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12:50 PM ET, January 23, 2007

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BBC:
BBC plans online children's world  —  A virtual world which children can inhabit and interact with is being planned by the BBC.  —  CBBC, the channel for 7-12 year olds, said it would allow digitally literate children the access to characters and resources they had come to expect.
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David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
Second Life: It's not a game  —  Fortune's David Kirkpatrick reports on why IBM's Sam Palmisano and other tech leaders think Second Life could be a gold mine.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — Last November in Beijing, IBM gathered 2,000 employees, with 5,000 more watching on the web …
Discussion: VTOR and a shel of my former self
David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
It's not a game (cont.)  —  In this realm any resident can become an entrepreneur.  There are nightclub owners, jewelry makers, landscapers and even pet manufacturers.  In December, Linden Lab estimated that 17,000 residents had positive cash flow in Linden dollars, with about 450 generating monthly income …
Discussion: Screenwerk and Getting Granular
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TellMe Launches a Killer Mobile Product  —  If you have a cell phone that supports the new TellMe mobile application, you will never use 411 again to find a business.  It launches today at 5 AM PST.  —  TellMe mobile is a free Java application that you install on your phone.
Kalpana Shah / Red Herring:
Google to Fund Indian Startups  —  Early-stage fund, Seedfund, will help Google sow the seeds of a future buyout.  —  Google's style is usually to pay huge dollops for the startups it finds interesting.  In India, though, it has chosen to take an indirect route.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Vecosys
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Nikhil Pahwa / PaidContent:
Google Invests in India Via New Investment Firm Seedfund
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
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.
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 …
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
More on Microsoft's 'immortal computing' project
Discussion: Engadget
Stowe Boyd / Message:
In The Time Of "Me First": IBM Slowr?  —  Social applications are likely to be the major theme in software this year.  IBM has been pushing hard in recent years, building on the huge installed base and share-of-mind in the enterprise software world, and now has launched a new product family …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Report: Google Doesn't Renew Google.de, Site Goes Down  —  Reports are coming in from Germany that Google.de was down "for many hours" yesterday, and has now gone live again.  We're trying to confirm the reason, but it appears to be because Google forgot to renew the Google.de domain name.
Discussion: CNNMoney.com
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.
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) …
Neil Patel / Search Engine Land:
Forget ABCs - The Social Media Alphabet Is DNRS  —  Many search marketers know their search engine alphabet, A for Ask.com; G for Google; M for Microsoft Live.com and Y for Yahoo.  But how many know the important letters of the social media alphabet, D for Digg; N for Netscape; R for Reddit and S for StumbleUpon?
Discussion: splashcastmedia.com
Randfish / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
Best Practices for Title Tags  —  It's been a while since I provided some straightforward, back to basics style advice and there can be little doubt that the title tag is worthy of attention for beginners and experts alike.  And so I present...  How to Make the Best Title Tag Possible:
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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 …
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
CPI suing FCC to get at real state of broadband competition in the US
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Kyle Orland / Joystiq:
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
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Google admits to user data disclosure
Tyler Hamilton / Technology Review Feed:
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Stuart / Techscape:
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The Connection Between Short, Modular and Open
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Retailers aim to get Vista boost
Pat Phelan / Roam4free:
Roam4free goes live
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Cracking Down on Mixtape CDs
Discussion: IP Democracy
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Strike the Phrase "Social Media" from the Lexicon
Mike / CrunchNotes:
TechCrunch Referral Traffic
Discussion: Dumpster Bust
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
The healthcare "revolution" — controlling your records, insurance
Rob Beschizza / Gadget Lab:
Blu-Ray DRM Cracked