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7:25 PM ET, February 5, 2008

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Christine Monaghan / Apple:
Apple Adds New iPhone & iPod touch Models  —  Apple® today added new models of the iPhone™ and iPod® touch which have double the memory, doubling the amount of music, photos and videos that customers can carry with them wherever they go.  The revolutionary iPhone now comes …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Increases iPhone Memory, Margins (AAPL)
Nick Miller / Sydney Morning Herald:
Torvalds pans Apple with ‘utter crap’ putdown  —  Linus Torvalds, the founder of Linux operating system.  —  Apple's much-touted new operating system, OS X Leopard, is in some ways worse than Windows Vista, says the founder of the Linux open source project, Linus Torvalds.
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Nick Miller / Sydney Morning Herald:
Q and A with Linus Torvalds  —  Q. How's the conference been for you?  —  A It's very relaxed.  I think the students involved are learning things but for me it's the social side.  It's more meeting people, going out for dinner with people.  All the real work (on Linux) is done over email.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Fourth undersea cable cut near UAE, suspicions rise  —  For the fourth time in a week, an undersea communications cable has apparently been cut (or “failed due to a power outage,” as some sources suggest), and while no official reports of subversion have surfaced just yet, things are beginning to get suspicious.
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BBC:   Work begins to repair severed net
Charles Cooper / CNET News.com:
Who cut the cables?  —  Three undersea fiber-optic cables …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Brittany Bohnet / Official Google Blog:
Be part of the Super Tuesday action  —  They don't call it Super Tuesday for nothing!  Today marks an exciting day in the race to the U.S. Presidency: voters in 24 states will choose their party candidates.  This will be the largest number of primaries taking place at one time in the history of the U.S. electoral system.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Teams With Twitter For Super Tuesday Tracking
Discussion: Valleywag
BBC:
EBay to ban negative seller views  —  Online auction site eBay has said it plans to overhaul its feedback system and will ban sellers from leaving negative comments about buyers.  —  EBay said problems were occurring, and slowing down trade, when buyers left negative comments about sellers who then retaliated with their own views.
eWeek:
Google, Yahoo Going After Outlook  —  Google and Yahoo are rolling out Web software on steroids to compete with Outlook, another clue why Microsoft is shelling out $45 billion and going into debt for Yahoo.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Business software units of Yahoo and Google …
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Open access: everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask  —  Since the first rumblings of the 700MHz auction began, there's been a fair amount of confusion, doubt, and distress over just what exactly this whole thing means.  With the champagne-chugging news that bids have reached …
Discussion: InsideGoogle, Engadget Mobile and Digg
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Cade Metz / The Register:   Is Verizon gaming Google in US wireless auction?
Zach Epstein / The Boy Genius Report:
HTC Magnum Video Surfaces; WTF?!?  —  What you can't tell from the video above is that the guy holding the Magnum is actually 11-inches tall... We're honestly not sure exactly what to make of this, but we have to assume that in reality it's is some sort of crazy internal prototype built to test some new hardware.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
A Bad Month For SEO's Reputation  —  We seem to be going through another wave “SEOs are scumbags” incidents, and I find myself with little energy to push back against them with yet another defense of the industry.  It's not that SEO doesn't deserve better treatment.
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft reorg could come next week  —  Microsoft is expected to announce organizational changes in the coming days, shaking up some of the leadership in its Windows and Windows Live groups, according to sources familiar with the company's plans.  —  The changes have been in the works for some time …
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
ICANN turns on next-gen IP addresses  —  The great migration from Internet Protocol version 4 to IPv6 has officially begun, after the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers added the first addresses to its root servers that conform to the new version.
Sarah Lacy / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hey, LinkedIn: Call Your IPO Bankers  —  Facebook is smart to put off an IPO until 2009: Mark Zuckerberg needs to stay CEO and he's too young to be a public CEO.  Also, the lesson Google taught us was that it's smart to wait until you are so dominant that you, not Wall Street, can call the shots.
Jeremy Kirk / IDG News Service:
Dell Suit Reveals Lucrative Domain-Name Trade  —  A civil suit filed by Dell sheds light on typosquatting, creating ad-filled Web pages with URLs that are similar to brand-name sites.  —  Recommend this story?  —  A civil suit filed in Florida by Dell and its Alienware subsidiary …
Opera:
Opera unleashes innovative technology in latest mobile Web browser — Opera Mobile 9.5  —  Faster speed, new interface and Opera Widgets bring users closer to a full desktop experience  —  Exclusive preview at Mobile World Congress 2008 (February 11-14, Barcelona)
 
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Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Unattended Voting Machines, As Usual
Daniel Langendorf / last100:
Nokia introduces new N-Gage, hints at what's to come
Discussion: WebProNews, CrunchGear and EMAC
Mike Elgan / Computerworld Blogs:
Build-to-order cell phone store launched
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
The high cost of e-mail autocomplete
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Releases iPhoto 7.1.2, ProKit 4.5, and Braille Display Update
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AT&T jacks up DSL price $5 per month
Sarah Lacy / Silicon Alley Insider:
Obama Wins The Valley. He's The New iPhone
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
So Long Flash, and Thanks for the Memory
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Vista SP1 will contain undocumented fixes
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
RIAA Wants to Cut Artist Royalties to 9%, Apple Wants Them at 4% …
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
‘HiPhone’ looks mighty familiar, almost iPhone-like
Discussion: Ubergizmo and The Raw Feed
Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
Dealipedia Launches
Grant Gross / IDG News Service:
FCC Approves Sale of Nationwide Spectrum to AT&T
Discussion: RSS
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Satellite Spotters Glimpse Secrets, and Tell Them
 

 
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