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6:40 AM ET, January 24, 2008

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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, MacRumors and Gizmodo
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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.
Steven Levy / Newsweek:
The Skinny on the MacBook Air  —  Size matters, but has Apple gone too far?  —  Early in my writing career, I had an assignment to follow around a mohel—the guy who does ritual circumcisions in the Jewish tradition.  My subject learned the trade by watching his dad, a renowned figure in the field.
Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
Digg: New Algorithm Changes  —  Just wanted to give everyone some insight into some of the changes we've been making this week.  As we've talked about in the past, Digg's promotional algorithm ensures that the most popular content dugg by a diverse, unique group of diggers reaches the home page.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Digg Changes Algorithm: No More Group Voting Up Stories
Brent Csutoras:
200 Diggs 1 Voice: Diggers Had Enough!
Discussion: Digg
Soshable:
The Digg Algorithm has Changed
Discussion: muhammad.saleem and Digg
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:  —  www.google.com/accounts/ServiceLogin?se rvice= health  —  However, I didn't get past the login screen, so all we see at the moment is the intro page.
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.
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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.
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
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:   Google Stock Plummets: Blame It On the Lemmings
InfoWorld:
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 …
Matt / Photo Matt:
On Ma.tt  —  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.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Growing Online, BBC Is to Join With MySpace  —  The commercial arm of the British Broadcasting Corporation is expected to announce a partnership with MySpace on Thursday to make some of its content available on MySpace, the popular social networking Web site.
Discussion: Snipperoo
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Chirp Launches Its Social Screen Saver In Beta  —  Today, Chirp is launching in private beta.  Chirp is a screen saver, previously covered here, that lets you bring social feeds from Flickr and Facebook onto your desktop.  Other social Websites will be added in the future.
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.
Robert A. Guth / Wall Street Journal:
Gates Calls for Kind Capitalism  —  Famously Competitive, Billionaire Now Urges Business to Aid the Poor  —  Free enterprise has been good to Bill Gates.  But later today, the Microsoft Corp. chairman will call for a revision of capitalism.  —  In a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos …
Electronista:
Canon unveils 12-megapixel EOS Rebel XSi  —  Canon helped inaugurate next week's PMA show tonight by upgrading its entry digital SLR.  Now dropping “Digital” from the camera name, the EOS Rebel XSi jumps from 10.1 to 12.2 megapixels while also using the same DIGIC III image processor as higher-end cameras such as the 1D Mark III.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
 
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sharp's 46/42/37-inch AQUOS X series grabs world's thinnest title
Discussion: Gizmodo
Seth Finkelstein / Guardian:
You say you've never considered the politics of search engines?
Chris Williams / The Register:
100Mbit/s sewer broadband rollout coming your way
comScore:
comScore Releases December U.S. Search Engine Rankings
Brad Stone / New York Times:
EBay's New Leader Moves Swiftly on a Revamping
Discussion: Techland
Associated Press:
Nokia chief confirms plant to close
Percy Cabello / Mozilla Links:
Ten years of Mozilla
Discussion: OSDir.com and Slashdot
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
YouTube expands mobile video service
 Earlier Items: 
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Best Buy sold infected digital picture frames
Discussion: Spyware Sucks
Will Price:
Downturn - Now What?  —  My first year in venture was 2002.
Discussion: Zoli's Blog
Lance Ulanoff / PC Magazine:
DRM-Free Music Spells Trouble
Discussion: Voices and Slashdot
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why Last.fm's free music won't replace your music collection
Discussion: New York Times and VentureBeat
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple crippling OS X debugging tool to protect iTunes DRM?
Kevin Poulsen / Wired News:
Pillaged MySpace Photos Show Up in Massive BitTorrent Download
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Web Outages and Damage Control 2.0
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
The truth about the iPhone's sales numbers