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7:31 PM ET, January 22, 2008

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James Bannan / APC:
Vista successor, Windows 7 to be released next year?  —  A recently-release roadmap for the next major Window release - Windows 7 - indicates that Microsoft is planning to release the new operating system in the second half of 2009, rather than the anticipated release date of some time in 2010.
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Could Windows 7 be the best Windows yet?  —  Given all the feedback that Microsoft has had from Vista users (both negative and positive), could Windows 7 be the best version of Windows yet?  —  Vista is turning out to be a bit of an enigma.  While sales seem strong, users seem far from satisfied with the latest offering from Redmond.
Ryan Naraine / eWeek:   Critical TCP/IP Worm Hole Dings Windows Vista
Apple:
Apple Reports First Quarter Results  —  Best Quarterly Revenue & Earnings in Apple History  —  Mac, iPod & iPhone Sales Break Previous Records  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2008 first quarter ended December 29, 2007.  The Company posted revenue of $9.6 billion …
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Ruthie Ackerman / Forbes:
High Expectations Bite Apple  —  Even the mighty iPod can't save Apple.  —  On Tuesday Apple (nasdaq: AAPL - news - people ) reported that first quarter earnings soared 57% with the help of iPod and iPhone sales, but its outlook for the second quarter fell short of Wall Street's expectations.
RealClearMarkets:
Might Google Buy the New York Times?  —  The choice for the family would be basically this: double your money or double down on “young Arthur,” as the NYT's Chairman and CEO is sometimes called.  In the back of their minds, the prospect of doubling down on “young Arthur” …
Discussion: WebProNews and Mashable!
Christine Monaghan / Apple:
Apple Adds Pink to the iPod nano Lineup  —  Apple® today announced that it is adding a gorgeous new pink iPod® nano to the lineup of the world's most popular music player.  The much-requested pink iPod nano is available immediately in an 8GB model for $199. iPod nano features …
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:   Apple Announces iPod Pepto
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
CBS Will Try To Convert Last.FM Acquisition To Video Value  —  One of the questions that comes up repeatedly in chats about CBS: what is the company doing to move last year's $280 million Last.fm acquisition beyond buzz into value?  Looks like answers may be on the way.
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
FCC official: No need to mandate ‘open’ mobile networks...yet  —  WASHINGTON—A key federal regulator on Tuesday said he's not ready—yet, at least—to pursue new rules requiring wireless carriers to open their networks to whatever devices or programs their customers desire.
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:   Supreme Court rejects cell-phone tax case
BurstMedia:
Current Research You Can Use Consumers Shout “I Want My Online Video”  —  Video content — once reserved to restricted distribution and corporate scheduling — is now readily available on demand at your favorite Internet web site.  The torrent of available video content online has been met …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Laid-Back Layoffs at Yahoo?  —  There have been a plethora of reports over the last week about what is happening at Yahoo in relation to layoffs.  —  As regular readers of BoomTown know, cutting staff is one thing we have suggested as something many think the Internet giant should do more of …
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Life after Google, with millions  —  What would you do if you were flush with $10 million or $100 million?  Would you retire, go to work every day at the company that made you rich, or chase other dreams?  —  That's the multimillion-dollar question for hundreds of early Googlers.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
AT&T says SIM-only service available contract free, 2-year plan was a mistake  —  Apparently, the news we got (and saw on the company's website) yesterday concerning AT&T's offer of a SIM-only service plan was off the mark... or so says AT&T. According to the telco's reps …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
AT&T Says SIM Contract Fiasco a Mistake
Discussion: CrunchGear, IntoMobile and MobHappy
GigaOM:
Yahoo, Please Put Up A Fight  —  Yahoo has lost about $20 billion in market cap over the last two years.  The fight that it was supposed to put up against Google has been full of Brownian Motion, generating no real momentum.  —  Yahoo has a staggering 500 million users.
Electronista:
Blu-ray hardware sales dominating HD DVD?  —  Sales of Blu-ray devices soared in the immediate wake of Warner Bros' Blu-ray decision, say new findings published by the research group NPD.  Although sales of devices that can play the two formats were virtually even in the first week of January …
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Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
Blu-ray players grab 93 percent of market after Warner went Blu
Discussion: Format War Central and Engadget HD
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Shooting yourself in the foot: Time Warner's usage caps  —  Last week, we learned from a leaked memo that Time Warner Cable is preparing to roll out usage-based broadband service tiers to new customers in Beaumont, TX.  The company has since confirmed its plans, with monthly bandwidth caps set at 5GB, 10GB, 20GB, and 40GB.
IEBlog:
Compatibility and IE8  —  In Dean's recent Internet Explorer 8 and Acid2: A Milestone post, he highlighted our responsibility to deliver both interoperability (web pages working well across different browsers) and backwards compatibility (web pages working well across different versions of IE).
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
As Tonight's Deadline For Scrabulous Shutdown (Or Sale) Looms, Zynga Might Be Next.  —  The saga of Scrabulous is nearing an end.  The Facebook version of Scrabble raised the ire of Hasbro and Mattel, which jointly own the rights to the game abroad and in the U.S., respectively.
rim.com:
RIM Showcases BlackBerry Platform Enhancements at Lotusphere 2008  —  Orlando, FL, Lotusphere 2008, Booth 516 - Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced a series of updates for its market-leading BlackBerry® platform that include enhanced messaging and collaboration …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Early Yahoo and Google (and Brian Lent)  —  Richard Brandt in his Stanford Magazine article from 2004 - “Net Assets: How Stanford's computer science department changed the way we get information” - describes how Brian Lent, PhD student at Stanford in the 1990s (and today CEO of Medio.com) …
 
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Kevin Massy / Crave: The gadget blog:
Toyota develops an eyelid-monitoring system
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Canadian labels: We get “absolutely zero credit” for not suing fans
Arn / MacRumors:
iPod Touch: ‘Mainstream Wi-Fi Mobile Platform’
PR Newswire:
Plantronics Reports Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2008 Results
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Blizzard Entertainment:
WORLD OF WARCRAFT® REACHES NEW MILESTONE: 10 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS
Peter / The Local Onliner:
In Midst of Editor's Departure, LA Times Ramps Up Online
Discussion: mydigimedia and LA Observed
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Rumor: Canon to introduce mid-pro “3D” camera and 5D replacement?
Discussion: Electronista
Elsa Wenzel / CNET News.com:
Apple closes security gaps for QuickTime, iPhone, iPod Touch
Discussion: Gearlog and TidBITS
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Spot Runner Acquires GlobeShooter, a Network of More Than 1,200 Video Producers
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
IP addresses could become “personal information” in Europe
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