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10:30 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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Aaron Ricadela / InformationWeek:
Microsoft Plans Downloadable Versions of Windows Vista, Office
Discussion: VentureBeat, MacUser and Slashdot
Valleywag:
OPED: Against widgets  —  There's nothing intrinsically pernicious about widgets, the little web gizmos that liven up personal blogs and Myspace pages, subject of a write-up in today's New York Times.  But the level of enthusiasm for these modest add-ons — services such as Blinkyou …
Discussion: Snipperoo
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Gizmodo:
iPhone Ringtone Sounds Like Holy Angels Tinkling: Download it Here  —  One might remember that Steve Jobs took a call on the iPhone during the Keynote.  Well there was a unique ringtone there.  A ringtone of heavenly qualities in tone, rhythm, and key that Steve Jobs likely had composed …
Discussion: MacUser, TechBlog and digg
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Sun CEO talks about iPhone and Java and near-death experiences
Mike / Techdirt:
Why Steve Jobs Is Hyping The iPhone Patents?  Because He Made A Bad Deal
Discussion: Fractals of Change
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: Bokardo and Techdirt
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Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
MySpace.com, News Corp. sued in assault cases  —  MySpace.com and News Corp. are being sued by the parents of girls who were allegedly solicited and sexually assaulted by adult users of MySpace.  —  The families, who come from New York, Texas, Pennsylvania and South Carolina …
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: GigaOM, 21talks and Skype Journal
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Olga Kharif / Tech Beat:
Skype's Prices Are Creeping Up
Discussion: Webware.com
Om Malik / GigaOM:
MySpace Blocking Widgets?  —  Updated at 4.22 pm, Thursday: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.
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MySpace Disables Flash?
Discussion: Snipperoo
Andy Ihnatko / Chicago Sun Times:
You could call iPhone perfect  —  I have used the Apple iPhone.  I had a private briefing the day after Steve Jobs' keynote and spent about 45 minutes noodling around with the device.  —  You may touch the hem of my robe if you wish.  —  In response to a Beatlemania-scale pile of e-mails …
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.
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.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Tech Start-Ups Have Money to Burn, But Choose Thrift  —  When Silicon Valley entrepreneur Bill Nguyen launched two technology companies in the late 1990s dot-com boom — Seven Networks and Onebox — they each went through about $2 million a month.  The start-ups hired hundreds of people and spent heavily on marketing and sales.
Discussion: Digital Alchemy and Kevin Maney
Charlie Goodyear / San Francisco Chronicle:
Don't let politics kill off wireless plan, Newsom says  —  Google-EarthLink deal to be considered by board next month  —  A San Francisco partnership with Google and EarthLink to make free wireless Internet access available to all of San Francisco is too important an initiative …
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.
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 …
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple to charge for faster Wi-Fi  —  Some MacBook Pro and MacBook customers have the faster 802.11n Wi-Fi chip already sitting in their systems, but it will cost $2 to light it up.  —  Apple on Thursday confirmed reports that it plans to charge customers a fee to download software …
 
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Dolby to turn volume down on loud commercials
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
New spammer trick: Mimic newsletters
Anne Zelenka / GigaOM:
The Hype Machine, Best Mashup of Mashup Camp 3
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
Lawyers Giving Up on Web Trademark Infringement
Schneier / Schneier on Security:
Information Security and Externalities
Bill Tancer / Hitwise US:
Google Checks in with Checkout
Johnporcaro / Gamerscore Blog:
Three New Lumines Live! …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Genius doesn't look so scary in 2007, raises more cash
 Earlier Items: 
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
Reuters:
Online video network Veoh lands talent agency deal
Discussion: Reel Pop and PaidContent
Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
Google Mini - Google Reader alternative for portables
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Time Inc. Lays Off Nearly 300
Discussion: Fine On Media and PaidContent
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
The Google Switch: an iPhone killer?
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Don't Like the Dancing Cowboys? Results Say You Do