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9:15 PM ET, January 30, 2008


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Google and Dell tipped to reveal iPhone rival plans  —  Speculation is mounting that Google is plotting the launch of a mobile phone in partnership with computer giant Dell.  —  Senior industry sources claim the two companies will reveal their plans at next month's 3GSM telecoms conference in Barcelona …
Erica Ogg / CNET
Rumor: Dell to reveal Android-based handset next month?  —  Dell has long been rumored to be working on a handset, and the latest speculation is that Google will be part of those plans.  —  MarketingWeek reported Wednesday that the two companies are teaming up on a handset based …
Lynn Fox / Apple:
MacBook Air Now Shipping  —  Apple TV Update Coming Soon  —  Apple® today announced that MacBook Air™, the world's thinnest notebook, is now shipping.  MacBook Air measures an unprecedented 0.16-inches at its thinnest point, while its maximum height of 0.76-inches is less than the thinnest point on competing notebooks.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Amazon Q4 In Line; Q1, '08 Outlook Beats; But Shrs Fall  — (AMZN) this afternoon reported fourth quarter revenue of $5.67 billion and EPS of 48 cents, compared with Street estimates of $5.37 billion and 48 cents.  The revenue figure included a $200 million bump from foreign exchange factors.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Amazon Earnings Call Details: Web Services Use Up More Bandwidth …
Camilla Hall / Bloomberg:
Mediterranean Cables Cut, Disrupting Communications  —  Jan. 30 (Bloomberg) — Internet and telephone communications across the Middle East and India were disrupted after two submarine cable systems in the Mediterranean Sea were cut.  —  Six ships were diverted from Alexandria port …
Discussion: DSLreports and Computerworld
John Oates / The Register:
Submarine cable cut torpedoes Middle East access
Discussion: Tech_Space
Yahoo! Developer Network blog:
Yahoo! OpenID Provider service now available as a public beta  —  Today, we are launching the public beta of the much-anticipated Yahoo! OpenID Provider service.  This means that users with a Yahoo! account - all 248 million of them - will be able to sign in to any website that supports OpenID 2.0 …
Scott Gilbertson / Compiler:
Yahoo Users, You've Got OpenID
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Universal Search: 2008 Edition  —  It's just over a half-year since Google launched Universal Search, its method of blending results from its own various topically-focused or “vertical” search engines.  Since that time, the system has evolved.  In particular, Google Universal Search …
Discussion: Redeye VC and SEO and Tech Daily
Ina Fried / CNET
Microsoft doesn't recommend creating Vista ‘Lite’  —  Frustrated with Vista's sluggishness, some people have been turning to a utility called vLite, that strips out components of the operating system deemed unessential.  —  Although the move does offer frustrated Vista users an option …
Discussion: TechSpot News and WinBeta
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Copy a CD, owe $1.5 million under “gluttonous” PRO-IP Act  —  Not content with the current (and already massive) statutory damages allowed under copyright law, the RIAA is pushing to expand the provision.  The issue is compilations, which now are treated as a single work.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Garmin announces the nuvifone  —  That's right folks — Garmin has just announced its new iPhone-like smartphone, the nüvifone.  The device features full browsing, PIM, phone and of course, GPS functions.  It's an HSDPA, quad-band phone, also equipped with WiFi, Bluetooth …
Discussion: Gizmodo
comScore Releases 2007 U.S. Internet Year in Review  —  Google and Facebook among Biggest Winners in 2007  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released a report highlighting the major trends in U.S. Internet activity in 2007 …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Yahoo's Vision-Goes-Here Strategy  —  Listening to the droning, jargon-filled Yahoo conference call on Tuesday night, you could only think that Jerry Yang and Sue Decker were aiming their conversation only at analysts who needed to fill out their 2008 spreadsheets.  —  That strategy didn't work.
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
DEMO: Rove lets you look at your PC desktop from your mobile phone  —  Rove Mobile of Ottawa, Canada, allows you to gain remote access to your PC from a cell phone or another computer.  It can use Windows Mobile or BlackBerry phones to scroll through your machine back home.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Persai, a personalized online news aggregator  —  Persai is a site that automatically discovers articles you might like from around the web.  Imagine it being the opposite of social news sites like Digg or Reddit, where users submit and vote on their favorite stories.
Discussion: Download Squad and Epicenter
Verizon: We don't want to play copyright cop on our network  —  In contrast to AT&T, company says it's not interested in installing filters on its network or inspecting packets for possible piracy, citing concerns about customer privacy.  —  Dell to close its U.S. stores
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