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10:40 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.
Discussion: TechCrunch and broadstuff
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Variety:
Blu-ray could win high-def battle  —  HD DVD backers could switch sides soon  —  The two remaining studios backing HD DVD could switch sides soon, ending the high-def format war instantly.  —  Daily Variety has confirmed that Universal's commitment to backing HD DVD exclusively has ended.
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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.
Discussion: BlueBlog
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps Gaining On Market Leader Mapquest  —  Mapquest arguably “owns” the mapping brand online.  It has been the dominant mapping site for years by a wide margin.  But that dominance may now be slipping under pressure from Google.  Hitwise reports that “traffic to Mapquest …
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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.
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Chris Williams / The Register:
Want faster broadband soon? Move to Kent, says BT
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
MICROSOFT DEAL KING TO LAUNCH OWN FIRM  —  One of Microsoft's chief deal architects is leaving the software giant to start his own firm.  —  Bruce Jaffe - currently vice president of corporate development for Microsoft - plans to vacate his post at the end of February.
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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, BUZZYEAH and VoIP Blog
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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!
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.
Karl / DSLreports:
Network Solutions Holding Domain Names Ransom - We're domain front-running so scammers don't have to!  —  Network Solutions is under fire this week for domain “front running,” or for purchasing and holding certain domains after they're searched for at the company's website, thereby not letting anyone buy the domain at other registrars.
Discussion: eWeek and Techdirt
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 …
InfoWorld:
Ask.com names new CEO, president  —  Ask.com CEO Jim Lanzone is quitting after six years with the company, to join a venture capital firm.  His replacement, Jim Safka, currently heads Primal Ventures, the venture capital division of Ask.com's parent company IAC.
Discussion: Google Watch
 
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Best Buy to double number of stores selling Apple's Mac line
Dieter Bohn / TreoCentral:
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Discussion: IntoMobile and Engadget
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
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
What's the best Web site for geotagged photos?
Discussion: All Points Blog
Otto Z. Stern / The Register:
Beware the populist mash oozing out of Facebook and YouTube
Discussion: SYNTAGMA
Christopher Grant / Engadget:
NEC has its own 2880x900 curved gaming display
Discussion: Kotaku and Digg
 Earlier Items: 
Between the Lines:
All roads lead to the social Web
LinuxDevices.com:
Penguinistas hack Android onto real hardware
Discussion: Engadget and Slashdot
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Analysis: Plaxo and Friendfeed, pushing the “feed”
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
Google LatLong:
The next generation of Google Sky
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Urban Mapping Gives Us Free Neighborhoods
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb and Screenwerk
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Ten Reasons We're Doomed: CES Edition