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4:05 PM ET, January 23, 2007

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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) …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Rewriting Vista history  —  What would have happened, on that fateful day of August 27, 2004, if Microsoft officials had said: "You know what?  We messed up with Longhorn.  And we're starting over."  —  Instead, as Microsoft historians know, Microsoft decided to cast its decision to gut …
Discussion: Windows-Now.com
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.
Chris Williams / The Register:
Google Germany goes kaput  —  Ich hatte meinen domain namen vergessen  —  Updated Google apologised on Tuesday after its German site disappeared overnight and was replaced by a page from domain holding company Goneo.  —  The search engine was resurrected at about 7.30am German time, though users still report some problems.
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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: Monkey Bites
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.
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 …
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David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
It's not a game (cont.)
Discussion: Getting Granular and Screenwerk
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
Betsya / Live Search's WebLog:
Use Live Search and We'll Donate to Team Seattle and Ninemillion.org  —  The Live Search team recently launched two new programs to help children in need, and we would love you to help us out.  The good news is that all you have to do to help us is try Live Search on one of our "click for the cause" …
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:   Use Microsoft Live Search & Microsoft With Donate To Charity
Heather Timmons / International Herald Tribune:
BBC talking to Google about providing video on YouTube  —  LONDON: The British Broadcasting Corporation said Monday that it was in discussions with the search engine company Google about putting some of the BBC's programming on the online video site YouTube.
Discussion: The Blog Herald and Gadget Lab
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 …
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.
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Personalized Home Page Adds Expand & Collapse Per Post  —  A DigitalPoint Forum thread reports that Google has made a slight change to the Google Personalized home page, by adding a little plus sign to the RSS feeds.  Instead of just seeing the title, you can click on the plus sign …
Business Wire:
Wikio Secures $5.3 Million in Series A Funding  —  Blog and Media Search Company Receives Funding For Research and Development, and International Expansion  —  LUXEMBOURG—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Wikio, operator of the popular personalized Web information page announced today it has closed a Series 'A' round of funding totaling $5.3 million.
Rick Jelliffe / O'Reilly XML Blog:
An interesting offer: get paid to contribute to Wikipedia  —  My first computer was a Mac Plus.  Loved it.  My second computer was an AT&T Unix PC running System V. Loved it long time.  My third computer was a Sparc running Solaris or SunOS.  Loved it.  At work I run Linux, Open Office, Firefox, Eclipse, etc.
Optimus Prime iPod Dock:
Optimus Prime iPod Dock  —  This Apple-licensed dock has a transforming Optimus Prime up front, in iPod white to the exact scale of a generation 1 model.  In the back, the trailer folds, ahem *transforms* into a Pod dock.  Get your preorder in before July when they ship.  —  BRIAN LAM
Discussion: Ubergizmo and digg
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
MySpace Slaps Spam King with MySpam Suit  —  MySpace has filed suit against notorious spammer Scott Richter and alleged cohorts for sending what could become known as MySpam.  Yesterday, the Fox Interactive Media site filed a complaint in a U.S. District Court demanding a jury trial …
 
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Kevin Closson / Kevin Closson's Oracle Blog:
Sun to Product Xeon-based Servers. …
LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
'iPhone' Search Volume Already Greater than 'iPod'
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
IBM Wants Many Eyes on Visualization
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Interview with Mike Downey, Sr. Product Manager for Apollo
Discussion: JD on EP
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Accountants call out Apple on $1.99 fee
Ephraim Schwartz / InfoWorld:
IEEE 802.11n working group approves draft 2.0
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple: Will corporate miscues bruise its image?
Leander Kahney / Wired News:
Why I Want a Locked IPhone  —  Apple's iPhone is still six months …
 Earlier Items: 
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
CPI suing FCC to get at real state of broadband competition in the US
Discussion: Neowin.net, digg and Slashdot
Neil Patel / Search Engine Land:
Forget ABCs - The Social Media Alphabet Is DNRS
Kalpana Shah / Red Herring:
Google to Fund Indian Startups
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Vecosys
Shaun Nichols / vnunet:
Google admits to user data disclosure
Tyler Hamilton / Technology Review Feed:
Battery Breakthrough?
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
The Connection Between Short, Modular and Open
Discussion: Rough Type
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Throwaway Identities  —  Written by Jitendra Gupta of KarmaWeb …
Pat Phelan / Roam4free:
Roam4free goes live