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8:26 PM ET, January 23, 2008

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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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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
@ Last.fm Announcement: Free On-Demand Music Platform; CBS To Ramp Up Promotion  —  I'm here at Studio 19 at CBS (NYSE: CBS) headquarters, as Last.fm unveils its new direction: a free on-demand music streaming platform.  Some quick details, from a press release that's just been passed around:
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Last.fm Launches Largest Global Free-On-Demand Music Platform
Business Wire:
Meg Whitman to Step Down as President and CEO of eBay  —  John Donahoe Will Become President and CEO on March 31  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—eBay Inc. (Nasdaq:EBAY - News) (www.ebay.com) announced today that Meg Whitman will step down as President and CEO of eBay on March 31, 2008.
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Business Wire:
eBay Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2007 Results  —  Major businesses and robust growth in newer lines of business drive revenue  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—eBay Inc. (Nasdaq:EBAY - News) (www.ebay.com) today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2007.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
EBay Names Successor to Whitman
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
How Facebook's international users translate the site for free  —  Facebook has just announced how they plan to offer the site in other languages.  The Palo Alto, Calif. company has both hired professional translators and asked its international users to give suggestions.
Discussion: Mashable! and Lonely CEO Media
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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: Inside Facebook and All Facebook
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
Will Apple turn tech stocks sour?  —  Apple reported earnings that beat analyst estimates on strong sales of iMacs, laptops and iPhones.  But its cautious outlook led investors to slam the stock Wednesday morning, and take much of the Nasdaq down with it.  —  Why?
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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 …
Discussion: Inquirer and BloggingStocks
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
IBM's Salary Cuts  —  IBM last week raised its earnings outlook for 2008.  One reason it may make more money: IBM is cutting salaries for 7,600 employees by 15%.  —  The move is in response to a legal settlement over whether tech-support workers - the people who help businesses install …
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Virgin Galactic reveals SpaceShipTwo, plans open-source starships  —  Burt Rutan and Richard Branson are doing their “deep pocketed space explorer” thing again.  They've revealed the second version of their suborbital spacecraft, aptly called “SpaceShipTwo” and pictured above, presumably via a cell phone camera at the event.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Virgin Galactic Unveils Design For SpaceShipTwo
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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.
InfoWorld:
FCC auction draws repeat entrepreneurs  —  A handful of people who bid in the disastrous C-Block PCS auction in 1996 plan to participate in the upcoming 700MHz contest despite warning signs indicating the potential for similar troubles.  —  Like the earlier auction, the 700MHz auction is set …
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Roy Mark / eWeek:   Bidding for History.  Or Not.  —  The FCC's 700MHz auction …
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Southwest Airlines to test in-flight WiFi via satellite  —  It's taken a while, but it looks like Southwest Airlines is the latest (and no doubt far from the last) to jump on the in-flight WiFi bandwagon although, as with most, it's still quite a ways from rolling out the service across the board.
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.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Mashable!
Robin Sidel / Wall Street Journal:
Cheer Up, Ben: Your Economy Isn't As Bad as This One  —  In the Make-Believe World Of ‘Second Life,’ Banks Are Really Collapsing  —  In the real world, banks are reeling from the subprime-mortgage mess.  In the online game Second Life, a shutdown of the make-believe banking system is causing real-life havoc for thousands of people.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Box.net offers easy storage, amid increasing competition  —  Box.net, a company that lets you store and access files online, said it raised $6 million more in a second round financing.  —  The round of financing comes at a crucial time for the company, because a host of tough competitors have emerged to make online storage de rigueur.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft Joining DataPortability.org  —  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.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Samsung BlackJack Finally Getting Windows Mobile 6 Update!  —  You've been waiting almost a year for it, but Samsung's finally putting out the Windows Mobile 6 upgrade for your BlackJack.  Just hit up the link below at 5 p.m. EST (2 p.m. PST) and you'll be able to load it on your own phone.
Electronista:
MacBook Air's Superdrive needs special USB port  —  The MacBook Air's special processor is not the only example of the ultraportable veering away from Intel's reference designs, Electronista has discovered.  People familiar with the internal design of the system have explained …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Computerworld Blogs
 
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