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4:45 PM ET, January 24, 2008

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Miguel Helft / Bits:
YouTube On the Go  —  YouTube first dipped its toe in the mobile world in November of 2006 with a deal to deliver some video clips through the VCast service of Verizon Wireless.  Last year it created a mobile Web site accessible on many Sprint and AT&T phones.  But the site only carried a small slice of YouTube content.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
YouTube Takes Entire Site Mobile
Discussion: mocoNews.net and Yahoo! Finance
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Wall Street Journal Web Site To Remain Subscription-Based  —  The Wall Street Journal's Web site, WSJ.com, will keep a significant portion of its content behind its paid-subscription wall, News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch said Thursday.  —  Speculation that News Corp. would make WSJ.com …
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.
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John P. Falcone / CNET News.com:
Vudu drops price to fend off resurgent Apple TV  —  Vudu is knocking 25 percent off the price of its eponymous video-on-demand box.  Effective immediately, the Vudu is now $295, down from its original $399 asking price.  Customers who've purchased the unit in the past 30 days …
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Steve O'Hear / last100:
Vudu “slashes” price again (sort of)  —  When Apple announced the launch of iTunes movie rentals and an updated AppleTV, most of the talk was about how it would compete with incumbents such as Netflix.  But one company, Vudu, has more to fear than most.  —  It's set-top movie box offering …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Valleywag and Gearlog
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 …
InfoWorld:
How the wireless spectrum auction could change your life  —  Depending on who's talking, the wireless spectrum auction that starts on Jan. 24 will significantly change the mobile and wireless landscape in the U.S., or it won't have much impact at all.  —  Some believe it will lead to creation …
Discussion: Electronista, last100 and Computerworld
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Robert X. Cringely / Popular Mechanics:
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the 700-MHz Auction …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Battelle Turns Down $100 Million Offer For FM Publishing.  Decides To Shop Around For a Higher Price.  —  Yesterday, news started circulating that Federated Media Publishing hired Savvian, a boutique San Francisco investment bank, to shop around the blog ad network to potential buyers.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Netflix bringing streaming rentals to Macs, game console next?  —  Recent announcements on iTunes rentals certainly caused a stir amongst the neglected Mac-masses, but it looks like the online rental game is about to get a little more cutthroat for fanboys and fangirls everywhere.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Salon
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Arn / MacRumors:
Netflix to Offer Mac Video Streaming in 2008
NTT DoCoMo Global Site:
NTT DoCoMo and Google to Partner in Mobile Internet Services  —  Tokyo, January 24, 2008 - NTT DoCoMo, Inc. (Headquartered in Tokyo; President & CEO Masao Nakamura) and Google Inc. (Headquartered in California; Chairman & CEO; Eric Schmidt) today jointly announced that they formed a partnership …
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Bill Snyder / InfoWorld:
Has open source sold out?  —  As open source goes mainstream, big commercial software companies reap as much revenue as scrappy independents  —  Has the open source software movement become a victim of its own success?  A provocative new study by a longtime software analyst suggests …
Discussion: Open Source
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sprint Cleans House: CFO, CMO, Sales Chief Get The Boot  —  Sprint Nextel (S) this morning started cleaning house: the company announced the departures effective tomorrow of CFO Paul Saleh, Chief Marketing Officer Tim Kelly, and President of Sales and Distribution Mark Angelino.  Buh-bye.  Buh-bye.
Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
The “Work From Home” Generation  —  For decades in American households the most dreaded morning sound was that of an alarm clock.  Sometime between 6 and 7am a beep or radio music signaled that it was time to get up and head to work.  But in the early 21st century two things have begun to change.
Josh / Redeye VC:
After the Techcrunch Bump  —  I see many consumer Internet pitches these days where the basic marketing strategy is to (1) get covered by Techcrunch, (2) get tens of thousands of users from the “Techcrunch Bump”, and then (3) “grow virally".  While a positive Techcrunch review has the potential …
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 …
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Smartphones, seat belts, searches, and the Fourth Amendment  —  When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone as a “revolutionary” device, he probably wasn't thinking of its effect on the Fourth Amendment.  But a new paper by Adam Gershowitz, a professor at the South Texas College of Law …
Discussion: Salon and Gizmodo
 
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Jasmine France / Crave: The gadget blog:
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John Leyden / The Register:
Estonia fines man for DDoS attacks
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
Analysis: One-third of iPhones sold to unlock
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Adchemy raises $19M to use science for online ads
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Confirmed: MacBook Air SuperDrive does NOT work with other machines
Discussion: Christopher Null
Smaran / TorrentFreak:
Alchemist Author Pirates His Own Books
Discussion: P2P Blog and O'Reilly Radar
Business Wire:
Rockstar Games Announces Release Date for Grand Theft Auto IV
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Rick Broida / CNET News.com:
Turn an old notebook hard drive into a USB drive for $10.99
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Cher Pryce / Inquirer:
Rumours of Big Blue buy-out boost AMD stock
Discussion: Between the Lines
Lance Ulanoff / PC Magazine:
DRM-Free Music Spells Trouble
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Thunderbolt's jetpack: Just $100,000 for 75 seconds of flight
Discussion: Engadget
Timothy Lee / Techdirt:
Your Website Shouldn't Be Just An Electronic Version Of Your Print Publication
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple halving iPhone projections for quarter?
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
EA Calls Fox Out on “Insulting” Mass Effect Inaccuracies