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10:35 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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google doubles down on the iPhone; officially rolls out its app lineup  —  Google confirmed Monday what most watchers of the search giant have known for weeks if not months-the company is doubling down on the iPhone.  —  Garett Rogers has been keeping tabs on Google's iPhone efforts …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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 …
USA Today:
Introducing the first Android prototype
Discussion: InfoWorld, VoIP Blog and TechCrunch
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 …
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Alexandra Frean / Times of London:
White bread for young minds, says university professor  —  Google is “white bread for the mind”, and the internet is producing a generation of students who survive on a diet of unreliable information, a professor of media studies will claim this week.  —  In her inaugural lecture at the University …
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
University students banned from Google and Wikipedia
Discussion: PDA and Mashable!
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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Dave Ambrose / All Facebook:
Lessons Learned from 60 Minutes' Interview with Zuckerberg …
Discussion: Texas Startup Blog and Mashable!
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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USA Today:   Apple fans hope for subcompact computer at Macworld
Business Wire:
IBM Issues Preliminary 2007 Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Results  —  ARMONK, N.Y.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—IBM (NYSE: IBM - News) today announced fourth-quarter 2007 diluted earnings of $2.80 per share from continuing operations, an increase of 24 percent, compared with diluted earnings of $2.26 per share in the fourth quarter of 2006.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
IBM's fourth quarter well above targets
Discussion: eWeek
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 …
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Coghead 2.0: Built on Adobe Flex, Hosted By Amazon
Discussion: coghead.com and RIApedia
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
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
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 …
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF Files Brief in Atlantic v. Howell Resisting RIAA's “Attempted Distribution” Theory  —  On Friday, EFF filed an amicus brief in Atlantic v. Howell, an Arizona lawsuit brought as part of the RIAA's national campaign against individuals for file-sharing.  Although the case has received attention recently …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   EFF Files Brief In Howell Case, Says ‘Making Available’ Is Not Infringement
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
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Toshiba drops prices on HD DVD players  —  Forget holiday shopping deals, many Toshiba HD DVD players are now selling for under $200 anyway.  The HD-A3 and HD-A30 are going for $134.98 and $174.98 on Amazon, respectively.  You'll still get two free movies in the box (Bourne Identity and 300) plus five more by mail, too.
Discussion: Electronista and DailyTech
Dominic Walsh / Times of London:
EMI plans to tighten support and make cuts to tune of 2,000 jobs  —  EMI, the music group behind Norah Jones and Coldplay, will announce plans tomorrow to scrap the system whereby each of its record labels has its own support function in a move that is likely to cost up to 2,000 jobs.
Discussion: p2pnet, Coolfer and hypebot
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