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4:40 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.”
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. …
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 …
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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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 …
Josh Quittner / Techland:
Will someone please start a Facebook group to save Scrabulous?  —  I can't tell if Hasbro (HAS), the maker of Scrabble, is the smartest company in the world or the dumbest.  Over 100 million sets of the game have been sold in 121 countries, in 29 different languages, according to everyone's favorite source.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Hasbro Tries To Shut Down Scrabulous
Discussion: Business Filter
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!
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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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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Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Macworld.Ars: First banner up at Moscone Center  —  Appleologists, train your furrowed brows on the first banners up at Macworld 2008.  As the work crews set up this morning, Moscone South has the first hint of what is to come.  —  What could be in the air in 2008?  A MacBook Pro so light it floats?
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Why Google, Yahoo and Microsoft should worry about Countrywide's takeover  —  Update: Countrywide Financial is being acquired by Bank of America and when the deal closes the second largest Web advertiser will disappear.  It's highly unlikely that Bank of America will spend so lavishly on online advertising.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Blogcosm
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.
 
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Laura Foy / Channel 10:
Zune Social at CES 2008
Discussion: Neowin.net
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Beta Site Pushes AOL Finance To Top Spot
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AMD delays 9900, 9700 Phenom chips
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Last tickets for the Crunchies go on sale
Discussion: TechCrunch, ReadWriteWeb and GigaOM
OSDir.com:
KDE 4.0 Released  —  The KDE Community is thrilled to announce …
Discussion: CNET News.com
John Leyden / The Register:
Polish teen derails tram after hacking train network
Discussion: Slashdot
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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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
The Web's unfortunate fetish with the browser
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The network is the data center
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
When Will Advertising Recession Hit? This Quarter
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
The Enduring Art of Computer Programming
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Get A Free Link From Wired
Discussion: Wired How To's and Wired News
DSLreports:
‘Unlimited’ AT&T Wireless Data Plans Soon To Be Limited?
Discussion: Electronista
Shane Richmond / Telegraph Blogs:
Facebook for journalists  —  I was asked to compile a guide …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Benchmark Bets on Ruby on Rails With $3.5 Million Investment in Engine Yard