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3:30 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:
Discussion: PalmAddicts and 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, Newlaunches.com and Digg
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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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.
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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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Flickr to host Library of Congress photos
Discussion: loc.gov
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 …
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.
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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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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Time Warner Cable Eyeing Overage Charges? …
Mike Cane / mikecane2008.wordpress.com:
Steve Jobs Is Up To Something.  Probably Big. … Emphasis added by me.  —  Let's review: … Here's Jobs dissing flash players in his own words at MacWorld 2004:  —  January 2005: Jobs introduces the iPod Shuffle.  —  Transcript Of Apple's iTunes Conference Call (2004) … Emphasis added by me.
BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Twitter in Japan  —  Despite the fact that Twitter is in English, we continue to see exciting growth from all over the world.  Japan, in particular shows a very strong and growing demand for Twitter services.  Movatwitter and Twitterpod are great examples.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   How Do You Say “Fix Your Service” In Japanese?
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.
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: Silicon Alley Insider
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
AOL Rumored To Be In Talks To Buy UK Social Travel Site WAYN For $200 Million
Discussion: The Drama 2.0 Show
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.
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 …
 
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
The “seismic shift” in online video and Velocity funds Broadband Enterpises
Discussion: Voices, TechCrunch and NewTeeVee
Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:
Pownce Launch Party Tonight - Pownce to Exit Private Beta
Discussion: Valleywag
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Social software Twitter, Facebook called on for higher purpose
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
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louisgray.com:
Shared Reader Latest to Take on Google Reader Shared Item Rankings
Discussion: Mashable!
Mickey / SpamSuite.com:
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
AOL's Morgan To Media Buyers: Fix Your Models Before It's Too Late
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Clint Ecker / Infinite Loop:
Macworld.Ars: NewsGator to get your attention in 2008
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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
InfoWorld:
Microsoft defends Open XML work
Discussion: eWeek
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple PC Sales Jump 30% in Q4, Gartner, IDC Say
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Are Facebook Application Users Worth $1.40 a Piece?
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