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9:45 PM ET, January 16, 2008

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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Flickr Takes Historical Imagery To The Masses
Discussion: The Utube Blog
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
REPORT: FACEBOOK THREATENS TO BAN GAWKER'S DENTON  —  This post was updated at 9:11 a.m. PST with comment from Nick Denton.  —  Facebook isn't too happy with Gawker Media founder Nick Denton over some screenshots of a member's profile that he posted on Gawker.com on Tuesday, Portfolio.com reports.
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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 …
Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Blog:
Helping Dolphins Fly  —  We announced big news today - our preliminary results for our fiscal second quarter, and as importantly, that we're acquiring MySQL AB.  —  If you're interested in the financial details for the quarter, tune in to our conference call (see details on sun.com) today …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sun Picks Up MySQL For $1 Billion; Open Source Is A Legitimate Business Model
Discussion: DBMS2, CNET News.com and Forever Geek
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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Does Twitter have to be industrial strength?  —  One of the sidenotes of Steve Jobs' Macworld keynote was Twitter's performance problem-especially since some folks were depending on it to live blog.  The incident raises a question about Twitter: Does it have to be industrial strength to be taken seriously?
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?
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Newlaunches.com
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Paul Boutin / Slate:
WHY I'M DISAPPOINTED IN APPLE'S ULTRASLIM NEW LAPTOP.  —  Also in Slate, Harry McCracken explains why Apple's Macworld Expo is a better place to see the future of electronics than the massive Consumer Electronics Show.  —  Apple's new super-extra-ultraslim MacBook Air laptop is undeniably sexy.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Leaked memo: Time Warner Cable to trial hard bandwidth caps  —  Metered Internet access is a fact of life for many broadband users around the world, but has been largely a nonfactor when it comes to wired broadband in the US.  That may change, according to a memo leaked to the Broadband Reports forums.
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DSLreports:
Time Warner Cable Eyeing Overage Charges? …
Discussion: IP Democracy
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
iTunes movie rentals vs. Netflix: It's Apples (Jobs variety) and oranges  —  Apple makes a big plunge into the movie rental business and almost instinctively folks dust off the “Netflix is screwed” line.  However, you may want to hold of f on that Netflix obituary (again).
Discussion: Bits
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
iTunes and Apple TV rentals and purchases: what you can (and can't) do
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.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
OK, Now This Is A Little Scary: Microsoft Biometrics  —  Microsoft has lodged a new patent for a system that can track a worker's productivity, physical wellbeing and competence.  —  According to The Times, who has seen the patent: … The Microsoft patent details a “unique monitoring system” …
Discussion: Channel 9
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple PC Sales Jump 30% in Q4, Gartner, IDC Say  —  Hot off the presses and over the transom comes this afternoon's PC market share report from Gartner and from International Data Corp., which shows Apple (AAPL) increased its unit sales in the U.S. by 28% in the fourth quarter from the same period …
Discussion: Bits, eWeek and Electronista
 
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Twitter in Japan  —  Despite the fact that Twitter is in English …
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Microsoft defends Open XML work
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Facebook Launches Extended Profile
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