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10:30 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.
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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.
IFPI:
IFPI publishes Digital Music Report 2008  —  ‘REVOLUTION, INNOVATION, RESPONSIBILITY’ … Governments are starting to accept that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) should take a far bigger role in protecting music on the internet, but urgent action is needed to translate this into reality …
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Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Music Biz Pushes Piracy Blame To ISPs; Digital Sales Up 40 Percent  —  We said in December the music industry would this year start to shift blame for piracy on to ISPs.  As of today - and buoyed by recent similar French moves - the business is going after access providers in a big way.
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Raphael G. Satter / Associated Press:   Digital Music Sales Up Worldwide
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
Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
New Digg algorithm angers the social masses
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 …
Discussion: Slashdot
Jeremy Kirk / LinuxWorld.com:
Schools will increase spending on open source  —  Educational institutions will increase spending on open-source software and services over the next few years, but that doesn't mean proprietary software will be left in the dark, according to a new report covering 14 countries.
Discussion: Open Source
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Jack M. Germain / LinuxInsider:   HP Unveils Three-Pronged FOSS Governance Initiative
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.
Tony Smith / The Register:
Linux-less Eee PC launched in Japan  —  Asus has formally launched its bonsai laptop, the Eee PC, in Japan, pre-installing the machine with Windows XP Home Edition rather than Linux.  —  The machine's specifications proved to be those of the standard 4GB solid-state disc model - the Eee PC 701 …
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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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.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why Last.fm's free music won't replace your music collection
Discussion: New York Times and VentureBeat
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
The AT&T leaves: Wireless strong; U-Verse buildout continues; Outlook in tact  —  AT&T reported its fourth quarter earnings and the big takeaways are that wireless growth is strong and enterprise spending is chugging along.  —  AT&T's earnings report garnered a little more attention …
Arn / MacRumors:
Netflix to Offer Mac Video Streaming in 2008  —  AlleyInsider reports that during their Q4 financial results, Netflix confirmed that they were hoping to have a Mac web-streaming video solution available in 2008.  An earlier Netflix blog entry from August had reported the same expectation.
Discussion: Between the Lines
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.
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.
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Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
Internal AT&T Memo Details Contract Free Rate Plans, Handset Must …
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When data center cabling becomes art
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Stories to Terrify the Average Computer Owner
Discussion: Computerworld and VoIP Blog
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
EA Calls Fox Out on “Insulting” Mass Effect Inaccuracies
Discussion: GamePolitics.com and Digg
The Ask.com Blog:
Give Me Some Skin: Ask Gets More Personal
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
YouTube to feature on wider range of mobile phones
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Mobility Site
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bono Responds To The Davos Question
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sharp's 46/42/37-inch AQUOS X series grabs world's thinnest title
Discussion: Gizmodo
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You say you've never considered the politics of search engines?
Chris Williams / The Register:
100Mbit/s sewer broadband rollout coming your way
Brad Stone / New York Times:
EBay's New Leader Moves Swiftly on a Revamping
Discussion: Techland
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Chirp Launches Its Social Screen Saver In Beta
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Best Buy sold infected digital picture frames
Feng / Inside AdWords:
Demographic bidding beta test
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
AT&T boosts DSL speeds; still playing tortoise to FiOS hare
InfoWorld:
Sources: Vista SP1 due out in next few weeks
 

 
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