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11:40 AM ET, January 24, 2008


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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: JD on EP and Slashdot
Bill Snyder / InfoWorld:
Move over, Red Hat.  Open source ain't what it used to be  —  Has the open source software movement become a victim of its own success?  A provocative new study by a longtime software analyst suggests that the giants of the commercial software world are cashing in on the popularity …
Discussion: and Open Source
Paula Rooney / Open Source:   Gates: secret admirer of Linux, open source?
Jeremy Kirk /
Schools will increase spending on open source
Discussion: LinuxInsider
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.
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 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 …
Robert Andrews /
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.
Discussion: DSLreports
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sprint Cleans House: CFO, CMO, Sales Chief Get The Boot  —  Sprint Nextel (S) this morning started cleaning house: the company announced the departures effective tomorrow of CFO Paul Saleh, Chief Marketing Officer Tim Kelly, and President of Sales and Distribution Mark Angelino.  Buh-bye.  Buh-bye.
Discussion: CNET and DSLreports
Business Wire:
Sprint Nextel Announces Key Leadership Changes
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Netflix plans streaming video service for Mac
Discussion: Electronista
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS |
MySpace and BBC - friend or foe?  —  Now here's an interesting thing.  On the very day we - in BBC News - are running a rather negative story about MySpace and just how difficult it can be to delete your profile, our colleagues at BBC Worldwide have signed a major deal with the biggest social networking site.
Discussion: The Register, NewTeeVee and paidContent
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Growing Online, BBC Is to Join With MySpace
Fred / A VC:
Rethinking The Local Paper  —  This is my local newspaper, called The Villager.  If you live in Greenwich Village, NYC, you probably read The Villager.  But there are several problems with The Villager (which was voted NY State's “Best Community Newspaper").  —  First, it's only updated once a week.
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.
Google ties up with Japan's DoCoMo  —  Google's search engine will be featured on NTT DoCoMo, giving it access to 48 million mobile Net users in Japan.  —  DoCoMo, Japan's largest mobile operator, said Thursday the tie-up on Internet searches, e-mail, and other services …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Free Music Does Not Conflict With The Free Market  —  An associate editor at PC Mag emailed in a link to an opinion piece by PC Mag Editor-in-Chief Lance Ulanoff complaining that the ongoing demise of DRM is actually bad for the music industry — and even claiming that it goes against basic economic principles.
Discussion: PC Magazine
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Discussion: The Tech Report
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Samsung Thinks They “Know What Women Want,” Releases Two Fashion Phones
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple halving iPhone projections for quarter?
Discussion: Insanely Great Mac
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
MapReduce Explained  —  Mark Chu-Carroll is a Google software engineer …
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Internal AT&T Memo Details Contract Free Rate Plans, Handset Must …
Discussion: Insanely Great Mac
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Sinead Carew / Reuters:
YouTube to feature on wider range of mobile phones
Seth Finkelstein / Guardian:
You say you've never considered the politics of search engines?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Chirp Launches Its Social Screen Saver In Beta
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Best Buy sold infected digital picture frames
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Discussion: Engadget, Gearlog and Gizmodo

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