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5:35 PM ET, January 29, 2008


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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Newspaper Ads: Big Hopes For Small Barcodes (GOOG)  —  Google's efforts to get into the newspaper ad business have yet to yield much.  One tool it hopes will eventually change that: Small, square barcodes, like the one at the right, at the bottom of print ads.
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:   CueCat is back!  —  Google: “2D barcodes are an especially …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
U2 Manager Says Google And Its Hippie Friends Should Pay The Recording Industry  —  from the still-haven't-found-what-i'm-looking- for... dept  —  While the IFPI and the RIAA have been actively pushing for ISP liability for file sharing, it appears some in the industry are taking it even further.
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.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Slashdot Founder Questions Crowd's Wisdom  —  One of the oldest rivals to the community news site Digg is pointing to recent unrest at the site as evidence that the social news model is flawed.  —  Last week, frequent users of Digg protested changes in its algorithms that were designed …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Our Tech President Endorsements: Barack Obama and John McCain  —  It's sadly clear that our current leaders have little understanding of technology and why it's important to our economy and culture.  That has to change.  —  We've been interviewing 2008 presidential candidates for the last few months …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   YouTube + Digg + Obama = YouBama
Aude Lagorce / MarketWatch:
Motorola may exit its handset business: analyst  —  LONDON (MarketWatch) — There is a possibility that Motorola, Inc. (MOT:, , ) may exit the handset business and concentrate on becoming an enterprise and government company, Richard Windsor, an analyst with Nomura International, told clients a in note published on Tuesday.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
VMware Down 30% As Growth Disappoints; Now What?  —  VMware (VMW) shares have plunged more than 30% today following the company's announcement late yesterday of both a $5 million revenue shortfall compared with Street expectations in the fourth quarter and a 2008 growth projection that left the Street wanting more.
Kenneth C. Green / Inside Higher Ed:
The Movie Industry's 300% Error  —  A week ago today, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) issued what had to be a hugely embarrassing news release acknowledging that an aggressively promoted and widely cited research report commissioned by the MPAA in 2005 significantly overstated …
Discussion: p2pnet
Juan Carlos Perez / IDG News Service:
EBay Plans Lower Fees, Tighter Seller Standards  —  EBay changes are designed to boost sales by making the shopping experience easier and safer.  —  Recommend this story?  —  EBay is expected to unveil changes to its online marketplace Tuesday that the company characterizes as sweeping …
Wendy Tanaka / Forbes:
Google Expected To Report Stellar Earnings  —  The Google gravy train is pulling into the station Thursday.  —  Buoyed by strong growth in search-advertising revenues in the U.S. and abroad, the Internet giant is expected to report a 40% increase in net income and a 54% jump in revenues for the fourth quarter.
Discussion: WebProNews
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Wall Street Journal signs up with Microsoft for Contextual and Paid Search advertising  —  Microsoft will become the exclusive third-party ad provider for the Wall Street Journal network of sites, including The Wall Street Journal Online,,, and others.
Steve Williams / Digg the Blog:
Digg Joins the DataPortability Project  —  Digg has joined the DataPortability Project, a group of websites cooperating to help you securely use your data however you want.  Why?  Because you own your data.  It's that simple.  From the start, Digg has supported the idea that you own your own data.
Sam / a gthing science project:
The True Cost of SMS Messages  —  I just found out that AT&T (A-fee&fee?) is raising their text message pricing.  When I first signed up for AT&T 6 or so years ago it cost 10 cents to send an SMS message, and it was free to receive them.  —  When AT&T switched to Cingular the price of sending …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Firefox share up over 20% in Europe, mostly at expense of IE  —  French web survey company XiTi Monitor has published Firefox market share statistics for 2007, which indicate that the open-source web browser is continuing to see gains at the expense of Internet Explorer, particularly in Europe.
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