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3:25 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?
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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.
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Journalism: of sell-outs and hand-outs
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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.
Discussion: CNET News.com
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Barry Neild / CNN:
Bill Gates' new project: Farming
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:   “Kinder capitalism"?  It's called open source, Mr. Gates.  You should try it
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Latest Test for DMCA Safe Harbors: Warner Sues SeeqPod  —  Warner Music Group has sued SeeqPod (complaint, 500k PDF), a “Web 2.0” music search engine (combined with embedable playlists, etc, etc) that has been gaining in popularity in recent months.  —  This is the latest in a string of lawsuits against Web 2.0 companies.
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Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
Warner Bros. Sues SeeqPod For Infringement
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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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Palm closing retail stores, paying out Treo owners
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: Gizmodo, Engadget and Joe Duck
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 …
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.
Miguel de Icaza:
Usability Disaster Story  —  In December, someone asked me about how many Mono downloads we had per month to estimate the size of Mono users.  With software like Mono the download numbers do not mean much, because most of our users get their software through their distribution, package channels or as a bundled executable.
Discussion: Jeffrey McManus
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.
Francois / The Data Platform Insider:
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Roadmap Clarification  —  The past few months have been an amazing time for the SQL Server team as we gear up for the start of the global launch wave on February 27.  The response to SQL Server 2008 has been overwhelmingly positive - in fact, we now have more 100,000 downloads of our CTPs.
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
Artur Bergman / O'Reilly Radar:
Books that make you dumb  —  Wikiscanner hacker Virgil Griffth told me a while ago about his latest data mining project, to visualise the relationship between books and SAT scores.  Today he released his findings at Booksthatmakeyoudumb.  —  He does this by cross referencing the 10 …
Discussion: Boing Boing and Virtual Economics
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.
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Nielsen Debuts VOD Service With Comcast; Picks TWC's Haymes To Head Online Copyright Monitor  —  With TiVo (NSDQ: TIVO), Google (NSDQ: GOOG) and others turning their attention to real-time on-demand audience measurement, The Nielsen Company has been trying to counter the challenge with some VOD and online moves of its own.
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Wall St. Journal to Continue Its Charges for Web Content
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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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