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10:50 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: Electronista, OSDir.com and Mashable!
Associated Press:   Mobile phone giant Nokia to take over Norwegian software company Trolltech
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Will Nokia buying Trolltech accelerate mobile Linux?
Discussion: Forbes and Skype Journal
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, TECH.BLORGE.com and Mashable!
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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
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
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.
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
An all-in-one media hub that will turn heads  —  As impressive as the “ITC One” media system may be, some have observed that its design doesn't live up to its extensive functions.  It's understandable that appearance wasn't a priority, though, given that it's one of the few compact all-in-one systems of its kind.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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.
InfoWorld:
PayPal buys Fraud Sciences for $169M  —  EBay's online payments division, PayPal, will pay $169 million for an Israeli security company specializing in detecting online fraud, the companies said Monday.  The deal should close within 30 days.  —  Fraud Sciences, a private company …
Discussion: The Register
 
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Japan Today:
HTC to open HTC LAND for 30 days
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Security lessons from the SoGen debacle
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SmugMug's Private Pics Are Public
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Study shows eBay buyers save billions of dollars
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