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7:00 AM ET, January 17, 2008

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Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Interview: Sony's Thoughts On the MacBook Air  —  During the Keynote, Jobs compared the Macbook Air to Sony's TZ ultraportable, implying it had a small keyboard and screen, was too thick, and was not that good.  Here's what Sony thinks of the Apple MacBook Air:
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Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Is MacBook Air Worth the Money?  Five Slim Laptops Face Off  —  Updated with battery life stats, by popular demand.  We can all agree that the MacBook Air is a slick-looking little laptop.  It's so thin!  You can't argue with that!  But if you're in the market for a small, high-performance laptop, is it the best option?
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
A decentralized Twitter?  —  Andrew Baron is a smart guy, and he's not a techy, so when he explains technical issues he does it in a way non-technical people can understand.  —  Dembot: “If you hosted your own Twitter, just like you host your own website, you could put your twitter anywhere.”
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louisgray.com:
Can We Talk About Twitter for a Second?  —  About a year ago, I wrote how I had completely sworn off instant messaging, and how, despite its fast-rising user base, I had no intention of using Twitter.  And so far, I haven't given in to the siren song.  While I hadn't expected to ever gain …
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Centeralization vs. Decentralization: What's The Value Of Twitter?  —  Although I haven't had time to use Twitter recently, I've been following all the discussions about Twitter, because it's become a flashpoint for innovative thinking about online communication and media.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Salesforce.com To Offer DaaS Service, New Pricing Model, Competition  —  CRM and SaaS provider Salesforce.com have announced that there Force.com Cloud Computing Architecture (our review here) is to now offer Development-as-a-Service (DaaS), a new pricing structure and a developer competition.
Discussion: Between the Lines
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
SalesForce Updates Force.com Platform and Offers New Pricing …
Discussion: Mashable!
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Perspective: Myspace Still Kicking Facebook's Ass in Traffic  —  While the media and Silicon Valley have lost our collective minds over the rise of Facebook over the past year, traffic analysts Hitwise released numbers today indicating that things are not as they might seem.
DSLreports:
Time Warner Cable Eyeing Overage Charges?  - Memo says trial will determine national deployment...  Time Warner Cable may be exploring the possibility of implementing overage charges for its RoadRunner cable broadband service.  According to excerpts from a leaked internal memo posted to our forums …
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:   Leaked memo: Time Warner Cable to trial hard bandwidth caps
Matt Raymond / Library of Congress Blog:
My Friend Flickr: A Match Made in Photo Heaven  —  If you're reading this, then chances are you already know about Web 2.0.  Even if you don't know the term itself, you're one of millions worldwide who are actively creating, sharing or benefiting from user-generated content that characterizes Web 2.0 phenomena.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Keynote Roundup  —  Miscellaneous thoughts and observations from yesterday's Macworld Expo keynote:  —  OFFICE 2008  —  I was interested to see whether Microsoft would get some demo time during the keynote to show Office 2008.  The Mac BU hasn't always gotten stage time, but, I think …
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Facebook bullies writers, not its engineers, to keep data private  —  My boss, Nick Denton, may be banned from Facebook, for posting photos of Emily Brill, daughter of entrepreneur Steve Brill.  Insiders at the social network tell me that they have considered similar sanctions against me …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
How Do You Say “Fix Your Service” In Japanese?  —  Twitter is to launch a dedicated version of their growingly popular messaging service for Japan.  —  The new site is will be developed in partnership with Digital Garage, who as part of the deal has also made an investment in Twitter …
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BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Twitter in Japan  —  Despite the fact that Twitter is in English …
Discussion: Mashable!
Savio Rodrigues / InfoWorld:
More thoughts on Sun & MySQL  —  First off, kudos to Sun for valuing MySQL at this price.  The deal represents ~36% of Sun's Cash & Cash Equivalents (of $2.7B) on hand at the end of their last quarter (Sept. 2007).  But considering how cheap debt is these days, Sun could probably fund a portion of the deal through cheap debt.
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
Digging Deeper::  Traditional Media Ready to Elevate the Conversation Online — with Moderation  —  Traditional Media Ready to Elevate the Conversation Online — with Moderation  —  Major media sites have started to get the religion of audience participation, but there's been one big hitch …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
WAYN said to be close to sale.  The price?  $200m.  The buyer?  AOL  —  Social travel site WAYN is allegedly in talks with AOL over a possible $200m sale to the consumer portal giant.  A spokesperson for the UK startup denied that any sale talks are taking place.
Discussion: PDA and Silicon Alley Insider
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Social software Twitter, Facebook called on for higher purpose  —  Google.org's technology project to help save lives in the event of natural disasters or public health threats is expected to launch Thursday.  —  The project, called Innovative Support to Emergencies, Diseases and Disaster …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Broadband Enterprises raises $10M to help with video shift online  —  Movie, television and radio writers have been on strike since last fall — and when they come back they may find all their viewers gone.  —  You'd think American Idol's viewer ratings would be immune to the strike, because it doesn't have any writers.
Shawn Burke / Shawn Burke's Blog:
Configuring Visual Studio to Debug .NET Framework Source Code  —  It's finally here - the launch of the .NET Reference Source project.  This post (hopefully!) contains everything you need to know.  Over the past few weeks, we ran a pilot of this feature and collected lots of great data …
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Storm Worm: the Valentine's gift that keeps on giving  —  The team behind the Storm Worm certainly doesn't miss any excuse to shovel their malware into the tubes.  Both Christmas and New Year's saw the appearance of new appropriately themed Storm variants, and it appears the little darling …
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Bojan Zdrnja / SANS Internet Storm Center, InfoCON:   Deja Vu: Valentine's Storm
 
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Brett Terpstra / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
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Longofest / MacRumors:
IBM To Release Lotus Symphony For Mac, Notes iPhone Compatibility
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Internet routing shows growing pains—again
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
Disney delays Stage 9
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Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:
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louisgray.com:
Shared Reader Latest to Take on Google Reader Shared Item Rankings
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
AOL's Morgan To Media Buyers: Fix Your Models Before It's Too Late
Discussion: Adweek
Clint Ecker / Infinite Loop:
Macworld.Ars: NewsGator to get your attention in 2008
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Surprise, Justin.TV Builds Own CDN To Cut Costs, Improve Performance
Financial Times:
Rolling Stones move new album from EMI
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
I stoleded your Air: Air has no Kensington laptop lock slot
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Tin Foil Hat Alert: Paypal Messes With Ron Paul Campaign
Discussion: Ron Paul War Room
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple PC Sales Jump 30% in Q4, Gartner, IDC Say