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10:00 PM ET, January 30, 2008

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MarketingWeek:
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 …
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:   Rumor: Dell to reveal Android-based handset next month?
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:   Knives Sharpened, Google May Finally Be Ready To Stab Apple …
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
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Garmin gets official with its nuvifone
Discussion: CNET News.com
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 …
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John Oates / The Register:
Submarine cable cut torpedoes Middle East access
Discussion: Tech_Space
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.
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Amazon Q4 In Line; Q1, '08 Outlook Beats; But Shrs Fall  —  Amazon.com (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.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Amazon Earnings Call Details: Web Services Use Up More Bandwidth …
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
Sony:
DISPLAY PHOTOS IN STYLE WITH SONY'S NEW DIGITAL PHOTO FRAMES  —  S-Frame™ Brand Features an Elegant Design, Internal Memory and HDMI Outputs  —  Sony today unveiled its S-Frame brand of digital photo frames, offering vibrant LCD screens and stylish designs suitable for the living room, bedroom or office.
Discussion: Engadget, Gearlog and Ubergizmo
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Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Sony's expensive, but sweet, digital photo frames have Bluetooth and HDMI-out
Discussion: Gizmodo
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 …
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Scott Gilbertson / Compiler:
Yahoo Users, You've Got OpenID
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.
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.
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
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
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Crazy Apple Rumors Site on hold indefinitely  —  Much like the career of Jennifer fricking Connelly, perhaps the best source of Apple-inspired humor on the Internet is going on hiatus.  —  John Moltz, the editor of Crazy Apple Rumors Site, announced Tuesday that come Friday …
comScore:
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 …
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
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.
CNET News.com:
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
Julie Ruvolo / VentureBeat:
Fresh from New York: Trends in online advertising  —  Silicon Alley technologists and Madison Avenue advertising executives have been meeting yesterday and today at the AlwaysOn OnMedia NYC conference.  Here are some of the trends people were talking about:
Discussion: One More Idea and BuzzMachine
 
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
General Dynamics Itronix intros rugged Duo-Touch II tablet PC
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Delver announces personalized social search engine
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
The Rise of Twitter as a Platform for Serious Discourse
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Sprint to reinvigorate iDEN network
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Asus hopes upcoming Eee desktops are Eeequally Eeenticing
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Terrence Russell / Epicenter:
NBC Exec Applaudes ‘Video-Snacking’ After YouTube Snub
InfoWorld:
FTC settles with advertiser for spam campaign
Discussion: WebProNews
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Etsy's First Five Years
CmdrTaco / Slashdot:
Amazon Patents Customized 404 Pages
Darren Murph / Engadget:
It's a done deal: Dell puts an end to all 140 US mall kiosks
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