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1:30 PM ET, January 14, 2008

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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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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.
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google doubles down on the iPhone; officially rolls out its app lineup
Discussion: Gizmodo
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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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   Amazon/Pepsi DRM-Free Music Give Away Shows Yet Another Business Model …
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.
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Pocket-lint.co.uk:
NEWS Macworld2008: Steve Jobs keynote speech leaked?
Discussion: bub.blicio.us and Micro Persuasion
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
European regulators targeting .Net, OOXML, server products in new Microsoft probe  —  European antitrust regulators are kicking off two new Microsoft antitrust investigations, one of which involves products and technologies for which Microsoft allegedly is withholding interoperability information …
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Aoife White / Associated Press:
EU launches new Microsoft investigation
Discussion: WinBeta
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
MySpace Tries To Put Sexual Predator Problems Behind It  —  In a deal announced today with 49 state attorneys general and Washington D.C., MySpace has put into place new measures to protect minors from sexual predators.  The site, owned by News Corp., has agreed to independent monitoring and to work on age-verification technologies.
Discussion: CNET News.com and Reuters
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Michael Gormley / Associated Press:
MySpace agrees to new safety measures
Discussion: Download Squad
Anne Zelenka / GigaOM:
Coghead on AWS: The SaaS Ecosystem Expands  —  Coghead, like DabbleDB and Zoho Creator, allows you to quickly create a hosted database-backed web application without programming.  But unlike DabbleDB and Zoho Creator, Coghead wants to create a platform not just for web applications but for web businesses …
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 …
Suzanne Tindal / CNET News.com:
Near-final Vista SP1 goes public  —  Microsoft has made Vista's Service Pack 1 near-final “release candidate” available for download to the general public, after initially choosing to restrict it to 15,000 beta testers when it debuted last week.  —  According to a blog by ZDNet.com's Mary Jo Foley …
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
Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
More Google Queries Get Google Maps  —  The share of Google searches that result in visits to Google Maps has skyrocketed since last year, according to the online traffic-measurement firm Hitwise.  Over the week ending Jan. 6, 2007, 0.22 percent of Google searchers went on to Google Maps.
Discussion: Screenwerk and Natural Search Blog
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
For political news, TV's decline opens door to Internet, NPR  —  The Internet might be changing the way that people get their news, but television is still king.  That's one result from a new Pew study into the Internet's role in the 2008 US presidential campaign.
BBC:
One million viewers use iPlayer  —  More than 3.5 million programmes have been watched by more than a million people using the BBC's online video service iPlayer since 25 December.  —  On average, 250,000 programmes were either streamed or downloaded each day following the Christmas Day launch.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
DroboShare Drobo NAS mini-review  —  So we snagged a DroboShare to hook our lonesome, directly-attached Drobo into.  At $200 for what's essentially a USB network adapter we had some pretty high expectations, but thankfully we've been pretty impressed so far.
Discussion: Electronista
 
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Discussion: kottke.org and Digg
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Tinfinger: A User Generated Who's Who
Discussion: Tinfinger
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
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Discussion: CNET News.com and Digg
Petemortensen / Cult of Mac:
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Discussion: Gizmodo
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Discussion: Dembot