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10:55 AM ET, January 23, 2008

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
WordPress.com 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 …
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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:
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
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Apple:
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
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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.
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Can the Touch Revive Apple's iPod Sales?
Discussion: Big Tech, CNET News.com and Gearlog
Nokia:
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: Gizmodo, Engadget and Gadget Lab
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Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Nokia releases ‘organic, modern’ 7900 Crystal Prism
Discussion: Electronista and Mobility Site
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.
Discussion: The Social Times and Wikinomics
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Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Microsoft to join Web 2.0 data portability group, says source
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
What to do if you're laid off in 2008 recession  —  It's sad to hear about layoffs at companies like Yahoo.  Right now it seems like a bad time to be laid off.  I'm here to offer some hope.  —  I laid myself off in February 2002.  Remember that time?  It was far worse than what we've seen so far in the economic turmoil of 2008.
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.
Charles Cooper / CNET News.com:
Take your tech recession and stuff it  —  newsmaker Like a lot of technology CEOs these days, Seagate's Bill Watkins finds himself frequently asked whether the world as we know it is coming to an end—or something like that.  —  What with regular triple-digit losses on the Dow Jones …
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
HP's desktop with solid-state drive packs 16GB
Discussion: CrunchGear
Larry Dignan / Zero Day:
Mozilla confirms Firefox proof of concept information leak vulnerability  —  Mozilla's security chief Window Snyder has confirmed a proof of concept information leak flaw in Firefox-even fully patched versions.  —  Snyder confirmed the issue in a blog post.
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The Mozilla Blog:
CHROME PROTOCOL DIRECTORY TRAVERSAL
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 …
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.
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
Laurel Wentz / AdAge:
Publicis, Google to Exchange Execs  —  Companies Plan to Share Talent, Collaborate to Develop New Products  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Publicis Groupe and Google are collaborating to develop new products and tools and exchange talent by embedding executives in each others' companies.
 
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Electronista:
AMD releases budget Radeon HD 3000 cards
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Ask.com'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
eWeek:
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?
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
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Discussion: Crave
Graham Webster / CNET News.com:
Microsoft extends map site to China, sort of includes Taiwan
Discussion: Mashable!
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Baidu Tries Again In Japan
GeekAlerts:
iPod Recycling Speaker by Bird-Electron
Paul Mutton / Netcraft:
Mr-Brain: Stealing Phish from Fraudsters
Discussion: InfoWorld
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Do the (RED) thing  —  There's been some speculation online …
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iPhone 1.1.3 firmware behind the scenes changes
 

 
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