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4:29 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 …
Discussion: Wired News and MediaVidea
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Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
No one is lining up for Windows Vista in San Francisco
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
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:   Experts: Don't buy Vista for the security
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
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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
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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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Interest in Wii outpaces 360, PS3
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
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 …
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?
Nick Wilson / Performancing.com:
3 Reasons Why Snap Preview is Ruining Your Blog, and Hurting Your Readership  —  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.  The fact that so many big blogs are using it …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
FBI turns to broad new wiretap method  —  The FBI appears to have adopted an invasive Internet surveillance technique that collects far more data on innocent Americans than previously has been disclosed.  —  Instead of recording only what a particular suspect is doing …
Yahoo! Search blog:
Yahoo! Site Explorer: Authenticate your site via a META tag and more goodies  —  We spend a lot of time listening to our users, and I am happy to say we've gotten better at it.  We've been using feedback forms and message boards, and finally at the Chicago SES last December, we launched our new Site Explorer Suggestion Board.
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: PaidContent and alarm:clock
Kim Zetter / Wired News:
I Was a Cybercrook for the FBI  —  By the time David Thomas eased his Cadillac into the parking lot of an office complex in Issaquah, Washington, he already suspected the police were on to him.  —  An empty Crown Victoria in one of the parking spaces confirmed it.
Discussion: Tech_Space and digg
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 …
Discussion: EuroTelcoblog and VentureBeat
Fred / A VC:
The Seminal Web 2.0 Service  —  I wrote the following about YouTube the other day: … I am an afficianado of web services.  I love using them, figuring out how they work, the neat stuff you can do with them.  I learn so much from using the web.  And I try to write about it as much as I can.
Discussion: inside analytics and Joe Duck
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.
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.
Discussion: Blogging Stocks and JD on EP
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
 
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Mix-Tape SWAT Raid Based On Non-Copyright State Copyright Law
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