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2:50 PM ET, January 25, 2008

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
The case of the 1.4 million missing iPhones  —  The talk among Apple (AAPL) watchers today is Toni Sacconaghi's dogged pursuit of the 4 million iPhones Steve Jobs claimed to have sold as of Jan. 15, the date of his Macworld keynote speech.  —  AT&T (T), the iPhone's exclusive U.S. carrier …
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Are one in three iPhones sold being unlocked?
Discussion: PC World
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Scoble Sells Out  —  Robert Scoble, who has long been proud of the fact that his popular blog remains free of advertisements or sponsorships, will soon put ads on his site, he told me yesterday.  —  The change comes as part of his move to Fast Company, who will sell the ads on his behalf and will also be redesigning the site.
Discussion: WinExtra, rexblog.com and Joe Duck
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Gates' “creative capitalism": profits plus philanthropy  —  At a high-profile speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, yesterday, Bill Gates urged business leaders to focus on finding new ways to turn a profit while benefiting the world's poorest residents.
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Barry Neild / CNN:
Bill Gates' new project: Farming
Matt Asay / The Open Road:   “Kinder capitalism"?  It's called open source, Mr. Gates.  You should try it
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Palm Realizes It's Not Apple; Closes Retail Shops  —  Over the last decade, plenty of technology hardware companies thought it would make sense to open their own retail shops.  Sony, Gateway, Palm and Apple all went down that path.  Of that list, only Apple has been able to turn those retail stores into something valuable.
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CNET News.com:
Palm closing retail stores, paying out Treo owners
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
Warner Bros.  Sues SeeqPod For Infringement  —  Similar To Imeen Suit  —  Warner Bros. is suing music search engine SeeqPod accusing the company of profiting from “mass infringement” on its site.  —  In a complaint filed in California District Court, Warners alleges …
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Jay Westerdal / DomainTools Blog:
Google to kill Domain Tasting  —  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.  The Add Grace Period (AGP) is a time period when registrars …
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:   Google Domain Park To Cease Ads On Domain Tasting Sites
Charles Spirakis / Google LatLong:
Making changes  —  At Google, we're encouraged to move to different groups and learn new skills.  I recently transitioned to the Maps team — specifically, to the group that empowers local experts like you to improve your virtual neighborhood on Google Maps.
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.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Spectrum auction starts, draws over $2.7 billion in first-day bids  —  Auction 73, the long-awaited 700MHz spectrum sell-off, got under way yesterday as the Federal Communications Commission conducted two rounds of bidding by the 214 qualified bidders.  Action was brisk, although none …
Elsa Wenzel / CNET News.com:
Online stores to flaunt green electronics ratings  —  Online shoppers will soon be able to tell at a glance if computers offer “green” features.  Desktop and laptop PCs as well as monitors sold online are set to display the EPEAT logo starting early this year.
Larry Shaughnessy / CNN:
Double amputee walks again due to Bluetooth  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua Bleill lost both his legs above the knees when a bomb exploded under his Humvee while on patrol in Iraq on October 15, 2006.  He has 32 pins in his hip and a 6-inch screw holding his pelvis together.
Discussion: Joe Duck
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Toshiba Sez NPD Blu-ray Victory Numbers May Be Fluke  —  After an NPD report showed Blu-ray had 93% of the market for that week, the Blu-ray coalition had good cause to do (or keep doing) the victory dance.  But Toshiba's teary-eyed rebuttal makes sense, so we thought we'd share it:
Discussion: Electronista and Computerworld
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: WebProNews
 
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Artur Bergman / O'Reilly Radar:
Books that make you dumb  —  Wikiscanner hacker Virgil Griffth told …
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Software ‘tweaks,’ Chinese new year delay Everex CloudBook
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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Wall St. Journal to Continue Its Charges for Web Content
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Install OS X on Your Hackintosh PC, No Hacking Required [How To]
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Japan Today:
Graduate student arrested over creation of computer virus despite …
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft confirms Office for Mac 2008 snafu
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
OLPC angering donors: “Give 1 Get 1... some day... probably”
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Sun Microsystems: Can it grow?
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
All this online sharing has to stop
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Scrabulous and the New Social Operating System: How Facebook Gave …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Windows 7 in 2009? Be careful what you wish for
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Growth of gaming in 2007 far outpaces movies, music
 

 
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