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8:45 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.
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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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Adding insult to injury: USB 3G modems won't fit in the MacBook Air  —  Ouch, we just tested and confirmed that one of the smallest (and thus likeliest to fit) USB EV-DO modems around, the Sprint / Novatel U727, won't even come close to fitting in the cramped, foldaway USB port on the MacBook Air.
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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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 …
Discussion: The Register
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Select group of testers get new builds of XP SP3, Vista SP1
Discussion: PC World
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 and Hightouch
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Paul Stamatiou:
DIY: 200 Dollar PC  —  Looking for a small and affordable computer to add to your collection of boxen?  I'm not talking about the Everex gPC, OLPC or the Asus Eee PC.  I'm talking about building your own mini-ITX form factor computer.  For around $200 you can have a computer with the following specs …
Romeo Wahed / Download Squad:
Oops, sorry - 14,000 e-mail accounts get deleted  —  Looks like Charter, a national cable and high-speed internet provider, decided to include more than just inactive accounts in its routine email account deletion.  Although arguably not as bad as over-billing your customers a year in advance …
Discussion: Associated Press
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung's i80, i100, and S1060 trio of novel cameras  —  The pre-PMA 2008 madness ushers in this trio of new Samsung shooters.  The 8.1 megapixel i80 (pictured left) brings a standard 3x optical zoom and biggie 3-inch LCD with face recognition and integrated MP3 player.
Discussion: Gizmodo
 
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Student behind DoS attack that rekindled bad Soviet memories
Discussion: InfoWorld and Slashdot
Wall Street Journal:
French Bank Rocked by Rogue Trader
Joseph Menn / Los Angeles Times:
Fear can't rattle its Windows
Discussion: Big Tech
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Download Flickr Pics by User, Group, or Tags with FlickrDown …
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Usability and Interface Design Books
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Xbox goes profitable, almost like a grown-up business
Discussion: Joystiq
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Bob Pittman, Pre-NATPE Interview
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
If “Real Journalism” Fails As A Business, Should Government Step In?
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Employee's silent rampage wipes out $2.5m worth of data
Discussion: Switched, WJXX-TV and Ubergizmo
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
Saul Hansell / Bits:
John Donahoe's Plan to Save eBay: Better Search
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Report: iPhones piling up at AT&T stores
 

 
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