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Tim Hames / Times of London:
Music file-share site Qtrax forced into humiliating U-turn  —  Jonathan Richards, Dan Sabbagh and Adam Sherwin in Cannes  —  A website which promised to give music lovers the world's first legal file-sharing service was forced into a humiliating climbdown today after it emerged that the company …
Emma Vandore / Associated Press:   Music industry weighs giving away music
BBC:
Labels deny deals on file sharing
Discussion: Gizmodo and IPKat
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Qtrax's free, legal P2P scheme is vaporware for now
Discussion: TorrentFreak and Techdirt
Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
I'm Joining Scoble at FastCompany TV  —  In November 2003, I put up my first blog post: “Old dogs & New tricks."  I had not a clue how my life was about to change.  Maybe I should call this one: “Older dog.  Newer trick."  —  I am about to become a video blogger.  As of today, it is my main gig.
Clive Thompson / Fast Company:
Is the Tipping Point Toast? … Don't get Duncan Watts started on the Hush Puppies.  “Oh, God,” he groans when the subject comes up.  “Not them."  The Hush Puppies in question are the ones that kick off The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell's best-seller about how trends work.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
The killer Twitter-tracker just arrived and its name is Tweetmeme  —  It had to happen sooner or later.  We've had Technorati.  We've had TechMeme.  Now we have Tweetmeme, which will track what's hot on micro-blogging platform Twitter.  The business of tracking the online conversation …
Discussion: franticindustries
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:   Tweetmeme arrives to track Twitter's hottest links
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
LEGO Brick Timeline: 50 Years of Building Frenzy and Curiosities  —  The LEGO brick turns 50 at exactly 1:58 p.m. today, January 28, 2008.  This timeline shows these 50 years of building frenzy by happy kids and kids-at-heart, all the milestones from the LEGOLAND themed sets to TECHNIC and MINDSTORMS NXT …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo (YHOO) Going Forward With “Drastic” Layoffs—Source  —  A source close to Yahoo reports that Jerry Yang has decided to go forward with aggressive layoffs.  The source believes the layoffs will be announced on the company's conference call this week and that the final number will be likely …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Windows 7 isn't headed for 2009, says Microsoft.  More like 2011.  —  Hey, it's not Microsoft's fault that 2011 sounds like the realm of jet pack VR massage cars, but it's certainly a long ways away any way you slice it.  Contrary to previous rumors of Microsoft planning a Windows 7 release sometime …
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Egan Orion / Inquirer:
Windows 7 won't be released in 2009 after all
Discussion: Gizmodo
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Gore-Backed Current TV Files For $100 Million IPO; $63.7 Million 2007 Revs; Losses Mount  —  A first look into the books of Al Gore's cable network: Current Media (parent of Al Gore-backed Current TV) has filed for a $100 million NASDAQ IPO, trading under the ticker “CRTM”.
Nick / Rough Type:
The billion-dollar switch  —  Talk about your big switches.  Cisco today is unveiling the largest network switch ever, the Nexus 7000, which is able to transfer 15 [terabytes] terabits per second.  That's equivalent, the company says, to sending digital copies of all the movies in NetFlix's inventory in 38.4 seconds.
Discussion: New York Times, Cisco and Computerworld
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Cisco's Big Switch
Discussion: Between the Lines
Nate Lanxon / Crave: The gadget blog:
7digital's DRM-free music store goes global  —  If Amazon's music store going international wasn't enough digital music news for you today, 7digital took the liberty of announcing its international roll-out plans today, and its CEO took time out to talk to us one-on-one.
Discussion: TechCrunch UK and TechCrunch
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Amazon plans to take its DRM-free music offering worldwide
Discussion: E-Commerce Times
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Imeem Gobbles Up A Young Startup, Anywhere.FM  —  After less than a year in operation, the team at Anywhere.FM reached an early payday today when veteran social music service Imeem gobbled them up for an undisclosed sum, most likely in a cash and stock mix.  The iTunes-style web music player …
Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
Mole: 80GB PS3 dead, 120-160GB with Dual Shock 3 incoming  —  Our inside source of all things video gaming has been right almost every time it comes out of the shadows to give us information, so I'm going to dispense with the back story.  Wherever his or her information is coming from, it's usually solid.
Nokia:
Nokia to acquire Trolltech to accelerate software strategy  —  Trolltech's Qt based technology assets facilitate application development for multiple platforms and devices  —  Espoo, Finland and Oslo, Norway - Nokia and Trolltech ASA today announced that they have entered into an agreement …
Lewis Page / The Register:
‘100% accurate’ face recognition algorithm announced  —  Psychology researchers at Glasgow University say they have increased the accuracy of automated face recognition to 100 per cent.  If the claims are true, this development will have far-reaching consequences for privacy and security in modern society.
Discussion: Gizmodo
theretailbulletin.com:
Woolworths backs Blu-Ray format over HD DVD  —  Woolworths has become the first major retailer to solely back one of the new high definition DVD formats.  —  The high street firm has announced that it will only stock Blu-Ray high definition DVDs from March, with HD-DVDs being dropped from stores to be sold online.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
NBCU Unit Acquires Video Start-Up LX.TV; Will Expand Local Programming  —  Multi-platform entertainment programmer LX.TV has been acquired by NBC's Local Media Division.  LX.TV began producing hi-def programming for NBC Universal's (NYSE: GE) WNBC last January.
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
2008: The Year Web 2.0 Hits the Enterprise, Says Forrester  —  According to Forrester Research, there will be “strong demand” for web 2.0 tools in the enterprise in 2008.  Even though 42% of enterprises say adding web 2.0 tools is not on their agenda, according to a Q3 2007 survey …
Discussion: Between the Lines
 
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Discussion: TVover.net
Robert H. Smith School of Business:
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Visible Measures Gets $13.5 Million Second Round; Acquires Vidmeter …
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Google A “Mystery Buyer” In Colorado?
Discussion: Associated Press
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Break.com Launches Ad Network For Dudes
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Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
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