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5:55 PM ET, January 24, 2010

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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Comscore's Bogus Logic For Its Blackmail Fee: We Don't Make That Much Money  —  As we described last week, in response to a decade of complaints about under-counting web traffic, Comscore is changing its web ratings methodology to include site-side server tracking.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jason Calacanis Punches Comscore In The Face.  Comscore Punches Back.  Fred Wilson Drags Us Into It.  $SCOR  —  Jason Calacanis, our partner over the years on the TechCrunch50 conference, wrote quite a rant yesterday about analytics company Comscore.  His argument: that Comscore …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Why We Should Boycott ComScore (and *perhaps* why traders should short their stock)
Discussion: GigaOM
Susan Stumme / Agence France Presse:
China says not involved in cyberattacks on Google  —  Buzz up!  —  BEIJING (AFP) - China on Monday denied any state involvement in cyberattacks on Google and defended Internet censorship as necessary, as a row with Washington over the US firm's threat to leave the country rumbled on.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Bruce Schneier / CNN:
U.S. enables Chinese hacking of Google  —  Editor's note: Bruce Schneier is a security technologist and author of “Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly About Security in an Uncertain World.”  Read more of his writing at www.schneier.com.  —  (CNN) — Google made headlines when it went public …
Discussion: Silicon Valley Watcher, Thanks:atul
Shawn Oliver / HotHardware.com News:
Will AT&T Lose Their iPhone Exclusivity On Wednesday?  —  It's sort of hard to believe all the hype from CES is already over and done with.  Larger companies spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to introduce and showcase new products at the show, and now all anyone wants to talk about in the tech world is Apple.
T-Marco / Cell Phone Signal:
Confirmed!!  Motorola Sholes “MotoRoi” will arrive soon with T-Mobile 3G bands  —  Yes T-Mobile users, we had confirmed that the new Motorola device that just passed FCC few weeks ago carrying WCDMA AWS T-Mobile 3G bands (1700/2100) bands is the Motorola Sholes.
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Motorola MOTOROI almost certainly bound for T-Mobile (thanks, FCC!)  —  We needed to independently connect and verify a few dots before sounding the alarm here, but sure enough, it looks like Cell Phone Signal has unearthed the best smoking gun yet suggesting Motorola's MOTOROI …
Discussion: Android and Me and TmoNews
Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile myTouch Slide to end all Sidekick sales?  —  We've been briefed on what appears to be T-Mobile's game plan regarding Sidekick devices.  —  The information comes from a new tipster so we haven't independently confirmed it.  With that said, we have been told that with the rumored T …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
WooRank Screens Your Website, For Free  —  WooRank is a brand new service designed to let website publishers and marketers evaluate the SEO-friendliness and other aspects of their Web sites on the fly, free of charge.  If this reminds you of what HubSpot built with its Website Grader tool, it's because the concept is extremely similar.
Discussion: Elliott C. Back
Robert Andrews / mocoNews:
Tap's Revenge: Profiting From Pirates; Shazam Booming, Too  —  iPhone app piracy may have cost Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) an estimated $450 million (really?)  - but mobile pirates may also provide app developers with a rich new income stream, according to a fascinating insight from the stage at the Midem music conference in Cannes...
Discussion: Music Ally
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Swedish Music Fans Start to Steer Clear of Pirates  —  PARIS — Martin Thornkvist, who runs a record label in Sweden, was looking online for the new album from the American band Vampire Weekend a few weeks ago.  He turned first to Spotify, a free, legal digital music service; unable to find it there …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
@ Midem: New MusicDNA Format Wants To Bolt Rich Media On To MP3  —  Talk about ballsy.  The German co-inventor of MP3 and a Norwegian company called Bach have teamed to create a new audio format they reckon is “the successor to MP3”.  —  Bach is touting the format, called MusicDNA …
Discussion: Guardian
 
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
@ MIDEM: MySpace Eyes Virtual Goods, Will Help Pay Musicians $15 Million
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
MidemNet 2010: Shazam now selling 300,000 tracks a day
Discussion: midemnetblog.typepad.com, Thanks:beamadelica
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Inside the multitouch FingerWorks tech in Apple's tablet
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Facebook User Agreement Upheld in Copyright Infringement Lawsuit …
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@Midem: Labels Go Cold On Free Music Services; A Challenge To Spotify?
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