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12:40 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 …
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
Tom Krazit / CNET   Apple doubles iPhone, iPod Touch capacity
Marc Andreessen /
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?
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why Google Wants Microsoft-Yahoo
Discussion: and Maple Leaf 2.0
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, Inc.  —  Universal Music Ltd, Warner Music Hong Kong Ltd and Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Hong Kong) …
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.
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: Gizmodo and Gearlog
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Microsoft launches Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 and 7000
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Pirating the 2008 Oscars (Now with 6 Years of Data)  —  Every year, the Academy tries to stop Oscar films from leaking online.  And every year, they leak all the same.  I've been tracking Oscar piracy since 2004, but I've decided to up the ante, releasing all the underlying data and extending it to 2003.
Discussion: p2pnet and Gawker
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Detailed Piracy Stats For Every Oscars Nominated Movie Since 2003
Discussion: Digg
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.
Todd Ritter / Download Squad:
IPv6 coming to a root server near you  —  IPv6 authoritative nameserver records are in the process of being added to six of the world's thirteen DNS root servers.  Root servers are the computers at the top of the DNS hierarchy that are crucial in helping you turn into an IP address for your computer's benefit.
Lessig Blog:
20 minutes or so on why I am 4Barack  —  I wasn't going to do this, but then someone ask me to do it, and someone else told me (to my horror — not that it would be insane for anyone, but insane for her) that she was for Clinton.  So consider this my precinct captain duty for the lessig blog.
Heather Timmons / International Herald Tribune:
Ruptures call safety of Internet cables into question  —  NEW DELHI: Four undersea communication cables have been cut in the past week, raising questions about the safety of the oceanic network that handles the bulk of the world's Internet and telephone traffic.
Discussion: Engadget
Michael Eisen / The Hill Times:
Copyright reform desperately needed in Canada to protect and encourage creativity  —  Our current copyright legislation is woefully out of step with the international community in general and our principal trading partners in particular, despite our repeated commitments to do better.
Discussion: WebProNews
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
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 and eWeek
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James Bannan / APC:
Microsoft junks and replaces Vista kernel in SP1
Discussion: Slashdot
Declan McCullagh / CNET
In '08 presidential race, who's the most tech-friendly?
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Discussion: IDG News Service
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WordPress 2.3.3  —  WordPress 2.3.3 is an urgent security release.
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
The Independent Comedy Network, a new video content portal, launching today
Darren Murph / Engadget:
BiTMICRO keeps it real, unveils 1.6TB Ultra320 SCSI SSD
Discussion: DailyTech and Ubergizmo
Joseph Weisenthal /
AOL Acquires Affiliate Marketing Network
Discussion: TechCrunch UK
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
XBMC reaches 0.1 for Mac
 Earlier Items: 
Brooke Crothers / Nanotech:
Dell up next as Intel 45-nanometer chips creep into laptops
Discussion: Engadget
Wall Street Journal:
Ad Revenue From Social Sites Disappoints
Danny Mendez / Download Squad:
Yahoo may align with Google against Microsoft's takeover proposal
Discussion: Blogs
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Did Google get hosed on its MySpace search deal?
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
nVIDIA to acquire AGEIA Technologies
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Vista marketing chief to bid Microsoft adieu
Brett Arends / Wall Street Journal:
Don't Hang On to Your Yahoo
Discussion: Geek Speaker and Mark Evans