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7:55 AM ET, January 15, 2008


 Top Items: 
Danny Dumas / Gadget Lab:
Breaking: Apple Insider Leaks Ultra-Portable Details  —  An Apple insider told Wired today that the company's new ultraportable, expected to be seen in public for the first time tomorrow, has an extremely thin profile and is shaped like a teardrop when closed — thicker at the top behind the screen …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook buying Plaxo?  —  Facebook is “one hundred percent” buying Plaxo, we've just heard from a source.  —  This follows a rumor previously published by Valleywag asserting that such a deal is underway.  —  While these types of rumors should be taken with more than a grain of salt …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Plaxo And Facebook Merger Rumors False (So Far)  —  We know Plaxo is for sale, presumably looking for north of $100 million and telling people around Silicon Valley that they've had an offer for north of $200 million.  Revolution Partners, an investment bank, has been pitching them to all the big potential buyers.
Discussion: and Kwiqq Blog
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Macworld Expo Predictions  —  Predictions and advance commentary for tomorrow's Macworld keynote, some based on consensus rumors, some based on no more than wishful thinking on the part of yours truly.  This is all conjecture and tea-leaf-reading (well, mostly), so, please, no wagering.
Michael Rose / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
First in line for the keynote  —  These fortunate guys are first in the general admission line for tomorrow's keynote; they've been waiting since 12 noon today, a full 21 hours before SJ-time begins.  Granted, there are shorter lines for Platinum/Super pass holders and for media attendees …
Discussion: ParisLemon and Engadget
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Help-Key: How to turn the Macworld Keynote into a fun, healthy drinking game
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
iFolio Converts iPhone into Ultra-Light Laptop, So Light It Doesn't Exist  —  With visions of the MacBook Air hovering tantalisingly before us, one designer took a page from the now-dead Palm Foleo and has docked the iPhone into a really barebones 12" chassis—essentially nothing more than a screen, keyboard and USB ports.
Long Tran / Yanko Design:
If Apple Made A Foleo  —  Ah Foleo, the infamous Palm Smartphone …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Swedish prosecutors dump 4,000 legal docs on The Pirate Bay  —  As the calendar pages turned from 2007 to 2008, one constant remained for the motion picture and music industries: The Pirate Bay's willingness to ignore their threats (and copyrights) to the point that the Swedish group's site …
Discussion: TechCrunch UK and Mashable!
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
The ocean as watercooler: floating data centers stay cool  —  A new Silicon Valley startup called International Data Security (IDS) has sent some big waves through the data storage industry by announcing (PDF) its intent to set up a fleet of data-serving cargo ships.
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Sophomoric Pranks Do Not a Journalist Make  —  Last week gadget blog Gizmodo admitted to pulling a prank at CES 2008 in which they used a device to turn off TVs on the exhibit floor and during company presentations.  In their post about the prank Gizmodo apologized ("It was too much fun …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Mobile ad company Admob has great year, sees spurt in iPhone browser traffic  —  AdMob, the mobile advertising company, is reporting a sharp spike in iPhone mobile browser impressions on its ads over Christmas, going from around 350,000 impressions the week before Christmas to around 550,000 impressions …
Discussion: Network World and SMS Text News
Louis Hau / Forbes:
Apple Makes Nice With Hollywood  —  Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs' expected announcement Tuesday of online movie rentals at iTunes will mark a new stage in the company's relationship with media and entertainment companies.  —  At least one film studio—News Corp. (nyse: NWS - news …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Stephen Castle / New York Times:
In Europe, Microsoft Again Faces Inquiries  —  BRUSSELS — After the briefest of truces, Europe's antitrust regulator resumed its battle with Microsoft on Monday, opening two new investigations into claims that the company has abused its dominant position to squeeze competitors out of the market.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Ars Technica / Gizmodo Macworld party was a success!  —  What can we say, other than the fact that the Ars/Giz pre-keynote Macworld party was, as several of you put it, krunk?  Far, far more people came than we had ever anticipated—many of our forum members and longtime readers were able to make it …
Rafat Ali /
CNNMoney Relaunches Site; Banks on Video  —, part of Time Inc, has relaunched the site, with a big emphasis on video.  The relaunch comes a few days before Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) Finance's video service is rumored to be launched, and in the midst of a similar video effort by AOL Money.
Discussion: Mashable! and Lost Remote
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Financial Times:
China Mobile suspends iPhone talks with Apple
Discussion: CNET, CNN and Roam4free
Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
Rogers set to offer Nokia N95?
Discussion: IntoMobile and Ubergizmo
Ryan / Invisible Inkling:
Chris Fournier / Bloomberg:
Apple May Announce Canada IPhone Tomorrow, RBC Says
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
Video Game Industry Seeks Political Clout
Discussion: The 463 and
K.C. Jones / InformationWeek:
Netflix Subscribers Get Unlimited Streaming Video
Discussion: Macworld and eHomeUpgrade
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Analyst group slams ODF, downplays Microsoft ISO abuses
Discussion: Computerworld
Brad Stone / New York Times:
More Than Games, a Net to Snare Social Networkers
Discussion: A VC
 Earlier Items: 
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Facebook Is No Kingmaker
Discussion: i-boy and Groundswell
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Brand Squatting: What To Do About It?  —  A couple of days ago …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
FCC officially opens proceeding on Comcast's P2P throttling
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Ohloh ranks the world's coders, and helps them advertise too
Discussion: Mashable!
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Latest 2600 magazine asks what happened to the warez scene
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Enterprises Are Deploying Office 2007 Without Vista
Discussion: WebProNews
Fred / A VC:
The Long Tail Of Business Models
Brad Stone / Bits:
MySpace to Let Parents Block Their Kids From Joining