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9:25 AM ET, January 21, 2008

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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone goes corporate: AT&T announces business plan  —  Without a 3G iPhone announcement at MacWorld, Apple remains focused on increasing the penetration of their generation-one handset.  True to the rumors circulating the intertubes last week, AT&T is now offering the iPhone to business customers.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, PalmAddicts and VoIP Watch
Joshua Chaffin / Financial Times:
NBC chief eyes TV shake-up  —  Jeff Zucker, chief executive of NBC Universal, is planning to seize on the writers' strike to eliminate what he sees as extravagances in the way Hollywood makes and promotes television.  —  NBC and other companies have already used the strike to terminate millions …
Discussion: Lost Remote
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
NBC's Zucker hints at return to iTunes?
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
In Europe, Apple Faces Hurdles to iTunes Movie Rentals  —  LONDON — After introducing an online film rental business for American consumers last week, the chief executive of Apple, Steven P. Jobs, said he expected that the service would be expanded into international markets later this year.
Discussion: Engadget and paidContent.org
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
From MySpace to YourSpace  —  Two years ago, Chris DeWolfe, the co-founder and chief executive of MySpace, was talking about international expansion with Rupert Murdoch, whose News Corporation bought the social networking site in 2005.  According to Mr. DeWolfe, an entrepreneur used to moving …
Discussion: Gawker
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:   MySpace to Spin Off Its Incubator Into A Separate Company; Financed By News Corp
Jay Alabaster / Wall Street Journal:
Sanyo to Sell Mobile Unit to Kyocera  —  Companies Featured in This Article: Sanyo Electric, Kyocera, Goldman Sachs Group, Daiwa Securities Group, Sony, Telefon AB L.M. Ericsson  —  TOKYO — Sanyo Electric Co. will sell its struggling mobile-phone operations to Kyocera Corp. …
Discussion: Phone Scoop
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Mari Yamaguchi / Associated Press:
Sanyo to sell cell phone unit to Kyocera
Discussion: Engadget
Yakov / Q-blog:
Finam Puts $30 Million in Social Network Badoo  —  The Russian financial group Finam has invested some $30 million for a 10% stake in global social network Badoo to help it grow in Russia.  The Russian social networking market reached over 10 million users in January 2008.
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
A Venerable Magazine Energizes Its Web Site  —  A year ago, The Atlantic's Web site was, to put it gently, weak — in content, staff, traffic and advertising.  —  Today, with big-name bloggers and video, it barely resembles the same site, having evolved into one of the livelier places …
Reuters:
Thai AIS in talks with Apple on iPhone launch  —  BANGKOK (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Thailand's Advanced Info Service (ADVA.BK) (AIS) are in talks about selling the U.S. firm's popular iPhone in Thailand, a senior official of the Thai firm said on Monday.
Discussion: SlashPhone and O'Grady's PowerPage
BBC:
EA pushes ad-backed video games  —  Electronic Arts is to release a free online version of the popular Battlefield game to be supported by adverts and micro payments.  —  The PC game, Battlefield Heroes, will be available only online later this year, and will not be sold in shops.
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Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
The Video Game May Be Free, but to Be a Winner Can Cost Money
Discussion: paidContent.org
Magnus Persson / bit-tech.net:
The Weighted Companion PC  —  Foreword  —  When it comes to great new games, one of the first thoughts on anyone's mind is “POORTTAALL!!"  The utterly tongue-in-cheek humour, the innovative gameplay and entertaining (sometimes vexing) level design are enough to make pretty much every gamer find something to love.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Tech Blog
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
HBO Putting Shows Online, at No Additional Charge  —  HBO, cable's most popular premium channel, is carefully entering the arena of Internet video.  —  The channel, a subsidiary of Time Warner, will introduce HBO on Broadband starting this week to subscribers in Green Bay and Milwaukee …
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Campaign Reporting in Under 140 Taps  —  “NASHUA: Just saw Bill O'reily misbehaving at Obama rallly.  Shoving Obama staffer."  —  With these sloppily spelled words, sent Jan. 5 by text message by John Dickerson, chief political correspondent for the online magazine Slate, did microjournalism come of age.
Microsoft:
Q&A: Microsoft Courts Lotus Switchers with New Migration Tools  —  Microsoft Corporate Vice President Chris Capossela outlines new resources designed to help customers transition to Microsoft's unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) platform and the impact this business is having on the company's bottom line.
Discussion: Ed Brill
Paul Marks / New Scientist:
Wi-Fi music polling device takes heat off the DJ  —  Ever had a party ruined by your host's atrocious taste in music?  Then you might welcome a system that polls the musical preferences of party-goers and creates a playlist to keep everyone happy.  —  Developed by computer scientists …
Discussion: Gizmodo
The Register:
Microsoft ruling may not bolster Europe's new case, warns lawyer  —  Don't count your chickens...  A landmark court ruling which last year backed the European Commission's last competition action against Microsoft may not be as helpful in its current action as has been widely thought, according to a competition lawyer.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Twitter: What's your Dunbar number?  —  Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, or the prodigal son returning home to the family farm, my friend Scott Karp of Publishing 2.0 has decided to rejoin the Twitter-sphere.  He stopped last fall sometime, and wrote a post about why he had decided …
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Why I've Started Using Twitter Again
Discussion: broadstuff
 
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Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
AT&T now offering SIM-only option
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Will We See Delicious 2.0 This Week?
Shane Richmond / Telegraph Blogs:
Telegraph to become OpenID provider
Discussion: TechCrunch UK and paidContent
Gizmo Watch:
LED cellphone: Simple and cheap concept from Tao Ma
Discussion: Gizmodo, Ubergizmo and The Raw Feed
John Oates / The Register:
O2 misses iPhone targets
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Getty Images For Sale; Could Fetch $1.5 Billion
Discussion: New York Times
Nick Tabakoff / The Australian:
Murdoch bids for Packer media empire
Discussion: TechCrunch and paidContent.org
Pradnya Joshi / New York Times:
Web Cartoon Bolsters Visits to Newsday
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
 Earlier Items: 
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The metered internet  —  I'm getting a preview of Time Warner's …
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft still looking to take Notes share
Discussion: Computerworld and WinBeta
Mary Hayes Weier / InformationWeek:
Wal-Mart Gets Tough On RFID
Greg Wasserstrom / Gawker:
If You Love David Karp So Much Why Don't You Marry Him?
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Nokia And Facebook Working On Mobile Deal; Could Involve Investment
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Vista and Office 2007 getting some traction ahead of Windows 7
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
New Robert Scoble TV Show on FastCompany.TV will be Monetized via …
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