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5:45 PM ET, January 9, 2008

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Greg Reinacker / Greg Reinacker's Weblog:
NewsGator's RSS clients are now free!  —  We've got a lot of big news today at NewsGator.  —  First, we've got new releases of our most popular applications: FeedDemon 2.6, NetNewsWire 3.1, Inbox 3.0 (beta), and NewsGator Go! for Windows Mobile 2.0.  Each of these is a pretty major release on its own …
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Laura Farrelly / NewsGator:
NewsGator Releases New Versions of Client Products; Best-of-Breed RSS Readers Now Free  —  Free NetNewsWire, FeedDemon, NewsGator Inbox, and NewsGator Go!  Benefit Consumers and Businesses  —  NewsGator announced today the general availability of NetNewsWire 3.1, FeedDemon 2.6, and NewsGator Go! for Windows Mobile 2.0.
inessential.com:
NetNewsWire 3.1 is free!  —  By free I mean both that we've released it from its cage and that it costs no money.  Zero dollars.  —  Upgrades are free.  It's free for new users.  It's freeware.  —  You can download it right away.  Here are the change notes.
Nick Bradbury:
FREE Demon?  Yes, FeedDemon is Now Free!  —  That's right, FeedDemon is now free.  As in, you don't have to pay for it anymore.  Just download it and use it free of charge.  —  And we're also making NetNewsWire, NewsGator Inbox and NewsGator Go free.  In other words, all of NewsGator's consumer RSS readers are free.
Elsa Wenzel / Webware.com:
NEWSGATOR DROPS FEES FOR NEWS READERS
Discussion: TechCrunch
Ouriel Ohayon / TechCrunch:
French Press Falls For Major Facebook Prank  —  This is probably the biggest hoax in the history of Facebook.  It happened in France and is one of the most discussed stories in the French blogosphere right now.  It all started a few weeks ago with a simple third-party Facebook application …
Dan Nystedt / Computerworld:
OLPC developing dual-boot Windows, Linux OS for laptops  —  The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project and Microsoft Corp. are working together to develop a dual-boot system to put both Linux and Windows on laptops aimed at kids in developing countries, the head of OLPC said in an interview Tuesday.
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Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Intel ‘undermined’ laptop project
Discussion: Engadget, BUZZYEAH and Slashdot
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Best Buy wants Macs in more of its stores  —  Apple's store-within-a-store partnership with Best Buy is going to expand this year, according to Best Buy executives.  —  So says UBS analyst Ben Reitzes, who met with Best Buy during the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: Apple is a full year ahead of competition
Discussion: Infinite Loop and GigaOM
Arn / MacRumors:
Warner, Paramount, Disney, Fox, Lions Gate to Join iTunes Rentals  —  Bloomberg reports that Warner Brothers, Paramount, Walt Disney Co., Lions Gate Entertainment Corp, and Fox will begin renting movies through Apple's iTunes Store in an announcement scheduled for January 15th at Macworld.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iTunes movie rental fire gets a poke: Warner Bros, Fox, Disney …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Salon
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
GridWise trial finds ‘smart grids’ cut electricity bills  —  Results from a year-long study on high-tech electricity meters found smart grid technology performed as intended, saving consumers about 10 percent on their bills while easing strain on the power grid.
Discussion: Beet.TV
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:   Monitoring Tools Help Cut Home Energy Use, Study Finds
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Parallels rides Apple servers into hypervisor fray  —  If market-leading VMware, open-source incumbent Xen, and Microsoft's upcoming Hyper-V aren't enough choices, another one is on the way: Parallels Server.  —  SWsoft, which is in the process of renaming itself Parallels …
Reuters:
Microsoft won't launch iPhone rival: report  —  FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Microsoft (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) will not launch a product that competes directly with Apple's (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) iPhone, Chairman Bill Gates said in an interview with Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
AT&T, Microsoft, NBC working on solutions to filter copyrighted material at the ISP level  —  It really shouldn't be a surprise that execs from AT&T, Microsoft, and NBC and several content filtering companies spent part of a CES panel about piracy talking about filtering at the network level …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Billionaires Can't Keep Frontline Wireless From The Deadpool  —  Despite the backing of billionaires John Doerr and Ram Shriram, as well as former Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale and former FCC commissioner Reed Hundt, ambitious startup Frontline Wireless is closing up shop.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Eyes-on with Samsung's 31-inch and 14-inch OLED TVs — take that Sony  —  After questioning Sony's ability to deliver their 11-inch OLED TV to market earlier this year, Samsung comes into CES with a pair of Sony trumping TVs.  Their 31-inch and 14-inch OLEDs easily best Sony's 27-inch prototype and 11-inch production sets.
Discussion: Big Tech, Gizmodo and Computerworld
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
The Vanishing Numeric Keypad  —  My brand new Apple MacBook doesn't have the embedded numeric keypad the Macbook used to have; there are no small numbers on the U, I, O, and other letter keys, and no NumLock key on the top row that normally activates those keys.
Discussion: Infinite Loop and MacUser
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Xobni: The Super Plugin For Outlook  —  Anyone who depends on email to work, knows how surprisingly bad Outlook is when you get beyond about ten contacts; conversations easily become jumbled, and keeping contacts up to date can be a pain.  Xobni's Outlook plug-in solves these problems …
Discussion: GigaOM, Gabor's Blog and Xobni
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Hi Ultimate Extras, we noticed you've been inactive...  To: contact@windowsultimate.com  —  CC: steven.sinofsky@microsoft.com, bill.gates@microsoft.com, stevejobs@apple.com  —  Subject: [Automated reminder] Windows Ultimate Extras inactivity  —  .+hddyo+++-.
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Garmin Blog:
Chet's Corner: It's Finally About Time for Macworld!  —  While the rest of the Consumer Electronics world is focusing on the CES Show in Las Vegas, us Mac-Lovers are just biding their time waiting for our time in the sun.  Well we're only a week away from the Macworld Expo in San Francisco …
 
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Citi Media: Tom Rogers, CEO, TiVo: Curing TV Business Model's Crisis
Frank Caron / Opposable Thumbs:
Crafty dev gets IPTV running on Nintendo Wii
Discussion: BBC
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple lowers UK iTunes prices, points finger at labels
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Google Maps Making Inroads Against Leader, Mapquest
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Ten Reasons We're Doomed: CES Edition
Discussion: Tech_Space, MSNBC and Digg
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Everex's Cloudbook coming to Wal-Mart by month's end
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
ASUS, iRiver to Sell Unlocked Smartphones in U.S.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Everyone wants to be the “YouTube of China,” but they're not
Discussion: WebProNews
 Earlier Items: 
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Social Network Stats: Facebook, MySpace, Reunion (Jan, 2008)
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / eWEEK.com:
Is Network Solutions Snatching Domain Names?
Caroline McCarthy / Crave:
Report: Her Majesty may become a ‘Nintendo addict’
Noah Robischon / Gizmodo:
Microsoft's Brainwashing Children's Book: Mommy, Where Do Servers Come From?
Discussion: Global Nerdy
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Hiring Investigator / Threat Analyst For Safety & Security
Discussion: WebProNews
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Sprint says WiMax on track for end of April
CNET News.com:
Speed up Windows XP and Vista by turning off unnecessary services
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
Hey, Isn't That . . .  People Are Doing Double-Takes …