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10:50 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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Slide Gets Big Funding?
Discussion: bub.blicio.us, Valleywag and Epicenter
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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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
New Blu-ray 2.0 spec makes PS3 the most future-proof player
Discussion: Bits 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
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.
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
Glenn Chapman / Agence France Presse:
US video game sales soar to record 17.9 billion dollars  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - US video game industry sales rocketed to a record high 17.9 billion dollars in 2007, with Nintendo reigning as champion of the console battle with Microsoft and Sony, according to research group NPD.
Discussion: Lost Remote
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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
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.
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
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.
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
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
37signals - All Services Currently Down  —  Just a quick note from a tipster that all of the services offered by 37signals are currently down.  This includes: Basecamp, Backpack, Highrise, Campfire, Writeboard, Ta-da List, and their blogs.  Adam from Mashable also notes the outage.
Discussion: TechCrunch, VentureBeat and Mashable!
 
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Corynne McSherry / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
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Scott Nichols / Today @ PC World:
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Garrett M. Graff / Washingtonian.com:
A Night Out: Google Opens a DC Office
Gamerscore Blog:
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Personal data for 650,000 customers vanishes into thin air
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
MySQL, JBoss, Zimbra...What is an open-source company worth?
Internet Crime Complaint Center:
VISHING ATTACKS INCREASE
Discussion: IDG News Service and InfoWorld
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Matthew Broersma / PC World:
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Discussion: Computerworld and Electronista
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
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Fish Bridge Connects Two Aquariums; if Only Fish Were Smart Enough to Use it
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPhone speaker too quiet? Stab it with needles
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Darren Waters / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
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