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9:35 AM ET, January 10, 2008

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Fred Vogelstein / Wired News:
The Untold Story: How the iPhone Blew Up the Wireless Industry  —  The demo was not going well.  —  Again.  —  It was a late morning in the fall of 2006.  Almost a year earlier, Steve Jobs had tasked about 200 of Apple's top engineers with creating the iPhone.
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Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
User denied iPhone warranty service for custom ringtone  —  Doug Rodriguez never unlocked his iPhone for use unauthorized wireless carriers; he never hacked his phone by jailbreaking it and adding unofficial third-party applications; yet he was denied warranty service from Apple …
Discussion: IntoMobile and All About Symbian
BBC:
Americans turn to online videos  —  Online video sharing sites are reaping the benefits of the ongoing writers' strike in the US.  —  According to net measurement firm Nielsen Online, some online video sites have doubled their audience since the strike began at the end of October.
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Number of Women at Video Sites Doubles
Discussion: paidContent.org
Agam Shah / New York Times:
Former OLPC C.T.O. Aims to Create $75 Laptop  —  A laptop under US$100 could reach desks if a new venture formed by former chief technology officer of One Laptop Per Child, Mary Lou Jepsen, can deliver on its promises.  —  A “spin-out” from OLPC, the company, Pixel Qi is looking to create …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com, VoIP Blog and BUZZYEAH
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Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
Semantic Web: What Is The Killer App?  —  The Semantic Web has been in the making for some time and people think it is nearing maturity.  We have written about this trend extensively, with our two most notable posts being an analysis of the challenges of the classic bottom-up approach and the promise of the new top-down one.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Wizzard Media: 1 Billion Downloads in 2007, Podcasting Far from Dead  —  Wizzard Media, owners of the Libsyn, Switchpod and Blast Podcast networks, will announce tomorrow that it passed the 1 billion download mark in 2007.  While online media consumption numbers are notoriously hard to verify, Wizzard's have some serious merit.
Discussion: Mark Evans and Podcasting News
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
3 Important Facebook Updates Coming Soon  —  Here's a quick look at some important Facebook updates that are expected to launch in 1Q 08:  —  1) Friend Lists Privacy Controls  —  A few weeks ago, Facebook took the first step toward enabling more efficient friend management with the release of Friend Lists.
Discussion: Mashable!
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
Sources say Universal and Paramount are both going Blu  —  Rumors just won't stop about the future of HD DVD, and while we try not to post all of them, some seem too believable to pass up.  Our friend Bill Hunt, at the Digital Bits, — still waiting on those permalinks, Bill — is reporting that his …
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Variety:
Blu-ray could win high-def battle
Amanda Andrews / Times of London:
Guy Hands to tell staff of his plans for EMI shake-up  —  Guy Hands will outline his strategy for EMI to staff next week, but he is not expected to reveal the extent of job cuts being planned at the music company.  —  Mr Hands, chief executive of Terra Firma, the private equity group …
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.
Richard Wray / Guardian:
BT bets its future on broadband 20 times faster than now  —  BT is boosting Britain's attempt to remain at the top of the global broadband market with plans to install a network at Ebbsfleet in Kent that offers speeds 20 times faster than the average UK household connection.
Discussion: The Register
Otto Z. Stern / The Register:
Beware the populist mash oozing out of Facebook and YouTube  —  Watch online now - The findings of The Register's Virtualization Study  —  And Ninthly Yep.  It felt just like that, didn't it?  —  For scenario one, place your tongue between teeth.  Let your tongue relax and give …
Discussion: SYNTAGMA
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Analysis: Plaxo and Friendfeed, pushing the “feed”  —  Facebook news feed has been a hit with users because it automatically displays the latest photos, newest friends, and other updates from your Facebook friends.  —  The problem, though, is that most people use any number of other sites as well …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Microsoft dealmaker Bruce Jaffe going startup  —  While Microsoft has yet to come up with a search engine that wows consumers, it has successfully wooed Wall Street with its push into online advertising.  Alas for Microsoft, it's losing a key dealmaker.  Bruce Jaffe, a top corporate-development executive …
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John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Microsoft's acquisitions point man is departing
Discussion: VentureBeat and CNET News.com
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 …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
What's the best Web site for geotagged photos?  —  Readers of this blog will have inferred I'm a fan of geotagging—in fact, I'm trying to label all my photos with the tags that show where the picture was taken, even though the geotagging process is complicated.
Discussion: All Points Blog
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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Reuters:
Comcast to cooperate in FCC Web traffic probe
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
CES 2008's Big Thing Is a Little Book
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Skype's mobile dreams
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Christopher Grant / Engadget:
NEC has its own 2880x900 curved gaming display
Discussion: Kotaku and Digg
Between the Lines:
All roads lead to the social Web
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Citi Media: Neil Ashe, CEO, CNET; Investors' Timing ‘Impeccable’
Discussion: Pulse 2.0
LinuxDevices.com:
Penguinistas hack Android onto real hardware
Discussion: Engadget and Slashdot
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Xbox Live account takeovers put users at risk
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Is AT&T Siding With NBC To Get Rid Of Neutrality?
Elisabeth / Podcasting News:
CES: Podcasting Coming To TiVo
Discussion: Mashable! and Dembot
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft releases another Vista SP1 refresh to 15,000 testers
Vishen / MindValleyLabs Internet Marketing Blog:
Using ASCII Art on Google Adwords - Brilliantly Innovative!
Google LatLong:
The next generation of Google Sky
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Tech Ticker: More Details And A Screenshot
Discussion: Dembot, Valleywag and Epicenter
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Urban Mapping Gives Us Free Neighborhoods
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb and Screenwerk
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
The Vanishing Numeric Keypad
Discussion: Infinite Loop and MacUser