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4:50 PM ET, January 31, 2008

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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Spectrum Auction: C Block Hits Reserve Price  —  A bid of $4.7 billion this morning for the most valuable group of wireless licenses in the Federal Communications Commission auction for 700Mhz spectrum pushed the price over the minimum price the government set.
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Open access for all: prime 700MHz Block C hits reserve price  —  After 17 rounds, the 700MHz spectrum auction has finally hit its one of its most closely watched targets: bidding on Block C has surpassed the Federal Communications Commission's mandated $4.638 billion reserve …
Michal Lev-Ram / Techland:
Google gets its way with new wireless network  —  Somewhere in the Googleplex, Sergey Brin, Larry Page and Eric Schmidt are celebrating right about now.  —  That's because the Internet search giant Thursday scored its first big win in the mobile business: The minimum $4.6 billion bid …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Spectrum Auction: The C-Block Bidding Stalls at $4.7 Billion  —  UPDATE: This post was wrong in saying that rules prohibit anyone from bidding higher than $4.7 billion for the C Block.  There are some rather complex ways that another company could in fact raise the bid in coming days.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
700MHz auction exceeds $10 Billion, open-access just one bid away
Discussion: Electronista
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Someone - Maybe Verizon - Topped Minimum Bid For Key Spectrum Block …
Discussion: MobHappy and Bits
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com to Acquire Audible.com  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Audible Inc. (NASDAQ:ADBL).  —  Audible.com is the leading online provider of premium digital spoken word audio content, specializing in digital audio editions of books …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon.com buys Audible; March into digital content distribution continues  —  Amazon.com's march into digital distribution of content continues-this time with plans to acquire Audible for $300 million.  —  In a statement on Thursday, Amazon said it will acquire Audible …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Amazon Hears the Future, Buys Audible.com
Discussion: Reuters
Twitter Blog:
We had a rough night.  But now we're back.  —  I just left the office, at 6am, with most of our engineering and technical operations team.  That's only a handful of people, but we were all there all night.  —  You may have noticed we had an outage last night/stretching into this morning.
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Tim Coulter / Joyeur:
Twitter and Joyent: Update  —  By David Young 31 January 08  —  Twitter has been officially off Joyent since 10PM last night.  This may come as a surprise to some after yesterday's posts here and here regarding the two companies working together.  Those of us at Joyent appreciate …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Admins Charged with Assisting Copyright Infringement  —  “The operation of The Pirate Bay is financed through advertising revenues.  In that way it commercially exploits copyright-protected work and performances,” said prosecutor Hakan Roswall in a statement.
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Chris Williams / The Register:
‘Facebook fatigue’ kicks in as people tire of social networks  —  Shhh!  Can you hear a hiss?  That's the sound of naughty facts deflating the social networking balloon a tad.  —  Whisper it, but numbers from web analytics outfit comScore have confirmed what the chatter in bars and cafes …
Doug Sherrets / VentureBeat:
Google's Marissa Mayer: Social search is the future  —  At an event in August, Marissa Mayer, Google's leading VP in search, said social search hasn't shown much promise, but if it does, Google would be in a good position to incorporate it.  I wrote about that here.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google, Facebook Battle For Computer Science Grads.  Salaries Soar.  —  Google and Facebook are fighting hard to hire this years crop of computer science graduates, we've heard, and ground zero is Stanford.  Most of the class of 2008 already have job offers even though graduation is months away.
Yahoo! Finance:
Google Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2007 Results  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG - News) today announced financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2007.  —  “We're very pleased with our performance this quarter,” said Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Gartner: Apple To Double U.S., Europe PC Share By 2011  —  Apple (AAPL) will double its share of the U.S. and Western European PC market share by 2011, the research firm Gartner said today.  “Apple's gains in computer market share reflect as much on the failures of the rest of the industry as on Apple's success,” Gartner says.
Discussion: Gartner and Electronista
 
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Nicholas Carr / Guardian:
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