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1:25 PM ET, January 2, 2008

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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Is Twitter F'ed?  —  The question of business model timing seems to come up weekly with regards to some startup.  As Twitter usage has grown, have they f'ed themselves out of a real, sustainable business model?  And has Pownce done something right by launching with a business model?
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Twitter's business model  —  When I was in college, professors used to ask questions that are much harder than the question Allen Stern asks in this piece.  —  The NY Times crossword puzzle is harder.  —  Geez, installing a new hard disk in a MacBook is harder, and as I've found out that's pretty easy.
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
The three business models that make Twitter a billion-dollar business in 12-24 months.  —  Allen wrote a blog post today about Twitter focusing on a business model.  Allen, my friend, you're thinking small.  Get out of Brooklyn and spend more time in the Valley.  Business models!?!?!
Discussion: Furrier.org
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple daytrading: How to cash in on the Macworld keynote effect  —  The buzz among Apple (AAPL) traders today is a thought experiment that Matt Haughey worked up at A Whole Lotta Nothing.  He writes … Haughey worked the numbers and the result is the chart above, which he calls the Keynote Index Fund (click chart to view full size).
Sue Dunlevy / NEWS.com.au:
Rudd online porn-free plan questioned  —  A RUDD Government plan to censor internet pornography and violence could undermine another of its election promises - to speed up our internet access.  —  The Internet Industry Association has warned the downside of censoring access could be a reduction in the speed of access to websites.
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Agence France Presse:
Australia's plans to filter Internet under fire
Discussion: Profy.Com
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Now You Can Graph Your Twitter Usage  —  Twitter has the potential of breaking into the mainstream this year.  A lot of what's going on around Twitter is not dissimilar to the earlier days of blogging; we're seeing evangelists, some basic mainstream adoptions, and even some tracking services.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Washington Post Flubs Story On RIAA — RIAA Still Not Going After Personal Copies (Yet)  —  from the who-needs-to-read-the-details?  dept  —  Back at the beginning of December, we helped debunk a story making the rounds claiming that the RIAA was going after a guy named Jeffrey Howell for ripping his own CDs to his computer.
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
First Hands On: Microsoft Office for Mac 2008  —  There's no better sign of Microsoft's increasing acceptance of the Mac population than the latest version of Office for Mac 2008, the first Office with native support for Intel-based Macs.  Like its Mac-side predecessors …
Reporters Without Borders:
Saudi blogger held incommunicado for past two and a half weeks  —  Reporters Without Borders condemns the detention of blogger Ahmad Fouad Al-Farhan since 10 December.  His family does not know where he is being held or what he is charged with.  He said on his blog a few days before his arrest …
Business Week:
The 2008 Venture Capital Outlook  —  VCs want to ride the momentum from NetSuite's Dec. 20 IPO into the New Year and cash out of companies they've held in their portfolios for years  —  Things are finally looking up for venture capital investors.  The initial-public-offering market …
Discussion: Furrier.org and HipMojo.com
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
ModBook tablet Mac finally ships  —  Axiotron has announced that it is delivering the ModBook, its tablet Macintosh, almost a year after first unveiling the product at Macworld Expo in San Francisco, in January, 2007.  The ModBook is priced at $2,279 or $2,479 depending on configuration.
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Interview: Jay Adelson, chief executive of Digg  —  Media companies have to take a different approach to protecting their content against illegal copying, says the Web 2.0 guru  —  Media companies will have to abandon their efforts to prevent digital music from being copied and concentrate instead …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Brett / Social Media Tips:
7 SEO Techniques That Google Smashed in 2007  —  The SEO playbook changes fast.  Really fast.  Best practices shift on a monthly basis, and time-honoured methods can become obsolete and dangerous - literally overnight.  — Reciprocal links.  In May of 2007, Realtors who relied heavily …
Peter Sayer / InfoWorld:
IBM buys Israeli storage startup  —  San Francisco - IBM has bought XIV, an Israeli manufacturer of SAN (storage area network) equipment.  XIV's main product is Nextra, a storage system based on a grid of standard hardware components.  —  Nextra's self-healing, self-tuning …
Discussion: The Register and eWEEK.com
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Cooking.com Takes Out A $7 Million Loan  —  Is it me, or are we seeing a lot more venture finance deals these days?  Web 1.0 holdover Cooking.com is the latest to jump on this bandwagon.  It just took out a $7 million loan from ORIX Venture Finance.  The ten-year-old dotcom …
 
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
LANCOR sues non-profit charity OLPC for $20 million
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Microvision to launch pocket-sized projector at CES 2008
Discussion: Business Wire and Electronista
BBC:
Web-only album ‘mad’, says Yorke
Discussion: CrunchGear and paidContent.org
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Top 10 Most Pirated Movies and TV Shows of 2007
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Reel Pop and Digg
Karl / DSLreports:
Uncle Sam Starts Handing Out Digital TV Coupons
InfoWorld:
Qualcomm maneuvers around court's chip set ban
Discussion: Electronista
Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
Wikia Search to offer first peek next week
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Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:
Celestron Digital Microscope Rocks Digital Screen and 2-Megapixel Camera
Rodney Rumford / Facebook Applications Reviews …:
Some Brands on Facebook Get It Wrong
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
BBC:
Put your questions to Bill Gates
Brad Stone / Bits:
Gawker Media Gets Strung Out on Sci-Fi
Ian Smith / Download Squad:
The 5 most annoying programs on your PC