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4:25 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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Vista: Where are the killer apps?  —  If you've seen any Windows Vista demos over the past year, you've probably seen Microsoft show off a handful of Vista-customized applications, like The New York Times Reader, North Face's kiosk application, and iBloks' multimedia-sharing wares.
Discussion: JD on EP
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Vista "upgrade" drops compliance checking, requires old OS to install
Windows Vista Now Available On Dell Systems
Discussion: VoIP & Gadgets Blog and
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
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.
PC Pro:
Botnet army massing in China - Prolexic  —  China is now the most infected country in the world and Asia contains half the world's infected computers, according to security company Prolexic.  —  The figures come from the company's Denial of Service (DDoS) Weather Report …
SILICON VALLEY USERS GUIDE: Lessons from the Scobleizer  —  PAUL BOUTIN — "Big gadget sites don't link to blogs!"  Podtech video blogger Robert Scoble charged over the weekend.  His video stiffed, but his post burned up the blogosphere even after he took back his words.  What can we learn from Robert?
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.
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?
Danielfe / Dan Fernandez's Blog:   Update: Response to BlueJ Patent Issues
Anildash / Movable Type News:
Movable Type Enterprise and Microsoft Office 2007: Blogs for Business  —  Today, Microsoft is making some of their biggest announcements ever — if you're even remotely interested in technology news, you're going to hear about the launch of Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007.
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:, TechAddress and Adrants
Bill Tancer / Hitwise US:
YouTube and Google: Quantifying the Synergy  —  Last week Google issued a statement that Google Video and YouTube would remain independent and that YouTube videos would benefit through inclusion in the Google Video Search Index.  Leveraging our daily data on market share and clickstream …
Discussion: Reel Pop and NewTeeVee
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.
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.
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.
Erica Ogg / CNET
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 …
Shari Thurow / ClickZ:
Short- vs. Long-Term SEO  —  › › › Search Results  —  Web site owners will encounter a wide variety of SEO (define) strategies among SEO/SEM (define) firms throughout the world.  Some of the methodologies will be similar from firm to firm, such as optimizing titles and meta tags.
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 …
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The PS3 hardware scaler: it exists, but Sony may not want it used
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
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Discussion: The Blog Herald and digg
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Maria Aspan / New York Times:
One Paper Hopes Fans of Politics Will Pay Up
Discussion: Techdirt
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Huh? PDF standardization decision has nothing to do with Microsoft?
Discussion: Jeremy's Blog
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Broken connection for Sprint Nextel
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google TV Hoax - No DNS Information Found
Anna Sebestyén / Google Blogoscoped:
YouTube Sharing Revenue With Users
Chris / Are You Paying Attention?:
Announcing the Media 2.0 Workgroup
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
OpenID, Get it from Yahoo! & Avoid Phishing
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Gizmo, now making browser based phone calls
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Startups Take on Amazon Reviews
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Microsoft Office 2007 Review Part 2: What's New?