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3:50 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 …
Dan Meyer / RCR Wireless News:
C-Block action could slow  —  Reserve reached, open access becomes reality  —  Following a few tense rounds without any bids, the nationwide package of eight C-Block licenses picked up a new bid during round 17 to push the potential winning price for the block past the $4.6 billion reserve mark …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
700MHz auction exceeds $10 Billion, open-access just one bid away  —  With weeks still to go, your dysfunctional Uncle Sam is briskly rubbing his hands at having raised more than $10 Billion from the 700MHz auction.  This, after just 16 rounds of bidding.  But we're not happy to say the least.
Discussion: Electronista
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Someone - Maybe Verizon - Topped Minimum Bid For Key Spectrum Block …
Discussion: MobHappy and Bits
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Spectrum Auction: The C-Block Bidding Is Over at $4.7 Billion
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
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
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BBC:
Pirate Bay hit with legal action  —  Four men who run one of the most popular file-sharing sites in the world have been charged with conspiracy to break copyright law in Sweden.  —  The Pirate Bay's servers do not store copyrighted material but offer links to the download location of films, TV programmes, albums and software.
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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.
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.
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Christy Pettey / Gartner:   Gartner Highlights Key Predictions for IT Organisations and Users in 2008 and Beyond
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.
Nicholas Carr / Guardian:
The internet rewards the lazy and punishes the intrepid  —  As GPS transceivers become common accessories in cars, the benefits have been manifold.  Millions of us have been relieved of the nuisance of getting lost or, even worse, the shame of having to ask a passerby for directions.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Good news for TiVo: court upholds patent claims against Echostar  —  The TiVo vs. EchoStar case got another little push towards finally ending today, as the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that EchoStar had indeed infringed part of TiVo's “time warp” patent.
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
OpenSocial should be renamed “OpenGadgets”  —  As it stands, the Google-led OpenSocial has very little, if anything, to do with data portability.  That's the view of Marc Canter, a long time advocate of open standards and data portability, and one in which I'm inclined to agree.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Snipperoo
 
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Mark Walsh / MediaPost Publications:
CBS Mobile Chief: Wireless Industry Is Overwhelming Consumers
Discussion: GigaOM
Stowe Boyd / /Message:
Action Streams And The Next Cycle In The Social Revolution
Discussion: Compiler and Webware.com
Stephanie Kang / Wall Street Journal:
TNS Aims to Take Bite Out of Nielsen
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
SanDisk pushes SDHC to 32GB
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Q4 Earnings Preview: Meaningful Upside Expected
Lance Ulanoff / PC Magazine:
It's Time for a Vista Do-Over
James Sherwood / The Register:
B&O reveals self-calibrating robo TV
Discussion: Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:
Apple TV: Best of the movie rental set-tops?
Discussion: CNET News.com
 Earlier Items: 
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
MTV steps it up for Super Tuesday primaries
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Salon
Darren Waters / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
PS3: Glass half full or empty?
Paul Miller / Engadget:
RIM's BlackBerry Remote Stereo Gateway to offer Bluetooth music streaming
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Meebo Turns Chat Rooms Into A Web Service
Bloomberg:
India, Mideast Suffer Internet Disruption
Jeffrey Silva / RCR Wireless News:
Class action nails T-Mobile USA over texting services
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
MacBook Air's custom-built CPU going PC?