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11:30 PM ET, January 31, 2007

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Onethumb / SmugBlog:
The Dark Side of the Flickr Acquisition  —  You asked for it, you got it: SmugMug is offering 50% off to all Flickr refugees.  Just sign up for our free trial using the coupon code flickr and if you like what you see, you'll get 50% off your first year.  —  We're getting some email …
Discussion: HorsePigCow and Digital Alchemy
Anil Dash:
I am okay with my Yahoo sign-in.
Discussion: FactoryCity
Business Wire:
Google Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2006 Results  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG - News) today announced financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2006.  —  "Our impressive performance in the fourth quarter demonstrates …
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Vishesh Kumar / TheStreet.com:
Mixed Message Mars Google
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Google Watch:
Google 4Q 2006: Revenue up 67% over 2005
Discussion: Tech Beat and PaidContent
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google's 2006 Money Shot, $10 billion in revenues
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Taking the payola out of DEMO-ing: The TechCrunch 20 Conference (or, I'm back in the conference business baby!)  —  I've always loved DEMO-style conferences (like the one going on in Palm Desert today) where entrepreneurs show off their creations for the first time to an audience of their peers, the press, and investors.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The TechCrunch20 Conference  —  I am very excited to announce a new conference, called the TechCrunch20.  This is a joint venture between us (TechCrunch) and Jason Calacanis, who broke the news about this earlier today.  The format is simple: Twenty of the hottest new startups will announce …
Brian Briggs / BBspot:
Windows Vista Upgrade Decision Flowchart  —  With the launch of Windows Vista, many people are wondering if they should upgrade their computers to the new operating system.  Here at BBspot we're dedicated to offering sound technical advice to businesses and home users, so we've created the Windows Vista Upgrade Decision Flowchart.
Discussion: digg
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Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Workaround Discovered For "Clean Install" With Vista Upgrade DVDs  —  Microsoft internal documentation reveals workaround for Vista Upgrade DVDs with no need for a previous version of Windows  —  Just when everyone thought that all hope was lost when it comes to performing a clean install …
Voidunknown / Neowin.net:
Vista 'Family Discount' Bites Back
Discussion: MSTechToday
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Google can't use "Gmail" name in Europe  —  Google's Gmail trademark just suffered a severe blow in Europe as the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market has ruled against the search giant's use of the Gmail name there, according to the man who opposed the mark.
Discussion: Slashdot
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Jan Libbenga / The Register:
Google loses European GMail trademark battle
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Foster Klug / Associated Press:
Tech Firms Seek Action on Net Censorship  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - American technology giants urged the U.S. government Tuesday to do more to confront China and other countries about Internet censorship.  —  Microsoft Corp., Yahoo Inc. and Google Inc. also defended themselves against accusations …
Discussion: Infothought
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Dsifry / Sifry's Alerts:
WTF?  It's a new feature!  —  Great news - today we launched a feature I've really been looking forward to and that I hope you'll come to love as much as I do.  It's called WTF (no, not that: It's "Where's the Fire.")  —  We've been doing a lot of thinking and planning lately about how we can help …
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Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Technorati WTF annotates keyword search results
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
BBC:
BBC's download plans get backing  —  TV shows like Doctor Who are expected to be available for download later this year after the BBC Trust gave initial approval to the BBC's on-demand plans.  —  Under the proposals, viewers will be able to watch popular programmes online or download …
Discussion: PaidContent, TVover.net and Slashdot
Lee Rainie / Pew Internet:
Tagging  —  Just as the internet allows users to create and share their own media, it is also enabling them to organize digital material their own way, rather than relying on pre-existing formats of classifying information.  —  A December 2006 survey has found that 28% of internet users …
comScore:
comScore Networks Releases Top Web Properties Worldwide for December; Reviews Biggest Gainers for 2006  —  Worldwide Internet Usage Increases 10 Percent in 2006; Top Gaining Categories for 2006 Include Search, Multimedia, Community, E-mail, and Games  —  comScore Networks …
Business Wire:
Michael Dell Assumes Duties as Chief Executive Officer of Dell Inc.  —  Dell Will Remain as Chairman of Board  —  ROUND ROCK, Texas—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL - News) announced today that Michael Dell will assume the duties of Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Giveaway Wednesday: FON Wi-Fi routers, Joost and some Babelgum  —  Update: Apologies for thinking it is Thursday.  Apparently, there is two more working days, which kinda sucks.  Clearly I have a bad hangover.  Also, please slow down on the Joost requests.  I have run out of invites.
Discussion: digg
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Alleged porn spammer settles with FTC  —  An alleged marketer of online porn has agreed to pay a $465,000 penalty to settle spam charges, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday.  —  Under a proposed settlement, TJ Web Productions has also agreed to adhere to federal spam laws, the FTC said in a statement.
 
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Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
New York teen sues record industry
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Bink / Bink.nu:
Jim Allchin retired from Microsoft as of Jan. 30, 2007
Discussion: Neowin.net and Scobleizer
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Net neutrality, broadband taxes top House tech agenda
Jordan Running / Download Squad:
How to get rid of Snap's obnoxious link previews
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
PriceProtectr Tracks Your Purhcases for Price Protection
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THE BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO CRITIQUING THE LONG TAIL
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The New Media Mogul—You
The Official Parallels Virtualization Blog:
Vista is here. So what does it mean for virtualization?
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Oracle launches 5 new releases; touts integration, on-demand
Discussion: oracle.com and AccMan
Darryl K. Taft / eWEEK.com:
Google's Bosworth: Why AJAX Failed (Then Succeeded)
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Games That Sell While Others Languish
Discussion: Kevin Maney, Joystiq and Kotaku
Shoemoney:
Brian Axe From Google Adsense On Net Income