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1:10 PM ET, January 23, 2008


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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 …
Joseph Weisenthal /
@ Announcement: Free On-Demand Music Platform; CBS To Ramp Up Promotion  —  I'm here at Studio 19 at CBS (NYSE: CBS) headquarters, as unveils its new direction: a free on-demand music streaming platform.  Some quick details, from a press release that's just been passed around:
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC: debuts free music service
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.
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
Motorola cellphone sales tumble 38 percent
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
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 …
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
HP offers 16GB solid-state drive in new small PC
Discussion: CNET and Ubergizmo
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 …
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?
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.
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.
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Southwest Airlines to test in-flight WiFi via satellite  —  It's taken a while, but it looks like Southwest Airlines is the latest (and no doubt far from the last) to jump on the in-flight WiFi bandwagon although, as with most, it's still quite a ways from rolling out the service across the board.
Discussion: GigaOM
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.
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
The Samsung BD-UP5000 to be discontinued in May  —  While we've become accustomed to Blu-ray players being released every six months, it's a little ridiculous when we're forced to wait for a new player longer than it's on the market.  Eventually we expect the cycle to slow down …
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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