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7:20 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).
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, Blogcosm and Q-blog
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.
Dozier Internet Law: Federal Court Recognizes Copyright Rights In Cease And Desist  —  US District Court decision threatens common practice reports Dozier Internet Law.  —  Glen Allen, VA (PRWEB) January 24, 2008 — The US District Court for the District of Idaho has found that copyright law protects …
Joe Gratz:
Federal Court Doesn't Quite Recognize Copyright in C&D Letter  —  Techdirt has a post on a rather triumphal press release put out by a law firm claiming that “[t]he US District Court for the District of Idaho has found that copyright law protects a lawyer demand letter posted online by the recipient.”
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Extends Platform to the Web  —  I surely did not see this coming anytime soon but Facebook just released their JavaScript client library than enables developers to extend their applications to their own websites.  Rather than building your applications strictly within Facebook …
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Freed From the Page, but a Book Nonetheless  —  PRINTED books provide pleasures no device created by an electrical engineer can match.  The sweet smell of a brand-new book.  The tactile pleasures of turning a page.  The reassuring sight on one's bookshelves of personal journeys.
Discussion: TeleRead and The Raw Feed
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
The Midas List — deconstructed  —  Each year, Forbes publishes the list of top 100 investors, called the Midas List (see our coverage, and full list).  —  It is closely watched by venture capitalists eager to see where they are in the pecking order.  Forbes writer Erika Brown …
Discussion: Forbes and Silicon Alley Insider
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.
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
Deutsche Telekom says has sold 70,000 iPhones  —  COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - German telecoms operator Deutsche Telekom (DTEGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Saturday it had signed up 70,000 iPhone customers in the 11 weeks since November 9, 2007.  —  Deutsche Telekom's mobile …
How Will Create “Communities Around Content”  —  Earlier this week we reported that leading online music service, owned by CBS, had gotten major labels on board for its new streaming music services.  Users will be able to stream full-length tracks from the likes of EMI …
Mathew /
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 …
Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
Warning: Current iPhone 1.1.3 jailbreak may prevent official third party apps  —  You might want to think twice about applying the current iPhone 1.1.3 jailbreak “soft-update” (Mac or Windows) that was released (but not solely developed) by “Nate True."  We've received word that the method …
Discussion: CrunchGear and MacMegasite
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@ MidemNet: Vivendi ‘Still Strongly Attached To DRM’ And CDs
Bryan Gardiner / Wired News:
Solid-State Drives May Be Trendy, But Consumers Aren't Buying It
Daniel Schmitt /
Skype and the Bavarian trojan in the middle
Discussion: Boing Boing
Google CEO bullish on mobile Web advertising
Timothy Lee / Techdirt:
Is IPv6 A Solution In Search Of A Problem?
Long Tran / Yanko Design:
Some Retro And Nature In My Mobiles
Discussion: Gizmodo and
New York Times:
Hedge Fund Seeks Board Seats at Times Co.
Discussion: and Romenesko
 Earlier Items: 
Phil Carson / RCR Wireless News:
Palm to shutter branded retail outlets in cost-cutting move
Discussion: Gadgetell, Engadget and Phone Scoop
Erik Schwiebert / Office for Mac Product Forums:
Security issue in Mac Office 2008 Installer
Tony Smith / The Register:
Palm punts unlocked Treo 500 smartphone
Staska / Unwired View:
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Bush Order Expands Network Monitoring
Discussion: Slashdot