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6:40 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:
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 …
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
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Prashant / Blogger in Draft:
New feature: Blogger as OpenID provider  —  As we hinted before, we've been working on making Blogger an OpenID provider.  With our latest Blogger in Draft release, we've done just that.  You can now use your blog's URL as an OpenID URL on any website that accepts OpenID 1.1 authentication.
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Blogger Goes Down, I Look To Twitter For Help
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
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  —  China's total number of Internet users rose 53% to 210 million at the end of 2007.
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
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
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 …
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
Kevin Ho / Crave: The gadget blog:
Macworld: Blinged out iPhone Cases  —  Much like CES, the vast majority of iPhone accessories were limited to carrying cases or skins, which is surprising given that this was the event where the iPhone was introduced.  While entries from iSkin and CaseLogic were there, these entries from Gilty Couture caught my eye.
Discussion: Ubergizmo, textually.org and iLounge
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
iPhone Getting a Business/Corporate Plan on January 21st  —  Here's some good news for those of you who want an iPhone but have sold your soul to the corporate overlords: AT&T is said to be announcing iPhone compatibility to corporate and business accounts on January 21st.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Valleywag
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The Boy Genius Report:
AT&T iPhone going corporate on the 21st!
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Slide Gets Big Funding?  —  Call it the Facebook Funding Effect.  —  I am still collecting details, but Slide-the San Francisco startup whose widgets are among the most popular on Facebook and MySpace-is completing a round of funding that could value the startup at many times a multiple of its most recent $60 to $80 million valuation.
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
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 …
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.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Semantic Wave 2008 - Free Summary Report for RWW Readers  —  Project10X has just released a 400-page study of semantic technologies and their market impact, entitled Semantic Wave 2008: Industry Roadmap to Web 3.0 and Multibillion Dollar Market Opportunities.
 
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Deal Of the Day: CNN Pays $750,000 For Web Address
Discussion: Valleywag and Domain Name Wire
Aviv Raff / Aviv Raff On .NET:
Skype cross-zone scripting vulnerability
Daniel Langendorf / last100:
NBA decides not to go it alone, partners with Turner to expand its digital offerings
Discussion: NBA.com and Los Angeles Times
Washington Post:
DHS to Replace ‘Duplicative’ Anti-Terrorism Data Network
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Web Ad Buyer: Online Less Robust Than You Think, CPMs Headed Down
Discussion: Valleywag
New York Times:
Directors Reach Accord With Hollywood Studios
Jon Oltsik / CNET News.com:
Two old-time tech companies ripe for picking?
Christopher Mascari / Gizmodo:
Confirmed: Bricked iPhones Rise From the Grave With Firmware 1.1.3
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
AMD's Q4 earnings improve, but not enough
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Wii edges Xbox 360 in December console sales
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPod touch users: if you bought after Jan 1 the new apps are free — maybe
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Google's Schmidt to NASA: Be more ‘open’
Jon Udell:
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Max Freiert / Compete Blog:
Sink or Swim? The Top Moving Sites Of 2007
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Update: Joost Fires CTO