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11:15 AM ET, January 28, 2008

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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 …
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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.
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 …
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USA Today:
Yahoo encounters a fork in the road
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Verizon:
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
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Verizon: Wireless shines; FiOS subs light
Discussion: IP Democracy and Gizmodo
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: Between the Lines
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Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Ribbit Shows its Own Web/Voice Service
Discussion: VentureBeat and Alec Saunders .LOG
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 …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Lego Logo: Google Offers Lego 50th Birthday Wishes  —  Google has a special logo up on the Google home page today.  The Google logo is made up of legos, to celebrate Lego's fifty-year birthday.  —  Google's culture has always had a special place for lego.
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 ShapingYouth.org, a blog about the impact of marketing on children.  Early this month, the blog's founder …
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo, PS3 Fanboy and Engadget
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
SmugMug's Private Pics Are Public  —  There's a massive privacy hole over at photo hosting site SmugMug.com.  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 …
Adam Sherwin / Times of London:
From today, feel free to download another 25 million songs - legally  —  After a decade fighting to stop illegal file-sharing, the music industry will give fans today what they have always wanted: an unlimited supply of free and legal songs.  —  With CD sales in free fall and legal downloads yet …
Galen Gruman / InfoWorld:
How to get Windows XP after June 30  —  San Francisco - Two weeks ago, InfoWorld launched a petition campaign to save Windows XP.  So far we???ve gotten more than 70,000 signatures, thanks to a passionate response from a wide range of XP users.  We hope we can persuade Microsoft …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
DEMO: Iterasi Lets You Save The Internet One Page at a Time  —  Iterasi is one of the presenting companies at DEMO this year.  The name Iterasi comes from the Portugese from iteration.  The idea of the service is simple: save pages in their exact state for later use.
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Break.com Launches Ad Network For Dudes  —  At times lewd, geeky, disgusting, and most of the time funny, Break.com has managed to pull in an audience of 18 million unique visitors that stay and average of 7.5 minutes each session.  They've also recently launched three new properties hoping to do the same …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
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.
 
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Lewis Page / The Register:
‘100% accurate’ face recognition algorithm announced
Discussion: Gizmodo
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Gore-Backed Current TV Files For $100 Million IPO; $63.7 Million …
Discussion: CNET News.com
David Kravets / Wired News:
Kazaa User Appeals Feds' Novel Use of Child Porn Law to Supreme Court
GigaOM:
Skype On the Go  —  If there's one ongoing user request …
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Karl / DSLreports:
Pirate Bay Owners To Be Charged This Week …
Discussion: p2pnet and Reuters
Japan Today:
HTC to open HTC LAND for 30 days
Discussion: PalmAddicts and Gizmodo
InfoWorld:
PayPal buys Fraud Sciences for $169M
Discussion: The Register
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SKYFIRE BRINGS DESKTOP-QUALITY BROWSING TO YOUR PHONE
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Hubdub weds prediction markets to news
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
Scientology Writes; Gawker Rises
BBC:
2007's best selling game revealed
Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
Apple subsidizing Apple TV with movie rentals revenue?
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Is Business Week Telling People They Can't Link To Its Site?
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Then Again, Posting Cease And Desist Letters May Be Okay
Reuters:
Study shows eBay buyers save billions of dollars
Discussion: WebProNews
 

 
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