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11:25 PM ET, January 18, 2008

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Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
Slide: The $500 Million Widget  —  After cashing in big with PayPal, Max Levchin could be at it again with his social network tool.  The latest funding values Slide at a half-billion  —  When Max Levchin started Slide, the popular tool that lets users create slide shows and other bling …
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Slide Slides Into Some Cash  —  Slide, the maker of applications for social networks, has raised another round of funding - $50 million from the private equity funds at Fidelity and T-Rowe Price, two major Wall Street investment houses.  The firms have taken a 9 percent stake in the three-year-old …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
The “Google generation” not so hot at Googling, after all  —  A new UK report on the habits of the “Google Generation” finds that kids born since 1993 aren't quite the Internet super-sleuths they're sometimes made out to be.  For instance, are teens better with technology than older adults?
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
The Big Picture  —  Up or down?  That's what this week's Macworld show came down to for most news organizations.  Would the new Apple products make the company's shares go up or down?  They went down.  Macworld was a bust, we were told repeatedly, as if it really mattered.
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Tony Smith / The Register:
Jobs: Blu-ray wins HD format war then loses to downloads  —  Blu-ray Disc beat HD DVD, but who cares?  Downloads, not physical media, are the future of HD content consumption.  So said Apple CEO Steve Jobs this week, a comment that's a distant echo of allegations made by Transformers director Michael Bay last year.
Discussion: George Ou and BetaNews
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
CE-Oh no he didn't!  Part LIV: Jobs calls Robbie Bach a drunk  —  Proving once again that the truth is stranger (and more entertaining) than fiction, Steve Jobs himself delivers one of the finest Oh no he didn't moments ever.  Apparently riding high on the thrill of introducing the MacBook Air …
Discussion: Apple Gazette, Gadget Lab and Digg
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Sources: MacBook Air battery replacements take only minutes  —  Due to its ultra-thin profile, Apple's new MacBook Air was designed with an integrated 37-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery that is not user-replaceable.  Though this has caused some initial concern amongst potential adopters …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Counting to (Windows) 7  —  I've gotten lots of questions from Windows users this week about TG Daily's story that Microsoft is running early with Windows 7 and has delivered an early build to unnamed parties outside of the company.  —  Here's what I know and don't.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Jupiter: Local Online Advertising Will Be Worth $8.9 Billion In 2012  —  There are now a range of local forecasts in the market, some more bullish and some more conservative.  But all agree that locally targeted ads in search, display (including video) and classifieds are growing at rates faster than overall online ad growth.
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Online Ads Hit $50 Billion By 2011; Local Reaches $9 Billion By 2012 …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Business Wire
Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
Ultralight Lenovo X300 Series Thinkpad Leaked  —  It appears that Lenovo have themselves a new ultralight X300 series Thinkpad—and outside of the price and release date, we have all of the specs that you need to know.  At a glance, some of the major features include: a 13.3-inch LED backlit 1440X900 screen …
Discussion: DailyTech
Chris Vallance / BBC:
Facebook faces privacy questions  —  Facebook is to be quizzed about its data protection policies by the Information Commissioner's Office.  —  The investigation follows a complaint by a user of the social network who was unable to fully delete their profile even after terminating their account.
USA Today:
Social, work lives collide on networking websites  —  Just after her honeymoon last March, Wadooah Wali took the de rigueur next step these days: She changed her status on the networking websites Facebook and MySpace from “in a relationship” to “married” and posted pictures of her partner — another woman.
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Bug Labs going live on Monday  —  Here are the first shots of the BUGBase Hiro P model that goes on sale this Monday when the store opens up.  This is the final production model, but is, sadly, sans Wi-Fi.  Yeah, seems that open source Wi-Fi drivers were causing some issues and Bug Labs decided …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
USA Today:
‘Rock Band’ pumps up music sales  —  The success of the video game Rock Band is drumming up revenue for the music industry.  —  Virtual rockers downloaded roughly 2.5 million songs in the eight weeks since the game launched on the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3 systems.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com, geeksugar and Techdirt
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Personal data for 650,000 customers vanishes into thin air  —  Personal information belonging to more than 650,000 US customers of J.C. Penney and other retailers is at risk after the company hired to safeguard the data lost a backup tape.  —  The information, which was entrusted …
Discussion: E-Commerce Times
 
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Corynne McSherry / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Cyberlaw and cyberlawgs  —  Eric Menhart may call himself …
Glenn Chapman / Agence France Presse:
US video game sales soar to record 17.9 billion dollars
Discussion: Lost Remote
Scott Nichols / Today @ PC World:
Life is Good, Except when the FTC is Investigating You
Garrett M. Graff / Washingtonian.com:
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Internet Crime Complaint Center:
VISHING ATTACKS INCREASE
Discussion: IDG News Service and InfoWorld
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Matthew Broersma / PC World:
Dell: Don't Worry About Laptop Electric Shocks
Discussion: Computerworld and Electronista
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Sites Closer to Launch?
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
37signals - All Services Currently Down
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPhone speaker too quiet? Stab it with needles
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
New Blu-ray 2.0 spec makes PS3 the most future-proof player
Discussion: Bits and Digg
Mweller / The Ed Techie:
The Facebook lessons
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