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4:40 PM ET, January 18, 2007

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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.
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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 …
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Nick Wilson / Search Engine Land:
2007 Guide To Linkbaiting: The Year Of Widgetbait?  —  Way back in 2005 we started talking about linkbait, a term that was coined on Threadwatch which I owned and ran at the time.  Linkbait was used to describe viral, linkable content designed to attract thousands of links.
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Eliotvb / Listening Post:
Apple/Beatles Deal on Valentine's Day?
Discussion: UNEASYsilence
About Skype:
Skype Takes Internet Communications One Step Further With New Pricing Strategy  —  Disruptive pricing gives Skype users more value and choice.  —  Skype, the global Internet communications company, today announced its new global pricing structure which offers a simple …
Discussion: 21talks
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Olga Kharif / Tech Beat:
Skype's Prices Are Creeping Up  —  I've written about the creep up of VoIP calling rates before.  But here's another piece of evidence that this is happening: On Jan. 18, Skype unveiled a slew of new calling plans.  Called Skype Pro, these plans, which have just debuted in Europe …
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 with Samsung — not Alpha Networks or HTC.
Mike / Techdirt:
Why Steve Jobs Is Hyping The iPhone Patents?  Because He Made A Bad Deal  —  from the well-that-explains-it... dept  —  Last week, I asked whether or not the iPhone actually needed all those patents that Steve Jobs bragged about.  It kicked off a fun discussion in the comments …
Discussion: Fractals of Change
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Sun CEO talks about iPhone and Java and near-death experiences
Discussion: O'Reilly ONJava Blog
Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
Google Mini - Google Reader alternative for portables  —  While there are a ton of RSS Readers available, it seems that more and more Google Reader has taken over as the reader of choice for many bloggers.  And understandably; it's faster than almost any other online reader …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Lifehacker
Nancy Gohring / Computerworld:
Cisco's iPhone violates GPL, expert says  —  An open-source enthusiast is charging Cisco with failing to properly share code in its Linux-based iPhone  —  Even while Cisco Systems is suing Apple for violating its iPhone trademark, an open-source enthusiast is accusing Cisco itself of infringing copyright in the same product.
Discussion: Open Source and Slashdot
Nic Fildes / Independent:
Music industry threatens ISPs over piracy  —  The music industry opened up a new front in the war on online music piracy yesterday, threatening to sue internet service providers that allow customers to illegally share copyrighted tracks over their networks.  —  The International Federation …
Discussion: Coolfer and IPcentral Weblog
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 and David Card
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Mac OS X Leopard to sport next-gen DVD Player software (images)  —  A major upgrade to Apple's DVD Player software due to ship with the upcoming Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard operating system release will pack oodles of new features wrapped in a sleekly overhauled user interface, AppleInsider has learned.
Discussion: Infinite Loop and digg
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Time Inc. Lays Off Nearly 300  —  Time Inc. laid off nearly 300 people today at its top magazines, including its most profitable title, People, which is shutting down its bureaus in Washington, Miami, Chicago and Austin, Texas.  —  People is laying off 44 editorial employees …
Discussion: Fine On Media and PaidContent
John Markoff / New York Times:
Apple Profit Rose 78% in Quarter  —  Apple Inc., sweeping past even optimistic analyst expectations, delivered $1 billion in profit for its first quarter, based largely on the Christmas performance of its iPod music player business.  —  Setting both revenue and profit records …
Discussion: Channel 9
Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Nokia N800; A Real World Review After One Month's Use  —  N800 Photos Posted a.k.a. Thwarted by My NDA  —  Sometimes being tight with a company is a double edged sword.  Take the recent unveiling of the Nokia N800.  I'd been using the device daily for a month but couldn't post the images …
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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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Genius doesn't look so scary in 2007, raises more cash
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Peeking out of the Tivo walled garden
Discussion: PVR Wire
Kelefa Sanneh / New York Times:
With Arrest of DJ Drama, the Law Takes Aim at Mixtapes
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
AACS: Modeling the Battle
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Reuters:
Online video network Veoh lands talent agency deal
Discussion: Reel Pop and PaidContent
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Audio Ads Promotion
Paul Kapustka / NewTeeVee:
Fastweb's IPTV Lessons Learned
Gizmodo:
Netgear's 1080p Streamer Caught on Video
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Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Companies Vie For Ad Dollars On Mobile Web
Discussion: Search Engine Land
CIO.com:
Web 2.0: A Community in Denial
Discussion: Rough Type and Strumpette
Michael Zitz / Free Lance-Star:
A missile punch at bullet prices
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and digg
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Newspaper blog boom
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Watching Netflix' 'Watch Now'
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
LG's KE850 PRADA official: iPhone says, wha?
Serdar Yegulalp / InformationWeek:
Review: Six Rootkit Detectors Protect Your System
Discussion: Slashdot