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3:30 AM ET, January 29, 2008

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WordPress.com:
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.
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Wordpress pays homage to Twitter  —  A Twitter post (fittingly enough) caught my eye and sent me to a Wordpress post in which newly-enriched founder Matt Mullenweg announced a Twitter-style group blog theme for Wordpress called Prologue.  Although I'm sure some will see this as Automattic …
Discussion: Maple Leaf 2.0
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
“Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey goodbye” Says WordPress To Twitter  —  Alright so maybe Matt Mullenweg isn't saying it yet, but you can feel it.  A new, distributed Twitter for internal groups has arrived and it's called Prologue.  Here's the net idea: if you have multiple bloggers …
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Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:
Twitter - Public Timeline = Prologue  —  Perhaps we can call this one a de-mashup?  Automattic has apparently been recently bit by the Twitter bug (as predicted by our very own Kristen Nicole), and has become inspired by the format to create something that caters a bit towards the group blogging community, it would appear.
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.
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Hey HD DVD: It's Not Just a Flesh Wound  —  You've got to hand to Toshiba.  Even now, when faced with overwhelming evidence that Sony's Blu-ray has won the high def format war, the mortally wounded HD DVD backer just keeps on prolonging the inevitable.  —  First, Toshiba decides …
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Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Microsoft held talks with Blu-ray about possible Xbox 360 use
Discussion: Gearlog, Xbox 360 Fanboy and Gizmodo
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 …
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 …
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
How Much Money Are Facebook Apps Making?  Not Much Apparently  —  VideoEgg has announced that its ad network for Facebook applications - eggnetwork - has pulled in around $1.5 million in ad revenue over the past five months.  —  While the company is touting the news as a “million-dollar pay day” …
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Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Declining stats on Facebook apps?
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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 …
PR Newswire:
VMware Reports Fourth-Quarter and Fiscal Year 2007 Results  —  Virtualization Leader Grew Fourth Quarter Revenues 80% to $412 Million; Increased 2007 Revenues to $1.33 Billion  —  PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW - News) the global leader …
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
How Kevin Martin Got Over A Million People To Look At A Woman's Naked Buttocks  —  from the indecent?  dept  —  Since taking over the FCC, Kevin Martin has supposedly been against regulations — except in two areas: the cable industry and “indecency."  He's been a strong proponent of cracking …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Yahoo Report Could Disappoint, Analysts Say Layoffs Likely  —  There's just one day left before Yahoo posts fourth-quarter earnings on Tuesday, and by the looks of it, the company won't have much good news to share.  In the wake of sluggish growth and a management shuffle …
 
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