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1:00 AM ET, January 31, 2008


 Top Items: 
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 …
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:   Knives Sharpened, Google May Finally Be Ready To Stab Apple …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Amazon Earnings Call Details: Web Services Use Up More Bandwidth Than; The Kindle is a Hit  —  Amazon earnings just came out.  The company had a strong fourth quarter, with revenues up 42 percent to $5.7 billion, net income doubling to $207 million, and free cash flow doubling as well to $1.4 billion.
Discussion: Business Week
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 …
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Instapaper, A Beautifully Simple Bookmarking Tool  —  Instapaper, a new site by Tumblr employee Marco Arment, simply put will easily be one of the websites I visit most this year.  It may very well be the easiest and most beautifully minimal bookmarking site ever created.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Henry Work / TechCrunch:
Simple Bookmarking Now Available with Instapaper
Discussion: Tumblelog
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 …
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:
Rating Burner Debuts With RSS Feed Ranking, Growth Stats  —  There's precious little that bloggers like to do more than measure their own statistics, and gauge how they're doing, relative to the rest of the blogging community.  And there's similarly precious little that smart Web developers …
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Hands-on with the Garmin nuvifone  —  Well, ask and ye shall receive.  We wrangled some of the Garmin folks to get a better view of the nuvifone, and wouldn't you know it... we did!  Check the gallery below for some close-up action with a non-working model, and comparison shots of the device with the iPhone.
Discussion: PHONE Magazine
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook and Data Portability: Q&A with Chairperson Chris Saad  —  When Facebook joined the Workgroup a few weeks ago, the press described the move both as a “bombshell” as well as “brilliant PR”.  In order to understand what Facebook's decision …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
US tops world Connectivity Scorecard despite broadband ills  —  When it comes to using information technology well, people power is as important as wires, chips, and radio signals.  That's one of the assumptions driving the new Connectivity Scorecard benchmark put together by Leonard Waverman of the London Business School.
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Crazy Apple Rumors Site on hold indefinitely
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Persai, a personalized online news aggregator
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
The Rise of Twitter as a Platform for Serious Discourse
Discussion: Mark Evans and techPresident
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
PR Pitches Through Facebook: I Have 37, 366 Unread Emails in Gmail...
comScore Releases 2007 U.S. Internet Year in Review
Yahoo! Developer Network blog:
Yahoo! OpenID Provider service now available as a public beta
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Copy a CD, owe $1.5 million under “gluttonous” PRO-IP Act