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12:50 PM 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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Why Apple changed its tune in Europe
Discussion: Technovia
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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Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
OLPC America to launch in 2008
Discussion: The Tech Report and Computerworld
InfoWorld:   OLPC would welcome Intel back
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 …
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:   Google Reveals New MapReduce Stats
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 …
Discussion: Loic Le Meur Blog and All Facebook
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
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?
CNET News.com:
Speed up Windows XP and Vista by turning off unnecessary services  —  The fact is, you don't need all of the services that Windows starts automatically when it boots.  Disabling the non-essential services frees up memory and processor cycles for more important tasks.
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 …
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Intel ‘undermined’ laptop project  —  Technology reporter, BBC News, Las Vegas  —  Intel repeatedly undermined a not-for profit scheme to bring cheap laptops to children in the developing world, the head of the charity told BBC News.  —  Nicholas Negroponte accused Intel, which makes a rival PC …
Discussion: Engadget and Slashdot
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 …
Chauncey Dupree / 9 to 5 Mac:
Parallels Server goes public, MacOS Server virtualization era begins  —  Parallels Server beta is now public according to ServerVirtualization.com and InfoWorld, Parallels Server runs on both Xserves and Mac Pros as well as Linux and Windows machines.  The virtualization of the MacOS …
Discussion: CNET News.com
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+++-.
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 and All Facebook
 
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Delphi: Remote-Control Your Car with an iPhone!
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FCC to investigate Comcast's alleged traffic shaping
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Iomega's Zip Drive is back with a vengeance
Discussion: OhGizmo!
UberPulse:
[CES '08] Opera Browser Coming To The iPhone (video)
Karl / DSLreports:
Verizon FIOS GPON in Nine States - New installs in those states now all GPON
InfoWorld:
Yahoo tests support for OpenID
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
Hey, Isn't That . . .  People Are Doing Double-Takes …
Brad Stone / Bits:
AT&T and Other ISPs May Be Getting Ready to Filter