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4:45 PM ET, January 18, 2008

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Sprint:
Sprint Nextel Reports Fourth-Quarter Subscriber Results, Announces Actions to Streamline Operations  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S) today reported wireless subscriber results for the fourth quarter of 2007, announced initial plans to streamline its business as part of an ongoing review …
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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 …
Discussion: GigaOM, TechCrunch and Mashable!
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Slide Gets Big Funding?  —  Call it the Facebook Funding Effect.  —  I am still collecting details, but Slide-the San Francisco start-up whose widgets are among the most popular on Facebook and MySpace-is completing a round of funding that could value it at many times a multiple of its most recent $60 million to $80 million valuation.
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 …
Discussion: Valleywag
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?
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: Gizmodo, Apple Gazette, Gadget Lab and Digg
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
What Bugs Apple Fans
Discussion: The Mac Observer and MacDailyNews
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.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Don't miss lessons Radiohead, Trent Reznor offer  —  Musicians aren't merchants.  —  We certainly learned that through Radiohead and Trent Reznor's separate experiments with choose-your-price album promotions.  —  In October, Reznor, the leader of the band Nine Inch Nails …
Darren Waters / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
Seesmic killed the YouTube star?  —  It's not often you are presented with a vision of the future of online video in a pub in London.  —  But that's exactly what I was shown last night by celebrated French blogger, well-connected entrepreneur and Seesmic founder Loic LeMeur.
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.
Internet Crime Complaint Center:
VISHING ATTACKS INCREASE  —  Are you one of many who have received an e-mail, text message, or telephone call, purportedly from your credit card/debit card company directing you to contact a telephone number to re-activate your card due to a security issue?  The IC3 has received multiple reports …
Discussion: InfoWorld and IDG News Service
Mweller / The Ed Techie:
The Facebook lessons  —  (avlxyz - http://www.flickr.com/photo_ zoom.gne?  id=2077892948&size=l)  —  So, as I said in my last post, this will be the year Facebook fades away for many of us.  It won't disappear - I'll probably have a Facebook profile still, but I just won't use it much …
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
New Blu-ray 2.0 spec makes PS3 the most future-proof player  —  With the sudden and unexpected announcement from Warner that the studio would be abandoning HD DVD titles in favor of Blu-ray, it seemed to many observers that the high-def format war was all over, bar the shouting.
Discussion: Digg
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Sites Closer to Launch?  —  Since October 2006 when Google announced they had acquired Jotspot - the wiki hosting service which allows you to create “rich web-based spreadsheets, calendars, documents and photo galleries” by using their wiki applications - people have been waiting for Google to do something with it.
 
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Erik Hanson / Engadget:
DirecTV rolls out remote recording
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
HTC Touch coming to Verizon: People who liked the Sprint Touch …
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
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Don Reisinger / Crave: The gadget blog:
If people buy consoles for software, why is the Wii so popular?
Discussion: Associated Press and Kotaku
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPhone speaker too quiet? Stab it with needles
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
D.C. Googleplex: 1,100 sq. ft. per worker, and built to party
UC Berkeley:
UC Berkeley: Craigslist to establish first endowed faculty chair in new media
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
More information on the MacBook Air's CPU
Nokia:
Nokia N95 8GB, the first DLNA certified mobile
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Eee PC with 9-inch touchscreen in the works?