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1:10 PM ET, January 28, 2008


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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 …
Fast Company:
Is the Tipping Point Toast? … —Duncan Watts, Yahoo! Research  —  Read the Article ›› |  Archives |  Subscribe  —  FEATURES  —  Is Your Marketing Strategy a Recipe for Failure?  —  FEATURE The Fast Interview: Marketing maven Seth Godin on why it's hard to sell meatballs and why those Bud TV Super Bowl ads fail.
Staci D. Kramer /
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.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
NBC division acquires Web video site
Discussion: Lost Remote
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan /   Digital Video Content Producer Acquired for $10M by NBCU?
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 …
Joseph Weisenthal /
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”.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET   Al Gore's Current Media files for IPO
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: Beet.TV and Roam4free
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Market Wire:
Zvents Launches “Federated Local Search” for Advanced, Integrated, and Relevant Local Search Results  —  The First Local Search Engine to Provide a Localized Version of Google's Universal Search  —  Zvents today announced the launch of Federated Local Search, which provides users with a blended, comprehensive local search engine.
Discussion: Screenwerk and Natural Search Blog
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch: Launches Ad Network For Dudes  —  At times lewd, geeky, disgusting, and most of the time funny, has managed to pull in an audience of 18 million unique visitors that stay an average of 7.5 minutes each session, says the company.  (Comscore says 3.9 million uniques in the U.S.).
Discussion: and NewTeeVee
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 …
Discussion: CrunchGear
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 …
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 and Ubergizmo
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Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
Verizon revenue, income up, helped by wireless and data businesses
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
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Discussion: WebProNews and BloggingStocks
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
2008: The Year Web 2.0 Hits the Enterprise, Says Forrester
Discussion: Between the Lines
Sean Cooper / Engadget:
Skyfire browser for Windows Mobile is game changing, does Flash
Discussion: Gadgetell
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: InfoWorld and Reuters
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Apple subsidizing Apple TV with movie rentals revenue?
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Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
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