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5:25 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 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 …
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Mashable!
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
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and 901am
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Belt-Tightening In Corporate IT Spending Will be Good For Web 2.0
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 …
Robert Andrews /
@ MidemNet: Vivendi ‘Still Strongly Attached To DRM’ And CDs  —  Ed's Note: Our paidContent:UK editor Robert Andrews is at the Midem conference in Cannes, covering the big music conference and marketplace.  Below are his reports from Midemnet, the digital music conference that is part of Midem.
Discussion: Coolfer and Listening Post
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Timothy Lee / Techdirt:
Is IPv6 A Solution In Search Of A Problem?
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Some Retro And Nature In My Mobiles
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Hedge Fund Seeks Board Seats at Times Co.
Discussion: and Romenesko
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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
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Bush Order Expands Network Monitoring
Discussion: Slashdot
Are domain names recession-proof?
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