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8:00 PM ET, January 23, 2007

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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
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.
Ted Patrick / Ted On Flex:
Flex 3 - The most important feature!  —  The Flex team is in full development of the next full release of Flex, Flex 3.  The release is looking amazing but I wanted to reveal the most important feature today.  Flex 3. targets the release version of Flash Player 9 and will be widely deployable …
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Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Interview with Mike Downey, Sr. Product Manager for Apollo
Discussion: JD on EP
Apple Recon:
Apple Special Event on February 20  —  We have just gotten an anonymous tip from a source that indicates that Apple is planning a special event on February 20 to introduce Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), iLife '07 and iWork '07 as well as updated Mac Pros.  Mac Pros will be available immediately …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Apple Gazette and digg
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.
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
Discussion: Windows-Now.com
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.
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.
Wesley Novack / WesleyTech.com:
BackupBluray rip utility released  —  The person (muslix64) behind the infamous BackupHDDVD utility and the subsequent appearance of HD DVD torrents is at it again, this time with his sights set on the Blu-ray Disc format.  A new utility has just been released in a very early Alpha stage, aptly dubbed "BackupBluray".
Discussion: Gizmodo, Slashdot and digg
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
The not-so-shocking Intel/Sun alliance  —  (Intel is a sponsor of SVW) Monday's news that Sun will make Intel Xeon servers and Intel will promote Solaris shocked some observers.  —  Sun's former CEO Scott McNealy used to say nasty things about Intel's Itanium 64-bit microprocessor, a competitor to Sun's SPARC chip.
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Kevin Closson / Kevin Closson's Oracle Blog:
Sun to Product Xeon-based Servers. …
Discussion: InfoWorld Tech Watch
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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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Microsoft files for 'immortal computing' patent
Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 Released  —  I am really excited to announce that the final release of ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 (aka "Atlas") shipped this morning.  You can download it here.  —  ASP.NET AJAX 1.0  —  ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 delivers a rich client-side AJAX library that provides cross platform …
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
IBM Wants Many Eyes on Visualization  —  IBM today announced Many Eyes, a site for sharing and commenting on visualizations.  Martin Wattenberg, who developed the original version of the treemap we use for our book market visualizations as well as the awesome baby name voyager, and Fernanda Viegas …
Paul R. La Monica / CNNMoney.com:
Good news and bad news for Yahoo  —  Terry Semel's embattled search engine company report results that beat projections but issues disappointing guidance; stock falls but recovers following good news about new search tool.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Yahoo!, the world's second largest …
Discussion: Business 2.0 Beta
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 …
dmnews.com:
Is SEO "rocket science?":  A Q&A with Dave Pasternack  —  Is SEO "Rocket Science?":  A Q&A With Dave Pasternack  —  Q: Your article back in October created a lot of controversy in DM News and the search engine blogosphere.  What's everybody so angry about?
 
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Discussion: Ubergizmo and digg
Ephraim Schwartz / InfoWorld:
IEEE 802.11n working group approves draft 2.0
 Earlier Items: 
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 …
Betsya / Live Search's WebLog:
Use Live Search and We'll Donate to Team Seattle and Ninemillion.org
Discussion: One Louder and Vecosys
Rick Jelliffe / O'Reilly XML Blog:
An interesting offer: get paid to contribute to Wikipedia
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
CPI suing FCC to get at real state of broadband competition in the US
Discussion: Neowin.net, digg and Slashdot
Stowe Boyd / Message:
In The Time Of "Me First": IBM Slowr?
Valleywag:
HOW TO: Get all the tech news you need (in 20 minutes a day)
Discussion: paradox1x and digg
Kalpana Shah / Red Herring:
Google to Fund Indian Startups
Discussion: Vecosys and Search Engine Land