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6:25 PM ET, January 31, 2007

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Paul Thurrott / WindowsITPro:
Microsoft Confirms Vista Upgrade Limitations (Updated with Workaround)  —  With a support note quietly posted to its Web site, Microsoft confirmed what enthusiasts have long feared: Users who purchase Upgrade versions of Windows Vista will not be able to perform clean installs of the operating system.
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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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Valleywag, Roam4free and WeBreakStuff
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
There's Some Mighty Pissed Off Flickr Members Right Now  —  Taken from the Flickr Blog announcing Yahoo's acquisition, March 2005  —  [I am CEO of Zooomr] … Update #2: The SmugMug blog is offering a 50% special discount for Flickr users that want to migrate over there.
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Jan Libbenga / The Register:
Google loses European GMail trademark battle  —  Google has failed to win the right to register the term "Gmail" as a wide-ranging European trademark.  —  The Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM), the body which is responsible for European community trademarks …
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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
Google Blogoscoped:   Another Round of G-Mail vs Gmail
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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Google Watch:
Google 4Q 2006: Revenue up 67% over 2005  —  Google reported Q4 2006 revenue today, announcing revenues of $3.21 billion, an increase of 67% compared to Q4 2005 and an increase of 19% compared to Q3 of 2006.  Google reports its revenues, consistent with GAAP, on a gross basis without deducting traffic acquisition costs, or TAC.
Discussion: Business 2.0 Beta and PaidContent
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 …
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Has Yahoo Picked Marketing as Its Game?  —  Yahoo is cooking up new media model — one that involves creating little-to-no content.  The company is harnessing its ability to build online audiences around brands, something it trumpeted at a media lunch held Tuesday at its Sunnyvale headquarters.
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 …
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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Technorati's Mysterious Disappearing WTF Product
Discussion: Mark Evans and John Chow dot Com
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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Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
The New Media Mogul—You  —  What do Blinkx, Magnify.net, Splashcast, Panjea, Eyejot, Vringo, and BUZ have in common?  They aim to give consumers control of their own media  —  Uploading video to the Internet is so 2006.  Now the question is what to do with those clips once they're in cyberspace.
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Microsoft Set to Take On Flash in Online Video with New Player …
Discussion: Channel 9 and All about Microsoft
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.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Games That Sell While Others Languish  —  Some of the video game industry's smartest minds thought that couch potatoes wanted richer graphics and more challenging virtual worlds.  It turns out that a lot of potatoes simply wanted to get off the couch.  —  That may be the best explanation …
Discussion: Kevin Maney and Joystiq
 
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Chris Thilk / AdJab:
One Final Jab  —  As you might have heard by now, AdJab is shutting down effective today.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Giveaway Wednesday: FON Wi-Fi routers, Joost and some Babelgum
Discussion: digg
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
PriceProtectr Tracks Your Purhcases for Price Protection
Discussion: Shop Talk and TechCrunch
Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
DEMO opening presenters. Corpspeak on the dais
Discussion: Chip Griffin and Dawn Patrol
Shankar Gupta / MediaPost Publications:
Google Exec Eschews Pre-Roll
Discussion: Lost Remote and Screenwerk
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)
 Earlier Items: 
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
G'night Burbank Scores HBO Online Pilot
Om Malik / GigaOM:
MySQL prepping for an IPO
Peter / The Local Onliner:
Boston.com Ties Hyperlocal, Local Search
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Spanning Sync announces public beta
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Demo: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Alleged porn spammer settles with FTC
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Going Small - How the MumboJumbo Merger Will Affect Ritual
BBC:
PC World says farewell to floppy