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6:40 AM ET, January 31, 2007

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Joe / Techdirt:
Release Of An Operating System Just Not The Big Deal It Used To Be  —  from the some-party-dude dept  —  While Microsoft has tried hard to drum up enthusiasm for the release of Vista with various stunts and threatrics, it's clear that there's just not the same level of excitement surrounding …
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John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Look, there's exactly three of you camped out here — I really …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Vista launch: The day after  —  When I was shopping for a new laptop …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Monkey Bites
Jim Doyle / San Francisco Chronicle:
Sea search for missing Microsoft scientist  —  No sign of S.F. man who set out alone for Farallon Islands in 40-foot sailboat  —  The mystery of a San Francisco computer scientist who may be lost at sea intensified Monday as Coast Guard boats, planes and helicopters expanded the search …
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Charles Babcock / InformationWeek:
Database Researcher Jim Gray Is Missing At Sea  —  Jim Gray, 63, the noted database researcher, veteran of stints at IBM, Tandem Computers and Microsoft, is missing at sea.  He set out Sunday morning to do something that I have done twice, sail from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge across 27 miles of ocean to the Farallon Islands.
Discussion: West Coast Grid
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Mainstream Media Usage of Web 2.0 Services is Increasing  —  Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus  —  I was reading a Time magazine article online today, entitled Marketing to your mind.  This article was very provocative and I enjoyed reading it.  But after I was done, something else caught my attention.
Robert Scoble / PodTech.net:
Seagate introduces "Dave," portable wireless storage device  —  You must have JavaScript and Flash 8 enabled to view this content.  See http://www.adobe.com/products/ flashplayer to download Flash.  —  Post to your WordPress.com blog »  —  Here, my sponsor, Seagate, releases a new product …
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Seagate unveils "D.A.V.E." drive with Bluetooth and WiFi
Discussion: The Tech Report
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
I overreact sometimes...  For the sake of history, I'm leaving the original text of this post in place—partly to remind myself of how stupid it was.  You see, the little voice that normally tells me when to step away from the computer wasn't working today, and I ended up making a big mess as a result.
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Jeremy Zawodny Get A Damn Clue
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Business 2.0:
LISTS  —  Main Company News Economy International News CEOs and CFOs in the News Fun Money Mergers and acquisitions Biggest deals YTD Corrections Financial News in Brief Main Portfolio Stock Market News Indexes Pre-Market Stock Trades 24-hour Stock Data Bonds and Rates Commodities …
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
DEMO: Linking Devices is DART's Target  —  PALM DESERT, Calif. — The American Idol-style demos haven't even started yet at the DEMO convention, where I arrived this afternoon, and already the clamoring PR machine is in full effect.  Most of the 68 companies here have put their 'message' onto …
Peter Huber / Forbes:
The Inegalitarian Web  —  The new Congress is determined to enact a "net neutrality" bill.  Nobody yet knows what those two words mean.  The new law won't provide any intelligible answer, either.  It will, however, put a real drag on new capital investment in faster digital pipes by making …
Nick Wilson / Performancing.com:
3 Reasons Why Snap Preview is Ruining Your Blog, and Hurting Your Readership  —  Welcome Digg readers, you can grab this sites RSS Feed here.  —  Snap's preview anywhere gizmo is ruining the reading experience for millions of people.  Its intrusive, obstructive and unuseful in almost every respect and use case.
Stuart Dredge / pocketgamer.co.uk:
EXCLUSIVE: It's all systems go for next-gen Nokia N-Gage  —  Big publishers check the platform out at top-secret workshop  —  Product:  —  Manufacturer:  —  Format:  —  Mobile, N-Gage  —  What's happening with Nokia's next-generation N-Gage platform?
Bryan / Innovation in College Media:
If you think you're safe, you might not be  —  College media advisers and editors - especially a certain subset of folks located in close proximity to metro dailies - had better turn a watchful eye toward Roanoke, Va. over the next few months.  A new Web site and approach to reaching college audiences might …
Discussion: yelvington.com
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FTC finally settles with Sony BMG over rootkit  —  The Sony BMG rootkit scandal is finally winding down.  Seriously.  We promise.  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today announced a settlement with Sony, though it doesn't come with a direct financial penalty.
Discussion: Neowin.net
Financial Times:
Microsoft tackling threat from Google model  —  Microsoft's next big challenge is to address the threat posed by advertising-supported business models such as Google's, Steve Ballmer, chief executive, signalled on Monday as the software group launched Vista, its new operating system.
Joe Mandese / MediaPost Publications:
Venture Firm Backs Nielsen Foe, Deal Tied To Patent For Addressable Ads  —  TV RATINGS START-UP ERINMEDIA IS no longer simply the Don Quixote-like quest of Florida real estate tycoon Frank Maggio.  It's now the quest of a quarter billion dollar venture capital firm that has bought …
Discussion: alarm:clock and PaidContent
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Holland Considers Banning DRM, Legalizing Filesharing  —  Recently Dutch Record Companies decided to no longer use copy protection on CDs because the costs didn't outweigh the benefits.  Politicians are now looking for alternative ways to compensate the Music Industry.
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
Profit Slips at Sony on Losses for PlayStation 3  —  Sony, the Japanese electronics maker, said today that its profit had slipped in the third quarter as it took large losses on its new PlayStation 3 game console.  —  But the company raised its annual profit forecast following strong sales …
 
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