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4:10 PM ET, January 14, 2008

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Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.co.uk:
Macworld2008: Steve Jobs keynote speech leaked?  —  Apple CEO's stage notes appear on Wikipedia  —  We're used to seeing the online tech world go crazy with rumours and speculation in the days before Macworld, but this year a new element has been introduced to the mix.
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Purported Steve Jobs Keynote Leaked on Wikipedia  —  I have been an Apple watcher for years.  I freelanced for Mac pubs in the mid 1990s.  Now that doesn't make me more of an expert than anyone else.  However, I am inclined to believe this alleged Steve Jobs keynote leak.  It sounds real.
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Google:
Google announces faster, more customizable Google experience for iPhone Users  —  Today, the first day of Macworld, Google announced new improvements to the integrated Google experience on iPhone.  The previous version, launched just over a month ago, brought together our suite of web applications …
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google betting big on mobile market—and Apple  —  The story has been updated to reflect Google's announcement on Monday.  —  On Christmas Day thousands of people opened up boxes with something cool and functional inside and wasted no time logging onto Google.com through their brand new iPhones.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Sees Surge in iPhone Traffic  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Of all the iPhone's features, none had reviewers gushing more than its Internet browser.  It was the first cellphone browser that promised something resembling the experience of surfing the Internet on a PC.  Santa helped deliver on that promise.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google doubles down on the iPhone; officially rolls out its app lineup
Discussion: Gizmodo
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Giz Banned For Life and Loving It: On Pranks and Civil Disobedience at CES  —  A Gizmodo writer has been banned from CES for a prank.  But when I see some fellow press damning us for the joke, I feel sorry for them: When did journalists become the protectors of corporations?
Chris Silver Smith / Search Engine Land:
20 Awesome Images Found In Google Maps  —  The introduction of satellite images into map search interfaces has excited both virtual sightseers and local app developers.  Further innovations like Google's Street View have caused consternation from privacy advocates while further pumping up the buzz about online mapping.
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Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
More Google Queries Get Google Maps
Discussion: WebProNews
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Music Industry, Souring on Apple, Embraces Amazon Service  —  LOS ANGELES — At the Super Bowl next month, the music industry will be switching teams — from Apple to Amazon.com.  —  The major record labels lined up with Pepsi-Cola and Apple four years ago to give away 100 million songs …
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Charles Forelle / Wall Street Journal:
EU Opens New Probes of Microsoft
Discussion: Engadget
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Facebook: The Entire “60 Minutes” Segment  —  For those who missed it, here is the entire video of the piece CBS' “60 Minutes” aired on Facebook last night, helmed by veteran correspondent Lesley Stahl.  —  It is not exactly the big wet kiss I was expecting the hot social networking company would get …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
MySpace agrees to social-networking safety plan  —  NEW YORK—A coalition of law enforcement authorities and representatives from social-networking site MySpace.com gathered Monday morning to unveil an extensive new plan for ensuring the safety of minors on the Internet.
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eMarketer:
3 Hidden Trends in 2008  —  Business statistics can often reveal a great deal of information about a market or trend.  A single number, like a picture, can be worth a thousand words.  Take 9.3%.  That figure represents eMarketer's prediction for the share of total US media spending …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
HD DVD fires back, slashes hardware & software prices  —  HD DVD's response to being unceremoniously jilted by Warner going into CES was ... nothing.  A canceled press conference, downtrodden Toshiba press conference and rumors of further losses left great doubt that red had anything left in 2008, but now HD DVD is firing back.
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
The RIAA speaks—and it gets worse  —  The RIAA has quickly become one of the most disliked organizations in the world.  Working ostensibly with the interests of the artists in mind, the organization has single-handedly instituted a policy of lawsuits and education in an attempt to curb the piracy of music.
Discussion: p2pnet and Christopher Null
 
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Symantec Corp.:
Banking in Silence  —  Targeting over 400 banks (including my own …
Discussion: Zero Day and SC Magazine US
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
New patent lawsuit targets Sixaxis, Wii controllers
Discussion: Electronista
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: RBC Says Holiday Mac Sales Were “Ginormous;” …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
1960s Braun Products Hold the Secrets to Apple's Future
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Tinfinger: A User Generated Who's Who
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
For political news, TV's decline opens door to Internet, NPR
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Newspepper - soft launch for citizen journalism site
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Petemortensen / Cult of Mac:
Hacked IKEA Paper Towel Holder Makes Great MacBook Pro Stand
Discussion: Gizmodo
Suzanne Tindal / CNET News.com:
Near-final Vista SP1 goes public
Ryan Block / Engadget:
DroboShare Drobo NAS mini-review
Discussion: Electronista
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Zagat Family Is Putting Guide Empire on Market
Anne Zelenka / GigaOM:
Coghead on AWS: The SaaS Ecosystem Expands
TankGirl / P2P Consortium:
“Our enemy has no intellectual capital to bring to the battle”
Discussion: PDA, Boing Boing and Digg
Andy Chiles / The Argus:
Lecturer bans students from using Google and Wikipedia