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9:35 AM ET, February 5, 2008

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Paul Miller / Engadget:
16GB iPhone just around the corner? (updated)  —  There's been plenty of conjecture (pictured) about a 16GB iPhone — and its mysterious absence from the initial lineup — ever since the 16GB iPod touch graced us all with its minuscule presence, but things are starting to look up.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Reports: New iPhone, MacBook Pro imminent  —  Two items Apple (AAPL) watchers had expected Steve Jobs to unveil at Macworld — a 16 GB iPhone and a new MacBook Pro — could be coming out any day now, if inventory lists at the company's partners are to be believed.
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 …
Discussion: Engadget and Gadgetell
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple store is down: 16GB iPhone imminent?
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Silicon Valley after a Microsoft/Yahoo merger: a contrarian view  —  This post is not about the potential Microsoft/Yahoo merger.  —  Instead, let's just assume for the moment that Microsoft succeeds in its bid for Yahoo.  —  What would a Microsoft/Yahoo merger mean for startups in Silicon Valley?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Flickr's Version Of A Mass Protest  —  Some users aren't happy at the prospect of a Microsoft takeover of Flickr's parent company, Yahoo.  To protest, they do what Flickr users do - upload images.  —  In this case, the images are all anti-Microsoft, and there's some really creative stuff.
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Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:   Flickr Users Concerned About Possible Microsoft Takeover
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)
Discussion: Gizmodo, jkOnTheRun and Mashable!
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:   Video: Opera Mobile 9.5 redesign is lickity quick, slick
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
MySpace Developer Platform Goes Live (Sorta)  —  MySpace is holding an event in San Francisco tomorrow with 250 application developers to ceremonially launch its application platform...for developers only, that is.  —  Over the next month, developers big and small will have the opportunity …
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eMarketer:
Heard the Latest About Podcasting?  —  Engagement via headphones.  —  Ever since podcasting was introduced, the question has been the same: Will anyone listen?  —  The answer is definitely “Yes.”  —  eMarketer estimates that the total US podcast audience reached 18.5 million in 2007.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Podcasts Taking Off (Again): eMarketer
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Microsoft bid is better than stagnating, say Yahoo insiders  —  Sometimes change—any change—is good.  —  For a company hobbled by cultural and management problems, a $44.6 billion hostile takeover bidfrom Microsoft may be just the kick in the pants Yahoo needs to rejoin the fight against Google—and potentially Microsoft.
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Brett Arends / Wall Street Journal:
Don't Hang On to Your Yahoo
Discussion: Mark Evans
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Web 3.0: Is It About Personalization?  —  On the UK's Guardian newspaper site today, writer Jemina Kiss suggested that Web 3.0 will be about recommendation.  “If web 2.0 could be summarized as interaction, web 3.0 must be about recommendation and personalization,” she wrote.
Discussion: AndyDickinson.net
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Jemima Kiss / Guardian:   Web 3.0 is all about rank and recommendation
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Findings from the Community Best Practices Workshop  —  [Above: I peered over the balcony to take a shot of the main hall]  —  I attended the Customer Service is the new Marketing Summit in San Francisco, really a tremendous view, weather, and vibe at the Presidio a converted military base with a great view.
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Times of London:
My online life: no hobbies, no opinions, no friends, no fun  —  I knew my online life had to change when my boss decided that he would join Facebook.  As the resident young person in an office of thirty and forty-somethings I was tasked with setting up his online profile.
Discussion: Techdirt
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Parsing the federal budget: The tech highlights  —  President Bush unveiled his $3.1 trillion-yes trillion-fiscal 2009 budget and there are a lot of technology highlights to go around.  —  Whether this budget ever gets approved anywhere near its current state remains to be seen …
Discussion: Tech_Space
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Consumer group slams RealPlayer as ‘badware’  —  San Francisco - A consumer advocacy group is blasting RealNetworks for installing adware and other software without properly notifying its users.  —  In a report published Thursday, StopBadware.org faults the latest version of RealPlayer …
Discussion: BetaNews and ZDNet.com.au
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's Zimbra Releases v5.0 with BlackBerry Support, New Ajax Features  —  Zimbra, an open-source alternative to Microsoft Exchange Server that was acquired by Yahoo this past September, has released version 5.0 of its collaboration suite.  The upgrades are various and wide-reaching …
 
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Sibylla Brodzinsky / Christian Science Monitor:
FACEBOOK USED TO TARGET COLOMBIA'S FARC WITH GLOBAL RALLY
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Microsoft Preps New Modeling Language
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
IBM responds to Microsoft: OOXML is “technically inferior”
Discussion: Slashdot
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Danish Court Tells ISP To Block PirateBay
Discussion: Reuters
IFPI:
Recording Industry steps up campaign against internet piracy in China
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
Google Stock Freefall Hits New, 172-Day Low
John Leyden / The Register:
Veracode hunts for backdoors in outsourced code
Katie Jacobs Stanton / OpenSocial API Blog:
Our doors are open to OpenSocial developers
Discussion: All Facebook, Ajaxian and Mashable!
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Jason Fry / Wall Street Journal:
A Mac Ad You'll Never See
Discussion: MacUser
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hey Blodget, Still Betting On Google $2,000?
Discussion: ParisLemon
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Rupert Murdoch: +$900M is better than -$45B
Ewan Spence / All About Symbian:
Thirty minutes with the N-Gage First Access client
Associated Press:
AT&T hikes broadband prices
CNN:
FBI wants palm prints, eye scans, tattoo mapping
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Valleywag reaches new low: makes fun of the death of a mother …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Thin is in: Ars Technica reviews the MacBook Air