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4:35 AM ET, January 18, 2008

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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Time Warner: Download Too Much and You Might Pay $30 a Movie  —  Let's say you buy a new Apple TV because you want to rent high-definition movies.  And say you are about to move to Beaumont, Tex. If so, you might wind up paying Time Warner Cable as much as $30 when you download a movie using its high-speed Internet service.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
China Close To Becoming World's Largest Internet Market By Users  —  New statistics released by the Chinese Government show that China is due to surpass the United States as the nation with the most internet users in the coming months.  —  The state-owned China Internet Network Information Center …
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Wall Street Journal:
China Closes In on U.S. as Largest Web Market
Discussion: theory.isthereason
Microsoft:
Microsoft Hires Tony Scott as Chief Information Officer  —  Respected industry veteran to join executive leadership team, run global IT operations.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced the appointment of Tony Scott to the role of chief information officer (CIO) and corporate vice president of Microsoft.
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InfoWorld:
Former Disney executive joins Microsoft as CIO
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Blogger Suffers Major Outage.  Bloggers Not Happy  —  Google's Blogger hosted blogging service has suffered a major outage this afternoon (PST) with [Spammers] bloggers flooding forums to complain.  —  Users affected by the outage were presented with a Blogger error message that included the code …
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MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Blogger Goes Down, I Look To Twitter For Help
Discussion: Blogger in Draft and Bloggers Blog
violet blue:
so, everyone's asking what happened between me and steve jobs today...  Update 01.16: this is now on Digg, “Steve Jobs tells off fan, calls her 'rude': Blogger and podcaster Violet Blue approached the Apple CEO on the Macworld floor to ask for a photo — and got completely blown off.".
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Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:   Re: the Violent Blue controversy — you just do NOT walk up and touch me.
Crave at CNET UK:
Dell laptops in electric shock shocker  —  We've discovered a worrying new feature in some Dell laptops: if you touch them, you may get an electric shock.  This discharge can vary in strength from a gentle tingle to a sudden jolt.  Disturbingly, you could also be shocked when connecting printers …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Folks In Europe Trying To Connect The CIA To Every Successful American Internet Company?  —  Earlier this week, some readers sent in the utterly ridiculous article from the Guardian in the UK working out all sorts of laughable conspiracy theories behind Facebook.
Discussion: Dvorak Uncensored and Digg
AnandTech:
The MacBook Air CPU Mystery: More Details Revealed  —  Author: Anand Lal Shimpi MacBook Air Products  —  Earlier this week Apple announced its MacBook Air, and within hours we had the mystery of its “60% smaller” CPU uncovered.  Or at least we thought.  —  It turns out there's even more depth …
Discussion: MacRumors
Steve Lohr / Bits:
IBM: A Separate Reality?  —  We knew the bottom-line numbers, after I.B.M. jumped the gun by three days and announced its surprisingly strong profits and sales figures on Monday.  But what was striking in the company's conference call on Thursday afternoon was the unhedged optimism in its outlook for 2008 …
Discussion: InfoWorld and The Register
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Google's Schmidt to NASA: Be more ‘open’  —  WASHINGTON—Google chief Eric Schmidt on Thursday suggested NASA could learn a few things from his company.  —  Speaking at a luncheon series to commemorate the agency's 50th anniversary this year, Schmidt urged the space agency …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Digg's secret editors  —  Why do some stories abruptly disappear from Digg?  Duncan Riley of TechCrunch suspects “super users."  But there's a much simpler explanation: Digg's shadowy moderators.  Digg cofounder Kevin Rose has admitted that the social-news site, a supposedly democratic venue …
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
Domain king cashes $750,000 check for $70 domain  —  Rick Schwartz just sold CNN the domain iReport.com for $750,000.  Schwartz bought the domain in 1997 for “$70 to $100,” he told Silicon Alley Insider.  CNN likely bought the domain for its I-Report program.  You know, the one where You The Viewer get to do all the work.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Max Freiert / Compete Blog:
Sink or Swim?  The Top Moving Sites Of 2007  —  At Compete we frequently write about monthly traffic volume and site popularity, but the focus is usually on the ten or twenty sites that enjoy monthly visitors in the tens (or even hundreds) of millions.  While it's important to investigate these sites …
Daniel Langendorf / last100:
NBA decides not to go it alone, partners with Turner to expand its digital offerings  —  The NFL and MLB stayed home.  The NBA is stepping out.  We'll see who innovates the best.  —  The NBA and Turner Broadcasting System will jointly manage the league's domestic 24-hour digital business …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and NBA.com
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Web Ad Buyer: Online Less Robust Than You Think, CPMs Headed Down  —  Most prognosticators predict another booming year for online advertising, but Carl Fremont isn't so sure.  Fremont, the global media director for digital ad giant Digitas, says the weakening economy will slow down Web ads as well.
Discussion: Valleywag
 
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New York Times:
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PC World:
U.S. Video Game Industry Grows 43 Percent Over 2007
Discussion: Ars Technica
Christopher Mascari / Gizmodo:
Confirmed: Bricked iPhones Rise From the Grave With Firmware 1.1.3
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
AMD's Q4 earnings improve, but not enough
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Wii edges Xbox 360 in December console sales
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPod touch users: if you bought after Jan 1 the new apps are free — maybe
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
iPhone Getting a Business/Corporate Plan on January 21st
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Valleywag
Jon Udell:
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Update: Joost Fires CTO
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Exonerated RIAA defendant scores double victory in court
 

 
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Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Internal memo: ABC News Executive Editor Stacia Deshishku is leaving the network and her 35-year career in journalism

Alexandra Canal / Yahoo Finance:
An excess of ad supply on streaming video services, after Amazon's Prime Video joined the market in January, means CPM rates have dropped for now

James Ball / Politico:
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