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5:40 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: Macworld UK and CyberNet
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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Dan Meyer / RCR Wireless News:
700 MHz auction ends first week of bidding at $3.7B  —  Los Angeles generates interest in the fourth round  —  The Federal Communication Commission's auction of 1,099 wireless licenses in the 700 MHz band headed into an early weekend break having garnered more than $3.7 billion in potential winning bids.
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.
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, Joe Duck and Slashdot
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
Discussion: Neowin.net and Gizmodo
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
“Kinder capitalism"?  It's called open source, Mr. Gates.  You should try it
Discussion: Joe Duck
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  —  Two pieces of bad news for Palm this week: it's going to have to pay out cash rebates on some Treos, and it's closing its retail stores.  (From News.com's One More Thing blog.)  —  Microsoft updates Vista SP1 test build
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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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Warner Music Sues Seeqpod
Discussion: WebProNews and Listening Post
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
Mark Hefflinger / Digital Media Wire:
Murdoch: WSJ.com to Retain Subscription Model, Raise Prices  —  Davos, Switzerland - News Corp. (NYSE: NWS) chairman Rupert Murdoch said on Friday that he plans to keep a large portion of the content on the website of his newly acquired Wall Street Journal behind a subscription firewall …
Discussion: Davos Conversation
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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Wall St. Journal to Continue Its Charges for Web Content
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
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows 7: The Anti-Vista?  —  Even with Windows Vista's one-year anniversary launch just a week away, all that anyone in the tech-enthusiast community seems to want to talk about is Windows 7 (Except for those who are already sick of hearing about 7, as one Windows user characterized himself in a conversation I had yesterday.)
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.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
In-flight Internet: Grounded for life?  —  If Wi-Fi is available at thousands of Internet cafes on even the most remote beaches in Southeast Asia, why isn't it ubiquitous on airplanes in the United States?  —  For those travelers who desperately want to know, the answer is that it's nearly here.
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.
 
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Janet Meiners / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Coming Soon - Target Google AdWords to MySpace Users
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Will Big Cash Piles Keep Start-Up Sales Alive? …
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
The SNES is the greatest console of all time
Discussion: Kotaku and Go Nintendo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Super Panel At Davos: The Future Of Mobile Technology
Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
Yahoo! Dumps Brand Universes
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Why did colleges stay mum on MPAA stats?
Discussion: DailyTech
Adrian Bridgwater / CNET News.com:
World Wide Web Consortium releases draft of HTML 5
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Can Sun execute on its open source strategy?
Discussion: CNET News.com
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
EU Watchers Predict GoogleClick Approval
Discussion: Reuters
Frank Dorman / ConsortiumInfo.org The Standards Blog:
FTC Announces Landmark Settlement in “Patent Hold Up” Action
Aaron Rutkoff / Wall Street Journal:
The Game of Life  —  Players Get Married, Age In Five-Minute Indie Game
Discussion: MTV Multiplayer
Stephen Totilo / MTV Multiplayer:
‘Mass Effect’ ‘Sexbox’ …
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Install OS X on Your Hackintosh PC, No Hacking Required [How To]
Discussion: Gizmodo and Digg
Nick / Rough Type:
The lucky 200  —  Behind a tightly guarded barbed-wire fence …
Discussion: Charlotte Observer
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
OLPC angering donors: “Give 1 Get 1... some day... probably”
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Adding insult to injury: USB 3G modems won't fit in the MacBook Air
 

 
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