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9:05 AM ET, January 9, 2008

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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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Yahoo! Developer Network blog:
New player  —  The second iteration of our browser-based player is coming out in beta today.  Here's how it works:  — Link to MP3s in your web page.  These can be anywhere on the web.  — Add a line of code to insert our Javascript library.  We host this, so you just have to point to our URL.
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.
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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.
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 …
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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 …
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
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 …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Google, IBM and VeriSign in talks to join OpenID  —  Google, IBM and VeriSign are all in talks with the OpenID foundation with a view to joining imminently, according to a highly-placed source.  Digg, Technorati, Microsoft, AOL, Plaxo and WikiPedia have previously announced their intention …
Discussion: cubicgarden.com and atmaspheric
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The OpenID Train Steams Ahead: Google, IBM and Verisign Said To Be Joining
Discussion: WinExtra, VentureBeat and Webware.com
CircleID:
Network Solutions Responds to Front Running Accusations  —  Following a post on the DomainState forum today, a number news and blogs have criticized Network Solutions for front running domain names that customers try to register.  (See for instance today's report on DomainNameNews).
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Time Warner invests in teen virtual world Gaia Online  —  Gaia Online, the virtual world for teens, tells us that media conglomerate Time Warner has invested an undisclosed amount in the company.  —  San Jose, Calif.-based Gaia says it has nearly three million monthly users.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Data portability?  Not for EU, Sunny Jim  —  The European Union is very likely to rain on the whole data portability parade.  Data privacy laws around the world do not uniformly fall into line when it comes to the likes of Google and Facebook.  For instance, as as ZDNet enterprise blogger …
Discussion: Technovia
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Social.im: The Instant Messaging Service For Facebook Junkies  —  If you don't mind installing one more instant messaging client on your computer, and you happen to be a heavy Facebook user, check out social.im.  This isn't yet another instant messaging application that resides on Facebook …
Discussion: GO2WEB20 Blog
Kristina Shevory / New York Times:
Amazon Consolidates in Growing Area of Seattle  —  Amazon.com, the world's largest online retailer, will soon finally have one place to call home.  —  The company is moving all of its administrative employees, who are now scattered in offices around Seattle, to a single location in the city.
International Herald Tribune:
Sarkozy proposes taxing new technology to finance the old  —  PARIS: In a move that could profoundly reshape the media landscape in France, President Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday proposed banning commercials from public television and making up for some of the lost revenue with a first-of-its-kind tax on the Internet and mobile phones.
Discussion: Adrants and mocoNews.net
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 …
 
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