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10:48 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:
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
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.
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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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 …
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Apple's MacBook Air Is Beautiful and Thin, But Omits Features
Discussion: Gizmodo and Paul Kedrosky's …
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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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: ParisLemon and Mashable!
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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
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
How Facebook's international users translate the site for free
Discussion: Mashable! and Lonely CEO Media
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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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.
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 …
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: GigaOM and Brier Dudley's blog
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.
 
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