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2:10 PM 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
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Vista "upgrade" drops compliance checking, requires old OS to install  —  Microsoft's quest to closely control the way Windows Vista can be used on PCs has taken a turn for the worse as new information indicates that the company is breaking tradition when it comes to Windows Vista upgrades.
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Lkahney / Cult of Mac:
Running Vista on a Mac
Gizmodo:
Windows Vista Now Available On Dell Systems
Discussion: VoIP & Gadgets Blog and Neowin.net
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
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Huh? PDF standardization decision has nothing to do with Microsoft?
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Adobe to send PDF to standards group
Discussion: DesktopLinux.com
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.
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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Google Watch:
Department of Homeland Security seizes Yahoo records while investigating money laundering scam  —  You'd think with all the Nigerian 419 scams being publicized lately that people would stop falling prey to money laundering schemes from African countries.  But no.
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.
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.
Matt Asay / Open Sources:
Open source: pragmatism buys in  —  I just finished reading Richardson's exceptional biography of William James.  I found the reading exhilarating, because James is so focused on action, not theory.  Whenever I finish a chapter I find myself energized to go out and do things.
Discussion: Open Source and AC/OS
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
Microsoft copies BlueJ, admits it, then patents it  —  Michael Kölling is pretty ticked off right now.  What would upset a mild mannered professor at the University of Kent?  How about someone willfully using his work without attribution, and then filing for a patent on it that could prevent him from using it himself?
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Danielfe / Dan Fernandez's Blog:   Update: Response to BlueJ Patent Issues
Mark Wallace / Wired News:
A Second Life for MTV … Lounging by a bright blue pool, Kyndra and Cami, stars of MTV's hit reality show Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, chat with a bunch of other teenagers.  Kyndra's white bikini shows off an artificially enhanced figure, while Cami's dark skin glows against an unnaturally bright blue sky.
Discussion: 3pointD.com
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
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Raises Nearly $13 Million More
Sam Harrelson / Cost Per News:
RightMedia Launches RMX Direct for Publishers  —  Right Media's RMX Direct for publishers network has just completed a six month beta test and is opening to the public this morning.  RMX Direct for Publishers is a simple and free solution for managing advertising networks that allows publishers …
Discussion: yardley.ca and Adrants
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.
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
The devil wears a Prada phone  —  Like trucker caps and formal shorts, cell phone styles are equally subject to the ever-changing whims of the couture set.  —  Just when many are finally comfortable enough with a trend to add it to their repertoire, something fresher and hipper supplants it …
Discussion: The Wireless Report
Macenstein:
Where are they now?  Interview with "Switcher Girl" Ellen Feiss  —  "I'm Ellen Feiss and I'm a student".  —  Back in the Spring of 2002, those words launched one of Apple's more memorable, if not effective, ad campaigns.  Known as the "Switcher" ads, the spots featured real people telling real stories …
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
One Paper Hopes Fans of Politics Will Pay Up  —  Part of the news media's job is to make information from people in high places more accessible to the masses.  Now one newspaper has decided to restrict access to its own content, and it hopes to make some money by doing so.
Discussion: Techdirt
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.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Broken connection for Sprint Nextel  —  After Sprint merged with Nextel Communications, Leigh Elliott noticed that her Nextel phone started dropping calls in places where it used to get coverage just fine.  —  "On my 20-minute drive to and from work everyday, I'd lose a call up to five times …
Discussion: The Wireless Report
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: Profy.Com
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Wellsphere, for those striving to be fit and healthy
Discussion: GigaOM
 
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Meizu's M8? Apple lawyers, start your engines
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Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
Blogging for Money - A Passive Income?
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Mike / Techdirt:
Google's China Censorship Non-Apology Apology Really A Swipe At The Press
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
GIVE AWAY THE MUSIC AND SELL THE SHOW
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Adult Swim Fix finally works with Macintosh
Discussion: Apple Gazette
Google Blogoscoped:
Pondering Google's Project in Social Space
Discussion: Search Engine Land
 Earlier Items: 
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Courts Turn to Wikipedia, but Selectively
Discussion: Techdirt, IP Democracy and rc3.org
Chris / Are You Paying Attention?:
Announcing the Media 2.0 Workgroup
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
OpenID, Get it from Yahoo! & Avoid Phishing
Discussion: Vecosys
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Startups Take on Amazon Reviews
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Toshiba's Portege R400 convertible goes on sale
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Microsoft Office 2007 Review Part 2: What's New?
Discussion: Office Evolution