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9:55 AM ET, January 9, 2008

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Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Apple cuts UK iTunes costs, but baits the labels  —  It's good news for UK music buyers - the cost of downloading music on the iTunes will be reduced to match that across nearly the whole of the rest of the EU.  —  But Apple's press release today reads a little like a ransom note …
Discussion: InfoWorld, Reuters, The Register and hypebot
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Tom Neumayr / Apple:
Apple to Standardize iTunes Music Prices Throughout Europe  —  Apple® today announced that within six months it will lower the prices it charges for music on its UK iTunes® Store to match the already standardized pricing on iTunes across Europe in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Why Apple changed its tune in Europe  —  The news this morning that the European Commission has dropped its unfair pricing case against Apple (AAPL) raises the question about how the company got into this mess in the first place.  —  The issue stems from a basic discrepancy …
Discussion: Technovia
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Releases Browser Based MP3 Player  —  This is clearly just a first step in whatever Yahoo's grand plans are around the future of their music service, but today they released some code to embed a very simple Javascript based MP3 player on any website.  —  The player finds MP3s …
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Karl / DSLreports:
Verizon FIOS GPON in Nine States - New installs in those states now all GPON  —  Verizon has long told us they'll eventually migrate their FiOS network from BPON to GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) fiber technology.  Their current BPON technology splits 622Mbps downstream and 155Mbps upstream among 32 users.
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Verizon:
Verizon Extends Industry Lead in Broadband and Video With G-PON
Discussion: Telecompetitor
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Google processes over 20 petabytes of data per day  —  Google currently processes over 20 petabytes of data per day through an average of 100,000 MapReduce jobs spread across its massive computing clusters.  The average MapReduce job ran across approximately 400 machines in September 2007 …
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
Hey, Isn't That . . .  People Are Doing Double-Takes, And Taking Action, As Web Snapshots Are Nabbed for Commercial Uses  —  The pug in the corner of the Saints-Eagles football telecast on Fox looked familiar to Tracey Gaughran-Perez.  —  Not in the slobber-smile way that all pugs look familiar …
Christopher Grant / Engadget:
OpenFrame: ‘The iPhone of home phones’  —  With data integration in mobile handsets, it's no wonder home telephones haven't been able to keep up.  But what happens when you're using a service like Verizon's FiOS and all of a sudden that boring handset has broadband data piped right into it?
Discussion: textually.org
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Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
The iPhone of Home Phones
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
Talia Brodecki / Inside AdSense:
Upcoming referrals changes  —  Are you currently displaying a referral unit for AdSense on your website?  Then read on, because there are some upcoming changes to the referral program that you should be aware of.  But first let me clarify that only referral units promoting AdSense …
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Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
AdSense Change Rules - Stupidity Stupidity Stupidity
Discussion: Shoemoney
Brad Stone / Bits:
AT&T and Other ISPs May Be Getting Ready to Filter  —  For the past fifteen years, Internet service providers have acted - to use an old cliche - as wide-open information super-highways, letting data flow uninterrupted and unimpeded between users and the Internet.  —  But ISPs may be about to embrace a new metaphor: traffic cop.
Brittany Bohnet / Google LatLong:
Our primary colors  —  A few days ago, we announced that Google Maps would be presenting real-time U.S. presidential nomination results for the Iowa caucuses.  The map was so popular that we've decided to do it again, this time for the 2008 primary in New Hampshire.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and WebProNews
InfoWorld:
Yahoo tests support for OpenID  —  Yahoo appears close to implementing OpenID, a Web authentication standard that relieves people of the need to remember multiple passwords to log into different Web sites.  —  Yahoo controls a domain me.yahoo.com, which shows a short message indicating …
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
Associated Press:
F.C.C. to Look at Complaints Comcast Interferes With Net  —  LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission will investigate complaints that Comcast actively interferes with Internet traffic as its subscribers try to share files online, the commission's chairman, Kevin J. Martin, said Tuesday.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Jango and Seeqpod Hope to Monetize Music  —  Online music discovery and sharing sites are a dime a dozen, but they still continue to launch.  For those watching this phenomenon and wondering why new startups keep entering a crowded — and relatively unprofitable — market …
BBC:
Xbox will host BT's TV service  —  BT is teaming up with Microsoft to offer its television service via the software giant's Xbox 360 console.  —  On-demand films and sports content from the BT Vision service will be available via the Xbox games console from the middle of this year.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Sign Of The Times: Web 2.0 Outsourcing Humor  —  Something that you don't often see a lot written about in new media is the strong trend by startups to outsource a lot of their work.  Digg for example was originally designed by Kevin Rose outsourcing the job on elance, and sites such as Slideshare …
Darren Waters / BBC:
Going mobile  —  Technology editor, BBC News website, in Las Vegas  —  Ultra mobile PCs are benefiting from more efficient chips  —  The desktop PC's days of dominance could be numbered as laptops and ultra-mobile PCs begin to reap the benefit of ever greater, and more efficient, computing power.
 
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Data portability? Not for EU, Sunny Jim
International Herald Tribune:
Sarkozy proposes taxing new technology to finance the old
Discussion: Adrants and mocoNews.net
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Social.im: The Instant Messaging Service For Facebook Junkies
Discussion: GO2WEB20 Blog
Scott Berinato / Computerworld:
New MP3 spam surges
Chris Winfield / Search Engine Land:
10 Simple Steps To Social Media Success In 2008
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Belvedere Automates Your Self-Cleaning PC [Exclusive Lifehacker Download]
Discussion: Download Squad
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Google, IBM and VeriSign in talks to join OpenID
CircleID:
Network Solutions Responds to Front Running Accusations
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Time Warner invests in teen virtual world Gaia Online
Kristina Shevory / New York Times:
Amazon Consolidates in Growing Area of Seattle
Scott Snowden / The Register:
Paramount puts down HD DVD dump rumour
The Luminous Landscape:
Between the Nikon and Canon Brands
Discussion: Macworld
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
CES: Dude, Where's My Driverless Car?
Jnack / John Nack on Adobe:
Adobe and Omniture: Further details
Clint Boulton / eWEEK.com:
Fast Opens New Front in Microsoft's War With Google
Smashing Magazine:
100 Excellent Free WordPress Themes
Discussion: Digg