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9:00 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
Discussion: Download Squad
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 …
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
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Woolworths backs Blu-Ray  —  HD DVD slips further  —  WOOLLIES has has become the first retailer to throw its hat into the ring solely for Blu-Ray.  —  The outfit has said that from March it will only stock Blu-Ray high definition DVDs from March, with HD-DVDs being dropped completely.
Discussion: Gizmodo and theretailbulletin.com
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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 …
Discussion: Engadget, PalmAddicts and Gizmodo
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
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 …
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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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.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
This Just In: Yahoo's Q4 Will Be “Strong” (YHOO)  —  We said earlier that we expected Yahoo's Q4 results to be “fine."  We have since been told by a well-placed source that the results will be not “fine” but strong.  What's more, says the source, Q1 numbers will also be strong …
Discussion: BoomTown
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 …
Panasonic UK:
Panasonic Introduces New LUMIX DMC-FS3 Featuring 8.1 Mega Pixels, 3x Optical Zoom range, 2.5 Inch LCD screen, Intelligent Auto, Intelligent ISO Control and MEGA O.I.S  —  Panasonic is pleased to introduce the new 8.1-megapixel DMC-FS3 with f2.8 Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens with 3x optical zoom …
Discussion: Engadget and I4U News
Jennifer L. Schenker / Business Week:
Nokia's Trolltech Grab Hurts Rivals  —  The software acquisition bolsters Nokia's perch in the mobile device arena, could further dismantle Motorola, and puts pressure on Google  —  At first glance, Nokia's (NOK) Jan. 28 purchase of a small Norwegian open-source software company seems a confusing strategic shift.
Discussion: Network World
 
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