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10:15 AM ET, January 29, 2008

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WordPress.com:
Introducing Prologue  —  We're fans of Twitter around here, in fact many Automatticians have accounts, but while the format appealed to us it really just whetted our appetite for something more, like a way for each of us to share short messages about what we're doing or working on internally, or private messages between groups of folks.
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Wordpress pays homage to Twitter
Discussion: Maple Leaf 2.0
Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:
Twitter - Public Timeline = Prologue
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Automattic Launches Group Twitter-style Platform
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
“Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey goodbye” Says WordPress To Twitter
Discussion: The Last Podcast
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
O2 improves package for iPhone users  —  Mobile network O2 has overhauled the cost of using Apple's iPhone handset just two months after it went on sale in the UK.  —  The mobile network today announced that iPhone owners who are currently paying its lower-rate tariffs of £35 …
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
02 drops cost of iPhone.  Slow sales perhaps?  —  Amid rumours that the iPhone has not been selling as well as hoped in the UK, O2 has decided to make the packages for low and mid-tier iPhone owners somewhat cheaper.  The £35 tariff customers will get up to three times as many free calls …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Rapidshare To Be Forced to Shut Down Following Court Defeat?  —  Last week we reported on rumors that Rapidshare had, or was about to be, shut down, rumors that now look likely to resurface.  The company, one of the world's largest ‘one-click’ file hosting services, has lost a copyright infringement case …
Jessica Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Liberty Media Takes Action To Force Diller Out of IAC  —  Liberty Media Corp. took steps Monday to seize control of IAC/InterActiveCorp from IAC Chairman Barry Diller.  —  Liberty, which owns a majority voting stake in IAC that has long been voted by Mr. Diller under a longstanding proxy agreement …
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Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Malone v. Diller: It's All About Supervoting Shares
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
11 Power Tips for Gmail  —  Wow, I can't believe how many people commented on my late-Friday night post about desired features for Gmail.  If you want to suggest something for Gmail, that thread is the better place to do it.  But looking through the comments, I saw a few requests that can already be done today.
Discussion: WebProNews
Ben Fenton / Financial Times:
U2 manager urges ISPs to help fight web piracy  —  The music industry should shift the focus of its battle with internet piracy towards the technological industries which have “built multibillion dollar industries on the back of our content without paying for it”, according to Paul McGuinness, manager of rock group U2.
Discussion: WebProNews, Techdirt and last100
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
European Court Decides FileSharers Should Stay Anonymous  —  Telefonica, Spain's largest telecom operator successfully argued that the law only required it to reveal the identities of those accused of a criminal offense and that sharing of music was a civil issue.
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Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
HTC share of Windows Mobile smartphone segment declining  —  High Tech Computer (HTC) has lost the title as the global top ranking vendor of Windows Mobile-based smartphones (excluding touch-screen models), with its share of the segment falling to below 30% currently, trailing behind Motorola …
InfoWorld:
MSI: LEDs, Blu-ray Disc, Eco big in laptops this year  —  Notebook PCs coming out this year will likely include more colorful screens thanks to LED (light emitting diode) backlights and Blu-ray Disc optical drives this year, an executive from Micro-Star International (MSI) says, as well as more environmentally friendly attributes.
Discussion: Electronista and InfoWorld
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Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Woolworths backs Blu-Ray
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
First Proof Apple Making Near Zero on AppleTV (And Big Bucks on iTunes)  —  That sweet $70 price chop Steve announced for the Apple TV had to come from somewhere (a question smartly raised by CW) and we know the only thing Apple guards more than closely than its secrets is its bottom line.
Brent Csutoras / Search Engine Land:
How To Create Compelling Social Media Profiles  —  Social media is not really new anymore, but many people still struggle with the subtle things that might help or hurt success within the top social communities.  Recently Muhammad Saleem published a great article on the various tips …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
How Kevin Martin Got Over A Million People To Look At A Woman's Naked Buttocks  —  from the indecent?  dept  —  Since taking over the FCC, Kevin Martin has supposedly been against regulations — except in two areas: the cable industry and “indecency."  He's been a strong proponent of cracking …
Rob Beschizza / Gadget Lab:
If Apple Sold Sheets Of Paper...  ... you could ask the people who bought it if they take it by the ream.  —  Seriously speaking, I've never once considered making an Apple parody video until seeing the ad for the MacBook Air.  What is it about the thing that lends itself so well to mockery?
Don Marti / LinuxWorld.com:
Barracuda turns to open source users for patent research  —  A security vendor whose product is heavily based on open source is looking to users to help it beat a 1995 antivirus software patent.  —  Barracuda Networks CEO Dean Drako says his company won't license a virus scanning patent from Trend Micro …
Discussion: Ars Technica
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Steve Jobs to Apple investors: ‘hang in there’  —  In a private communication last week, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs acknowledged the beating his company's shares have taken during this time of economic uncertainty, but remained confident that investors would inevitably recoup their losses and then some.
 
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Monitored net  —  Internet law professor Michael Geist examines …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Newspaper Ads: Big Hopes For Small Barcodes (GOOG)
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The True Cost of SMS Messages
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Motorola may exit its handset business: analyst
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Everio GZ-HD6 is First Consumer HDD Camera to Output 1080p Using …
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Panasonic Introduces New LUMIX DMC-FS3 Featuring 8.1 Mega Pixels …
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New HTC Mogul ROM leaked
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This Just In: Yahoo's Q4 Will Be “Strong” (YHOO)
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Jennifer L. Schenker / Business Week:
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