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12:55 PM ET, January 25, 2008

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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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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
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?  —  While it likely won't come as much of a surprise to those reading this, it seems that Apple's recently released iPhone sales numbers and AT&T's customer number don't exactly match up, leading those ever so insightful analysts to conclude …
Discussion: PC World
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.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
First benchmarks: MacBook Air is the slowest Apple machine on the block
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
OLPC angering donors: “Give 1 Get 1... some day... probably”  —  The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative launched the Give 1 Get 1 (G1G1) program in November, which allowed individuals in North America to obtain an OLPC XO laptop by making a donation of $399.
Discussion: Techlog
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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.”
Discussion: GigaOM
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Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Is Scrabulous Officially Dead?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, BoomTown and Hightouch
Tech.co.uk:
Sony shrinks Blu-ray lasers, drives cost down  —  New module promises thinner Blu-ray drives that are cheaper  —  After the inevitable clamour to declare Blu-ray the ‘one true’ high-definition optical disk format, comes the drive to make the technology more compact and - crucially - cheaper.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Toshiba Sez NPD Blu-ray Victory Numbers May Be Fluke
Discussion: Computerworld
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
DIGITAL DREAMERS  —  EISNER AND COOK LOOKING TO MAKE MAGIC  —  Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner is helping propel the book-publishing industry into the digital age.  —  In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, Eisner's Internet production studio, Vuguru, and publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons …
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 underway yesterday as the Federal Communications Commission conducted two rounds of bidding by the 214 qualified bidders.  Action was brisk, although none …
Discussion: Epicenter, DSLreports and Reuters
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
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.
Nick / Rough Type:
The lucky 200  —  Behind a tightly guarded barbed-wire fence, Google's new $600-million data-center complex in Lenoir, North Carolina, is rapidly taking shape, reports the Charlotte Observer: … The company, stung by criticism about the rich tax breaks it wrangled from state and local governments …
Discussion: Charlotte Observer
eWeek:
Wireless Auction Opens with $2.4 Billion in Top Bids  —  p strong With companies like AT T Verizon and Google in the mix the five separate blocks of spectrum are expected to eventually garner 1 billion. strong p ...  Software Development at Shopping.com!  Find, compare and buy Internet …
Discussion: Neowin.net
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.
 
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Barry Neild / CNN:
Bill Gates' new project: Farming
The Jeff Pulver Blog:
Sprint Files Four VoIP Patent Infringement Suits
HP:
HP Named Global Leader in Thin Client Market Share, Introduces …
Discussion: CNET News.com
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Windows 7: follow up  —  æˆ' Win7 M1 ..."."
Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports Record Second Quarter Results
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Sun Microsystems: Can it grow?
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
All this online sharing has to stop
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If I Only Read One Blog  —  I keep fighting the battle of bloat with my RSS feeds.
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Palm closing retail stores, paying out Treo owners
Ernst-Jan Pfauth / The Next Web:
Beware of the European music revolution
Joseph Menn / Los Angeles Times:
Fear can't rattle its Windows
Discussion: Big Tech
Paul Stamatiou:
DIY: 200 Dollar PC
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Xbox goes profitable, almost like a grown-up business
Discussion: Joystiq
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Windows 7 in 2009? Be careful what you wish for
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Tesla Roadster to be a one-speed car
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Growth of gaming in 2007 far outpaces movies, music
 

 
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