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1:35 AM ET, January 26, 2008

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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.
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.
Discussion: mocoNews.net and dailywireless.org
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.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Reader Shows the Published Date  —  Besides a new favicon and a confirmation dialog displayed when you mark all the posts as read, Google Reader now shows the published date of a post in a tooltip.  Next to the snippet, Google Reader displays the date when the post was indexed by Google, not the date when it was published.
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 …
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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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Warner sues “playable search engine,” tests DMCA safe harbor
Discussion: last100 and WebProNews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Super Panel At Davos: The Future Of Mobile Technology  —  Fortune Senior Editor David Kirkpatrick led a power-packed session at Davos this afternoon called The Future of Mobile Technology.  Panelists included Google CEO Eric Schmidt, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer …
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.
Discussion: Engadget
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Bush Order Expands Network Monitoring  —  Intelligence Agencies to Track Intrusions  —  President Bush signed a directive this month that expands the intelligence community's role in monitoring Internet traffic to protect against a rising number of attacks on federal agencies' computer systems.
Techland:
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.
Discussion: Domain Name News
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, Joe Duck, Engadget, Slashdot and Digg
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Repeal Denied  —  When will Moore's Law be repealed?  For the 30+ years I have been in and around the computer industry I have heard that question asked.  The reason is obvious: this seemingly magical doubling of computing power per dollar every 18 months has been taking place since …
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times Delivers News and Opinion Through Text Messages  —  Readers Can Text in for the Latest News, their Favorite Columnists or the Most E-mailed List  —  The New York Times (www.NYTimes.com) announced today the launch of a text messaging service that will deliver the latest news …
 
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Don MacAskill / SmugBlog:
Why traditional ‘print’ media is doomed
Discussion: Gawker and Digg
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Belt-Tightening, but No Collapse, Is Forecast in Technology Spending
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Pay-Per-Play Media: I Was Wrong. TC Competitors Should All Sign Up
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Google Maps Turns Recent Edits Into Voyeuristic Experience
Greg Sandoval / Webware.com:
CHARLATANS CHOOSE RADIOHEAD-ESQUE ALBUM PROMOTION
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Spamford Wallace's MySpace riches come under attack
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Apple: More On The Missing iPhones
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Church of Scientology DDoS Statistics
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Will Big Cash Piles Keep Start-Up Sales Alive? …
Discussion: Darren Herman
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Can Sun execute on its open source strategy?
Discussion: CNET News.com
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows 7: The Anti-Vista?
Francois / The Data Platform Insider:
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Roadmap Clarification
Miguel de Icaza:
Usability Disaster Story
Discussion: Jeffrey McManus
 

 
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