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2:51 PM ET, January 22, 2008

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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.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple store down: pink iPod nano and Canadian iPhone rumors swirl  —  Yup, it's down again... on a Tuesday... just hours before they announce their quarterly financials.  We've been hearing about new pink iPod nanos all morning which have apparently been shipped to big box retail locations.
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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 …
Chris / LiveSide:
Windows 7 details emerge - look Software + Services  —  Right now everyone is getting excited over the apparent distribution of early Windows 7 builds to external Microsoft partners.  One poster over at Neowin is claiming to have installed the build and while unsurprisingly its difficult to verify this …
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Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Neowin.net forum member posts first review of Windows 7 Milestone 1 Build 6.1.6519.1  —  Looks like it didn't take long for the first external build of Windows 7 to be leaked on to the interwebs.  Black fumes were reported escaping Steven Sinofsky's office earlier this morning after news Microsoft …
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 …
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Streaming Ads Driving Users Away From Content: Report
Discussion: Dan Blank and WebProNews
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Pre-Roll Video Ads Scare Viewers Away. Get Used To It.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Lost Remote
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Netvibes gets unnecessary social features  —  My favorite start page, Netvibes, is getting an interesting upgrade.  The new “Ginger” version gets social features for sharing your start-page widgets and layouts, as well as a status feed reminiscent of Facebook and Twitter.
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Netvibes Grows Up  —  Netvibes, with today's release …
Discussion: MarketingShift
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!
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.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Slashdot, DSLreports and Digg
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 …
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.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
MacBook Air Unboxed, Compared to Sony VAIO  —  Update: Akiko has shared with us her opinions about the Air, from the perspective of a PC user experienced and obsessed with thin laptops, “like everyone in Japan,” according to her.  Here you have the first MacBook Air unboxing …
Discussion: PC World, PalmAddicts and Digg
Mylene Mangalindan / Wall Street Journal:
EBay Chief Whitman Plans to Retire  —  EBay Inc. Chief Executive Meg Whitman is preparing to retire.  —  In the past few months, Ms. Whitman, who has led the San Jose, Calif., Internet auctioneer since March 1998, has been delegating more daily responsibilities to her lieutenants and is completing …
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.
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
IP addresses could become “personal information” in Europe
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Matt Kapko / RCR Wireless News:
AT&T Mobility set to join mobile TV space
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Drive-by Pharming in the Wild
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Microsoft pledges cash for IT in developing world
Timothy Lee / Techdirt:
Did Slate Violate Copyright Law?
Bloggasm:
January 30th is International Delete Your Myspace Account Day
Discussion: Mashable! and The Progress Bar
 Earlier Items: 
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Piper Jaffray lowers iPod estimates ahead of earnings call
Discussion: Apple Gazette
Om Malik / GigaOM:
AT&T Says SIM Contract Fiasco a Mistake
Discussion: IntoMobile, MobHappy and DSLreports
Ryan Naraine / eWeek:
Critical TCP/IP Worm Hole Dings Windows Vista
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Laid-Back Layoffs at Yahoo?
Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
CIA: Cyberattack caused multiple-city blackout
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Electronic Arts to give away video games online
comScore:
U.K. Traditional Media Brands Attract Online Audiences From Around the World
USA Today:
Boston gets Comcast's TiVo-powered DVR