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9:50 AM ET, January 27, 2008

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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Another Brilliant Facebook Move (Really): Opening to Web  —  Facebook appears to have taken another small but important step toward becoming the operating system for any application or service that wants to tap into the social graph.  Specifically, according to All Facebook …
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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 …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Facebook unleashes wave of new development with JavaScript client library  —  Guest post: John Potter, ZDNet's chief of development, explains the significance of Facebook releasing a JavaScript Client Library.  —  At 5 PM PST on Friday night, Facebook announced the release of a JavaScript Client Library.
Amazon.com:
Amazon to Begin International Rollout of Amazon MP3 in 2008  —  Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced that in 2008 the company will begin an international rollout of Amazon MP3, Amazon's DRM-free MP3 digital music store where every song is playable on virtually any digital music-capable device …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Amazon MP3 store to spread DRM-free love global in 2008  —  In perhaps the biggest threat to Apple's global dominance of digital music, Amazon just announced the international rollout of Amazon MP3.  Right, the on-line storefront offering DRM-free music from all four major labels.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Now Tracks 1 Million Torrents, 10 Million Peers  —  Last month we reported that The Pirate Bay had doubled the number of torrents and peers on their tracker in 2007.  Brokep, one of the co-founders of the popular BitTorrent tracker told us at the time that he expected the tracker …
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Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:
The Pirate Bay Breaks 10 Million Users  —  The Pirate Bay is no stranger to making history, and today is no different.  In an achievement that conjures an achievement from the annals of file-sharing history, The Pirate Bay has broken an impressive milestone.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Slashdot
Michael Fitzgerald / New York Times:
The Coming Wave of Gadgets That Listen and Obey  —  INNOVATION usually needs time to steep.  Time to turn the idea into something tangible, time to get it to market, time for people to decide they accept it.  Speech recognition technology has steeped for a long time: Mike Phillips remembers …
John Leyden / The Register:
Bank turns London man into RFID-enabled guinea pig  —  The Halifax bank is enrolling unsuspecting customers in trials of a new generation of RFID-enabled bank cards, and trying to keep them in the program even if they have mis-givings about the wave and pay technology.
John Naughton / Guardian:
Thanks, Gutenberg - but we're too pressed for time to read  —  The First Law of Technology says we invariably overestimate the short-term impact of new technologies while underestimating their longer-term effects.  The invention of printing in the 15th century had an extraordinary short-term impact …
Discussion: TeleRead
Todd Lewan / Associated Press:
Microchips Everywhere: a Future Vision  — Here's a vision of the not-so-distant future:  —  _Microchips with antennas will be embedded in virtually everything you buy, wear, drive and read, allowing retailers and law enforcement to track consumer items _ and, by extension, consumers _ wherever they go, from a distance.
Discussion: Slashdot
Reuters:
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 …
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Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:   Deutsche Telekom hits the 70,000 iPhone mark in just eleven weeks
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.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Thank you Yossi Vardi  —  Yossi Vardi has made my time here in Davos simply incredible.  I am in deeply in his debt for what he's personally done for me.  The Shabbat dinner he took me to last night was simply incredible.  I filmed an intimate traditional ceremony there.
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.
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Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
Warning: Current iPhone 1.1.3 jailbreak may prevent official third party apps
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Bryan Gardiner / Wired News:
Solid-State Drives May Be Trendy, But Consumers Aren't Buying It
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