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3:20 PM ET, January 20, 2007

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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 …
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Google Moving Into In-Game Advertising; In Talks To Buy AdScape Media  —  We had been working on this story for more than a week, and now WSJ beats us to it (darn it): Google is about to buy its way into in-game advertising, paidContent.org has learned, and WSJ is also reporting the same.
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Considered IPod Rival, Apple Partnership (Update3)  —  Jan. 19 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, as early as 2003 considered a partnership with Apple Inc. or creating its own digital music player to rival Apple's dominant iPod.
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 and Doc Searls Weblog
Chris / LiveSide:
Windows Live Maps imagery update  —  Windows Live Maps has updated some of its imagery, adding Miami to the list of cities you can explore in 3D, as well as updating to high-res imagery for numerous other locations.  —  To show the difference between high-res and the standard imaging …
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 …
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.
microsoft.com:
There's a New Train Comin'  —  Following the successful release of Microsoft Flight Simulator X, the Aces Studio is using the same technology to develop a new version of Microsoft Train Simulator.  Unrelated to our previous Train Simulator development efforts, this version will be an all-new product built …
Discussion: Bink.nu and Kotaku
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: I4U News, CrunchGear and digg
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Herman Miller planning "desk of the future"
Discussion: Mark Evans
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
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 …
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
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.
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):
Google:
Google to Digitize More than a Million Books from the University of Texas at Austin, Including World Renowned Latin American Collection  —  Today, Google welcomes its latest library partner - the University of Texas at Austin - to the Google Books Library Project.
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
Open letter to Hugh Forrest  —  What am I?  Chopped Liver?  —  Imagine how I felt when a) you came to SF to throw a party and didn't invite me - and you know why?  Cause b) you dissed me and didn't invite me to dspeak at SXSW this year.  —  Yah - I know all about the voting and the panel pickers …
Discussion: Scripting News
Phone Scoop:
FCC Approves Stripped-Down Sidekick  —  News Brief  —  The FCC today approved a stripped down version of the Danger Hiptop.  The model, PV-150, has a Sharp model number in-between the Hiptop II and the 3.  It will be a tri-band (850/1800/1900) GSM device but it is not clear whether it will have EDGE or simply GPRS.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
 
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Paul Sloan / The Key:
SpiralFrog Axes CEO
Mike Pegg / Google Maps Mania:
Google Maps Australia is now live
Torley Linden / Official Linden Blog:
The Linden Answers forum has closed
Discussion: VTOR and Second Life Insider
Associated Press:
Google Plans N.C. Data Center
Discussion: Search Engine Land
 Earlier Items: 
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
iPhone interface analysis from an actual usability expert. Gasp!
Valleywag:
PAYPAL: An alternate history according to Elon Musk
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Bitpass croaks — is this the end of micropayments?
Discussion: GigaOM
Luke Smith / 1up.com:
MICROSOFT EXPANDS XBLA FILE SIZE TO 250 MB
Discussion: GigaGamez, Joystiq, Kotaku and digg