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10:15 AM ET, January 21, 2008

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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone goes corporate: AT&T announces business plan  —  Without a 3G iPhone announcement at MacWorld, Apple remains focused on increasing the penetration of their generation-one handset.  True to the rumors circulating the intertubes last week, AT&T is now offering the iPhone to business customers.
Joshua Chaffin / Financial Times:
NBC chief eyes TV shake-up  —  Jeff Zucker, chief executive of NBC Universal, is planning to seize on the writers' strike to eliminate what he sees as extravagances in the way Hollywood makes and promotes television.  —  NBC and other companies have already used the strike to terminate millions …
Discussion: Lost Remote
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Magnus Persson / bit-tech.net:
The Weighted Companion PC  —  Foreword  —  When it comes to great new games, one of the first thoughts on anyone's mind is “POORTTAALL!!"  The utterly tongue-in-cheek humour, the innovative gameplay and entertaining (sometimes vexing) level design are enough to make pretty much every gamer find something to love.
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Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
PC Stands For Portal Case
Discussion: Engadget and Gadget Lab
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
In Europe, Apple Faces Hurdles to iTunes Movie Rentals  —  LONDON — After introducing an online film rental business for American consumers last week, the chief executive of Apple, Steven P. Jobs, said he expected that the service would be expanded into international markets later this year.
Discussion: Engadget and paidContent.org
Shane Richmond / Telegraph Blogs:
Telegraph to become OpenID provider  —  2007 was a big year for the Telegraph.  This year will be even bigger.  There are several big announcements coming over the next few weeks but today I am pleased to be able to make the first of them.  —  The Telegraph will soon become the first newspaper …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
From MySpace to YourSpace  —  Two years ago, Chris DeWolfe, the co-founder and chief executive of MySpace, was talking about international expansion with Rupert Murdoch, whose News Corporation bought the social networking site in 2005.  According to Mr. DeWolfe, an entrepreneur used to moving …
Discussion: Insider Chatter and Gawker
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:   MySpace to Spin Off Its Incubator Into A Separate Company; Financed By News Corp
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Getty Images For Sale; Could Fetch $1.5 Billion  —  Getty Images (NYSE: GYI), the world's biggest supplier of stock pictures and video (and increasingly a digital player) has put itself on the auction block and could fetch more than $1.5 billion, reports NYT, citing sources.
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Getty Images Up for Sale, Could Fetch $1.5 Billion
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Will We See Delicious 2.0 This Week?  —  It's been four and a half months since Yahoo first previewed Delicious 2.0.  We've heard not a peep from them since as to when it might launch publicly and replace the existing, somewhat dated interface.  —  Well, ok, there was a peep last week.
Discussion: Search Engine Roundtable and Digg
Paul Marks / New Scientist:
Wi-Fi music polling device takes heat off the DJ  —  Ever had a party ruined by your host's atrocious taste in music?  Then you might welcome a system that polls the musical preferences of party-goers and creates a playlist to keep everyone happy.  —  Developed by computer scientists …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
HBO Putting Shows Online, at No Additional Charge  —  HBO, cable's most popular premium channel, is carefully entering the arena of Internet video.  —  The channel, a subsidiary of Time Warner, will introduce HBO on Broadband starting this week to subscribers in Green Bay and Milwaukee …
Reuters:
Thai AIS in talks with Apple on iPhone launch  —  BANGKOK (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Thailand's Advanced Info Service (ADVA.BK) (AIS) are in talks about selling the U.S. firm's popular iPhone in Thailand, a senior official of the Thai firm said on Monday.
Discussion: SlashPhone and O'Grady's PowerPage
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Campaign Reporting in Under 140 Taps  —  “NASHUA: Just saw Bill O'reily misbehaving at Obama rallly.  Shoving Obama staffer."  —  With these sloppily spelled words, sent Jan. 5 by text message by John Dickerson, chief political correspondent for the online magazine Slate, did microjournalism come of age.
Yakov / Q-blog:
Finam Puts $30 Million in Social Network Badoo  —  The Russian financial group Finam has invested some $30 million for a 10% stake in global social network Badoo to help it grow in Russia.  The Russian social networking market reached over 10 million users in January 2008.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Search Engines Commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day  —  Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and many of the search engines have special logos up for the day.  Google has has an artistic logo, with children drawing the face of Martin Luther King Jr. on a sidewalk.
BBC:
EA pushes ad-backed video games  —  Electronic Arts is to release a free online version of the popular Battlefield game to be supported by adverts and micro payments.  —  The PC game, Battlefield Heroes, will be available only online later this year, and will not be sold in shops.
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Jay Alabaster / Wall Street Journal:
Sanyo to Sell Mobile Unit to Kyocera  —  Companies Featured in This Article: Sanyo Electric, Kyocera, Goldman Sachs Group, Daiwa Securities Group, Sony, Telefon AB L.M. Ericsson  —  TOKYO — Sanyo Electric Co. will sell its struggling mobile-phone operations to Kyocera Corp. …
Discussion: Phone Scoop
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Mari Yamaguchi / Associated Press:
Sanyo to sell cell phone unit to Kyocera
Discussion: Engadget
Microsoft:
Q&A: Microsoft Courts Lotus Switchers with New Migration Tools  —  Microsoft Corporate Vice President Chris Capossela outlines new resources designed to help customers transition to Microsoft's unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) platform and the impact this business is having on the company's bottom line.
Discussion: Ed Brill
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
A Venerable Magazine Energizes Its Web Site  —  A year ago, The Atlantic's Web site was, to put it gently, weak — in content, staff, traffic and advertising.  —  Today, with big-name bloggers and video, it barely resembles the same site, having evolved into one of the livelier places …
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Twitter: What's your Dunbar number?  —  Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, or the prodigal son returning home to the family farm, my friend Scott Karp of Publishing 2.0 has decided to rejoin the Twitter-sphere.  He stopped last fall sometime, and wrote a post about why he had decided …
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Why I've Started Using Twitter Again
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Bowers & Wilkins introduces Liberty wireless speaker system
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Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
AT&T now offering SIM-only option
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The Register:
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John Oates / The Register:
O2 misses iPhone targets
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Nick Tabakoff / The Australian:
Murdoch bids for Packer media empire
Pradnya Joshi / New York Times:
Web Cartoon Bolsters Visits to Newsday
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The metered internet  —  I'm getting a preview of Time Warner's …
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft still looking to take Notes share
Discussion: Computerworld and WinBeta
Mary Hayes Weier / InformationWeek:
Wal-Mart Gets Tough On RFID
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Nokia And Facebook Working On Mobile Deal; Could Involve Investment
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Vista and Office 2007 getting some traction ahead of Windows 7
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
New Robert Scoble TV Show on FastCompany.TV will be Monetized via …
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