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12:35 PM 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.
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.
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: Forbes and Q-blog
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits … and Gawker
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
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Alex / Neatorama:
The Wonderful World of Early Computing
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Spamford Wallace's MySpace riches come under attack
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
IgnoreAll: The One-Click Facebook Cleanup Tool
Discussion: CyberNet and FaceReviews
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Discussion: Mashable!
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