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11:01 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.
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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.
IFPI:
IFPI publishes Digital Music Report 2008  —  ‘REVOLUTION, INNOVATION, RESPONSIBILITY’ … Governments are starting to accept that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) should take a far bigger role in protecting music on the internet, but urgent action is needed to translate this into reality …
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Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Music Biz Pushes Piracy Blame To ISPs; Digital Sales Up 40 Percent  —  We said in December the music industry would this year start to shift blame for piracy on to ISPs.  As of today - and buoyed by recent similar French moves - the business is going after access providers in a big way.
Discussion: Reuters and DSLreports
Raphael G. Satter / Associated Press:   Digital Music Sales Up Worldwide
Bill Snyder / InfoWorld:
Move over, Red Hat.  Open source ain't what it used to be  —  Has the open source software movement become a victim of its own success?  A provocative new study by a longtime software analyst suggests that the giants of the commercial software world are cashing in on the popularity …
Discussion: Open Source
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Jeremy Kirk / LinuxWorld.com:
Schools will increase spending on open source
Discussion: Open Source
Jack M. Germain / LinuxInsider:   HP Unveils Three-Pronged FOSS Governance Initiative
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 …
Discussion: Slashdot
Fred / A VC:
Rethinking The Local Paper  —  This is my local newspaper, called The Villager.  If you live in Greenwich Village, NYC, you probably read The Villager.  But there are several problems with The Villager (which was voted NY State's “Best Community Newspaper").  —  First, it's only updated once a week.
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The EveryBlock Blog:
Introducing EveryBlock  —  “What's happening in my neighborhood?”
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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Tony Smith / The Register:
Linux-less Eee PC launched in Japan  —  Asus has formally launched its bonsai laptop, the Eee PC, in Japan, pre-installing the machine with Windows XP Home Edition rather than Linux.  —  The machine's specifications proved to be those of the standard 4GB solid-state disc model - the Eee PC 701 …
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.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Free Music Does Not Conflict With The Free Market  —  An associate editor at PC Mag emailed in a link to an opinion piece by PC Mag Editor-in-Chief Lance Ulanoff complaining that the ongoing demise of DRM is actually bad for the music industry — and even claiming that it goes against basic economic principles.
Discussion: PC Magazine
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
The AT&T leaves: Wireless strong; U-Verse buildout continues; Outlook in tact  —  AT&T reported its fourth quarter earnings and the big takeaways are that wireless growth is strong and enterprise spending is chugging along.  —  AT&T's earnings report garnered a little more attention …
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Stories to Terrify the Average Computer Owner  —  You know not to install software from fly-by-night Web sites with names you've never heard of.  But what about a familiar site that you visit all the time?  Would you click OK if the site asked you to install a piece of code that would make the site look better or load faster?
Discussion: Computerworld and VoIP Blog
 
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Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Samsung Thinks They “Know What Women Want,” Releases Two Fashion Phones
Discussion: textually.org
Business Wire:
Sprint Nextel Announces Key Leadership Changes
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Vudu price slashed to keep up with Apple TV
Reuters:
Google ties up with Japan's DoCoMo
Karl / DSLreports:
700Mhz Auction Starts Today - Billion dollar battle begins
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple halving iPhone projections for quarter?
Discussion: Insanely Great Mac
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
MapReduce Explained  —  Mark Chu-Carroll is a Google software engineer …
Royal Pingdom:
When data center cabling becomes art
 Earlier Items: 
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
YouTube to feature on wider range of mobile phones
Arn / MacRumors:
Netflix to Offer Mac Video Streaming in 2008
Discussion: Between the Lines
Seth Finkelstein / Guardian:
You say you've never considered the politics of search engines?
Brad Stone / New York Times:
EBay's New Leader Moves Swiftly on a Revamping
Discussion: Techland
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Best Buy sold infected digital picture frames
Will Price:
Downturn - Now What?  —  My first year in venture was 2002.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Growing Online, BBC Is to Join With MySpace
Electronista:
Canon unveils 12-megapixel EOS Rebel XSi
Discussion: Gearlog, Engadget and Gizmodo