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12:10 PM ET, January 23, 2008


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Om Malik / GigaOM: 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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Blog Software Firm Gets $29 Million
Discussion: VoIP Blog
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft Joining  —  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.
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Microsoft to join Web 2.0 data portability group, says source
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
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?
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Can the Touch Revive Apple's iPod Sales?
Discussion: MacRumors, CNET and Gearlog
Apple Reports First Quarter Results
Charles Cooper / CNET
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 …
Erica Ogg / CNET
HP's desktop with solid-state drive packs 16GB
Discussion: CrunchGear
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
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
For-profit app developers versus For-attention app developers
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.
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests
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.
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
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Nokia releases ‘organic, modern’ 7900 Crystal Prism
Discussion: Electronista and Mobility Site
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
Richard Jones /
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 …
Discussion: Mashable!
Joseph Weisenthal /
@ Announcement: Free On-Demand Music Platform; CBS To Ramp Up Promotion
Discussion: Listening Post and Lost Remote
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Oops: MPAA admits college piracy numbers grossly inflated … Unbelievable.  —  After commissioning a 2005 study from LEK Consulting that showed collegiate file-swappers were responsible for 44 percent of movie studio “losses” to piracy, the MPAA then used the report it bought to bludgeon Congress …
Laurel Wentz / AdAge:
Publicis, Google to Exchange Execs  —  Companies Plan to Share Talent, Collaborate to Develop New Products  —  NEW YORK ( — Publicis Groupe and Google are collaborating to develop new products and tools and exchange talent by embedding executives in each others' companies.
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 …
Steven Hodson / WinExtra:
Why is email stuck in the 80's?  —  Email is screwed up.  —  Not that email as a method of communication is screwed but more the fact that the software we use to manage the ever increasing amount of email we get is brain dead and next to ineffectual in letting us control our information flow.
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 …
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.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Virgin Galactic unveils SpaceShipTwo; Plans open architecture spaceship
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Do internet companies protect personal data well enough?
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
aXXo's Pirated Movies Used to Promote the iMac
Discussion: p2pnet
George Ou:
Analysis: Server Side Java energy efficiency versus load
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Gizmondo to rise again in 2008?
Discussion: Gizmodo and MobHappy
 Earlier Items: 
Larry Dignan / Zero Day:
Mozilla confirms Firefox proof of concept information leak vulnerability
Michael Muchmore / AppScout:
Save Space on Your Blog with ShareThis
Discussion: VentureBeat
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Baidu Tries Again In Japan
iPod Recycling Speaker by Bird-Electron
Paul Mutton / Netcraft:
Mr-Brain: Stealing Phish from Fraudsters
Discussion: InfoWorld
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPhone and iPod touch nab SNES emulation