahue, a CIA official, revealed …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
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.
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
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