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7:50 AM ET, January 23, 2007

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Steve Hamm / Business Week:
IBM's Social Networking Push  —  With collaboration software called Lotus Connections, Big Blue competes with Microsoft as Web 2.0 expands into the business world  —  In the earlier days of computing, innovations that were created for corporations gradually seeped into consumer products.
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Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
Welcome IBM to the corporate world of social networking
David Flynn / APC:
Vista Service Pack 1 is coming  —  Reckon you won't upgrade to Vista until the first service pack is released?  That's looking likely to be the second half of this year, according to Microsoft's latest email blast.  —  The company has put out a call for "customers and partners (to) …
Discussion: Channel 9 and Slashdot
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Doug Mellgren / Associated Press:
German, French groups want open iTunes  —  OSLO, Norway - German and French consumer groups have joined a Nordic-led drive to force Apple Inc. to make its iTunes online store compatible with digital music players made by rival companies, a Norwegian official said Monday.
Discussion: The 463 and MacUser
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:   iTunes DRM called out by France and Germany
Matt / WordPress Development Blog:
WordPress 2.1 Ella  —  On behalf of the WordPress.org community of commiters, contributers, and volunteers, I'm very proud to announce the immediate availability of WordPress 2.1 "Ella", named for jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald.  Here's a sampling of what's in the new version:
Rob Beschizza / Gadget Lab:
Blu-Ray DRM Cracked  —  The plaintext exploit used to partially crack HD-DVD a couple of weeks ago was brought to bear on Blu-Ray by the same gents this weekend—and it worked a treat.  —  "We need to kick DRM in the butt!" declares the sigfile of Doom9 forum poster Janvitos, launching his inspection of the format.
Nate Mook / BetaNews:
22% of Windows Installs Non-Genuine  —  Microsoft disclosed Monday that over one in five Windows installations were deemed non-genuine through the company's Windows Genuine Advantage program, which requires users to validate their operating system before downloading updates from the company.
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Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Microsoft offering free Vista "test drive"
Discussion: MacUser and Neowin.net
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Find Out If Your Social Security or Credit Card Numbers are on the Internet  —  Silicon Valley based Trusted ID, which launched IDFreeze last year to help protect people from identity theft, released their second product this evening - Stolen ID Search.  —  Type a social security …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Throwaway Identities  —  Written by Jitendra Gupta of KarmaWeb and edited by Richard MacManus  —  Social Media researcher danah boyd recently recently wrote in her blog about throwaway identities in MySpace: … danah notes that teens often start new accounts on a whim - in IM, email, website logins.
Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
E-mail from the grave?  Microsoft seeks patent on 'immortal computing'  —  In this culture of instant information, some Microsoft Corp. researchers are pursuing a radical notion — the concept of saving messages for delivery in decades, centuries or more.  —  The project, dubbed …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
MySpace sues Spam King  —  You'll never guess what for...  MySpace.com has sued self-proclaimed spam king Scott Richter for allegedly using compromised user accounts to send millions unsolicited ads touting ringtones, polo shirts among other things.  —  We were surprised - nay shocked - when we heard the identity of the defendant.
Discussion: Techdirt and TechSpot
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Cracking Down on Mixtape CDs  —  Not long before Christmas, Jeff Baker, the chief of police of Morrow, Ga., a small town just south of Atlanta, and one of his officers were walking through a local shopping mall when they happened to pass a kiosk hawking rap music CDs.  One in particular caught their attention.
Discussion: IP Democracy
Mike / CrunchNotes:
TechCrunch Referral Traffic  —  In response to a couple of inquiries, here are the top 11 sources of TechCrunch traffic in December 2006 (via Google Analytics):  —  Digg remains a very important site for overall TechCrunch traffic.  I'm surprised by how much traffic BBC and TechMeme sends our way.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
The healthcare "revolution" — controlling your records, insurance  —  A bevy of start-ups are emerging to give people new ways to liberate them from the control of powerful health insurance companies — it's about time.  —  Typically, you go to a doctor, and the doctor keeps your records on file and you can't access them.
Discussion: bizjournals, GigaOM and PaidContent
Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
Record Labels Contemplate Unrestricted Digital Music  —  As even digital music revenue growth falters because of rampant file-sharing by consumers, the major record labels are moving closer to releasing music on the Internet with no copying restrictions — a step they once vowed never to take.
Josh Pigford / The Apple Blog:
Note Taking Application Faceoff  —  Whether you're writing a simple article for a blog, piecing together the next blockbuster hit, or penning a 500 page romance novel, there are quite a few options for helping you get all of that information organized and drafted.
Discussion: Infinite Loop and digg
 
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David Dreger / Xbox 360 Fanboy:
Halo 3 Beta invites sent by Friday [update 1]
Discussion: Joystiq and InsideMicrosoft
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Parallels to turn it around, help Mac OS onto generic PC boxen
Matt Asay / Open Sources:
Ubuntu founder doesn't "get" enterprise Linux
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GameDaily:
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Zune 2.0: the Empire Strikes Back
Discussion: Neowin.net and Slashdot
Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog:
The World Just Changed  —  By now you've read the press release …
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Modify Your Partitions With GParted Without Losing Data
Bill Slawski / Search Engine Land:
Google's OneBox Patent Application
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