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8:40 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.
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
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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, mocoNews.net and Coolfer
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Qtrax off track with Warner Music, UMG
Discussion: paidContent.org and Coolfer
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Major Labels Allow P2P Music Sharing on Qtrax
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Qtrax's free, ad-based P2P: Gnutella meets Zune-esque DRM
Discussion: JupiterResearch and hypebot
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
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
It's Come to This: Hot or Not for Websites  —  Quite frankly I'm shocked it has taken this long for someone to come out with this - Hot or Not for websites.  If Digg/Propeller/Reddit/etc is a little too heady for you and you just want to vote a site up or down based upon how it looks, Web Hot or Not is for you.
Discussion: Mark Evans, Mashable! and TechCrunch
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Dsifry / Sifry's Alerts:
Webhotornot - Is your site hot or not?
Discussion: Martin Varsavsky
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.
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 …
Reuters:
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.
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.
Discussion: Webware.com, Profy.Com and Mashable!
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
LEGO bricks turn 50  —  If you happen to have seen my work in the past, you may have noticed that I am a big fan of all things Lego.  —  Over the years, I've covered two national master Lego model builder competitions, visited Microsoft headquarters for a demonstration of Lego robots …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Mashable!
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Is Business Week Telling People They Can't Link To Its Site?  —  We've been linking to Business Week's website for many, many years here on Techdirt.  A quick search shows a long list of posts that all link to articles on the Business Week site.  In fact, Business Week has hired a PR firm …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
DEMO: Eyealike Launches Copyright Protection System  —  We originally covered DEMO-presenting company Eyealike last November when they launched what I call the “hottie search”.  This was the tool that let you upload a photo of the hottie you want to date and Eyealike went out and found matches on the various dating services.
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
Standout Jobs Aims to Engage  —  Standout Jobs, a recruiting portal aimed at facilitating relationship-building between mid-sized companies and star job candidates, launched at DEMO today.  The site borrows heavily from social media portals like Ning, and backs it up with a modern Content Management System …
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Standout Jobs
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
iVideosongs Teaches You How To Be A Real Guitar Hero  —  For any aspiring guitarists out there, here is a site for you. iVideosongs is launching at DEMO today after two years in the making.  It offers video tutorials on how to play guitar from world-class instructors, musicians and sidemen.
Discussion: Webware.com
 
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Cell phone can read documents for blind
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