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1:50 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).
Business Wire:
Microvision to Unveil Handheld 'Plug-and-Play' Pico Projector for Mobile Devices That Delivers a Home Theater-Sized Viewing Experience  —  Ultra-thin laser projector prototype with connectivity to mobile phones, PDAs, PMPs, digital cameras and laptops to be displayed during CES 2008
Discussion: Gizmodo, Macsimum News and Ubergizmo
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Microvision to launch pocket-sized projector at CES 2008
Discussion: Electronista
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 …
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Amazon Gets Into MMO-Powered Crowdsourcing  —  Call it World of Worldcraft.  Amazon's Questville, set for a late 2008 release, is a spinoff of the company's Askville, a user-driven crowdsourcing question-and-answer service on topics ranging from everything from cars to electronics to relationships to science.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Skype coming to Sony's PSP?  —  Guess what babies?  All your wildest dreams are about to come true (provided they don't get too wild).  That's right, according to new PR for Sony's upcoming CES showing, Skype is apparently coming to the PSP.  Details are scarce at the moment (i.e. …
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
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
LANCOR sues non-profit charity OLPC for $20 million  —  Lagos Analysis Corporation (LANCOR) is going forward with its patent infringement lawsuit against the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project.  LANCOR has obtained a temporary injunction against the distribution of the OLPC XO laptop …
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:
States struggling to keep Microsoft antitrust decree in place
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Internet EPS To Grow 34 Percent In '08 On CPMs, Global Strength …
Discussion: TechCrunch
BBC:
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Discussion: CrunchGear and paidContent.org
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Top 10 Most Pirated Movies and TV Shows of 2007
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Reel Pop and Digg
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Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:
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BBC:
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