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4:55 AM ET, January 25, 2008

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Jay Westerdal / DomainTools Blog:
Google to kill Domain Tasting  —  Submit to Digg.com!  —  January 24th, 2008 by Jay Westerdal  —  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.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports Record Second Quarter Results  —  Robust holiday sales and enterprise demand drive revenue growth of 30%  —  Segment Revenue/Operating Income(Loss)  —  Second Quarter Form 10-Q View the PowerPoint Earnings Release  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced second quarter records for revenue …
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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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo and LucaFiligheddu.com
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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?  —  Not only was Scrabulous the favorite way for Facebook employees to whittle away their work hours, but it was a favorite application to some 600,000 daily active users.  The game that mimics Hasbro and Mattel's Scrabble game has indeed become too popular for its own good …
Discussion: BoomTown
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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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.
Matt / Jive Talks:
XMPP (a.k.a. Jabber) is the future for cloud services  —  There's a new firestorm brewing in web services architectures.  Cloud services are being talked up as a fundamental shift in web architecture that promises to move us from interconnected silos to a collaborative network of services whose sum is greater than its parts.
Discussion: Fast Wonder Blog and Digg
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   Could Instant Messaging (XMPP) Power the Future of Online Communication?
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Tesla Roadster to be a one-speed car  —  The engineers at Tesla Motors have designed a new single-speed transmission for its sports car that will let it hit the promised zero to 60 mph in four seconds.  —  The transmission won't come out on the first Tesla Roadsters coming off the line, the company said in a press release.
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Malcolm Powell / All Tesla Motors Blogs:
50 State Legal
Discussion: Engadget and DailyTech
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Report: iPhones piling up at AT&T stores  —  Is demand for the iPhone in America already starting to wane?  —  AT&T, the exclusive American carrier of the iPhone, activated just 900,000 iPhones during the fourth quarter, the company revealed during its earnings conference call Thursday.
cre.ations.net:
iPhone 1.1.3 jailbreak released  —  Well, the iPhone Dev Team has done it again.  A working jailbreak for 1.1.3 is finally here.  —  STATEMENT OF RISK  —  As all upgrades are risky, this one is doubly so.  You may have to restore your phone using iTunes and start again if it fails.
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 …
Miguel Helft / Bits:
YouTube On the Go  —  YouTube first dipped its toe in the mobile world in November of 2006 with a deal to deliver some video clips through the VCast service of Verizon Wireless.  Last year it created a mobile Web site accessible on many Sprint and AT&T phones.  But the site only carried a small slice of YouTube content.
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:   Mobile YouTube Application
comScore:
“Top Friends” Ranks as Most Engaged Facebook Application Among U.S. Internet Users in November 2007, According to comScore Widget Metrix  —  Myspace.Com Has Largest Web Widget Viewing Audience  —  comScore (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released …
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 …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Employee's silent rampage wipes out $2.5m worth of data  —  A Florida woman who believed she was about to get fired has been accused of deleting $2.5m worth of computer files to seek revenge on her employer.  —  Jacksonville Sheriff's officials say Marie Lupe Cooley, 41 …
Discussion: WJXX-TV, Switched and Ubergizmo
 
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Romeo Wahed / Download Squad:
Oops, sorry - 14,000 e-mail accounts get deleted
Discussion: Associated Press
Smashing Magazine:
Usability and Interface Design Books
Discussion: Digg
Paul Stamatiou:
DIY: 200 Dollar PC
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Xbox goes profitable, almost like a grown-up business
Discussion: Joystiq
VideoNuze.com:
Bob Pittman, Pre-NATPE Interview
Discussion: BoomTown and paidContent.org
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
If “Real Journalism” Fails As A Business, Should Government Step In?
Ricky / SMS Text News:
AT&T Is Still Confused On Contract-Free SIM
Steven Hodson / WinExtra:
Can “real” journalism rise from the ashes?
 Earlier Items: 
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Seattle Startup Weekend... This Weekend!
Discussion: Ryan Stewart
Brian Chin / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Gates' new grand vision
Andrew Yoon / PS3 Fanboy:
Best Buy discontinuing 80GB PS3
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Hulu Discusses Private Beta, Suggests Public Launch Time Frame
Saul Hansell / Bits:
John Donahoe's Plan to Save eBay: Better Search
Discussion: BloggingStocks and Mashable!
Jeff Fisher / Official Google Data APIs Blog:
Easily upload your documents to Google Docs!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Battelle Turns Down $100 Million Offer For FM Publishing.
Smaran / TorrentFreak:
Alchemist Author Pirates His Own Books
 

 
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