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7:55 AM ET, January 31, 2007

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Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Few Rush Out to Buy New Windows Vista  —  Microsoft's Long-Delayed Vista Operating System Hits Retail Shelves, but Few Rush Out to Buy  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Consumers can finally get their hands on Microsoft Corp.'s long-delayed Windows Vista, but unlike the mad midnight rushes retailers saw …
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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
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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.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
New Technorati "WTF" Feature Clones Digg  —  Technorati has launched a new feature called Technorati WTF.  No, it doesn't stand for "what the..." It's short for "Where's the Fire?"  —  Basically, Where's the Fire appears to be a digg clone.  It allows users to share what's hot.
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
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo Planning to Add 100 Web Sites for Entertainment  —  Yahoo said Tuesday that it planned to build individual Web sites around 100 entertainment "brands" this year that would pull together content from Yahoo's sprawling array of online properties.  —  The effort, called Brand Universe …
Discussion: GigaOM, IP Democracy and PaidContent
BBC:
PC World says farewell to floppy  —  The time has come to bid farewell to one of the PC's more stalwart friends - the floppy disk.  —  Computing superstore PC World said it will no longer sell the storage devices, affectionately known as floppies, once existing stock runs out.
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 …
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 …
Ritualistic:
Going Small - How the MumboJumbo Merger Will Affect Ritual  —  Last week, to the surprise of industry observers and gamers alike, MumboJumbo acquired Ritual Entertainment in order to reinforce its own army of developers and further strengthen its hold on the casual games market.
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 …
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.
Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
The Dearth of Web Services and a Solution  —  Joe McKendrick points out an uncomfortable reality about web 2.0 and published APIs, namely that there aren't that many of them relative to the number of web sites that could be offering them.  This is something that we faced at Teqlo …
Bryan / Innovation in College Media:
BigLickU aims social network at college students; huge implications for college media  —  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.
Discussion: yelvington.com
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?
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 …
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Digium podcast of Mark Spencer's new role
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Mike Boland / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Live From NAA: Local SearchTakes Center Stage
ResourceShelf:
SplashCast Goes Live!
Mark Wallace / 3pointD.com:
Rogue Second Life Server Goes Open Source
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
Profit Slips at Sony on Losses for PlayStation 3
Billmonk / Notes from the BillMonk:
BillMonk is now an Obopay company! Settle up online.
 Earlier Items: 
Greenslade:
Telegraph net ad debunked by real figures
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Holland Considers Banning DRM, Legalizing Filesharing
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
I overreact sometimes...
Fred / A VC:
The Seminal Web 2.0 Service
Discussion: inside analytics and Joe Duck
Valleywag:
SECOND LIFE: Put your money on World of Warcraft
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
FBI turns to broad new wiretap method