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11:20 AM 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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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.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Official: 16GB iPhone available and 32GB iPod touch — both $499  —  Out of the rumor mill comes the 16GB iPhone, now official.  Ever since the 16GB iPod touch was announced in September, we all knew it was just a matter of time until Apple could bung the same NAND capacity into their chubbier iPhone.
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.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple store is down: 16GB iPhone imminent?
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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?
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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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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.
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Jemima Kiss / Guardian:   Web 3.0 is all about rank and recommendation
Danny Mendez / Download Squad:
Yahoo may align with Google against Microsoft's takeover proposal  —  On Friday, we reported that Microsoft was attempting to acquire Yahoo, offering the company $44.6 billion for the takeover.  Google isn't taking the new threat lightly, so Google's CEO Eric Schmidt called Yahoo's CEO Jerry Yang on Sunday.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft declares its modeling love with a new language, ‘D’  —  A handful of Microsoft's top developers are working to create a new programming language, code-named “D,” which will be at the heart of the Microsoft's push toward more intuitive software modeling.
Discussion: CNET News.com
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Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:   Microsoft Preps New Modeling Language
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.
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Music industry sues Baidu  —  Three multinational record companies have filed copyright infringement claims in a Beijing court against China's most popular internet search engine, Baidu.com Inc.  —  Universal Music Ltd, Warner Music Hong Kong Ltd and Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Hong Kong) …
Discussion: Ars Technica and Reuters
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Did Google get hosed on its MySpace search deal?  —  Fox Interactive gets 27 percent of its revenue from an ad deal between Google and MySpace forged in August 2006.  Meanwhile, Google executives complain about how hard it is to monetize social networking traffic.
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Rupert Murdoch: +$900M is better than -$45B
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 and broadstuff
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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Electronista:
MS intros 6000/7000 wireless laser mice...  Microsoft this morning reworked its Wireless Laser mouse options for desktop and notebook owners with a pair of mice focused on simplicity rather than sheer control.  Both the Wireless Laser Mouse 7000 (pictured) for the desktop …
Discussion: Engadget and Gearlog
Denise Dubie / PC World:
MIT, TI Debut Energy-Efficient Microchip  —  Researchers say proof-of-concept chip is 10 times more efficient than chips in current cell phones.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Cell phones running low on battery power could be a thing of the past if new chip technology co-developed …
Discussion: The Register
 
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Brooke Crothers / Nanotech:
Dell up next as Intel 45-nanometer chips creep into laptops
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Wall Street Journal:
Ad Revenue From Social Sites Disappoints
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N-Gage makes it into software
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
nVIDIA to acquire AGEIA Technologies
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Pirating the 2008 Oscars (Now with 6 Years of Data)
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Vista marketing chief to bid Microsoft adieu
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Danish Court Tells ISP To Block PirateBay
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Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
Google Stock Freefall Hits New, 172-Day Low
Jason Fry / Wall Street Journal:
A Mac Ad You'll Never See
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