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2:15 PM ET, January 23, 2008

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Richard Jones / Last.fm:
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 …
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
@ Last.fm Announcement: Free On-Demand Music Platform; CBS To Ramp Up Promotion  —  I'm here at Studio 19 at CBS (NYSE: CBS) headquarters, as Last.fm unveils its new direction: a free on-demand music streaming platform.  Some quick details, from a press release that's just been passed around:
Terry Maxon / Dallas Morning News:
Southwest Airlines to test in-flight broadband  —  tmaxon@dallasnews.com  —  Southwest Airlines Co. plans to test broadband service on its airplanes beginning this summer, working a provider that uses satellites to provide the Internet service, the carrier said Wednesday.
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Southwest Airlines to test in-flight WiFi via satellite
Discussion: GigaOM and Gizmodo
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
American Airlines to join mile-high WiFi Club
Discussion: TechSpot News
phx.corporate-ir.net:
Southwest Airlines Bringing the Internet to the Sky Via Satellite
Discussion: DailyTech
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
Apple turns 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?
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Can the Touch Revive Apple's iPod Sales?
Paul R. La Monica / Media Biz:
Sirius and XM merger approval close?
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.
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Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Microsoft to join Web 2.0 data portability group, says source
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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.
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
Chloe Albanesius / AppScout:
MPAA Published Inflated Stats on College Downloading  —  The recording industry needs a new piracy scapegoat.  Any takers?  —  The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) reportedly got carried away when it claimed in a 2005 study that college students were responsible for 44-percent of illegal movie downloads.
Discussion: Electronista, Ars Technica and The Lede
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Box.net offers easy storage, amid increasing competition  —  Box.net, a company that lets you store and access files online, said it raised $6 million more in a second round financing.  —  The round of financing comes at a crucial time for the company, because a host of tough competitors have emerged to make online storage de rigueur.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
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.
Tony Dennis / Inquirer:
Iphone sales are at around a tenth of early estimates  —  The INQ may have been playing with sales figures but someone (cough!) may also have been bamboozled by zeros.  Any fule with a calculator knows that 4,000,000/200=20,000.  Our apologies, dear reader.
Discussion: Ars Technica
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 …
Discussion: Furrier.org and bub.blicio.us
Robin Sidel / Wall Street Journal:
Cheer Up, Ben: Your Economy Isn't As Bad as This One  —  In the Make-Believe World Of ‘Second Life,’ Banks Are Really Collapsing  —  In the real world, banks are reeling from the subprime-mortgage mess.  In the online game Second Life, a shutdown of the make-believe banking system is causing real-life havoc for thousands of people.
Discussion: The Social Times and Glass House
AT&T:
AT&T Boosts Bandwidth Choices and Speed with 10 Mbps Offer for U-verse Customers  —  Millions of consumers now have a new option to keep them surfing in the fast lane with the nation's leading provider of broadband services.  AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) has announced plans to offer AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet Max in February 2008.
Discussion: Gizmodo, DSLreports and Telecompetitor
 
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
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Karl / DSLreports:
AT&T Offers Free Wi-Fi To DSL Customers - Company opens up 10,000 …
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