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9:25 AM ET, January 28, 2008


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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia acquires Trolltech — the biggest little company you've never heard of  —  In a move meant to bolster its software development prowess, Nokia just announced the acquisition Trolltech.  Who's Trolltech?  Well, its software can be found in some 10 million devices.
Discussion: Open Source, and Mashable!
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Techland, and Mashable!
USA Today:
Yahoo encounters a fork in the road
Discussion: WebProNews
Lee Davis / Cisco:
Cisco Unveils Nexus 7000 Series Data Center-Class Platform  —  Cisco Delivers on Data Center 3.0 with Next-Generation Platform for Mission-Critical Data Centers  —  Cisco® announced today an innovative family of data center-class switching platforms, the Cisco Nexus Series …
Discussion: InformationWeek and GigaOM
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
LEGO Brick Timeline: 50 Years of Building Frenzy and Curiosities  —  The LEGO brick turns 50 at exactly 1:58pm today, January 28 2008.  This timeline shows these fifty years of building frenzy by happy kids and kids-at-heart, all the milestones from the LEGOLAND themed sets to TECHNIC and MINDSTORMS NXT …
Discussion: Slashdot
Daniel Terdiman / CNET
Lego bricks turn 50
Discussion: Mashable!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ribbit Readies An Amphibian Attack On Voice Apps  —  Ribbit, the startup that is building a platform for Voice 2.0 apps, is creating a Web-based phone service for consumers codenamed “Amphibian."  The point of Amphibian is both to demonstrate the capabilities of Ribbit's technology and to serve …
Discussion: GigaOM and Between the Lines
4Q 2007 HIGHLIGHTS  —  37 cents in EPS and 62 cents in adjusted EPS (non-GAAP), compared with 4Q 2006 EPS of 48 cents and 52 cents, respectively, from continuing operations.  —  $23.8 billion in revenues, up 5.5 percent; up 5.6 percent on an adjusted basis (non-GAAP).  —  Wireless
Discussion: DSLreports and Telecompetitor
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Target Tells a Blogger to Go Away  —  Target to the blogosphere: you're irrelevant.  —  That was the message the cheap-chic retailer seemed to convey in an abrupt e-mail message to, a blog about the impact of marketing on children.  Early this month, the blog's founder …
Rudy Ruitenberg / Bloomberg:
Nokia to Share Revenue of Bundled Music With Mobile Operators  —  Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) — Nokia Oyj, the world's biggest maker of mobile phones, will share revenue with phone operators from a program to sell handsets with unlimited music access, Nokia's head of entertainment said.
Discussion: Engadget, and Coolfer
Ina Fried / CNET
Livescribe reveals it has a Pulse  —  It may not be quite as rapid as the company had hoped, but Livescribe is ready to show the world its Pulse.  —  The digital pen company showed off a prototype of its technology at last year's D: All Things Digital conference, but missed its goal of shipping by year's end.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Direct-to-DVD Releases Shed Their Loser Label  —  LOS ANGELES — If you missed the red-carpet premiere for the latest “American Pie” movie, you are not alone.  There wasn't one.  “American Pie Presents: Beta House,” the sixth film in the popular comedy series, was sent straight to DVD.
Discussion: ParisLemon and CinemaTech
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
SmugMug's Private Pics Are Public  —  There's a massive privacy hole over at photo hosting site  The site claims to have over 270 million photos, and as I've failed to convince the site makers this vulnerability is worth fixing, I'm posting it here now as a warning …
Discussion: Mashable!
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Meta 2008 Web Trends  —  The excellent Trendsspotting blog has compiled a meta list of 2008 Web trends, by selecting “a group of 10 web/tech influencers suggesting their trends forecast for 2008."  ReadWriteWeb is one of the 10 influencers selected - using our 10 Future Web Trends post as our contribution.
Study shows eBay buyers save billions of dollars  —  Buyers save billions of dollars each year bidding on eBay auctions, according to a new study that quantifies the benefits online consumers enjoy over and above what is derived by sellers, or eBay itself.  —  The independent research …
Discussion: WebProNews
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
DEMO 08: SceneCaster brings 3D Web to any device  —  SceneCaster will debut a new feature of its 3D software at the DEMO 08 Conference that allows users to link together 3D scenes and consume them on any device.  SceneWeaver strings 3D scenes, and allows objects to be hyperlinked to any Web page.
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Discussion: Mashable! and TechCrunch UK
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Scientology Writes; Gawker Rises
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Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
Apple subsidizing Apple TV with movie rentals revenue?
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Antipiracy investigators run afoul of Swiss law in P2P sweep
Discussion: IPKat
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