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6:20 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!
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
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Google Maps Making Inroads Against Leader, Mapquest  —  I took a look at traffic to Maps websites after hearing repeatedly over the holidays that people didn't need directions as they would use Mapquest, Google Maps or GPS.  With the rise of GPS, I wondered if traffic to Maps websites …
Discussion: WebProNews
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Jordan McCollum / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Google Maps Growing in Popularity
Discussion: CNET News.com
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple drops iTunes prices, EU drops antitrust action  —  Music labels have six months to pare prices in the U.K., warns Apple  —  Apple Inc. today agreed to lower the price of iTunes music downloads it sells in the U.K.; in return, the European Union's antitrust agency ended its probe into the U.S. company's pricing practices.
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:   Apple lowers UK iTunes prices, points finger at labels
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
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
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
IAC Management Shuffle: Safka Tapped As Ask.com's CEO; Lanzone Heads To Redpoint  —  As IAC prepares to spin-off its subsidiaries into into five separate, publicly traded companies - namely HSN, Ticketmaster, Interval International and LendingTree - the company is shuffling the management of its remaining pieces.
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
Noah Robischon / Gizmodo:
Microsoft's Brainwashing Children's Book: Mommy, Where Do Servers Come From?  —  “Mommy, Why is There a Server in the House?” is a children's book dedicated to “Helping Your Child Understand the Stay-At-Home Server."  At first we snarked at this over-the-top marketing propaganda.
Discussion: Microsoft Watch and Global Nerdy
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
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Ten Reasons We're Doomed: CES Edition  —  Oh, CES.  You are a disgusting, bloated beast oozing everything that makes this industry horrible.  Nay, everything that makes our culture horrible.  Sure, to you fine readers it might look like it's all product announcements and good times, but that's far from the truth.
Discussion: Tech_Space and MSNBC
 
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Electronista:
Nokia planning aggressive US push in 2008
Discussion: Reuters
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Microsoft dealmaker Bruce Jaffe going startup
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
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David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
The Vanishing Numeric Keypad
Discussion: Infinite Loop and MacUser
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Social Network Stats: Facebook, MySpace, Reunion (Jan, 2008)
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / eWEEK.com:
Is Network Solutions Snatching Domain Names?
 Earlier Items: 
Caroline McCarthy / Crave:
Report: Her Majesty may become a ‘Nintendo addict’
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
AT&T, Microsoft, NBC working on solutions to filter copyrighted …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Hiring Investigator / Threat Analyst For Safety & Security
Discussion: WebProNews
Reuters:
Microsoft won't launch iPhone rival: report
Garmin Blog:
Chet's Corner: It's Finally About Time for Macworld!
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 …