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9:25 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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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 …
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.
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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   The OpenID Train Steams Ahead: Google, IBM and Verisign Said To Be Joining
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).
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.
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 ZDNet enterprise blogger …
Discussion: Technovia
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Facebook, Google And Plaxo Join The DataPortability Workgroup
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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
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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Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
Hey, Isn't That . . .  People Are Doing Double-Takes …
International Herald Tribune:
Sarkozy proposes taxing new technology to finance the old
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New MP3 spam surges
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Scott Snowden / The Register:
Paramount puts down HD DVD dump rumour
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
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Clint Boulton / eWEEK.com:
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Jordan McCollum / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Yahoo: Gettin' Facebook-y
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