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1:10 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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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPod nano in the pink
Discussion: Digg
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Apple Pushes Pink iPod nano in Time for Your Valentine
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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: DSLreports and Digg
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Ron Grover / Business Week:
HBO Joins the Movie Download Derby
Discussion: Wikinomics
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.
Jeffro / Jeffro2pt0.com:
The Digg Story Doesn't Sell Anymore  —  Muhammad Saleem posted an article on Techcrunch.com that goes over 9 different reasons on why the Digg story sells.  Muhammad makes a series of points that I agree helped to propel Digg.com to success.  However, the golden days of Digg.com are long gone.
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Muhammad Saleem / TechCrunch:
9 Reasons Why The Digg Story Sells
Discussion: Digg
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
MacBook Air Unboxed, Compared to Sony VAIO  —  Here you have the first MacBook Air unboxing: iPhone-styled tiny packaging, minimalist and all in smooth black.  Not only that, but they were allowed to compare it to another thin laptop, a Sony VAIO (fight!)  Akiko Wada, a Japanese blogger …
Discussion: PC World and PalmAddicts
USA Today:
Boston gets Comcast's TiVo-powered DVR  —  NEW YORK — TiVo aims to make life easy for its digital video recorder customers.  But its journey to this potentially pivotal week was extraordinarily difficult.  —  After three years of painstaking work, Comcast, (CMCSA) the nation's largest cable provider …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:   Tivo Finally Launches On Comcast As A Software Upgrade; Limited Rollout and Features
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Vista virtualization move opens real doors  —  Microsoft's decision to allow Home versions of Vista to run inside virtual machines may have far-reaching benefits in the coming years.  —  The initial market for such virtual Vista machines is likely to be among Mac users looking to run Windows …
Discussion: eWeek and All about Microsoft
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Robert McLaws / Windows Vista Edition:
Microsoft Caves on Vista Virtualization
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 …
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.
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Oscars Live Stream Nominations  —  Just as they do every year, the Academy trotted out its Oscar nominees at the crack of dawn this morning, but this year had a twist.  All of the announcements were streamed live on the web at Oscar.com.  But like so many traditional media titans' web initiatives …
 
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Ryan Naraine / eWeek:
Critical TCP/IP Worm Hole Dings Windows Vista
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Laid-Back Layoffs at Yahoo?
InfoWorld:
Taiwanese DRAM makers cut capital spending
Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
CIA: Cyberattack caused multiple-city blackout
IEBlog:
Compatibility and IE8  —  In Dean's recent Internet Explorer 8 …
PC World:
Facebook Faces UK Privacy Probe
Discussion: WebProNews
Jeffrey R. Young / Chronicle of Higher Education:
Blog Comments and Peer Review Go Head to Head to See Which Makes a Book Better
Discussion: if:book and Smart Mobs
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Electronic Arts to give away video games online
Discussion: p2pnet, Techdirt, Gawker and Channel 9
 Earlier Items: 
Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
Recording industry threatens to sue students
comScore:
U.K. Traditional Media Brands Attract Online Audiences From Around the World
Joe Fay / The Register:
IBM snubs OS/2 open source plea
Discussion: OSDir.com
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Olympus Stylus 1030SW Is Drop-, Water- and Freeze-Proof
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Re: Google's Vint Cerf Interviewed
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Airwaves, Web Power at Auction
The Register:
Latest iPhone firmware unlocked
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Pownce Opens To Public Tonight At Midnight; Early Screen Shots Of New Features