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2:25 AM ET, January 29, 2007

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Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
New Windows Vista homepage  —  The guys over at Neowin noticed the Windows Vista website has been refreshed for the ever-imminent launch in under 24 hours.  In fact, the whole "Windows Family" sub-site has adopted a new Vista look-and-feel with light auras, glass and a black toolbar.
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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.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Breaking news: Adobe to release PDF to ISO  —  This is news that's just breaking.  —  I talked with Adobe officials on Friday and they are opening up the PDF specification.  It will release the full PDF 1.7 specification to AIIM, the Enterprise Content Management Association …
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Adobe to send PDF to standards group  —  Adobe Systems on Monday is expected to detail plans to submit its Portable Document Format specifications to the International Organization for Standardization, a body of particular importance to governments and large corporations.
Discussion: The Universal Desktop
Adobe:
Adobe to Release PDF for Industry Standardization
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: PaidContent
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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 …
CNN:
DAVOS: Microsoft To Set Up Online Payment System  —  DAVOS, Switzerland -(Dow Jones)- Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is developing on an online payment system that will be cheaper than credit card transactions, making it possible for companies to charge small fees for Web-based content and services they now offer for free.
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Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:
Microsoft To Open 'Points' Micro-Payment Framework?
Discussion: Bink.nu
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Pissing off the blogosphere...  OK, I think I made about 50 enemies yesterday.  Telling people they don't link, I learned, is one way to get everyone's panties in a bunch.  —  Ryan Block, who is one of the main guys at Engadget, responds to yesterday's rant with a long piece.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Do A-list bloggers have a responsibility to link to others?
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
YouTube's Vaporware About Vaporshare  —  This generated a lot of links and stories since Thursday....Chad Hurley, co-founder of YouTube, speaking at Davos, flippantly mentioned the site will start sharing revenue with its millions of users sometime in the coming months, and the world goes stir-crazy.
Discussion: JenSense
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Associated Press:
YouTube to share revenue with users
Discussion: I4U News and digg
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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
How to Find Fake Torrents Uploaded by the MPAA and RIAA  —  To make these traps more visible, Fenopy just introduced the FakeFinder.  The FakeFinder lists the most popular fake torrents and the latest fake trackers.  It also allows you to search for fake torrents by keyword or infohash.
Discussion: digg
Jason Pontin / New York Times:
Awaiting the Day When Everyone Writes Software  —  BJARNE STROUSTRUP, the designer of C++, the most influential programming language of the last 25 years, has said that "our technological civilization depends on software."  True, but most software isn't much good.
DailyTech:
Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Hits Store Shelves Way Early  —  Bleeding edge AMD fans rejoice; your 3.0GHz processor has arrived  —  It appears as though the February 20th, 2007 embargo date on Athlon 64 X2 6000+ applies to everyone except DailyTech and Newegg.  Details of the last high-end Athlon 64 X2 processor …
Discussion: Neowin.net and digg
Ryan Stewart / TechCrunch:
Adobe's Apollo Provides New Ground For Entrepreneurs  —  Undoubtedly you've heard the term "Rich Internet Application" (RIA) with increasing frequency lately.  Sometimes you hear about it in context of Ajax, sometimes with Flash, and now even Microsoft gets talked about as having an RIA solution with "WPF/E".
Discussion: Ryan Stewart
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MyBlogLog Integrates Flickr  —  It hasn't always been clear how Yahoo planned to tie together its many small social media properties.  But it seems that MyBlogLog, acquired by Yahoo earlier this month (see Yahoo-MyBlogLog), is already seeing some integration with another slightly geeky Yahoo property: Flickr.
Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
Open Document Plugin for Word 97-2007 proves Microsoft wrong  —  Why can't we live in a magical world where the document you email on this end can be opened on the other end, regardless of whether the recipient runs MS Word or OpenOffice or any other standards based word processor?  Want to know a secret?
Discussion: LXer Linux News
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Kristopher Kubicki / DailyTech Main News Feed:
Life With "Penryn"  —  Intel confirms new details on "Penryn" …
Discussion: Gizmodo, ZDNet News and digg
Sean Alexander / Addicted to Digital Media:
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