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11:55 AM ET, January 15, 2008

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Patrik / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
First Rogue Cleaning Tool for Mac  —  We've just found the first Mac rogue application and it's called MacSweeper.  —  It claims to clean your Mac from compromising files and it will always find something to fix/clean but the only way to do so is to buy the program.
Danny Dumas / Gadget Lab:
Breaking: Apple Insider Leaks Ultra-Portable Details  —  An Apple insider told Wired today that the company's new ultraportable, expected to be seen in public for the first time tomorrow, has an extremely thin profile and is shaped like a teardrop when closed — thicker at the top behind the screen …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook buying Plaxo?  —  Facebook is “one hundred percent” buying Plaxo, we've just heard from a source.  —  This follows a rumor previously published by Valleywag asserting that such a deal is underway.  —  While these types of rumors should be taken with more than a grain of salt …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Plaxo And Facebook Merger Rumors False (So Far)  —  We know Plaxo is for sale, presumably looking for north of $100 million and telling people around Silicon Valley that they've had an offer for north of $200 million.  Revolution Partners, an investment bank, has been pitching them to all the big potential buyers.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Macworld Expo Predictions  —  Predictions and advance commentary for tomorrow's Macworld keynote, some based on consensus rumors, some based on no more than wishful thinking on the part of yours truly.  This is all conjecture and tea-leaf-reading (well, mostly), so, please, no wagering.
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Michael Rose / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
First in line for the keynote
Discussion: ParisLemon and Engadget
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Help-Key: How to turn the Macworld Keynote into a fun, healthy drinking game
Robby Stein / Official Gmail Blog:
New Gmail for the iPhone  —  We've just released a new look and feel for the mobile version of Gmail on your iPhone.  Our goal: make Gmail fit nicely as part of the latest Google on your iPhone experience.  This means that we had to make Gmail faster and more fluid.
Wall Street Journal:
Ticketmaster Buys Major Reseller  —  Ticketmaster has agreed to pay about $265 million for TicketsNow, a Web site for reselling tickets to concerts and sports events.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Swedish prosecutors dump 4,000 legal docs on The Pirate Bay  —  As the calendar pages turned from 2007 to 2008, one constant remained for the motion picture and music industries: The Pirate Bay's willingness to ignore their threats (and copyrights) to the point that the Swedish group's site …
Kelly K. Spors / Wall Street Journal:
New Services Help Bloggers Bring in Ad Revenue  —  Users Can Customize Appearance of Spots, Use Video and Audio  —  If you're not making money off your blog, 2008 might be the year.  —  As more people see potential in earning money off the Internet, there is a quickly expanding array …
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
MacWorld: What will Steve Jobs unveil in today's keynote speech?  —  Photo: aarontait on Flickr.  Some rights reserved.  —  It's that time of year again - the bi-annual MacWorld orgy in San Francisco.  It's four days of Mac heaven for fan boys, gadget obsessives and will vie with last week's CES …
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Macworld:
Macworld Expo Keynote Coverage
Discussion: The Apple Core and MacUser
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
iFolio Converts iPhone into Ultra-Light Laptop, So Light It Doesn't Exist  —  With visions of the MacBook Air hovering tantalizingly before us, one designer took a page from the now-dead Palm Foleo and has docked the iPhone into a really barebones 12" chassis—essentially nothing more than a screen, keyboard and USB ports.
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David A. Utter / WebProNews:
FCC Approves Google For Wireless Auction  —  The 700MHz wireless spectrum auction on January 24th opens with 214 bidders chasing the big prize, with Google competing with an assortment of telecoms both big and small.  —  As part of the process of lining up bidders who will pay upwards …
BBC Press Office:
More than 3.5 million programmes accessed via BBC iPlayer in first fortnight  —  Over a million visitors to BBC iPlayer website following Christmas Day marketing launch  —  Over 3.5 million programmes have been streamed or downloaded on demand via the BBC iPlayer within a fortnight of its marketing launch on Christmas Day.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
TSA Staffer Hires Buddies To Build Insecure Website For Folks Falsely On Watch List  —  from the well-that-makes-me-feel-safe dept  —  We've had so many stories of government computer systems or websites that have terrible security or are just useless (but expensive!) that it shouldn't surprise us to hear of another one.
Justin Mullins / New Scientist:
Invention: Expressive pen  —  Expressive pen  —  While the written word has taken great leaps in recent years with the advent of computer-based publishing and the global dissemination of text across the web, the humble pen is more or less the same device it has ever been.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Business Technology:
Techies to Microsoft: Save Windows XP  —  Microsoft plans to discontinue sales of its Windows XP operating system on June 30, meaning businesses that purchase a copy of Windows after that date will be forced to buy Vista, Microsoft's new operating system.  That decision is proving unpopular …
Discussion: VoIP Blog
 
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Speaking of Apple, Citi Ups Estimates on Mac Sales
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Google Apps coming to Clearwire customers via new partnership
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Facebook: 1 in 50 UK Internet visits
alarm:clock euro:
German Angels On Drugs 2.0
Discussion: paidContent
Debra O. Mastaler / Search Engine Land:
There's No Such Thing As A Worthless Link
Clive Thompson / Wired News:
Explosion of Indie Games Kills ‘Best of’ Column
Stephanie N. Mehta / Fortune:
The attack of the ad-sponsored phone call
Sean Ammirati / Read/WriteTalk:
John Lilly - CEO, Mozilla
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Ajaxian
 Earlier Items: 
Graham Webster / CNET News.com:
China Mobile says no to iPhone deal, so far
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Ars Technica / Gizmodo Macworld party was a success!
Ryan / Invisible Inkling:
MODERNIZE YOUR NEWSROOM TODAY
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Mobile ad company Admob has great year, sees spurt in iPhone browser traffic
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
CNNMoney Relaunches Site; Banks on Video
Discussion: Bits, Business Wire and Mashable!
Louis Hau / Forbes:
Apple Makes Nice With Hollywood
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
Video Game Industry Seeks Political Clout
Brad Stone / New York Times:
More Than Games, a Net to Snare Social Networkers