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1:55 PM ET, January 28, 2008

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Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
I'm Joining Scoble at FastCompany TV  —  In November 2003, I put up my first blog post: “Old dogs & New tricks."  I had not a clue how my life was about to change.  Maybe I should call this one: “Older dog.  Newer trick."  —  I am about to become a video blogger.  As of today, it is my main gig.
Discussion: CenterNetworks, Beet.TV and Roam4free
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 …
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Clive Thompson / Fast Company:
Is the Tipping Point Toast? … Don't get Duncan Watts started on the Hush Puppies.  “Oh, God,” he groans when the subject comes up.  “Not them."  The Hush Puppies in question are the ones that kick off The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell's best-seller about how trends work.
theretailbulletin.com:
Woolworths backs Blu-Ray format over HD DVD  —  Woolworths has become the first major retailer to solely back one of the new high definition DVD formats.  —  The high street firm has announced that it will only stock Blu-Ray high definition DVDs from March, with HD-DVDs being dropped from stores to be sold online.
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Woolworths first to drop HD DVD from stores
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 …
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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.
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 …
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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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
NBCU Unit Acquires Video Start-Up LX.TV; Will Expand Local Programming  —  Multi-platform entertainment programmer LX.TV has been acquired by NBC's Local Media Division.  LX.TV began producing hi-def programming for NBC Universal's (NYSE: GE) WNBC last January.
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
NBC division acquires Web video site LX.tv
Discussion: Lost Remote
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Gore-Backed Current TV Files For $100 Million IPO; $63.7 Million 2007 Revs; Losses Mount  —  A first look into the books of Al Gore's cable network: Current Media (parent of Al Gore-backed Current TV) has filed for a $100 million NASDAQ IPO, trading under the ticker “CRTM”.
Discussion: bub.blicio.us
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:   Al Gore's Current Media files for IPO
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.
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
SKYFIRE BRINGS DESKTOP-QUALITY BROWSING TO YOUR PHONE  —  The twice-yearly new product orgy called Demo 2008 kicks off tomorrow, but we have a few previews of presenting companies we wanted to write up before the CEOs take the stage.  First up: SkyFire, a browser for smartphones.
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Sean Cooper / Engadget:
Skyfire browser for Windows Mobile is game changing, does Flash
Discussion: Gadgetell
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Imeem Gobbles Up A Young Startup, Anywhere.FM  —  After less than a year in operation, the team at Anywhere.FM reached an early payday today when veteran social music service Imeem gobbled them up for an undisclosed sum, most likely in a cash and stock mix.  The iTunes-style web music player …
Lewis Page / The Register:
‘100% accurate’ face recognition algorithm announced  —  Psychology researchers at Glasgow University say they have increased the accuracy of automated face recognition to 100 per cent.  If the claims are true, this development will have far-reaching consequences for privacy and security in modern society.
Discussion: Gizmodo
GigaOM:
Skype On the Go  —  If there's one ongoing user request from Skype users, it's: “How can I access Skype from my mobile device?"  Along with the associated question: “If I can make free calls via Skype on a PC platform, why can't I do it on mobile devices?"  Enlightened as a result of discussions …
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
2008: The Year Web 2.0 Hits the Enterprise, Says Forrester  —  According to Forrester Research, there will be “strong demand” for web 2.0 tools in the enterprise in 2008.  Even though 42% of enterprises say adding web 2.0 tools is not on their agenda, according to a Q3 2007 survey …
Discussion: Between the Lines
 
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Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Google A “Mystery Buyer” In Colorado?
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Multiprofiles now include Pownce, MySpace, StumbleUpon, Digg …
Egan Orion / Inquirer:
Windows 7 won't be released in 2009 after all
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Is It a Recession? Marketers Seem to Think So
Discussion: WebProNews and BloggingStocks
Market Wire:
Zvents Launches “Federated Local Search” …
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Break.com Launches Ad Network For Dudes
Discussion: HipMojo.com and NewTeeVee
Karl / DSLreports:
Pirate Bay Owners To Be Charged This Week …
Discussion: InfoWorld and Reuters
InfoWorld:
PayPal buys Fraud Sciences for $169M
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2007's best selling game revealed
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ribbit Readies An Amphibian Attack On Voice Apps
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SmugMug's Private Pics Are Public
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Target Tells a Blogger to Go Away