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11:10 AM ET, January 29, 2007

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USA Today:
Verizon rejected Apple iPhone deal  —  NEW YORK — Verizon Wireless, the No. 2 U.S. cellphone carrier, passed on the chance to be the exclusive distributor of the iPhone almost two years ago, balking at Apple's rich financial terms and other demands.  —  Among other things …
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Arn / MacRumors:
Verizon Rejected iPhone Deal due to Apple's Terms
Discussion: Apple Gazette
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Gizmodo:
Windows Vista Now Available On Dell Systems  —  Starting as of around twelve hours ago, Dell's made Windows Vista available on most of their desktop and laptop machines.  Still around the same price as before, these machines now come with various editions of Windows Vista installed by default.
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
New Windows Vista homepage
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Breaking news: Adobe to release PDF to ISO
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Raises Nearly $13 Million More  —  Professional social network LinkedIn will announce a previously rumored $12.8 million round of financing on Monday, led by Bessemer and the European Founders Fund.  The company, which has been profitable since March 2006, has raised $13.4 million …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
LinkedIn raises $12.8M to build out professional network  —  LinkedIn, the networking site for professionals connect, has raised $12.8 million in venture funding.  —  The venture capitalists, Silicon Valley's Bessemer Venture Partners and the European Founders Fund (EFF), an internet focused firm …
Discussion: Mashable!, Screenwerk and PaidContent
Anne Zelenka / Web Worker Daily:
27 TIPS FOR TELECONFERENCING  —  Whether you call them conference calls or telecons or excruciatingly dull time-wasters, multi-participant phone conversations are as important to most web workers as email.  If you can't meet face to face or arrange video conferencing, the conference call is the next best thing.
Anna Sebestyén / Google Blogoscoped:
YouTube Sharing Revenue With Users  —  Goo(g)d news.  Soon you will start generating money on YouTube.  —  How soon?  We don't know.  But Chad Hurley announced at World Economic Forum, Davos on 27 Jan that they would reward users for self-generated content, saying "We are getting …
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Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google TV Hoax - No DNS Information Found  —  Over the weekend, there were tons of buzz over a prank YouTube video that claims Google launched Google TV.  The guy has two videos, taking you through him using Google TV.  Here is the most recent one.  —  Is it real?  Probably not.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
The Top 100 Alternative Search Engines  —  Written by Charles S. Knight, SEO, and edited by Richard MacManus.  The Top 100 is listed at the end of the analysis.  —  Ask anyone which search engine they use to find information on the Internet and they will almost certainly reply: "Google."
Discussion: Between the Lines and Slashdot
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Wellsphere Launches Wellness 2.0  —  Wellshpere is launching an alpha version of their wellness community site tomorrow.  It joins a host of other health related search, training, and Q&A sites we've covered.  Wellsphere is concerned with day-to-day sorts of health choices that make up …
Discussion: Webware.com
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Wellsphere, for those striving to be fit and healthy
Discussion: GigaOM
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Microsoft: Forget about PayPal; how about a MasterCard killer?  —  Ever since PayPal burst on to the scene, the Nostradamus types have been predicting one PayPal killer after another.  First it was "e-gold," then Western Union, then C2IT (by Citibank), then Google.
Discussion: eBay Strategies, I4U News and CNN
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Gizmo, now making browser based phone calls  —  Update: The service is still not publicly available and is protected right now.  Don't try your Gizmo username or password - this is a seperate combo, which only company officials are privy to.  More updates to follow.
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Record Companies Boxed In By Their Own Rhetoric  —  Reports are popping up all over that the major record companies are cautiously gearing up to sell music in MP3 format, without any DRM (anti-copying) technology.  This was the buzz at the recent Midem conference, according to a New York Times story.
Chris / Are You Paying Attention?:
Announcing the Media 2.0 Workgroup … The term "Web 2.0" has become a little worn out lately, but it has had an important and dramatic effect on our industry.  It has spurred innovation, driven investment and ignited the imagination of the entrepreneurial community.
Paul Durman / Times of London:
Jilted tech boss tries hand at venture capital  —  DAN WAGNER, the entrepreneur who ran the Maid online information business in the 1990s, once turned down an opportunity to invest $1m (£510,000) for 30% of the fledgling Ebay — a stake that would now be worth many billions.
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Shiny Media:
Shiny Media secures $4.5 million worth of funding
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Google Blogoscoped:
Pondering Google's Project in Social Space  —  Google's Niniane Wang is currently leading a team of Googlers to develop a new product in the social application space.  Details are unknown to outsiders as this is a top secret project, but a colleague of Niniane believes it's interesting enough …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
OpenID, Get it from Yahoo! & Avoid Phishing  —  OpenID, the lightweight, decentralized identity system (Radar post) had an interesting weekend.  There is now a method for using your Yahoo ID with OpenID (unofficial, but sanctioned) and there are new measures designed to reduce the risk of phishing.
Discussion: Vecosys
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Microsoft Office 2007 Review Part 2: What's New?  —  In this part of the review, I'd like to discuss two major changes to Office 2007 that affect the most commonly-used applications in the suite: the new Ribbon user interface and the new XML-based document formats.
Discussion: Office Evolution
 
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Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Courts Turn to Wikipedia, but Selectively
Discussion: IP Democracy and rc3.org
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
Microsoft copies BlueJ, admits it, then patents it
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Startups Take on Amazon Reviews
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Toshiba's Portege R400 convertible goes on sale
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
 Earlier Items: 
Onethumb / SmugBlog:
Scoble: Throwing himself under busses so I don't have to.
Jason Pontin / New York Times:
Awaiting the Day When Everyone Writes Software
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
How to Find Fake Torrents Uploaded by the MPAA and RIAA
Discussion: digg