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7:21 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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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.
Toni / Toni's Garage:
Automattic fundraising  —  As Om and Matt report, we closed a $29.5 million round of financing for Automattic today.  Coincidentally, the closing is happening during one of our bi-annual company get-togethers, so we'll be able to toast the occasion in person!
Discussion: Holy Shmoly! and True Ventures
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Times Company in Group Investing in Blog Publisher  —  Automattic, the commercial arm of the popular WordPress publishing platform for blogs, has received $29.5 million in financing from four companies, including a small portion from The New York Times Company.
Discussion: Pulse 2.0
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 …
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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.
Discussion: Cult of Mac
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Can the Touch Revive Apple's iPod Sales?
Discussion: CNET News.com and Gearlog
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Apple: iPod Growth Asymptotically Approaches Zero
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
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Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
For-profit app developers versus For-attention app developers  —  Max Levchin recently launched his blog - which I'm sure will be excellent - with an article called, “How to successfully launch a social networking development platform."  It's absolutely worth reading, so go click here and read it.
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 …
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Create Your Own Reddit  —  Reddit has announced a brand new feature that they are currently testing out in closed beta - the ability for users to make their own Reddits.  Reddit has long had the “other reddits” featuring ones specializing in programming, science, politics, etc …
Discussion: reddit and The Last Podcast
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Reddit Adds Ability to Create Your Own “Reddits”
Discussion: Download Squad and Mashable!
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPhone and iPod touch nab SNES emulation  —  You've waited, you've watched, and now your wildest dreams are about to come true.  That's right, someone has coded a native SNES emulator for the iPhone / iPod touch.  Right now, the project is still in the beta / testing phase …
Discussion: IntoMobile and Tech Blog
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Arn / MacRumors:
iPod Touch: ‘Mainstream Wi-Fi Mobile Platform’
James Bannan / APC:
Vista successor, Windows 7 to be released next year?  —  A recently-release roadmap for the next major Window release - Windows 7 - indicates that Microsoft is planning to release the new operating system in the second half of 2009, rather than the anticipated release date of some time in 2010.
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Could Windows 7 be the best Windows yet?
Discussion: ParisLemon and eWeek
RealClearMarkets:
Might Google Buy the New York Times?  —  The choice for the family would be basically this: double your money or double down on “young Arthur,” as the NYT's Chairman and CEO is sometimes called.  In the back of their minds, the prospect of doubling down on “young Arthur” …
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:   Google to buy everything, cure cancer
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 and Engadget
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.
Discussion: CNET News.com, VentureBeat and BUZZYEAH
GeekAlerts:
iPod Recycling Speaker by Bird-Electron  —  This product from from Bird-Electron is the “one and only Recycling Speaker for iPod".  The dimension is exactly the same as the plastic package for iPod Nano (1st & 2nd Gen.) and iPod Shuffle (2nd & 3rd Gen.).  —  It doesn't require …
BBC:
UK homes to get super-fast fibre  —  The UK's first “fibre town” could go online in the autumn, delivering speeds of about 100Mbps (megabits per second) to consumers' homes.  —  Fibre firm H20 offers super-fast broadband via the sewers and either Bournemouth, Northampton or Dundee will be offered the service first.
 
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