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3:30 AM ET, January 24, 2008

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Google Blogoscoped:
Google Health Login Page  —  Want to get a first live glimpse of Google Health, which Google's Marissa Mayer announced will be rolled out in early 2008?  Point your browser to:  —  www.google.com/accounts/ServiceLogin?se rvice= health  —  However, I didn't get past the login screen, so all we see at the moment is the intro page.
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MG Siegler / ParisLemon:   Google Health Nearing Launch?
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Apple's MacBook Air Is Beautiful and Thin, but Omits Features  —  Apple finally has entered the subnotebook market, introducing a lightweight laptop meant to please road warriors.  But, typical of Apple, the company took a different approach from its competitors.
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USA Today:
MacBook Air: The sexy kind of skinny but with some flaws  —  Apple has earned a sterling reputation designing beautiful products that usually perform as splendidly as they look.  —  The MacBook Air laptop that CEO Steve Jobs unveiled last week turns heads.
Discussion: New York Times, Gizmodo and MacRumors
The EveryBlock Blog:
Introducing EveryBlock  —  “What's happening in my neighborhood?"  —  For a long time, that's been a tough question to answer.  In dense, bustling cities like Chicago, New York and San Francisco, the number of daily media reports, government proceedings and local Internet conversations is staggering.
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Henry Work / TechCrunch:
EveryBlock Launches as Local News Aggregator for SF, NYC, and Chicago
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
EveryBlock, an especially slick service for discovering local information
Al Tompkins / Al's Morning Meeting:
Launching EveryBlock  —  EveryBlock.com, a new Web site …
Discussion: Journalistopia
DigiDave / revoltnation:
Digg is a Game - Let's Play For Real This Time  —  We, the undersigned (comment to join) are ready to find out if there is more to social bookmarking than Digg.  We are going to stop submitting to Digg.  The alternatives are plenty - now is the time to venture into new territory.
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Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
Digg: New Algorithm Changes  —  Just wanted to give everyone some insight into some of the changes we've been making this week.  As we've talked about in the past, Digg's promotional algorithm ensures that the most popular content dugg by a diverse, unique group of diggers reaches the home page.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Ross V / babblin5.com:
Two Diggs One Cup  —  On January 23, 2008, the Digg servers went down for about an hour.  What happened when they came back up has left plenty of people wretching in disbelief.  —  Digg has pretty much taken a crap in a cup, and asked everyone, including even the top diggers, to partake in the offering.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
AT&T boosts DSL speeds; still playing tortoise to FiOS hare  —  AT&T has announced a much-needed speed boost for its U-Verse DSL service.  Beginning in February, the telecom will begin offering AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet Max, which will top out at 10Mbps down and 1.5Mbps up.
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Richard Jones / Last.fm:
Free the Music  —  A few days ago we sent out some cryptic invitations to a press conference in New York that Felix and Martin are presiding over.  We've had fun in the office reading the rumors and speculation, but it's time to spill the beans:  —  As of today, you can play full-length tracks …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why Last.fm's free music won't replace your music collection
Discussion: New York Times and CNET News.com
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Fuji launches a bunch of new smart cameras  —  Cameras are getting smarter.  Fujifilm is introducing seven new models today with features such as automatic “red eye” removal and face detection.  That takes some image processing smarts that haven't been doable in the past.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Fujifilm's FinePix S100FS is their “most advanced” consumer model
Discussion: Gizmodo
Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
Yahoo eyeing online music service  —  LOS ANGELES - Yahoo Inc., is in early discussions with major record labels over offering unprotected MP3s either for sale or for free as part of an ad-supported service, two record company executives familiar with the talks said Wednesday.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Oh, My Aching Google...Down 10%!  —  Google's down almost $60 on the day, or more than 10%.  So here's our question:  —  How are all you folks who assured everyone that Google and search are recession proof feeling?  Are you backing up the truck?  Or are you beginning to think we might have a point?
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:   Google Stock Plummets: Blame It On the Lemmings
InfoWorld:
Sources: Vista SP1 due out in next few weeks  —  The wait is nearly over for the first service pack for Windows Vista, according to sources close to Microsoft.  —  Microsoft has said the highly anticipated service pack would be out in the first quarter of this year, but some say it could be available …
Matt / Photo Matt:
On Ma.tt  —  A few weeks ago I twittered I was heading to the bank to wire money for a life change.  People got excited, and assumed I was buying a house, fancy car, plane, company, jewelry... it was really amusing to see where people's imagination went.  I'm afraid the truth is much less exciting, at least to other people.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Facebook moves into international translation efforts  —  As has been long expected, Facebook has begun to work on making its service available in multiple languages as it expands internationally—and it's doing so by utilizing the power of its millions of users by enlisting them to volunteer a few minutes.
Discussion: All Facebook and Inside Facebook
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
The truth about the iPhone's sales numbers  —  The iPhone has managed to stay atop the news almost constantly since its launch last June—and sales haven't been too shabby either.  Market research firm Gartner said that the company managed to capture 20 percent of smartphone sales during …
 
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Lance Ulanoff / PC Magazine:
DRM-Free Music Spells Trouble
Discussion: Voices and Slashdot
Sony:
SONY HELPS FAMILIES CAPTURE THE ACTION WITH NEW COMPACT HIGH-ZOOM DIGITAL CAMERA
Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Growing Online, BBC Is to Join With MySpace
Discussion: Snipperoo
Austin Modine / The Register:
MPAA admits movie piracy study is 29% full of @$#%
Discussion: Digital Daily
Electronista:
Canon unveils 12-megapixel EOS Rebel XSi
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS: Entry-Level Elph Gets Image Stabilizer …
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple crippling OS X debugging tool to protect iTunes DRM?
Kevin Poulsen / Wired News:
Pillaged MySpace Photos Show Up in Massive BitTorrent Download
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
Digging Deeper::  BusinessWeek.com Pushes into Aggregation …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Web Outages and Damage Control 2.0
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
IBM's Salary Cuts
Robin Sidel / Wall Street Journal:
Cheer Up, Ben: Your Economy Isn't As Bad as This One
 

 
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