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2:05 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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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.
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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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why Google Wants Microsoft-Yahoo
Discussion: Money Out Blog and Rev2.org
BBC:
Work begins to repair severed net  —  Work has begun to repair two damaged internet cables in the Mediterranean Sea that were severed last week.  —  Flag Telecom, one of the firms responsible for the cables, says it will take about a week to be fixed.  —  The break in cables has caused disruption …
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Heather Timmons / International Herald Tribune:
Ruptures call safety of Internet cables into question
Discussion: Engadget
Waxy.org:
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
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Detailed Piracy Stats For Every Oscars Nominated Movie Since 2003
Discussion: Digg
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.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Motorola ZiNe Z12 Leaked Pictures?  —  Does this phone (on the right), documented in this leaked picture, match up with the invisible phone in the teaser video that we saw on YouTube yesterday?  Perhaps, and the Czech site Mobile.cz is saying that the phone has a larger display and touchscreen controls …
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.
Discussion: Ubergizmo
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, Gizmodo, Gearlog and Ubergizmo
Grant Gross / IDG News Service:
FCC Approves Sale of Nationwide Spectrum to AT&T  —  The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has approved the purchase by AT&T of 12MHz of wireless spectrum that covers 60 percent of the U.S.  —  AT&T bought the spectrum from Aloha Spectrum Holdings.  The spectrum, in the highly coveted 700MHz band …
InfoWorld:
Driver problems still haunting Vista  —  When Steve Sinchak's new Intel network card became “really slow” after upgrading his Windows Vista PC with a pre-release version of Service Pack 1, he tried uninstalling its software driver and replacing it with a new one.
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
The fatal flaw for green-tech companies  —  perspective Clear your mind.  Now, create a mental picture around the words “energy executive.”  —  Then do the same around “Internet employee.”  —  In the first example, a paunchy and nondescript image probably came to mind …
 
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Kenneth Li / Reuters:
AOL buys online marketing network buy.at
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Is mobile spam OK if the sender pays?
Rafat Ali / mocoNews.net:
Premium MVNO Voce Closes Down; Third Owner in Two years
Mercury News:
Comcast, eBay may bid for AOL
Discussion: WebProNews and eBay Strategies
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Satellite Spotters Glimpse Secrets, and Tell Them
Discussion: Slashdot and Smart Mobs
eWeek:
Google, Yahoo Going After Outlook
Discussion: Google, Mashable! and TechCrunch
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Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
XBMC reaches 0.1 for Mac
Todd Ritter / Download Squad:
IPv6 coming to a root server near you
Wall Street Journal:
Ad Revenue From Social Sites Disappoints
Danny Mendez / Download Squad:
Yahoo may align with Google against Microsoft's takeover proposal
Discussion: theWHIR.com Blogs
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Did Google get hosed on its MySpace search deal?
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft declares its modeling love with a new language, ‘D’
Discussion: CrunchGear, eWeek and CNET News.com
Times of London:
My online life: no hobbies, no opinions, no friends, no fun
Discussion: Techdirt and broadstuff