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1:10 AM ET, January 17, 2008

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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.
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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:
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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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?
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Newlaunches.com
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.”
Discussion: Voidstar: blog and broadstuff
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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.
Discussion: WebProNews and SmoothSpan Blog
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.
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 …
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?  - 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 …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Saleforce.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.
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.
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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Sun Microsystems:
Sun Microsystems Announces Agreement to Acquire MySQL, Developer …
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, Computerworld and Electronista
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Surprise, Justin.TV Builds Own CDN To Cut Costs, Improve Performance  —  While Justin.TV's live video site first broke on the scene with its fair share of scandal and gimmicks, not too many people realized they were doing anything more than programming a website to broadcast video from off the shelf web cams.
 
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Mickey / SpamSuite.com:
Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Order for Judgment
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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
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Storm Worm: the Valentine's gift that keeps on giving
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
WAYN said to be close to sale. The price? $200m. The buyer? AOL
Financial Times:
Rolling Stones move new album from EMI
BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Twitter in Japan  —  Despite the fact that Twitter is in English …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
I stoleded your Air: Air has no Kensington laptop lock slot
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Tin Foil Hat Alert: Paypal Messes With Ron Paul Campaign
Discussion: Ron Paul War Room
Kevin Tom / Official Google Blog:
The iGoogle Themes API
InfoWorld:
Microsoft defends Open XML work
Discussion: eWeek
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
iTunes movie rentals vs. Netflix: It's Apples (Jobs variety) and oranges
Discussion: Bits
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Are Facebook Application Users Worth $1.40 a Piece?
Maki / Dosh Dosh:
17 Ways You Can Use Twitter: A Guide for Beginners, Marketers and Business Owners
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