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11:05 AM ET, January 25, 2007

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Google Watch:
Fox's Piracy Czar Subpoenas YouTube over Pirated "24" and "Simpsons" Episodes  —  D'oh!  Twentieth Century Fox has subpoenaed YouTube to reveal the identity of users who uploaded four episodes of the TV series "24" and twelve episodes of "The Simpsons," Google Watch has learned.  —  The subpoena reads, in part:
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Hollywood Reporter:
Fox seeks YouTube user's identity
Forbes:
The Web Celeb 25  —  THE FACE OF FAME IS CHANGING.  The ranks of the world's celebrities used to be dominated by millionaire actors, athletes and musicians, but the Internet has leveled the playing field.  A kid with a video camera has access to as large an audience as the biggest Hollywood star.
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
Editor James O'Shea unveils Web initiative at Times  —  Los Angeles Times Editor James E. O'Shea unveiled a major initiative this morning designed to expand the audience and revenue generated by the newspaper's website, saying the newspaper is in "a fight to recoup threatened revenue that finances our news gathering."
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AdAge:
Shifting out of print  —  While the story of magazines' ongoing battle to adapt to the web world is well-documented, the untold story is of Detroit's beleaguered carmakers, long pillars of print advertising, which are cutting their costs and, when they are spending, often seek more direct …
Karen / Official Google Blog:
A look ahead at Google Video and YouTube  —  Posted by Salar Kamangar, Vice President, Product Management  —  In November, we officially closed our acquisition of YouTube, and since then we've received a number of questions about what will happen next.  The summary is that Google Video …
BetaNews:
Free T-Mobile Hotspot for Vista Users  —  As part of its promotional efforts surrounding the launch of Windows Vista, Microsoft said Wednesday that for 90 days after the debut of the next-generation operating system, customers would be able to use T-Mobile Hotspot Wi-Fi for free on laptops running Vista.
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Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Exclusive to Windows Vista users: Complimentary T-Mobile HotSpot access
Discussion: TechBlog and Windows-Now.com
Brian Lam / gizmodo.com:
Go Canada: iPhone Confirmed on Rogers Wireless  —  iPhone confirmed for Canada, by a customer service email.  —  Availability and pricing aren't set in stone, yet.  But you can bet your buttocks it'll be after we get ours in the USA.  Go USA!  Thanks Curtis!  —  BRIAN LAM  —  iPhone [Gizmodo]
Discussion: MacUser and Gadgetell
Matt McGee / Small Business SEM:
Disagreeing with Danny on the value of Social Media Sites  —  Today on Search Engine Land, Danny made what I think is a pretty bold statement about the value of optimizing/using social media sites as marketing tools: … Reaction: Not for most small businesses.  No way.  No how.
David Pogue / New York Times:
A Stream of Movies, Sort of Free  —  If there's one sure thing about the future, it's that it always takes longer to arrive than you think it will.  —  Here we are in 2007, and the interstellar space travel depicted in "2001" is still a sci-fi fantasy.  Heck, we haven't even reached the society of mind control imagined in "1984."
Discussion: A VC
Brad / The BRAD BLOG:
DIEBOLD VOTING MACHINE KEY COPIED FROM PHOTO AT COMPANY'S OWN ONLINE STORE!  —  Ed Note: Several important updates now added to the end of the story...  Good lord in heaven.  How dumb are these guys at Diebold?!  Can you believe the United States has actually entrusted them to build …
Thomas Mennecke / Slyck.com File-Sharing News …:
Interview with muslix64, Developer of BackupHDDVD  —  The next generation of optical disc technology holds the promise to change the way we interact with and store digital media.  Perhaps the most exciting change is the arrival of High Definition (HD) video, with its glorious 1920x1080 pixel resolution.
english.chosun.com:
Microsoft Vista to Cause Confusion for Korean Net Users  —  When Microsoft releases its next-generation Windows operating system in Korea next week, local Internet users will find that it doesn't work with many of their favorite Web sites.  A Hangul version of the new OS, called Vista …
Matt Wilson / Solution Watch:
Bubbl.us: Simple Effective Idea Organization  —  Diagrams on paper are cool, but diagrams on the internet are cooler.  This is where Bubbl.us comes into play.  Bubbl.us is a mind-mapping product aimed towards literally anyone who needs help organizing their thoughts or any untidy information.
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
Skype had a better Q4-2006  —  Per the pre-conference call, Skype:  —  164% YOY growth net revenues … 129% YOY growth registered users: More than 380 thousand new users every day in Q4. … Other highlights
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
The New Face of Amazon - Tags, Ajax, Plogs & Wikis  —  Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus  —  Lately Amazon has been introducing a raft of 'web 2.0' features to its e-commerce website.  In this post we explore how Amazon has implemented tagging, Ajax, blogs and wikis …
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
James Kim Memorial Fund Charity Raffle  —  Stephen (aka TiVoStephen, aka Director of TiVoCast Operations) and I were deeply moved by the Kim family ordeal and the tragic death of James while trying to find help for his wife and children.  I thought it would be worthwhile to leverage ZNF …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
OEM pricing for Windows Vista comes into focus  —  When the retail pricing for Windows Vista was announced, the hardest of the hardcore knew that the real deal was in OEM pricing.  Many PC vendors such as Newegg offer so-called "OEM bundles," which are heavily discounted versions of retail software …
Discussion: Graceful Flavor
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Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
CNET editors' review
Discussion: gizmodo.com
Carlo / Techdirt:
Court Reinforces, And Even Expands, Site Owners' Immunity For Other People's Content  —  from the no-libel-for-you dept  —  The Communications Decency Act, passed in 1996, was, like so many other government attempts to regulate technology, something of a mess.
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Eric J. Sinrod / CNET News.com:   Perspective: Why ISPs can breathe easier after a porno decision
 
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The Register:
Apple DRM illegal in Norway: Ombudsman
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
New Service from Sprint Helps You Lie
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Foonz, The Hunt Zone, Mail.ru, Crashplan, Flip.com, Quepasa …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Mockup: What if Google sold video ads?
Google Blogoscoped:
New Google Testing Blog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google's Metaverse  —  All this hype about Second Life …
Discussion: The Social Web and VC Ratings
Travis Hudson / Gizmodo:
Leaked: Screenshots of OS X Leopard Terminal, Parental Controls, More
Discussion: Apple Gazette and digg
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Nokia E61i clears FCC
 Earlier Items: 
valleywag.com:
MARISSA MAYER  —  When Marissa laughs, the world laughs with her
Discussion: flashpoint
Eugenia Loli-Queru / OSNews:
Review: The Nokia N800 Internet Tablet
Discussion: gizmodo.com and digg
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Indie labels combine to form a "virtual fifth major"
Discussion: gizmodo.com and digg
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Shows Really Big Checkout Buttons
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple World Wide Developer Conference 2007 slated for June
Discussion: Apple Gazette
flickr.com:
Machine tags  —  straup says:  —  [Note : I work …
Discussion: New Media Hack and Raw
Fred / A VC:
Saying No  —  Growing up, my mom would always tell …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Will 'unlocked' cell phones free consumers?