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8:30 AM ET, January 14, 2008

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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.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google betting big on mobile market—and Apple  —  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.  —  As a result of those gifts, the number of global queries …
Discussion: Scobleizer and Mashable!
Andy Chiles / The Argus:
Lecturer bans students from using Google and Wikipedia  —  A lecturer has criticised students for relying on websites like Google and Wikipedia to do their thinking for them.  —  Professor Tara Brabazon, from the University of Brighton, said too many young people around the world were taking …
Discussion: WebProNews, Scobleizer and Mashable!
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
University students banned from Google and Wikipedia
Discussion: PDA
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Macworld 2008: How can Steve Jobs top the iPhone?  —  The Macworld Conference & Expo, Silicon Valley's largest technology trade show, opens Monday.  But the moment everyone is waiting for comes Tuesday morning, when Steve Jobs makes his annual keynote address at San Francisco's Moscone Center.
Tom Hodgkinson / Guardian:
With friends like these ...  Facebook has 59 million users - and 2 million new ones join each week.  But you won't catch Tom Hodgkinson volunteering his personal information - not now that he knows the politics of the people behind the social networking site  —  I despise Facebook.
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 …
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TankGirl / P2P Consortium:
“Our enemy has no intellectual capital to bring to the battle”  —  In this special interview Rick Falkvinge, the founder and the leader of Swedish Pirate Party, gives his own views on the wildly heated political filesharing debate in Sweden, evaluates the political and technological prospects …
Discussion: Boing Boing and Digg
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
ULTIMATE LIVEBLOGGING TOOL: COVERITLIVE  —  CoverItLive is a new, hosted service for blogging events in real-time, or “liveblogging."  It's a useful tool for people covering major industry events, speeches, sports, and the like.  I first saw the product in use when I was watching …
Discussion: Ryan Stewart
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
CoverItLive looks like a worthy app
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Financial Times:
EMI chief confident of ability to call a new tune  —  Given the aggressive plans that Guy Hands will unveil tomorrow for revamping EMI, it is fitting that the buy-out boss's favourite music industry metaphor is a military one.  —  “I often visualise the record industry as generals throwing CDs …
Discussion: paidContent
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Telegraph:
EMI managers will have to sing for their supper
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
EFF Files Brief In Howell Case, Says ‘Making Available’ Is Not Infringement  —  from the infringement-needs-to-show-infringement dept  —  While much of the attention paid to the RIAA's case against Jeffrey Howell has been on the incorrect assertion that the RIAA was claiming Howell infringed simply …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Lifestreaming: a ReadWriteWeb Primer  —  Lifestreaming, according to Wordspy, is “an online record of a person's daily activities, either via direct video feed or via aggregating the person's online content such as blog posts, social network updates, and online photos.”
Discussion: Dembot
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Trying to Fine-Tune Yahoo  —  Jerry Yang began his biggest public presentation since becoming chief executive of Yahoo with something of an apology.  —  “I'm guessing that a lot of you are here today to see what the new look and new face of Yahoo is all about,” he told an audience …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
MacBook Air in the air?  —  The kids over at 9to5Mac are making the case that Apple's rumored ultra-portable will be dubbed the MacBook Air.  Besides all the anecdotal evidence supporting their case, one of their readers discovered a machine identifying itself as a “MacBookAir” in a January 9 …
Discussion: Cult of Mac and MacUser
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
VideoEgg Adds imeem, Metacafe and Buzznet to Video Ad Platform; Extends Reach By 50 Million  —  VideoEgg has announced a new partnership with imeem, Metacafe and Buzznet to push its EAP (Eggnetwork Advertising Program) to these sites.  The company believes this will expand the reach of their ad network by nearly 50 million users.
Discussion: Mashable! and 901am
Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
It is no accident that Typhoid Mary was a woman  —  Posted by jeremyliew in social games, social gaming, social media, social networks.  —  add a comment  —  There is increasing evidence to suggest that in the consumer internet, females serve much better than males in spreading the viral growth …
Discussion: Futuristic Play
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Xobni: Social Network in Your Inbox  —  Xobni (that's inbox backwards - cute!) is the next big idea in productivity enhancements for your inbox.  The Xobni software is an add-on for Microsoft Outlook that offers email management and quick access to important information in your email.
 
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Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Free Song Promotion Is Expected From Amazon
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GigaOM:
The Operators vs. the Media Brands
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
iriver prepping handwriting-friendly e-book / tablet?
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Alec Saunders .LOG:
Skype with High Quality Video
Discussion: Skype Journal
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Bloomberg News Launches CEO Show as New Video Strategy Emerges
Discussion: Pulse 2.0 and Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Things Are Looking Good At Startup Schwag
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
TSA security flaws exposed users to risk of identity theft
Discussion: Computerworld
John Markoff / New York Times:
Two Views of Innovation, Colliding in Washington
Brian Brady / The Independent:
Prisoners ‘to be chipped like dogs’
Discussion: Engadget and Digg
Kerry A. Dolan / Forbes:
Andy Grove's Last Stand
Discussion: bytes|genes
Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Macworld Exhibitor tip: disable the IR port on your Macs
USA Today:
Introducing the first Android prototype