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2:10 PM ET, January 26, 2008

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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The shy Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook  —  Yesterday morning I woke up early.  Was sitting in the hotel lobby at 7 a.m. trying to check email when someone tapped me on the shoulder.  It was Mark Zuckerberg, founder/CEO of Facebook, which now has 68 million active users (people who've signed on in the past 30 days).
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Super-Awesome YouTube Room At Davos  —  The World Economic Forum at Davos: 3,000 or so world leaders, celebrities and top CEOs (and a couple of bloggers) gather to discuss the major issues of the day.  —  At one end of the Congress Center is the main meeting hall.  At another, private meeting rooms for the super-VIPs.
Discussion: i-boy, Forbes and Q-blog
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Belt-Tightening, but No Collapse, Is Forecast in Technology Spending  —  In the consumer economy, the Main Street shopper leads the way.  In the corporate economy, big technology buyers like Monte Ford will determine the arc of business spending in the coming months.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Belt-Tightening In Corporate IT Spending Will be Good For Web 2.0  —  The outlook for corporate IT spending is gloomy, with growth expected to slow from 7 percent last year to 4 percent this year.  The $500 billion that U.S. corporations spend every year on hardware and software accounts for about half of all capital outlays.
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Anonymous Hackers Shoot For Scientologists, Hit Dutch School Kids  —  Dutch schoolchildren may be the first collateral damage of an online war being waged against the Church of Scientology by a motley crew of internet troublemakers who call themselves Anonymous.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Media: Still grasping for a clue  —  We can all debate the wisdom of the Wall Street Journal maintaining a pay wall (or at least part of one — see my recent post), and even the wisdom of newspapers and media sites having registration walls.  But surely we've gotten beyond the point where anyone …
Erik Schwiebert / Office for Mac Product Forums:
Security issue in Mac Office 2008 Installer  —  You may have seen recent reports on the web of a security issue in the installer for Mac Office 2008.  The issue is that our installer is incorrectly granting ownership of the files to a particular local user as it installs them …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Court Says You Can Copyright A Cease-And-Desist Letter  —  from the free-speech?  dept  —  Back in October, we wrote about a law firm that was claiming a copyright on the cease-and-desist letters it sent out, and insisting that it was a violation to repost them.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Are we in a recession?  —  It's interesting to hear different people's opinions at the World Economic Forum about what the economy is going to do this year.  Most people here believe we're in the midst of a recession, which technically is two quarters of negative growth.
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
An Open Letter to the Twitter Guys  —  To: Evan Williams & Biz Stone  —  I am a huge fan.  You are two good guys.  Twitter is the most addictive thing I've experienced since I quit smoking in 1987, and it's so much better for my health.  I have built a multinational circle of friends because of Twitter.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Would You Pay $1 For A Feed?  —  Before you read this article, I'd ask that you ignore how things are today, I want you to free your mind of the current model so you can fully absorb what I am going to suggest.  With that said, here we go.  —  What if blogs and journals offered a full feed …
New York Times:
Hedge Fund Seeks Board Seats at Times Co.  —  An Alabama-based hedge fund gave notice Friday that it would try to elect directors to The New York Times Company board, a day after the same hedge fund gave similar notice to another newspaper company, Media General.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Romenesko
Timothy Lee / Techdirt:
Is IPv6 A Solution In Search Of A Problem?  —  A few weeks ago, David Siegel of Global Crossing looked at some high-profile websites and found that none of them have made the switch to IPv6, the supposed replacement for today's 32-bit Internet addressing scheme.
Long Tran / Yanko Design:
Some Retro And Nature In My Mobiles  —  It's not hard to see the future of electronics is all about slim and sleek, metal and glass, technogadgetmatry and multimedia.  Is there any room for the retro stylings of yesteryear?  And what about nature?  Shouldn't something organic make its way into our hyper-tech designs?
Discussion: Gizmodo and textually.org
 
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Dell's XPS One (PRODUCT) RED is a charitable rip off
Discussion: Robert McLaws
Reuters:
Google CEO bullish on mobile Web advertising
Edo / Pink Tentacle:
Robovie droid helps lost shoppers
Phil Carson / RCR Wireless News:
Palm to shutter branded retail outlets in cost-cutting move
Discussion: Gadgetell, Engadget and Phone Scoop
Tony Smith / The Register:
Palm punts unlocked Treo 500 smartphone
Staska / Unwired View:
FOLDABLE/ ROLLABLE PHONE FROM MOTOROLA
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Google ‘immune’ to advert cycles
Maxkalehoff / AttentionMax:
Move Over, Seth Godin, Einstein's Here
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 Earlier Items: 
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Bush Order Expands Network Monitoring
Techland:
Are domain names recession-proof?
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Pay-Per-Play Media: I Was Wrong. TC Competitors Should All Sign Up
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Google Maps Turns Recent Edits Into Voyeuristic Experience
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Spamford Wallace's MySpace riches come under attack
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: More On The Missing iPhones
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Repeal Denied  —  When will Moore's Law be repealed?
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Smartphones Patented... Just About Everyone Sued 1 Minute After Patent Issued