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8:00 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?  —  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 …
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:   Google and Dell making sweet, tender phone love?
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
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John Oates / The Register:
Submarine cable cut torpedoes Middle East access
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Alaa Shahine / Reuters:
Internet disrupted in Egypt and India
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BBC:
Severed cables disrupt internet
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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
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
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.
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.
Rokali / The Storque:
Etsy's First Five Years  —  In early April of 2005, I sat in an orange chair facing an open window.  It was nighttime and the lights were off.  I was back in Brooklyn after a brief residence in Paris, and I was about to sketch the initial ideas that would become Etsy.
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 …
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
Darren Murph / Engadget:
It's a done deal: Dell puts an end to all 140 US mall kiosks  —  Just as we feared, Dell will indeed be axing 100-percent of its US mall kiosks — 140 in total.  Unsurprisingly, the official word attributes the move to Dell's shift into big box retail stores, but we're sure that's …
Terrence Russell / Epicenter:
NBC Exec Applaudes ‘Video-Snacking’ After YouTube Snub  —  NBC-Universal President Jeff Zucker is making plans for your lunch break.  During the keynote at the National Association of Television Program Executives' Conference, Zucker said that the network is noticing a repeated midday bump in online video viewers.
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.
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
PR Pitches Through Facebook: I Have 37, 366 Unread Emails in Gmail...  There is a lot of interest in my experiment to give priority to PR pitches through Facebook.  Here is my main reason for trying this approach:  —  I have 37,366 unread emails in my Gmail account, which is my one and only email service, and that is spam-free email.
 
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Julie Ruvolo / VentureBeat:
Fresh from New York: Trends in online advertising
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Persai, a personalized online news aggregator
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Scott Guthrie: What's Coming for Mix, Part 1: IIS7 for Developers
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Delver announces personalized social search engine
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
Critic: Tech companies trying open spectrum too much
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The Times (UK) Spamming Social Media Sites
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
The Rise of Twitter as a Platform for Serious Discourse
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Priya Ganapati / TheStreet.com:
Apple's iPhone Elixir: Cut Prices
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
RIAA: No need to force ISPs by law to monitor piracy
Discussion: P2P Blog
USA Today:
Where's your Domino's pizza? Track it online
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Six Apart Gets Into Microblogging with Activity Streams
CmdrTaco / Slashdot:
Amazon Patents Customized 404 Pages
Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
Launch: Campfire for iPhone
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
How Many Facebook Users Actually Read the Wall Street Journal?
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
TV Showman, Once Exiled, Returns With Video Site
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