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6:15 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:
PR Newswire:
Last.fm Launches Largest Global Free-On-Demand Music Platform
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
All Major Labels to Stream Free Music on Last.fm
Discussion: MediaFuturist and Lost Remote
Business Wire:
eBay Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2007 Results  —  Major businesses and robust growth in newer lines of business drive revenue  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—eBay Inc. (Nasdaq:EBAY - News) (www.ebay.com) today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2007.
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Business Wire:
Meg Whitman to Step Down as President and CEO of eBay  —  John Donahoe Will Become President and CEO on March 31  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—eBay Inc. (Nasdaq:EBAY - News) (www.ebay.com) announced today that Meg Whitman will step down as President and CEO of eBay on March 31, 2008.
Motorola:
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
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Virgin Galactic reveals SpaceShipTwo, plans open-source starships  —  Burt Rutan and Richard Branson are doing their “deep pocketed space explorer” thing again.  They've revealed the second version of their suborbital spacecraft, aptly called “SpaceShipTwo” and pictured above, presumably via a cell phone camera at the event.
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John Schwartz / New York Times:
Entrepreneur Unveils New Tourist Spacecraft
Discussion: Salon, MSNBC and io9
BBC:
Virgin unveils spaceship designs
Discussion: Gizmodo
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?
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
The truth about the iPhone's sales numbers
Discussion: Inquirer and BloggingStocks
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
IBM's Salary Cuts  —  IBM last week raised its earnings outlook for 2008.  One reason it may make more money: IBM is cutting salaries for 7,600 employees by 15%.  —  The move is in response to a legal settlement over whether tech-support workers - the people who help businesses install …
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.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Pentax fleshes out Optio line with S12 and E50 compacts  —  Two more for ya from Pentax — the pocketable S12 and E50, which we're going to dig right into if that's okay with the crowd.  The former features a 12-megapixel sensor, VGA movie mode, 3x optical zoom, 2.5-inch LCD monitor …
Discussion: Electronista and Gizmodo
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Pentax gets official with 14.6-megapixel K20D DSLR
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Whitman expected to retire from EBay  —  Her departure would come as the company faces slowing growth in its auction business.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — EBay Inc. Chief Executive Meg Whitman is expected to announce her retirement as early as today and hand the reins to the successor she has groomed …
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Wall Street Journal:
EBay CEO Whitman to Retire
Discussion: paidContent.org
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.
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.
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.
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: Mac Beach and Deep Jive Interests
Jim Jordan / Lexington Herald-Leader:
HP to buy Lexington firm  —  PRICE NOT DISCLOSED FOR PURCHASE OF EXSTREAM SOFTWARE  —  JJORDAN1@HERALD-LEADER.COM  —  One of the world's largest technology companies is buying a 10-year-old Lexington software firm that dominates its own market niche.  —  Exstream Software LLC …
Discussion: Business Technology and WebProNews
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Facebook moves into international translation efforts  —  As has been long expected, Facebook has begun to work on making its service available in multiple languages as it expands internationally—and it's doing so by utilizing the power of its millions of users by enlisting them to volunteer a few minutes.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Inside Facebook
 
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft memo: Windows 7 and Windows Live to be even more tightly joined at the hip
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Former FCC chairmen join digital kids task force
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
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Netflix Announces Q4 2007 Financial Results
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Tracking the World's Appetite for Innovation
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Electronista:
MacBook Air's Superdrive needs special USB port
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Box.net offers easy storage, amid increasing competition
Karl / DSLreports:
AT&T Offers Free Wi-Fi To DSL Customers - Company opens up 10,000 …
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At Last, a $20,000 Cup of Coffee
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Southwest Airlines to test in-flight WiFi via satellite
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