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3:12 AM ET, January 24, 2008


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Google Blogoscoped:
Google Health Login Page  —  Want to get a first live glimpse of Google Health, which Google's Marissa Mayer announced will be rolled out in early 2008?  Point your browser to:  — rvice= health  —  However, I didn't get past the login screen, so all we see at the moment is the intro page.
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:   Google Health Nearing Launch?
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Apple's MacBook Air Is Beautiful and Thin, but Omits Features  —  Apple finally has entered the subnotebook market, introducing a lightweight laptop meant to please road warriors.  But, typical of Apple, the company took a different approach from its competitors.
USA Today:
MacBook Air: The sexy kind of skinny but with some flaws  —  Apple has earned a sterling reputation designing beautiful products that usually perform as splendidly as they look.  —  The MacBook Air laptop that CEO Steve Jobs unveiled last week turns heads.
Discussion: New York Times, Gizmodo and MacRumors
Steven Levy / Newsweek:
The Skinny on the MacBook Air
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
The EveryBlock Blog:
Introducing EveryBlock  —  “What's happening in my neighborhood?"  —  For a long time, that's been a tough question to answer.  In dense, bustling cities like Chicago, New York and San Francisco, the number of daily media reports, government proceedings and local Internet conversations is staggering.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
EveryBlock, an especially slick service for discovering local information  —  EveryBlock is a newly-launched site that aggregates data about neighborhoods, such as business reviews from sites like Yelp, crime reports from local police departments and online news stories from local publications.
Henry Work / TechCrunch:
EveryBlock Launches as Local News Aggregator for SF, NYC, and Chicago
Al Tompkins / Al's Morning Meeting:
Launching EveryBlock  —, a new Web site …
Discussion: Journalistopia
Ross V /
Two Diggs One Cup  —  On January 23, 2008, the Digg servers went down for about an hour.  What happened when they came back up has left plenty of people wretching in disbelief.  —  Digg has pretty much taken a crap in a cup, and asked everyone, including even the top diggers, to partake in the offering.
Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
Digg: New Algorithm Changes
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why's free music won't replace your music collection
Discussion: New York Times and last100
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
AT&T boosts DSL speeds; still playing tortoise to FiOS hare  —  AT&T has announced a much-needed speed boost for its U-Verse DSL service.  Beginning in February, the telecom will begin offering AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet Max, which will top out at 10Mbps down and 1.5Mbps up.
Sources: Vista SP1 due out in next few weeks  —  The wait is nearly over for the first service pack for Windows Vista, according to sources close to Microsoft.  —  Microsoft has said the highly anticipated service pack would be out in the first quarter of this year, but some say it could be available …
Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
Yahoo eyeing online music service  —  LOS ANGELES - Yahoo Inc., is in early discussions with major record labels over offering unprotected MP3s either for sale or for free as part of an ad-supported service, two record company executives familiar with the talks said Wednesday.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Oh, My Aching Google...Down 10%!  —  Google's down almost $60 on the day, or more than 10%.  So here's our question:  —  How are all you folks who assured everyone that Google and search are recession proof feeling?  Are you backing up the truck?  Or are you beginning to think we might have a point?
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:   Google Stock Plummets: Blame It On the Lemmings
Matt / Photo Matt:
On  —  A few weeks ago I twittered I was heading to the bank to wire money for a life change.  People got excited, and assumed I was buying a house, fancy car, plane, company, jewelry... it was really amusing to see where people's imagination went.  I'm afraid the truth is much less exciting, at least to other people.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Facebook moves into international translation efforts  —  As has been long expected, Facebook has begun to work on making its service available in multiple languages as it expands internationally—and it's doing so by utilizing the power of its millions of users by enlisting them to volunteer a few minutes.
Discussion: All Facebook and Inside Facebook
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
The truth about the iPhone's sales numbers  —  The iPhone has managed to stay atop the news almost constantly since its launch last June—and sales haven't been too shabby either.  Market research firm Gartner said that the company managed to capture 20 percent of smartphone sales during …
Kevin Poulsen / Wired News:
Pillaged MySpace Photos Show Up in Massive BitTorrent Download  —  A 17-gigabyte file purporting to contain more than half a million images lifted from private MySpace profiles has shown up on BitTorrent, potentially making it the biggest privacy breach yet on the top social networking site.
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Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Growing Online, BBC Is to Join With MySpace
Austin Modine / The Register:
MPAA admits movie piracy study is 29% full of @$#%
Discussion: Digital Daily
Canon unveils 12-megapixel EOS Rebel XSi
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS: Entry-Level Elph Gets Image Stabilizer …
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
Elisabeth / Podcasting News:
MommyCast Re-Ups Dixie Sponsorship
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple crippling OS X debugging tool to protect iTunes DRM?
 Earlier Items: 
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Bidding for History.  Or Not.  —  The FCC's 700MHz auction …
Discussion: InfoWorld and IDG News Service
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Web Outages and Damage Control 2.0
Stefanie Olsen / CNET
Former FCC chairmen join digital kids task force
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
IBM's Salary Cuts
Oliver Schwaner-Albright / New York Times:
At Last, a $20,000 Cup of Coffee
Robin Sidel / Wall Street Journal:
Cheer Up, Ben: Your Economy Isn't As Bad as This One