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12:20 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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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  —  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 …
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.
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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
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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Jim Salter / Associated Press:
Cable Co. Empties 14,000 E-Mail Accounts
Discussion: loose wire blog and CNET News.com
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.
BBC:
Estonia fines man for ‘cyber war’  —  A 20-year-old ethnic Russian man is the first person to be convicted for taking part in a “cyber war” against Estonia.  —  Dmitri Galushkevich was fined 17,500 kroons (£830) for an attack which blocked the website of the Reform Party of Prime Minister Andrus Ansip.
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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.
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 …
Chip Griffin / Pardon the Disruption:
If I Only Read One Blog  —  I keep fighting the battle of bloat with my RSS feeds.  And it got me to thinking about the question: if I only read one blog, what would it be?  The answer came to me very quickly: Scott Karp's Publishing 2.0.  —  Almost every post that Scott writes provides something to chew on — food for thought.
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 …
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.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
All this online sharing has to stop  —  The IFPI - the International Federation of Phonographic Industries - is the global music industry organisation whose very name tells you how long ago progress overtook it.  On Thursday it published its digital music report for 2008, which says boldly that …
Dave Walker / Tech Digest:
Samsung extends its compact range with i80, i100 and S1060  —  And still those cameras keep coming, with Samsung adding to its compact range with the i80, i100 and S1060.  —  The 8.1 mega pixel i80 features 3x optical zoom, 3-inch Intelligent LCD screen, Intelligent Face Recognition Technology …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:   Samsung's i80, i100, and S1060 trio of novel cameras
 
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports Record Second Quarter Results
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft confirms Office for Mac 2008 snafu
Discussion: MacUser and Macsimum News
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Sun Microsystems: Can it grow?
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Toshiba Sez NPD Blu-ray Victory Numbers May Be Fluke
Discussion: Computerworld
CNET News.com:
Palm closing retail stores, paying out Treo owners
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Remote Disc: no movie playback, no HD support, and everything else you need to know
Discussion: MacUser, The Apple Core and Digg
Ernst-Jan Pfauth / The Next Web:
Beware of the European music revolution
Wall Street Journal:
French Bank Rocked by Rogue Trader
 Earlier Items: 
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 …
Paul Stamatiou:
DIY: 200 Dollar PC
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Xbox goes profitable, almost like a grown-up business
Discussion: Joystiq
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
If “Real Journalism” Fails As A Business, Should Government Step In?
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Tesla Roadster to be a one-speed car
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Digg: A social media Petri dish
Andrew Yoon / PS3 Fanboy:
Best Buy discontinuing 80GB PS3
 

 
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Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
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Steve Coll / New Yorker:
Paying ransom for kidnapped journalists is not a crime, and calling them reckless blames the victims

Emily Yahr / Washington Post:
Netflix, again, can't win any major Emmy awards. What's going on?

 
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