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10:00 PM ET, January 28, 2008


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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 …
Adam Sherwin / Times of London:
From today, feel free to download another 25 million songs - legally
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Docs Offline Access  —  In a post Philipp made last week about writing a book in Google Docs, he said:  —  Working with Google Docs requires an internet connection.  In my case, I need this internet connection anyway [...] your mileage may vary (and who knows, Google …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple's $300 million gray market dilemma  —  Having stirred up a hornet's nest with his first take in the so-called missing iPhones, Bernstein Research's Apple (AAPL) specialist Toni Sacconaghi has taken a second look at the discrepancy between the number of iPhones Apple sold …
Saul Hansell / NYT:   Good News in the One Million Missing iPhones
Tony Smith / The Register:
It's official!  DVD plus/minus war ends in a draw  —  The battle of the recordable DVD formats - DVD+R/RW versus DVD-R/RW - is finally and officially over more than five-odd years after it began, and several years after the fight became largely symbolic.  —  Late last week, DVD6C …
Discussion: ParisLemon and The Mac Observer
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Microsoft held talks with Blu-ray about possible Xbox 360 use
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gearlog and Xbox 360 Fanboy
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Steve Jobs to Apple investors: ‘hang in there’  —  In a private communication last week, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs acknowledged the beating his company's shares have taken during this time of economic uncertainty, but remained confident that investors would inevitably recoup their losses and then some.
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Steve Jobs reassures investors, employees over stock drop
Discussion: Engadget and MacRumors
Andrew Hogue / Official Google Blog:
Introducing new search views  —  Introducing experimental views for search results  —  There have been a lot of recent improvements to web search, but the appearance of results themselves has been pretty constant — 10 or so web pages in a vertical list.  Frequently this is exactly the right format …
Joseph Weisenthal /
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”.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Al Gore's Current Files For $100M IPO
Discussion: PSFK
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
First Proof Apple Making Near Zero on AppleTV (And Big Bucks on iTunes)  —  That sweet $70 price chop Steve announced for the Apple TV had to come from somewhere (a question smartly raised by CW) and we know the only thing Apple guards more than closely than its secrets is its bottom line.
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
Is Apple subsidizing the $70 Apple TV price reduction by taking …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Valleywag
Introducing Prologue  —  We're fans of Twitter around here, in fact many Automatticians have accounts, but while the format appealed to us it really just whetted our appetite for something more, like a way for each of us to share short messages about what we're doing or working on internally, or private messages between groups of folks.
Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:   Twitter - Public Timeline = Prologue
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
VMware: Sales light; shares much lighter afterhours  —  Updated below: VMware reported strong fourth quarter earnings and revenue growth but sales fell short of estimates.  —  When the dealing was done VMware shares were down roughly $20 from a close of $83.  Were the numbers really that bad?
Discussion: Seeking Alpha and The Register
VMware Revenue Falls Short, Shares Plummet
Discussion: TechSpot News and CNET
Sean Cooper / Engadget:
Skyfire browser for Windows Mobile is game changing, does Flash  —  The Skyfire browser is set to finally bring PC-like browsing to your Windows Mobile device with crazy speeds and support for all manner of embedded content.  Sure, there are ways to get Youtube and other mobile video content …
Zibri's Blog:
Major iPhone breakthru !  —  42 COMMENTI:  —  bliss_charles ha detto...  FlYaSS ha detto...  Asbjorn ha detto...  Neshill ha detto...  Michael ha detto...  DreamGuy ha detto...  Zibri ha detto...  a.Shustov ha detto...  Jean Marie ha detto...  Mauro Widman ha detto...  Neshill ha detto...
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.
Jessica Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Liberty Media Takes Action To Force Diller Out of IAC  —  Liberty Media Corp. took steps Monday to seize control of IAC/InterActiveCorp from IAC Chairman Barry Diller.  —  Liberty, which owns a majority voting stake in IAC that has long been voted by Mr. Diller under a longstanding proxy agreement …
HDM / Metasploit:
METASPLOIT UNLEASHES VERSION 3.1  —  Austin, Texas, January 28th, 2008 — The Metasploit Project announced today the free, world-wide availability of version 3.1 of their exploit development and attack framework.  The latest version features a graphical user interface, full support for the Windows platform …
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Helio CEO leaves job to president
Discussion: Engadget
Thomas Hazlett / Financial Times:
US v Microsoft: who really won?
Sunbelt Blog:
Not an urban legend: Snopes pushes Zango
Carleen Hawn / GigaOM:
Ex-E*TRADE CEO Goes Social With MOLI
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Yahoo Report Could Disappoint, Analysts Say Layoffs Likely
Olga Kharif / Tech Beat:
FCC's Auction: Not Going According to Plan?
Discussion: NYT
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Software Tool Strips Windows Vista To Bare Bones
Don MacAskill / SmugBlog:
Your private photos are still private.
 Earlier Items: 
Network World:
Beware the 802.11n ‘power’ play
Discussion: Slashdot
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Sony A300 and A350 pics leaked
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Things Google Can Improve
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Tweetmeme, a Copy of Techmeme For Twitter But Mostly Not In English
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
How Much Money Are Facebook Apps Making? Not Much Apparently
Discussion: Business Wire and
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
2008: The Year Web 2.0 Hits the Enterprise, Says Forrester
Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
I'm Joining Scoble at FastCompany TV
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo (YHOO) Going Forward With “Drastic” Layoffs—Source