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7:45 AM ET, January 26, 2008

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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.
Discussion: broadstuff and Lifeblog
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.
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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.
Discussion: The Drama 2.0 Show
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.
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 …
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.
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 and broadstuff
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
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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Tony Smith / The Register:
Palm punts unlocked Treo 500 smartphone  —  Palm Europe has released the unlocked version of its compact Treo 500v handset, previously only available on the Vodafone network.  —  The Treo 500 - available now for £269 - runs Windows Mobile 6 Standard on a Marvell XScale processor.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Pay-Per-Play Media: I Was Wrong.  TC Competitors Should All Sign Up  —  I wrote last night about an advertising service from Pay-Per-Play Media that sees 5 second audio ads automatically playing when visiting websites.  Annoying would be the nicer way of describing screeching audio ads …
Discussion: Shoemoney
Don MacAskill / SmugBlog:
Why traditional ‘print’ media is doomed  —  It's their own fault.  —  Recently, I had the pleasure of being interviewed for a front page story at the LA Times and a feature spread in BusinessWeek.  I have a huge amount of respect for both publications, and was honored to be interviewed.
Discussion: The Media Age, Gawker and Digg
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Warner sues “playable search engine,” tests DMCA safe harbor  —  Warner Bros.  Records has launched a lawsuit against music search engine SeeqPod in a case with plenty of similarities to what's going on over the sea with The Pirate Bay.  Both sites dig up plenty of copyrighted works …
Discussion: gHacks technology news and last100
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Yahoo! Dumps Brand Universes
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