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12:40 PM ET, January 24, 2008

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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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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 …
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.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Netflix bringing streaming rentals to Macs, game console next?  —  Recent announcements on iTunes rentals certainly caused a stir amongst the neglected Mac-masses, but it looks like the online rental game is about to get a little more cutthroat for fanboys and fangirls everywhere.
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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: Electronista and Between the Lines
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Netflix: Mac Streaming Coming This Year (NFLX, AAPL)
Discussion: CrunchGear
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 …
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: Open Source
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.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Google on the verge of launching Microsoft HealthVault competitor
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 …
TechNet Blogs:
DOWNLOAD: WINDOWS VISTA ONE YEAR VULNERABILITY REPORT  —  Windows Vista shipped to business customers on the last day of November 2006, so the end of November 2007 marks the one year anniversary for supported production use of the product.  —  This paper analyzes the vulnerability disclosures …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Microsoft: Vista has fewer first-year vulnerabilities than any modern OS
Discussion: Bink.nu
InfoWorld:
NTT DoCoMo in talks on Android-based cell phone  —  San Francisco - Japan's biggest mobile telecom carrier gave its strongest support yet to Google's Android platform on Thursday when it said it is considering a cell phone based on the technology.  —  “We are starting discussions to offer handsets …
Discussion: Gizmodo and InfoWorld
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Reuters:   Google ties up with Japan's DoCoMo
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.
John Leyden / The Register:
Virus writers charged with copyright violation  —  Movie-munching Trojan miscreants go all Winny  —  Japan has arrested its first suspected virus writers, but in a strange twist the three suspected creators and distributors of a strain of P2P malware have been charged with copyright violation …
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 …
Discussion: paidContent.org and DSLreports
Timothy Lee / Techdirt:
Your Website Shouldn't Be Just An Electronic Version Of Your Print Publication  —  We spend a lot of time here at Techdirt beating up on large media companies for their poor media strategies.  For a long time, established media companies saw their websites as little more than an afterthought.
Discussion: blackrimglasses.com
Josh / Redeye VC:
After the Techcrunch Bump  —  I see many consumer Internet pitches these days where the basic marketing strategy is to (1) get covered by Techcrunch, (2) get tens of thousands of users from the “Techcrunch Bump”, and then (3) “grow virally".  While a positive Techcrunch review has the potential …
 
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Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple halving iPhone projections for quarter?
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Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
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Discussion: Insanely Great Mac
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
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Discussion: Computerworld and VoIP Blog
The Ask.com Blog:
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Sinead Carew / Reuters:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Chirp Launches Its Social Screen Saver In Beta
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Best Buy sold infected digital picture frames