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10:50 AM ET, January 25, 2008

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Jay Westerdal / DomainTools Blog:
Google to kill Domain Tasting  —  A confidential informant says Google will stop monetizing all domains if they are less then five days old.  This potential new policy change by Google could stop all Domain Tasting in its tracks.  The Add Grace Period (AGP) is a time period when registrars …
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Domain Park To Cease Ads On Domain Tasting Sites  —  Google to kill Domain Tasting from Domain Tolls reports receiving a tip from a Google informant that Google will be preventing “domain tasting” from participating in the AdSense for Domains (aka Domain Park) program.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Adding insult to injury: USB 3G modems won't fit in the MacBook Air  —  Ouch, we just tested and confirmed that one of the smallest (and thus likeliest to fit) USB EV-DO modems around, the Sprint / Novatel U727, won't even come close to fitting in the cramped, foldaway USB port on the MacBook Air.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
First benchmarks: MacBook Air is the slowest Apple machine on the block  —  No one should be surprised, but if you were looking for a speed freak of a laptop, you're going to want to glaze those lustful eyes over the MacBook Air.  While the new hotness has a speedy memory bus …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Scoble Sells Out  —  Robert Scoble, who has long been proud of the fact that his popular blog remains free of advertisements or sponsorships, will soon put ads on his site, he told me yesterday.  —  The change comes as part of his move to Fast Company, who will sell the ads on his behalf and will also be redesigning the site.
Discussion: WinExtra
Knowledge@Wharton:
Scrabulous and the New Social Operating System: How Facebook Gave Birth to an Industry  —  Most industries do not begin on a single day, but it's easy to see Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's presentation on May 24, 2007, as the starting gun in an entrepreneurial race that some have dubbed “the Facebook Economy.”
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Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Is Scrabulous Officially Dead?
Discussion: BoomTown and Hightouch
Romeo Wahed / Download Squad:
Oops, sorry - 14,000 e-mail accounts get deleted  —  Looks like Charter, a national cable and high-speed internet provider, decided to include more than just inactive accounts in its routine email account deletion.  Although arguably not as bad as over-billing your customers a year in advance …
Discussion: WebProNews and Associated Press
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Growth of gaming in 2007 far outpaces movies, music  —  2007 was a banner year for video gaming, and the industry has the figures to prove it.  The Entertainment Software Association announced today that total sales for 2007 were $18.85 billion, with $9.5 billion of that spent on games …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Windows 7 in 2009?  Be careful what you wish for  —  Take it as a sign that Windows Vista failed to capture the imagination of Windows users, or take it as a sign that sensationalism sells.  Either way, the rumor mill is heating up with claims that the successor to Windows Vista …
Discussion: The Register
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Digg: A social media Petri dish  —  Now that the sturm und drang over the latest changes to Digg's algorithm has died down somewhat — after the villagers made it all the way to the castle with pitchforks and lighted torches in their hands, only to relent and make peace with the lords of the manor …
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Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Digg CEO Jay Adelson's Take on the So-Called “Revolt”
Chris Nokleberg / Official Google Docs Blog:
We can't stop adding features!  —  We kicked off 2008 with a slew of new presentation features and your feedback is keeping us busy.  Today's additions address some of the most requested features:  — Save as PDF, for when you really need to download your presentation as a file.
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Toshiba Sez NPD Blu-ray Victory Numbers May Be Fluke  —  After an NPD report showed Blu-ray had 93% of the market for that week, the Blu-ray coalition had good cause to do (or keep doing) the victory dance.  But Toshiba's teary-eyed rebuttal makes sense, so we thought we'd share it:
Discussion: Computerworld
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
All this online sharing has to stop  —  The IFPI - the International Federation of Phonographic Industries - is the global music industry organisation whose very name tells you how long ago progress overtook it.  On Thursday it published its digital music report for 2008, which says boldly that …
Chip Griffin / Pardon the Disruption:
If I Only Read One Blog  —  I keep fighting the battle of bloat with my RSS feeds.  And it got me to thinking about the question: if I only read one blog, what would it be?  The answer came to me very quickly: Scott Karp's Publishing 2.0.  —  Almost every post that Scott writes provides something to chew on — food for thought.
CNET News.com:
Palm closing retail stores, paying out Treo owners  —  Two pieces of bad news for Palm this week: it's going to have to pay out cash rebates on some Treos, and it's closing its retail stores.  (From News.com's One More Thing blog.)  —  Microsoft updates Vista SP1 test build
 
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Charles Spirakis / Google LatLong:
Making changes  —  At Google, we're encouraged to move …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Remote Disc: no movie playback, no HD support, and everything else you need to know
Discussion: MacUser, The Apple Core and Digg
Sunbelt Blog:
The growth of malware  —  Interesting data from Andreas Marx at AV-Test.org.
Ernst-Jan Pfauth / The Next Web:
Beware of the European music revolution
Wall Street Journal:
French Bank Rocked by Rogue Trader
Joseph Menn / Los Angeles Times:
Fear can't rattle its Windows
Discussion: Big Tech
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
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DIY: 200 Dollar PC
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Xbox goes profitable, almost like a grown-up business
Discussion: Joystiq
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
If “Real Journalism” Fails As A Business, Should Government Step In?
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Tesla Roadster to be a one-speed car
Peter Greenberger / Google Public Policy Blog:
Our political advertising policies
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Employee's silent rampage wipes out $2.5m worth of data
Brian Chin / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Gates' new grand vision