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6:00 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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Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Multiple announcements 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 …
Aaron Ricadela / InformationWeek:
Microsoft Plans Downloadable Versions of Windows Vista, Office
Discussion: VentureBeat and Slashdot
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.
Valleywag:   OPED: Against widgets
Rob Kelley / CNNMoney.com:
Apple earnings skyrocket  —  iPod maker blows past projections with record earnings and revenue of over $7 billion; iPod sales up 50 percent.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Apple's profit soared in the latest quarter thanks to strong holiday sales of its iPod music and video player.
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Apple Profit Rose 78% in Quarter
Discussion: Channel 9
Stephanie / About Skype:
Skype Takes Internet Communications One Step Further With New Pricing Strategy  —  Disruptive pricing gives Skype users more value and choice.  —  LUXEMBOURG, January 18, 2007 - 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
Discussion: Webware.com
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.
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 …
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: Monkey Bites, Infinite Loop and digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:
MySpace Blocking Widgets?  —  A couple of days ago Robert Young hinted that MySpace might be looking to block-and-tackle-and squeeze some of the widget makers in an effort to bolster its bottom line.  Well, looks like the day has arrived sooner that we thought.
Owen Thomas / Business 2.0 Beta:
Google: We Own Green and Blue Links  —  Google's AdSense program, which places ads on all kinds of websites, is how a lot of Web 2.0 sites make their money.  Now Google (GOOG)  —  has made a move to increase its lock on the market by shutting out rival services, the JenSense blog reports.
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 …
Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
MySpace hit with online predator suits  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Four families have sued News Corp. and its MySpace social-networking site after their underage daughters were sexually abused by adults they met on the site, lawyers for the families said Thursday.  —  The law firms …
Discussion: Techdirt
Yahoo! Answers Team Blog:
Seeing Stars?  —  Have you ever seen a great question on Answers that you wanted to tell the world about?  Now you can!  The Answers team is delighted to introduce a new feature that empowers you, the Answers community, to determine what questions are interesting enough to appear on the Answers homepage.
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.
Kelefa Sanneh / New York Times:
With Arrest of DJ Drama, the Law Takes Aim at Mixtapes  —  In the world of hip-hop few music executives have more influence than DJ Drama.  His "Gangsta Grillz" compilations have helped define this decade's Southern rap explosion.  He has been instrumental in the careers of rappers like Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne.
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Orb brings iTunes to Wii console  —  Demonstrating that you can do convergence on a budget, Orb claims that Nintendo Wii owners have downloaded 50,000 copies of its software that permits them to access their home music and photo collections on their games consoles.
 
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Charlie Goodyear / San Francisco Chronicle:
Don't let politics kill off wireless plan, Newsom says
Schneier / Schneier on Security:
Information Security and Externalities
Bill Tancer / Hitwise US:
Google Checks in with Checkout
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
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
AACS: Modeling the Battle
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
Google Mini - Google Reader alternative for portables
Paul Kapustka / NewTeeVee:
Fastweb's IPTV Lessons Learned
 Earlier Items: 
Mike / Techdirt:
Why Steve Jobs Is Hyping The iPhone Patents?  Because He Made A Bad Deal
Discussion: Fractals of Change
Gizmodo:
Netgear's 1080p Streamer Caught on Video
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Time Inc. Lays Off Nearly 300
Discussion: Fine On Media and PaidContent
Nancy Gohring / Computerworld:
Cisco's iPhone violates GPL, expert says
Discussion: Open Source and Slashdot
Nic Fildes / Independent:
Music industry threatens ISPs over piracy
Discussion: Coolfer and IPcentral Weblog
The Mac Observer:
Netflix Exec Provides TMO With Clarifications on Mac Support
Bill Slawski / Search Engine Land:
Google Billboard and Google Kiosk
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
LG's KE850 PRADA official: iPhone says, wha?