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10:25 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
Discussion: Pulse 2.0
Wall Street Journal:
Blog Software Firm Gets $29 Million
Discussion: VoIP Blog
Motorola Announces Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Sales and Earnings  — Fourth-quarter sales of $9.65 billion  — Fourth-quarter GAAP earnings from continuing operations of $0.05 per share, including net charges of $0.09 per share from items highlighted below
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 …
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.
Discussion: WebProNews and Susan Mernit's Blog
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:   For-profit app developers versus For-attention app developers
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.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Can the Touch Revive Apple's iPod Sales?
Discussion: CNET and Gearlog
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
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Nokia releases ‘organic, modern’ 7900 Crystal Prism  —  This is a loud phone, and I'm not referring to the earpiece volume.  —  It's aimed at “design-conscious” consumers and will be available in Europe sometime soon (in the first quarter, according to Nokia) for the fashion-forward price of 375 Euro (that's almost $550).
Discussion: Electronista and Mobility Site
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft Joining  —  Chris Saad, Chairman of the Data Portability Working Group, confirmed to me this morning that Microsoft's David Treadwell, a VP at Windows Live, will be joining the organization.  Microsoft is expected to make a formal announcement in the coming days.
Discussion: Wikinomics
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Microsoft to join Web 2.0 data portability group, says source
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
Michael Muchmore / AppScout:
Save Space on Your Blog with ShareThis  —  How many promotion buttons does an article need?  Under each story right on this here blog, you'll see three—for digg, delicious, and Slashdot—and that's not as many as you see on other blogs.  How about just one?
Discussion: VentureBeat
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
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
MPAA Actually Admits That Some Of Its Piracy Stats Are Bogus  —  For years, we've pointed to the bogus stats claimed by the MPAA concerning what kind of impact “piracy” is having.  The stats incorrectly count “ripple effects” in a rather troubling manner.  First, they only look at the ripple effects …
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
To Cut Costs, NBC Universal Ends Pilots  —  Jeff Zucker, the chief executive of NBC Universal, said Tuesday the broadcaster was moving to save as much as $50 million a year by reducing its reliance on expensive pilots of new series on the NBC television channel.
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 …
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Ryan Singel / Threat Level:'s Privacy Tool Tracks Users, Groups Tell Feds
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
aXXo's Pirated Movies Used to Promote the iMac
Discussion: p2pnet
Microsoft and Dell Unite for Charity
Discussion: Gizmodo
George Ou:
Analysis: Server Side Java energy efficiency versus load
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Gizmondo to rise again in 2008?
Larry Dignan / Zero Day:
Mozilla confirms Firefox proof of concept information leak vulnerability
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
What to do if you're laid off in 2008 recession
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Playyoo: YouTube For Mobile Games Goes Beta
Discussion: CenterNetworks
 Earlier Items: 
Laurel Wentz / AdAge:
Publicis, Google to Exchange Execs
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iriver's limited edition Mplayer for Mickey assassins
Discussion: Crave
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Baidu Tries Again In Japan
iPod Recycling Speaker by Bird-Electron
Paul Mutton / Netcraft:
Mr-Brain: Stealing Phish from Fraudsters
Discussion: InfoWorld
Erica Ogg / CNET
HP's desktop with solid-state drive packs 16GB
Discussion: CrunchGear
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Do the (RED) thing  —  There's been some speculation online …

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Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Condé Nast buys Pitchfork Media, the company behind the independent music site and quarterly magazine, for an undisclosed sum

Jeremy Barr / Politico:
New York Times creates digital newsroom to cover and add reporting, commentary on viral stories

Tom Corrigan / Wall Street Journal:
Relativity Television's Employees Expected to Remain After Purchase

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