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11:30 AM ET, January 18, 2007

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Terry Ott / Toronto Sun:
Deal for Beatles on iTunes in works  —  The worldwide Beatles grapevine is buzzing over the distinct possibility that the long-awaited remastering of the Fab Four's United Kingdom CD back catalogue will finally see the light of day — by June.  —  As per usual, Apple/EMI is presently mum …
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Eliotvb / Listening Post:
Apple/Beatles Deal on Valentine's Day?  —  Listening Post reported last week that Steve Jobs would soon announce the Beatles' availability on the iTunes store, now, new details have emerged suggesting that in keeping with Jobs' oft-professed love of the Fab Four, the Beatles catalog …
Discussion: UNEASYsilence
Reuters:
Web newspaper blog traffic triples in Dec: study  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - The number of people reading Internet blogs on the top 10 U.S. newspaper sites more than tripled in December from a year ago and accounted for a larger percentage of overall traffic to those sites, according to data released on Wednesday.
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Market Wire:   Online Newspaper Blog Traffic Grows 210 Percent Year Over Year …
David Kaplan / PaidContent:   Major Dailies' Blog Traffic Exploded In '06
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Newspaper blog boom
Jenstar / JenSense:
AdSense Competitive Ads and Services Policy just got a lot tighter for publishers  —  Publishers have often complained about the rigidness of the AdSense policy that prevents publishers from running AdSense on the same page as another contextual ad program.  So running AdSense & Yahoo Publisher Network …
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Jenstar / JenSense:
Google AdSense updates their policies for January 2007  —  It's Google AdSense Policy Update Time!  —  We have had the same Google AdSense policies in place since March 2006, and with recent changes being made to things such as how publishers can use images with their ad units …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Tim Draper IMs Meebo  —  Meebo, a web based instant messaging service has raised $9 million in series B funding from Draper Fisher Jurvetson and existing investors Sequoia Capital.  The company had previously raised $3.5 million in Series A funding, mostly from Sequoia Capital.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
IM service Meebo growing quickly, raises more cash
Discussion: Dawn Patrol
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Meebo Announces $9 Million Series B Round
Scott Kirsner / New York Times:
Some Bling for Your Blog  —  PASTOR BOB HYATT acknowledges that his widget fixation may be getting a little out of control.  —  On his Web log, Pastor Hyatt, the leader of the Evergreen Community in Portland, Ore., has woven in widgets, or mini-applications, that show a selection of book covers …
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Multiple announcments today  —  Good news arrives today on several Windows Vista-related fronts, my friends ... read on.  —  Windows Anytime Upgrade  —  Today we're announcing further detail on how Windows Anytime Upgrade works.  Come 30 January, Windows Anytime Upgrade will allow customers …
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Don't Like the Dancing Cowboys?  Results Say You Do  —  Most online advertisements are becoming less obtrusive and more tailored to the interests of individual Web users.  Among the stubborn holdouts are the two-stepping cowboys, frisky rooftop dancers and weird tattoos in ubiquitous Web banners from LowerMyBills.com.
Discussion: Leathern.com
Serdar Yegulalp / InformationWeek:
Review: Six Rootkit Detectors Protect Your System  —  While many security suites have a basic level of detection, these standalone tools will do a search-and-destroy on the rootkits that may be hiding in your system.  —  In October 2005, Windows expert Mark Russinovich broke the news …
Discussion: Slashdot
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
The Google Switch: an iPhone killer?  —  Color us skeptics on this one, but we've got a tipster claiming to have the scoop on Google Switch.  This version of the mythical Googlephone is said to be the result of a collaboration between Samsung — not Alpha Networks or HTC.
Discussion: Tech Digest
Derik DeLong / MacUser:
Fuse with me  —  MacFUSE is the new hotness from Google's Mac genius, Amit Singh.  It allows developers to quickly implement their own filesystems into Mac OS X. FUSE itself is a cross platform software package.  The most exciting plugins for most Mac users are the sshfs and ntfs.
Discussion: Lifehacker and Slashdot
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Watching Netflix' 'Watch Now'  —  I was an early subscriber to Netflix back in the day, and recently signed back up.  In the interest of confirming some details of their new 'Watch Now' service, like what client-side software they were using, I asked if they could hook up my account so I could review it, and they very nicely obliged.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
LG's KE850 PRADA official: iPhone says, wha?  —  Check it Apple, LG just went official with their iPhone look-a-like LG KE850 Prada phone which they proudly tout as the world's "first completely touch screen mobile phone."  Er, unless you consider the ones from Motorola, HTC, and others.
Discussion: Business 2.0 Beta and Tech Digest
Walter S. Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
Vista: Worthy, Largely Unexciting  —  XP Successor Doesn't Break  —  New Ground on Ease of Use,  —  But It's Best Windows Yet  —  A new version of Microsoft Windows, the world's most popular and important computer operating system, will finally arrive for consumers on Jan. 30.
Discussion: TechBlog and Engadget
Ryan Naraine / ClickZ:
Google Patent Filing Hints at Digital Billboard Ad Network  —  If patent filings are anything to go by, contextual advertising powered by Google will start appearing on digital billboards in a shopping mall near you.  —  The Mountain View, Calif. search marketing giant has filed …
Discussion: Lost Remote and Google Watch
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Bill Slawski / Search Engine Land:
Google Billboard and Google Kiosk
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
BBC:
Open source gets European boost  —  The European Commission has added its voice to the debate about the use of open source software.  —  A report funded by the Commission concludes that the software could offer considerable savings to organisations with little effect on their business.
Discussion: Vector One
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Trendwatching - Wired Or Tired In The Blogosphere  —  Last week Apple's iPhone made a stunning debut.  There are very few people who were not blown away by what Steve Jobs showed to the world, from the stage of MacWorld 2007.  The irony was that beforehand, we didn't know what exactly the iPhone would be …
 
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Chris Finke / The Netscape Blog:
To DTD or not to DTD  —  Over the weekend, the tech community noticed …
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Discussion: All Points Blog
Matt Asay / Open Sources:
Saving pennies, spending dollars (Sun cuts Solaris support pricing …
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Removed Sensitive Maps Imagery (Apparently)
Discussion: CNET News.com
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
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John Walko / EE Times:
Skype founders dub Internet TV service Joost
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Social network Piczo raises $11 million more, shows momentum
Discussion: PaidContent
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Apple's Steve Jobs Is Company's $20 Billion Asset (Update3)
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Interview with Bram Cohen, the inventor of BitTorrent