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5:35 AM ET, January 24, 2008

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USA Today:
MacBook Air: The sexy kind of skinny but with some flaws  —  Apple has earned a sterling reputation designing beautiful products that usually perform as splendidly as they look.  —  The MacBook Air laptop that CEO Steve Jobs unveiled last week turns heads.
Discussion: MacRumors, New York Times and Gizmodo
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Apple's MacBook Air Is Beautiful and Thin, but Omits Features  —  Apple finally has entered the subnotebook market, introducing a lightweight laptop meant to please road warriors.  But, typical of Apple, the company took a different approach from its competitors.
Steven Levy / Newsweek:
The Skinny on the MacBook Air  —  Size matters, but has Apple gone too far?  —  Early in my writing career, I had an assignment to follow around a mohel—the guy who does ritual circumcisions in the Jewish tradition.  My subject learned the trade by watching his dad, a renowned figure in the field.
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Health Login Page  —  Want to get a first live glimpse of Google Health, which Google's Marissa Mayer announced will be rolled out in early 2008?  Point your browser to:  —  www.google.com/accounts/ServiceLogin?se rvice= health  —  However, I didn't get past the login screen, so all we see at the moment is the intro page.
The EveryBlock Blog:
Introducing EveryBlock  —  “What's happening in my neighborhood?"  —  For a long time, that's been a tough question to answer.  In dense, bustling cities like Chicago, New York and San Francisco, the number of daily media reports, government proceedings and local Internet conversations is staggering.
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Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
Digg: New Algorithm Changes  —  Just wanted to give everyone some insight into some of the changes we've been making this week.  As we've talked about in the past, Digg's promotional algorithm ensures that the most popular content dugg by a diverse, unique group of diggers reaches the home page.
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Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
New Digg algorithm angers the social masses
Discussion: Soshable, techipedia and Digg
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why Last.fm's free music won't replace your music collection  —  Can music companies compete against “free"?  Sure they can; it's an issue I addressed in yesterday's feature on the changing nature of the music business, and confirmation came today from the oldest of old-guard sources, CBS.
Discussion: New York Times and CNET News.com
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Richard Jones / Last.fm:
Free the Music  —  A few days ago we sent out some cryptic invitations …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
AT&T boosts DSL speeds; still playing tortoise to FiOS hare  —  AT&T has announced a much-needed speed boost for its U-Verse DSL service.  Beginning in February, the telecom will begin offering AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet Max, which will top out at 10Mbps down and 1.5Mbps up.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Oh, My Aching Google...Down 10%!  —  Google's down almost $60 on the day, or more than 10%.  So here's our question:  —  How are all you folks who assured everyone that Google and search are recession proof feeling?  Are you backing up the truck?  Or are you beginning to think we might have a point?
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:   Google Stock Plummets: Blame It On the Lemmings
InfoWorld:
Sources: Vista SP1 due out in next few weeks  —  The wait is nearly over for the first service pack for Windows Vista, according to sources close to Microsoft.  —  Microsoft has said the highly anticipated service pack would be out in the first quarter of this year, but some say it could be available …
Matt / Photo Matt:
On Ma.tt  —  A few weeks ago I twittered I was heading to the bank to wire money for a life change.  People got excited, and assumed I was buying a house, fancy car, plane, company, jewelry... it was really amusing to see where people's imagination went.  I'm afraid the truth is much less exciting, at least to other people.
Robert A. Guth / Wall Street Journal:
Gates Calls for Kind Capitalism  —  Famously Competitive, Billionaire Now Urges Business to Aid the Poor  —  Free enterprise has been good to Bill Gates.  But later today, the Microsoft Corp. chairman will call for a revision of capitalism.  —  In a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos …
Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
Yahoo eyeing online music service  —  LOS ANGELES - Yahoo Inc., is in early discussions with major record labels over offering unprotected MP3s either for sale or for free as part of an ad-supported service, two record company executives familiar with the talks said Wednesday.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
The truth about the iPhone's sales numbers  —  The iPhone has managed to stay atop the news almost constantly since its launch last June—and sales haven't been too shabby either.  Market research firm Gartner said that the company managed to capture 20 percent of smartphone sales during …
Electronista:
Canon unveils 12-megapixel EOS Rebel XSi  —  Canon helped inaugurate next week's PMA show tonight by upgrading its entry digital SLR.  Now dropping “Digital” from the camera name, the EOS Rebel XSi jumps from 10.1 to 12.2 megapixels while also using the same DIGIC III image processor as higher-end cameras such as the 1D Mark III.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Associated Press:
Nokia chief confirms plant to close  —  HELSINKI, Finland - Nokia Chief Executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo said in an interview published Thursday that the company will not change its decision to shut a mobile phone manufacturing plant in Bochum, Germany, despite widespread protests and possible damage to Nokia's image.
 
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Percy Cabello / Mozilla Links:
Ten years of Mozilla
Discussion: OSDir.com and Slashdot
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
YouTube expands mobile video service
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Chirp Launches Its Social Screen Saver In Beta
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Best Buy sold infected digital picture frames
Discussion: Spyware Sucks
Will Price:
Downturn - Now What?  —  My first year in venture was 2002.
Discussion: Zoli's Blog
Feng / Inside AdWords:
Demographic bidding beta test
Lance Ulanoff / PC Magazine:
DRM-Free Music Spells Trouble
Discussion: Voices and Slashdot
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Growing Online, BBC Is to Join With MySpace
Discussion: Snipperoo
 Earlier Items: 
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS: Entry-Level Elph Gets Image Stabilizer …
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple crippling OS X debugging tool to protect iTunes DRM?
Kevin Poulsen / Wired News:
Pillaged MySpace Photos Show Up in Massive BitTorrent Download
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
Digging Deeper::  BusinessWeek.com Pushes into Aggregation …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Web Outages and Damage Control 2.0
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Facebook moves into international translation efforts
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
IBM's Salary Cuts
 

 
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Sam Buckingham-Jones / Australian Financial Review:
Google has quietly renewed deals with Australian outlets, sources say as year-long deals, worth tens of millions of dollars under the News Media Bargaining Code

Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Hunter Biden drops his lawsuit against Fox News over its “mock trial” miniseries about his overseas financial dealings, after filing it last month

Los Angeles Times:
LA County Sheriff's Department secretly investigated and urged the state AG to prosecute an LA Times reporter who wrote about a leaked list of problem deputies

 
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