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4:01 PM ET, January 21, 2008


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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 …
Michael / DVD Dossier Blog:
HBO to Go  —  Home Box Office, the premium television programmer, is set to launch a new broadband service tomorrow.  —  Available initially only to cable customers served by the Wisconsin Division of Time Warner Cable, the new service - called HBO on Broadband - will make over 600 HBO movies …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Funny That HBO Is Putting Shows Online, Just As Parent Time Warner Starts Charging Extra For Bandwidth  —  from the coincidence?  dept  —  The NY Times is covering the news that HBO has finally decided it needs a real internet strategy, and will start offering its content online, free of (additional) charge to existing subscribers.
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Wow, That Was Fast. NBC Looking To Patch Things Up With Apple.
Discussion: CyberNet and Mashable!
Arn / MacRumors:
MacBook Air Unboxing Photos and Wireless Booting  —  The first unboxing photos for the MacBook Air come from what appears to be a remote Macworld Expo presentation in Japan.  The pictures show that they received their demonstration MacBook Air in the retail packaging.  Unboxing sequence: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Discussion: SlashGear
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
MacBook Pros Getting MacBook Air's Multi-touch Trackpad  —  We think this is pretty obvious, but AppleInsider says they've received info that the MacBook Pros will also be getting the MacBook Air's multi-touch trackpad feature (which we got hands-on of here).
Discussion: Engadget, Electronista and AppleInsider
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
LinkedIn Founder Has Golden Touch  —  LinkedIn Founder's Road to Riches Paved With Golden Connections in Silicon Valley  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Few Internet entrepreneurs practice what they preach as devoutly as LinkedIn Corp. co-founder Reid Hoffman, whose business revolves around …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft (finally) broadens Windows Vista virtualization rules  —  Microsoft has lifted its ban on enabling Windows Vista Home Basic and Home Premium in virtual machine environments.  —  The company announced on January 21 its decision to add the two new SKUs and planned to update its end-user license agreement to reflect the change.
New York Post:
WPP'S CHIEF TO NET MORE FOR HIS WEB  —  WPP boss Sir Martin Sorrell - who's been on the prowl since buying online ad firm 24/7 Real Media last year - is close to making another significant acquisition in the digital ad space.  —  “We'll be making one or two announcements of further digital acquisitions” …
Joel Johnson / Boing Boing Gadgets:
Talking About AT&T's Internet Filtering on AT&T's The Hugh Thompson Show  —  Yesterday, I was invited to talk about gadgets onThe Hugh Thompson Show, a television-style talk show sponsored exclusively by AT&T for distribution on the online AT&T Tech Channel.
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.
Tech's all-time top 25 flops  —  Imagine how different the tech industry might have been had Gary Kildall accepted IBM's offer, back in 1980, to license his computer operating system for a top-secret project.  CP/M would have been the OS that shipped with the original IBM PC …
Discussion: CrunchGear
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Time Warner's Overage Caps May Be Set Very Low  —  Last week Broadband Reports broke the story of Time Warner's decision to test overage charges for their biggest users.  I don't think it really makes sense for ISPs to charge in a way that makes their own services less valuable, but that's a different story.
Discussion: DSLreports and CrunchGear
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
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IBM Lays SAAS ‘Foundations’ for SMBs
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Sorry Mike, Digg is NOT a User-Generated Content Site
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
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Discussion: Mashable! and Reuters
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Paul Marks / New Scientist:
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Shane Richmond / Telegraph Blogs:
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