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1:50 PM ET, January 9, 2008

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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 …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Why Apple changed its tune in Europe
Discussion: Technovia
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
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.
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 …
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Chauncey Dupree / 9 to 5 Mac:
Parallels Server goes public, MacOS Server virtualization era begins
Electronista:
MS: no iPhone rival in works  —  Microsoft will not be producing an in-house attempt at replicating the iPhone, soon to be retired company CEO Bill Gates has told Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (registration required for full article).  The executive explained that it was more important …
Discussion: The Register and Los Angeles Times
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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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Sprint says WiMax on track for end of April  —  LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Sprint Nextel (S.N: Quote, Profile , Research) is on track to launch commercial services for its next-generation WiMax high-speed wireless network at the end of April, Chief Technology Officer Barry West said on Tuesday.
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 …
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.
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?
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Jaiku users flee to Twitter as a result of Google's neglect
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Politweets: Twittering Politics
BBC:
Pandora to cut off UK listeners
Discussion: p2pnet and The Register
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Best Buy's Apple Offerings Grow
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Apple Gazette
David Gornoski / Video Game Media Watch:
Publishers Get a Taste of “Shoe”
Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
Earth Class Mail Picks Up $13.3 Million
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Sony to distribute content in DivX format
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Terry Semel Revving Up Windsor; Yahoos Buckley, Karish Joining Him
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Taub / Bits:
A Wave of Information
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Social.im: The Instant Messaging Service For Facebook Junkies
Discussion: GO2WEB20 Blog and All Facebook
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Google processes over 20 petabytes of data per day