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10:00 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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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 …
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:
Official: 16GB iPhone available and 32GB iPod touch — both $499
Discussion: Digg
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?
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) …
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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.
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Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:   Microsoft Preps New Modeling Language
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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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.
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.
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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Brett Arends / Wall Street Journal:
Don't Hang On to Your Yahoo  —  For most investors, there's little reason to wait for a better offer than Microsoft's.  —  Yahoo investors probably can't believe their luck.  —  For years they sat by while their company stumbled.  From mid-2004 until last week their shares slumped by about 40% …
Discussion: Geek Speaker and Mark Evans
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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
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
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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Electronista:
MS may need first-ever loan to buy Yahoo
Discussion: WebProNews
Larry Dignan / Zero Day:
Federal budget recommends US-CERT get $242 million
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
nVIDIA to acquire AGEIA Technologies
Waxy.org:
Pirating the 2008 Oscars (Now with 6 Years of Data)
Discussion: TorrentFreak, p2pnet and Gawker
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Vista marketing chief to bid Microsoft adieu
Discussion: WinBeta
Sibylla Brodzinsky / Christian Science Monitor:
FACEBOOK USED TO TARGET COLOMBIA'S FARC WITH GLOBAL RALLY
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Consumer group slams RealPlayer as ‘badware’
Discussion: BetaNews and ZDNet.com.au
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Danish Court Tells ISP To Block PirateBay
Discussion: Reuters
 Earlier Items: 
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
Google Stock Freefall Hits New, 172-Day Low
John Leyden / The Register:
Veracode hunts for backdoors in outsourced code
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?
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's Zimbra Releases v5.0 with BlackBerry Support, New Ajax Features
Associated Press:
AT&T hikes broadband prices
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