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Darren Rowse / Blog Tips at ProBlogger:
How Not to Launch a Blog - The story of an Amateur Blogger  —  I've been a little hesitant to talk about this on ProBlogger but in the last two hours I've had 30 emails about it so thought rather than responding to each one personally I should make a statement before things go much further.
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
What a party!  —  More than 100 people showed up at last night's party.  What a night.  I'll wait for the blogs to be written.  Thanks to Steve Broback for the magic.  We sold a bunch of books, thanks to everyone who bought one, and Jessica Smith's food was just awesome.  We're uploading photos now.
Julie Leung:
Naked Conversations Launch Party in Bellevue  —  Robert Scoble kindly invited us to attend the Naked Conversations Launch Party on January 21.  Ted was in San Francisco this week and couldn't make it.  But after a week of parenting by myself, I was grateful for the opportunity to go out alone …
Discussion: and Ted Leung on the air
Tom Zeller Jr / New York Times:
A Generation Serves Notice: It's a Moving Target  —  JOE HANSON, 22, of Chicago likes to watch television, but rarely on his TV.  A folder on his computer lists an inventory of downloaded cable and network programming - the kind of thing that makes traditional media executives shudder.
Michael Bazeley / Mercury News:
Online privacy a fragile shield  —  SUBPOENAS MAKE USERS UNEASY ABOUT WHOM TO TRUST  —  Steve Shaer is feeling more skittish about Internet companies these days.  —  Not only is he upset that the federal government subpoenaed reams of data from four Internet companies — Google, Yahoo, AOL and Microsoft.
Financial Times:
Quaero's challenge:I search, therefore I am  —  The internet graveyard is already filling up with Google-killers, challengers that have failed to knock the US internet search engine off its perch.  Now a European challenger is stepping into the ring, in the form of Quaero …
Torres Talking:
OQO  —  At the Naked Conversations party last night, some dude had one of the nifty new OQO PCs.  I got to take a look at it (Tablet enabled!) along with a bunch of tricked out Sprint PPC-6700s and Cingular 2125s.  I think there were almost as many Windows in the house as on the house.
Discussion: RetroSight and What Is New
The Doc Searls Weblog:
Google to BellSouth: Go Tier Yourself a New One  —  Cory Doctorow in BoingBoing: … BellSouth wasn't thinking.  They were doing what big carriers usually do, which is look for ways to make big money with tiered service to big customers.  Dumb, perhaps, in this case; but predictable.
Ars Technica:
Big Content would like to outlaw things no one has even thought of yet  —  The EFF's Deeplinks section has a pretty alarming post about the RIAA and MPAA's attempts to freeze the progress of consumer electronics technology and then start turning back the clock on all of us.
Discussion: IP Democracy, B2Day and unmediated
Oliver Starr / MobHappy:
bluepulse - the write once, play anywhere mobile platform.  —  bluepulse, a product of Bluepulse Pty.  Ltd in Sydney, Australia may just be the first company to have "cracked the code" to one of the single most significant and confounding problems faced by mobile developers, carriers …
Discussion: This is Mobility and Tom Hume
Eclectic Copenhagen  —  What do you get when a group of opinionated communicators with blogs get together?  A real mashup of opinion, commentary and very lively conversation, that's what.  —  So it was on Saturday in Copenhagen when I was fortunate to meet with The Copenhagen Bloggers …
Susan / Susan Crawford blog:
The self-owned internet (II)  —  Networks (like the internet) that own themselves create new theoretical paths and concerns.  Instead of grappling with hierarchically nested, mechanical bodies of law and inventing institutions that map to physical territories and produce coherent answers to linear questions …
Guy Kawasaki / Let the Good Times Roll:
The Zen of Business Plans  —  In my day job, I not only hear a lot of PowerPoint pitches, but I also read a lot of business plans.  The PowerPoint pitches explain my Ménière's disease, but the business plans explain my recent need for reading glasses.
Discussion: The Post Money Value
TDavid / Things That:
Day 405: Dual monitor on Tablet PC alert!  —  Ok, no more of this DOJ / search engine stuff for awhile.  —  It's been a little while since updating my Tablet PC owner usage and the newest thing I've been using the Tablet for is dual monitors.  It turns out the graphics card in the M1400 …
Discussion: What Is New
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
This Time, the Revolution Will Be Televised  —  CONVERGENCE is back, but it is not what it used to be.  Following its release after about five years in the halfway house for overblown business ideas, it has been swiftly rehabilitated in the form of various online-offline business ventures.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Windows Expertise:
A sleazy QuickTime trick  —  In a perfect world, we'd be able to choose one media player for everything.  In the real world, we need two or three media players to handle the mix of incompatible and proprietary formats available on the Web.  So, although I don't use QuickTime often …
Discussion: TechBlog and OpsanBlog
Charles McGrath / New York Times:
The Pleasures of the Text  —  There used to be an ad on subway cars, next to the ones for bail bondsmen and hemorrhoid creams, that said: "if u cn rd ths u cn gt a gd job & mo pa." The ad was promoting a kind of stenography training that is now extinct, presumably.  Who uses stenographers anymore?

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