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9:25 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.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Times Company in Group Investing in Blog Publisher
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: Gearlog and CNET News.com
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
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: Gadget Lab, IntoMobile and Tech Blog
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Arn / MacRumors:
iPod Touch: ‘Mainstream Wi-Fi Mobile Platform’
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
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
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 …
Justin Pope / Associated Press:
MPAA Admits Mistake on Downloading Study  —  Hollywood laid much of the blame for illegal movie downloading on college students.  Now, it says its math was wrong.  —  In a 2005 study it commissioned, the Motion Picture Association of America claimed that 44 percent of the industry's domestic losses came …
Discussion: Techdirt and The Chronicle
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Oops: MPAA admits college piracy numbers grossly inflated
Discussion: Digg
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: Engadget, Gizmodo and Gadget Lab
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
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Do the (RED) thing  —  There's been some speculation online that Windows, Dell and (RED) are going to make an announcement later this week at Davos.  Wouldn't it be incredible if, through the simple act of choosing a PC, and at no extra cost to you, you could put someone living with AIDS …
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
HP's desktop with solid-state drive packs 16GB  —  If consumers and businesses are going to be convinced to switch to solid-state drives over hard disks, it's going to take something more compelling than 16GB.  —  On Wednesday, Hewlett-Packard will introduce a new version of its Compaq DC7800 series desktop PC.
Discussion: CrunchGear
 
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Reuters:
Motorola posts smaller profit
Discussion: Electronista
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iriver's limited edition Mplayer for Mickey assassins
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
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Discussion: Crave, Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
World of Warcraft Hits 10 Million Subscribers
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iPod Recycling Speaker by Bird-Electron
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BBC:
UK homes to get super-fast fibre
The Mozilla Blog:
CHROME PROTOCOL DIRECTORY TRAVERSAL
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Eroticism Comes to Microblogging with Boobik?
Discussion: CrunchGear
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
Rackspace goes down again, loses Tumblr's business
Discussion: Davidville
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Create Your Own Reddit
Arn / MacRumors:
New Mac OS X 10.5.2 Seed (9C20), Due Friday?
Nate True's Weblog:
iPhone 1.1.3 firmware behind the scenes changes
Forbes:
EBay's Bounce-Back Opportunity
 

 
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