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11:30 AM ET, January 26, 2008


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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.
Discussion: Beet.TV and Mashable!
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.
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.
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).
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
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.
Discussion: CNET and The Register
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 …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
MacBook Air review  —  It fits in a manila folder, you can slide it under a door, and if you threw it hard enough you could probably chop someone in half with the thing.  It's the thinnest, and if we may say so, the sexiest laptop around today: the MacBook Air.
Jason Snell / Macworld:
MacBook Air: First Lab Tests
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Smartphones Patented... Just About Everyone Sued 1 Minute After Patent Issued  —  This past Tuesday, the US Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent on “a mobile entertainment and communication device."  Reading the patent, you realize it describes the quite common smartphone.
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.
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
Are domain names recession-proof?  —  By Paul Sloan  —  Global markets are in a state of panic.  Credit markets are all but closed.  And recession fears are everywhere.  But at the conference I attended in Hollywood this week, called DomainFest, you'd have little clue that the financial world was melting down.
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Google Maps Turns Recent Edits Into Voyeuristic Experience  —  In a move that kind of reminds me of Google's attempt to make a strange interactive experience out of watching what photos people post to Blogger (but much less creepy), the Google Lat Long Blog yesterday announced that you can now watch …
Maxkalehoff / AttentionMax:
Move Over, Seth Godin, Einstein's Here  —  The following is also my latest MediaPost column...  Move Over, Seth Godin, Einstein's Here  —  January 25th, 2008 by Max Kalehoff  —  I read my fair share of business books and marketing punditry.  In the trendy stable are works by authors Seth Godin …
Discussion: Blogads
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Phil Carson / RCR Wireless News:
Palm to shutter branded retail outlets in cost-cutting move
Discussion: Gadgetell, Phone Scoop and Engadget
Tony Smith / The Register:
Palm punts unlocked Treo 500 smartphone
Staska / Unwired View:
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Google ‘immune’ to advert cycles
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Bush Order Expands Network Monitoring
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Pay-Per-Play Media: I Was Wrong. TC Competitors Should All Sign Up
Alex / Neatorama:
The Wonderful World of Early Computing
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Spamford Wallace's MySpace riches come under attack
 Earlier Items: 
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
IgnoreAll: The One-Click Facebook Cleanup Tool
Discussion: CyberNet and FaceReviews
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?
Jennifer Woodard Maderazo / MediaShift:
Before and After:: …
Discussion: Screenwerk
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Reader Shows the Published Date
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Super Panel At Davos: The Future Of Mobile Technology
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Can Sun execute on its open source strategy?
Dan Meyer / RCR Wireless News:
700 MHz auction ends first week of bidding at $3.7B