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3:50 PM ET, January 11, 2008

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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
On Gizmodo's douchery and blogging  —  I didn't want to weigh in on this because I know all the parties involved, I used to run Gizmodo, and I understand the impetus behind this prank.  This is a nasty hack performed by punchy, hungover kids that, as we see, got the CE world's attention.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Gizmodogate: Get a sense of humor folks  —  Gizmodo turns off a bunch of TVs at CES to liven the joint up and you'd think that their scribes lit Bill Gates on fire for the page views.  —  The angst over Gizmodo's hilarious prank is borderline ridiculous:  — Judie Lipsett at Gear Diary calls the prank “total and utter crap.”
CBS News:
Facebook Founder Says “Beacon” Needs Work  —  Also Tells 60 Minutes It's Unlikely Company Will Go Public in 2008  —  (CBS) The controversial advertising device many accused of invading the privacy of Facebook users will eventually be a good tool, says Facebook founder and chief executive officer, Mark Zuckerberg.
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Charlene Li / Groundswell:
Facebook (and me) on 60 Minutes
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Business Week:
Steve Jobs' Video Dreams  —  His magic has not extended to visual entertainment.  Hollywood and cable companies aim to keep it that way  —  At last year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, most of the 140,000 attendees were buzzing about the future of the cell phone—and how Apple Inc. …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Yahoo's Core Value Is Falling  —  The market is taking stock of still more rumors that Microsoft is trying to buy Yahoo.  (This would be a great deal, if it weren't for management, strategic and cultural differences that would probably sink any combination.)
Discussion: paidContent.org, HipMojo.com and p2pnet
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo? YaBay? No Deal!
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Yahoo: Bernstein Cuts Target; MSFT Deal Unlikely; Equity Stakes …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
End Game  —  With CES over and the San Francisco Macworld Expo set to begin on Monday, we pundits are turning our attention to Apple, the big technology business success of not only 2007, but of the entire decade.  Steve Jobs has his Macworld keynote address coming and will no doubt deliver …
Discussion: Between the Lines
Peter Sayer / InfoWorld:
UK gov't report: Don't upgrade to Vista  —  San Francisco - British schools should not upgrade to Microsoft's Vista operating system and Office 2007 productivity suite, the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA) said in a report on the software.
Discussion: Electronista
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
UK education agency says no to Vista, Office 2007
Discussion: WebProNews and WinBeta
Wall Street Journal:
Showdown Looms Over Pirated-Media Directory  —  Swedish Prosecutors Target Organizers of Pirate Bay, A Huge File-Sharing Guide  —  One of Hollywood's biggest foes is about to be called on the carpet.  After years of steering Web surfers to free entertainment, the organizers of a massive directory …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Hasbro Tries To Shut Down Scrabulous  —  “Is Hasbro just a stupid Potato Head?  Or is this a brilliant game of Stratego?"  That's the big question Fortune's Josh Quittner (my former boss) asks as he reports that Hasbro, the toy company that owns Scrabble, is trying to shut down Scrabulous,
Discussion: Business Filter
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Josh Quittner / Techland:   Will someone please start a Facebook group to save Scrabulous?
Arn / MacRumors:
SlingPlayer for iPhone and iPod Touch?  —  ElectricPig.tv claims (via 9to5) they have an “extremely senior source” at Sling Media who says that an iPhone/iPod Touch version of their SlingPlayer client software is coming.  —  Sling Media sells the SlingBox which allows you to stream video …
Discussion: Infinite Loop
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Rumor: Microsoft to Buy Limelight Networks (LLNW/MSFT)  —  Lots of “Microsoft to buy...” rumors banging around these days, and here's another one: Microsoft is interested in buying content-delivery-network Limelight Networks.  A CDN industry insider (not at Limelight) tells us he has heard …
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Macworld leads tech out of the desert  —  Apple has the third week of January all to itself this year, and although it probably won't top last year's Macworld, the company will likely make everyone forget about the Consumer Electronics Show.  —  Trade shows are a necessary evil in the tech industry.
Simon Thiel / Bloomberg:
Yell Shares Rise on Renewed Speculation About Bid by Google  —  Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) — Yell Group Plc, the publisher of the U.K.'s Yellow Pages phone books, had its biggest gain in London trading in a month on speculation about a bid from Google Inc.  —  Yell rose as much as 4.4 percent, the biggest increase since Dec. 10.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Benchmark Bets on Ruby on Rails With $3.5 Million Investment in Engine Yard  —  Is Ruby on Rails the next Java?  Benchmark Capital thinks so.  It just invested $3.5 million in Engine Yard, taking its entire series A round.  Ruby on Rails is an increasingly popular Web application programming environment …
Discussion: VC Ratings and VentureBeat
Anne Zelenka / GigaOM:
The Big Switch Is a Good Thing  —  In his new book “The Big Switch,” blogger and journalist Nick Carr says, “In the YouTube economy, everyone is free to play, but only a few reap the rewards."  But the reason so many people play in the new economy is because the many can reap rewards …
 
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Second Life banks banned, run on banks begins
Discussion: Freedom to Tinker
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone Starbucks Ordering Screens Look Like the Real Thing, Precede Apple Patent
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Nick Bradbury:
Why Use a Desktop RSS Reader?
Discussion: Feld Thoughts
Pew Research Center:
Internet's Broader Role in Campaign 2008
Discussion: TechCrunch and Lost Remote
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
The Web's unfortunate fetish with the browser
Discussion: JD on EP
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Conversation With Andy Singleton, Assembla President
Nick / Rough Type:
The network is the data center
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
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The Enduring Art of Computer Programming
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Get A Free Link From Wired
Discussion: Wired News
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Zero-Day Exploit For Apple's QuickTime Posted
DSLreports:
‘Unlimited’ AT&T Wireless Data Plans Soon To Be Limited?
Discussion: Electronista
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Why Google, Yahoo and Microsoft should worry about Countrywide's takeover
Shane Richmond / Telegraph Blogs:
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