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1:45 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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John Oates / The Register:
Apple's iPhone numbers do not add up  —  Millions being unlocked - or gathering dust at Carphone Warehouse  —  Analysts looking at both Apple's results and those posted by AT&T - Apple's iPhone partner in the US - have noticed a large discrepancy in the figures.  —  Apple says it has sold 3.7m iPhones in total.
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
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, Joe Duck and rexblog.com
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
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 …
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eWeek:
Wireless Auction Opens with $2.4 Billion in Top Bids
Discussion: Techland, Reuters and Neowin.net
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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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.
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: mathewingram.com/work and GigaOM
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Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Is Scrabulous Officially Dead?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, BoomTown and Hightouch
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 …
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
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
Barry Neild / CNN:
Bill Gates' new project: Farming  —  DAVOS, Switzerland (CNN) — Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates announced a new direction Friday as he pledged $306 million in grants to develop farming in poor countries, leading the charge for corporate responsibility at a major meeting of business chiefs.
 
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Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Install OS X on Your Hackintosh PC, No Hacking Required [How To]
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Graduate student arrested over creation of computer virus despite …
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Sprint Files Four VoIP Patent Infringement Suits
HP:
HP Named Global Leader in Thin Client Market Share, Introduces …
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft confirms Office for Mac 2008 snafu
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Sun Microsystems: Can it grow?
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All this online sharing has to stop
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Xbox goes profitable, almost like a grown-up business
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
If “Real Journalism” Fails As A Business, Should Government Step In?
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