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8:51 AM ET, January 23, 2008


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Om Malik / GigaOM: Creator Raises $29.5M  —  Matt Mullenweg, founder of Automattic and creator of open-source blogging system WordPress, stopped by my apartment earlier this week.  Matt, who is one of my closest friends, brought his Texan sense of humor and all-around good cheer …
Matt / Photo Matt:
Act Two  —  You've probably seen the news on GigaOM, Automattic has raised a new “series B” round of funding.  We're entering what I consider Act II of the Automattic story.  I'll talk about where we're going, but first some history.  —  In 2005 Automattic was small.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Times Company in Group Investing in Blog Publisher  —  Automattic, the commercial arm of the popular WordPress publishing platform for blogs, has received $29.5 million in financing from four companies, including a small portion from The New York Times Company.
Discussion: Pulse 2.0
Apple Reports First Quarter Results  —  Best Quarterly Revenue & Earnings in Apple History  —  Mac, iPod & iPhone Sales Break Previous Records  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2008 first quarter ended December 29, 2007.  The Company posted revenue of $9.6 billion …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Q1: The iPod Has Left The Building (AAPL)  —  We'll let SAI's Henry Blodget explain the pros and cons of paying attention to quarterly numbers, guidance, and whisper numbers tomorrow.  And we're not going to try to analyze why AAPL is plummeting in after-hours trading.
Discussion: Cult of Mac
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Can the Touch Revive Apple's iPod Sales?
Discussion: Gearlog and CNET
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Apple: iPod Growth Asymptotically Approaches Zero
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Maxlevchin / You've gotta be kidding me:
How to successfully launch a social networking development platform.  —  I decided to jot down some observations and thoughts on launching successful social networking development platforms... like the one facebook launched at f8, Bebo's clone of facebook's, or the one MySpace will be launching, etc.
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:   For-profit app developers versus For-attention app developers
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPhone and iPod touch nab SNES emulation  —  You've waited, you've watched, and now your wildest dreams are about to come true.  That's right, someone has coded a native SNES emulator for the iPhone / iPod touch.  Right now, the project is still in the beta / testing phase …
Discussion: Gadget Lab, IntoMobile and Tech Blog
Arn / MacRumors:
iPod Touch: ‘Mainstream Wi-Fi Mobile Platform’
Battlefield Heroes:
BATTLEFIELD HEROES™ PRESS RELEASE  —  BATTLEFIELD HEROES LEADS THE WAY FOR EA'S NEW  —  ‘PLAY 4 FREE’ BUSINESS MODEL  —  Unique Cartoon Shooter Introduces a New Way to Play Battlefield  —  Munich, Germany, January 21, 2008 - At the Digital, Life, Design Conference (DLD) in Munich …
Discussion: DailyTech and Technology Questions
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Create Your Own Reddit  —  Reddit has announced a brand new feature that they are currently testing out in closed beta - the ability for users to make their own Reddits.  Reddit has long had the “other reddits” featuring ones specializing in programming, science, politics, etc …
Discussion: reddit and The Last Podcast
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Reddit Adds Ability to Create Your Own “Reddits”
Discussion: Download Squad and Mashable!
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
GOOGLE DROPS MORE THAN 160 POINTS  —  That's not something we're used to hearing, but since its peak back in the Fall at nearly 750, Google has dropped to 584 currently, a 166 point drop (it's dropped more in after hours, all the way down to 568).  It's on a steep decline in the past few days …
The Nokia 7900 Crystal Prism adds a touch of glamour  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia today unveiled its latest addition to the Prism Collection, the Nokia 7900 Crystal Prism, aimed at design-conscious consumers.  With its seamless diamond-cut design with a crystal centre key …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Gadget Lab
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Real-Estate Search Engine Roost Launches With Full MLS Listings  —  Just when you thought the real-estate bubble had burst and the economy was going to hell, here comes another real-estate search engine.  Today we see the launch of Roost, a real-estate site inspired by the lean look and feel of travel search engine Kayak.
Discussion: CNET, VentureBeat and BUZZYEAH
Graham Webster / CNET
Microsoft extends map site to China, sort of includes Taiwan  —  Microsoft has launched Live Search 地图, the China branch of its Virtual Earth project.  —  Compared to Google's and Sogou's (搜狗), the seems about the same, if a little faster—though traffic may still be low.
Discussion: Mashable!
iPod Recycling Speaker by Bird-Electron  —  This product from from Bird-Electron is the “one and only Recycling Speaker for iPod".  The dimension is exactly the same as the plastic package for iPod Nano (1st & 2nd Gen.) and iPod Shuffle (2nd & 3rd Gen.).  —  It doesn't require …
Erica Ogg / CNET
HP's desktop with solid-state drive packs 16GB  —  If consumers and businesses are going to be convinced to switch to solid-state drives over hard disks, it's going to take something more compelling than 16GB.  —  On Wednesday, Hewlett-Packard will introduce a new version of its Compaq DC7800 series desktop PC.
Discussion: CrunchGear
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iriver's limited edition Mplayer for Mickey assassins
Discussion: Crave
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
To Cut Costs, NBC Universal Ends Pilots
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
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Discussion: Crave, Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
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World of Warcraft Hits 10 Million Subscribers
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 Earlier Items: 
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Eroticism Comes to Microblogging with Boobik?
Discussion: CrunchGear
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Syndicaster.TV Launches. …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Lost Remote
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
Rackspace goes down again, loses Tumblr's business
Discussion: Davidville
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Do the (RED) thing  —  There's been some speculation online …
Nate True's Weblog:
iPhone 1.1.3 firmware behind the scenes changes
Justin Pope / Associated Press:
MPAA Admits Mistake on Downloading Study
EBay's Bounce-Back Opportunity
Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Gates vs. Jobs: Keynote text analysis, 2008 edition
Discussion: Crave and Insanely Great Mac