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11:10 AM ET, January 20, 2007

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zunerama.com:
Wireless sharing - 58% of top songs are sharable?  —  This week, Jason from ZuneThoughts noted some underwhelming wireless sharing results among Zune owners at CES, and from his own spot-checking.  —  Zune's wireless sharing is described by Microsoft with a footnote - indicating that …
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Mike / Techdirt:
Zune Not So Social When Record Labels Get Involved  —  from the welcome-to-the-what?  dept  —  Microsoft's Zune, supposedly their iPod killer has had plenty of problems.  Beyond ignoring Microsoft's own (ironically named) "Plays for Sure" DRM and making the WiFi on the device effectively useless …
Helen Chernikoff / Reuters:
Desk of the future will charge electronic devices  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - In the office of the future, desk jockeys who cannot live without cell phones, BlackBerrys and iPods will be able to charge up such devices just by putting them on their desks.  —  Office furniture maker Herman Miller Inc. …
Discussion: CrunchGear
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Herman Miller planning "desk of the future"  —  High-end furniture maker Herman Miller looks to be doing its best to cut down on the ever-increasing nuisance of gadget clutter, with Reuters reporting that the company has licensed Fulton Innovation's eCoupled technology to let you recharge …
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Computer to TV ? .  Shouldn't it be the Other Way ?  —  Internet video is going to take over the world.  We want unlimited choice.  We want user generated content.  We want our TV shows streamed to us.  Give us the long tail.  Please.  —  Because we want all of this magnificent video …
Discussion: PVR Wire
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
I don't disagree  —  Jeremy Toeman asks if I agree with his piece about the Apple iPhone and how its appeal is dropping daily.  My response.  —  I don't disagree, but that's not the same as agreeing.  I didn't like the iPod at first, now I've owned three and use my current one and leave the others at home for various reasons.
Valleywag:
AOL: A warning to niche blogs  —  The wizardry of contextual advertising and blog publishing platforms will allow internet publications to flourish in a thousand niches.  Well, that was the theory.  The practice?  AOL, under new and unsentimental management, is closing down a slew …
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
iPhone interface analysis from an actual usability expert.  Gasp!  —  Bruce Tognazzini is probably not a name that most of you are familiar with, but his associations might ring a bell.  Tognazzini (nicknamed "Tog," kind of like Woz) is a member of the Nielsen Norman Group—that's Nielsen …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
802.11n spec moves closer to completion  —  By a unanimous vote, the IEEE's 802.11 working group has sent Draft 2.0 of the 802.11n WiFi spec out to the entire membership of the IEEE for approval.  If it is approved by the membership, Draft 2.0 wil then become the basis for the final 802.11n spec.
Associated Press:
Google Plans N.C. Data Center  —  Search engine giant Google Inc. plans to spend $600 million to build a data center in North Carolina, state officials and the company said Friday.  —  The so-called "server farm" will eventually employ 210 people in a region hit hard in recent years by layoffs in the furniture and textile industries.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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Dan Frakes / Macworld:
Up close with AirPort Extreme  —  We take an inside look at Apple's newly updated wireless base station  —  Although Apple's iPhone and Apple TV unveilings dominated coverage of last week's Macworld Expo, they weren't the only products the Cupertino-based company announced that week.
Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
Judge Rules in Favor of Record Companies  —  NEW YORK - A lawsuit in which record companies allege XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. is cheating them by letting consumers store songs can proceed toward trial, a judge ruled Friday after finding merit to the companies' claims.
Discussion: Orbitcast, Gizmodo and Engadget
Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog:
Courage is Relative  —  I sat down with my friend Mr. Scoble last week.  If you want to know why the train accident to which I alluded in my last entry changed my life, watch here (that section's at around 35:00, the iPhone discussion is about 8 minutes in):
Business Week:
Yahoo's Unlikely Amigos  —  Why the portal and newspapers find they're joined at the hip  —  Evidently the newspapers are going to try to partner their way out of it.  In this case, "it" is whatever disadvantages the medium faces in the online world.  And sliding revenues …
Discussion: Screenwerk
Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
Web4  —  The web changed my life.  I can't live without wikipedia or Google.  But ultimately, I'm disappointed.  Almost every day, the web lets me down.  —  What do web users do for a living?  What do we get paid to do that makes it worth giving us a web browser?  Me, I make connections.
Stowe Boyd / Message:
Enough Already: Getting Social Media All Wrong  —  I attended the Third Thursday event last night, which was held in SF instead of the usual Palo Alto.  About 25 people attended, mostly young, impressionable PR and communications folks eager to learn all about social media: specifically …
Valleywag:
PAYPAL: An alternate history according to Elon Musk  —  The appearance of Elon Musk in the hall of fame on Sequoia Capital's website, and rapid disappearance, gave us the excuse to write about the colorful entrepreneur.  The South African entrepreneur is now off the Silicon Valley scene …
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog
Brian / Copyblogger:
Link Building Strategies That Work  —  We've seen that the real secret to SEO Copywriting 2.0 is creating compelling content that naturally attracts links, rather than begging for links to our keyword-stuffed "optimized" web page.  In other words, SEO copywriting is now all about response-oriented copy …
Discussion: ProBlogger Blog Tips
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zoho, Omnidrive Partner For Office Document Storage  —  Online office suite Zoho and online storage company Omnidrive (see disclosure below) are announcing a partnership today that extends the functionality of both companies.  The integration leverages Zoho's newly updated API.
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Raju Vegesna / Zoho Blogs:
OmniDrive becomes perfect with Zoho
 
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The Linden Answers forum has closed
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Belgian newspapers target Yahoo after forcing Google to bend on linking
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Bitpass croaks — is this the end of micropayments?
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Luke Smith / 1up.com:
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Pete Mortensen / Cult of Mac:
Steve Ballmer Still Largely Incoherent
Jessie Ho / asiamedia.ucla.edu:
CHINA: Google teams up with publisher of Chinese books
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Wiki Vendors Wrangle Over Wiki.com Domain
Discussion: digg
Jon Newton / p2pnet:
For Sale: p2pnet  —  Hello, all:  —  Short version:
Discussion: TorrentFreak and Libervis.com