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2:20 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.
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?
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 …
Heather Timmons / International Herald Tribune:
Ruptures call safety of Internet cables into question
Discussion: Engadget
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
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.
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
ICANN flips switch on IPv6 DNS root servers
Discussion: TechSpot News and BBC
Google, Yahoo Going After Outlook  —  Google and Yahoo are rolling out Web software on steroids to compete with Outlook, another clue why Microsoft is shelling out $45 billion and going into debt for Yahoo.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Business software units of Yahoo and Google …
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Is mobile spam OK if the sender pays?  —  Funambol, the open source mobile messaging company, says it has signed a deal with Amobee “to fuel mobile e-mail for the mass market.”  —  Translation.  If the sender pays will you take mobile spam?  —  Technically, all that's happening …
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 is saying that the phone has a larger display and touchscreen controls …
Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
Dealipedia Launches  —  Business information for all  —  Generally speaking, a press release can give you all the information you'll want about a given business deal.  But press releases sometimes ignore important things like money, and include a bunch of extra garbage about how wonderful all the involved companies are.
Discussion: CNET
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
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
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Premium MVNO Voce Closes Down; Third Owner in Two years
Mercury News:
Comcast, eBay may bid for AOL
Discussion: WebProNews and eBay Strategies
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Platform Wars Are in Full Force
John Schwartz / New York Times:
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Discussion: Slashdot and Smart Mobs
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 Earlier Items: 
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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?
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft declares its modeling love with a new language, ‘D’
Discussion: CrunchGear, eWeek and CNET
Times of London:
My online life: no hobbies, no opinions, no friends, no fun
Discussion: Techdirt and broadstuff