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11:25 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 …
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 …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
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
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
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 …
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
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: DailyTech
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Electronista:
Toshiba cuts HD DVD prices to fight Warner coup
Discussion: TechSpot News
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
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Zagat Family Is Putting Guide Empire on Market  —  A “clever and sharp” restaurant guide company with “telling” rankings and “a penchant for quote marks” from its thousands of “in-the-know” reviewers is “on the block."  —  Zagat Survey, the guide empire that started as a hobby for Tim …
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: EU Press Room and PC World
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Joy of joys: Sony's TransferJet to be squarely pitted against industry standards of W-USB, Bluetooth 3.0?  —  It doesn't take a whole lot of empirical observation to figure out that Sony just loves to go proprietary, even in the face of wide industry acceptance of an alternative standard.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Slashdot
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
 
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John Liu / Bloomberg:
China Mobile Ends Talks With Apple to Sell IPhone
Ryan Block / Engadget:
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Discussion: Electronista
Louise Armitstead / Times of London:
Game Over for Tomb Raider boss
Judie Lipsett / Gear Diary:
CES 2008: Meeting With i-mate
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Macworld Expo Prelude
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Google Slams Northeastern Patent Suit
Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
Netflix Opens Floodgates To Online Streaming
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
IBM's fourth quarter well above targets
 Earlier Items: 
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
LG's silver Prada gets a new on-screen QWERTY
Discussion: Gadget Lab
InfoWorld:
InfoWorld launches drive to save Windows XP
Discussion: Gear Diary
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
MacBook Air in the air?
Discussion: Cult of Mac and MacUser
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Lifestreaming: a ReadWriteWeb Primer
Discussion: Dembot
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Xobni: Social Network in Your Inbox
Tom Hodgkinson / Guardian:
With friends like these ...  Facebook has 59 million users …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Trying to Fine-Tune Yahoo
Discussion: Voices and Susan Mernit's Blog