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8:00 PM ET, January 25, 2008

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Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Latest Test for DMCA Safe Harbors: Warner Sues SeeqPod  —  Warner Music Group has sued SeeqPod (complaint, 500k PDF), a “Web 2.0” music search engine (combined with embedable playlists, etc, etc) that has been gaining in popularity in recent months.  —  This is the latest in a string of lawsuits against Web 2.0 companies.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Warner sues “playable search engine,” tests DMCA safe harbor
Discussion: last100
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Warner Music Sues Seeqpod: How Dare It Help People Find Stuff …
Discussion: Electronista and WebProNews
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Warner Music Sues Seeqpod
Discussion: Listening Post and Mashable!
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Spectrum auction starts, draws over $2.7 billion in first-day bids  —  Auction 73, the long-awaited 700MHz spectrum sell-off, got under way yesterday as the Federal Communications Commission conducted two rounds of bidding by the 214 qualified bidders.  Action was brisk, although none …
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Dan Meyer / RCR Wireless News:
700 MHz auction ends first week of bidding at $3.7B
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
The case of the 1.4 million missing iPhones  —  The talk among Apple (AAPL) watchers today is Toni Sacconaghi's dogged pursuit of the 4 million iPhones Steve Jobs claimed to have sold as of Jan. 15, the date of his Macworld keynote speech.  —  AT&T (T), the iPhone's exclusive U.S. carrier …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: More On The Missing iPhones
Larry Shaughnessy / CNN:
Double amputee walks again due to Bluetooth  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua Bleill lost both his legs above the knees when a bomb exploded under his Humvee while on patrol in Iraq on October 15, 2006.  He has 32 pins in his hip and a 6-inch screw holding his pelvis together.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget, Joe Duck and Slashdot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Scoble Sells Out  —  Robert Scoble, who has long been proud of the fact that his popular blog remains free of advertisements or sponsorships, will soon put ads on his site, he told me yesterday.  —  The change comes as part of his move to Fast Company, who will sell the ads on his behalf and will also be redesigning the site.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Smartphones Patented... Just About Everyone Sued 1 Minute After Patent Issued  —  This past Tuesday, the US Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent on “a mobile entertainment and communication device."  Reading the patent, you realize it describes the quite common smartphone.
Miguel de Icaza:
Usability Disaster Story  —  In December, someone asked me about how many Mono downloads we had per month to estimate the size of Mono users.  With software like Mono the download numbers do not mean much, because most of our users get their software through their distribution, package channels or as a bundled executable.
Discussion: Jeffrey McManus
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Gates' “creative capitalism": profits plus philanthropy  —  At a high-profile speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, yesterday, Bill Gates urged business leaders to focus on finding new ways to turn a profit while benefiting the world's poorest residents.
Discussion: The Open Road and CNET News.com
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Barry Neild / CNN:
Bill Gates' new project: Farming
Discussion: Neowin.net and Gizmodo
Artur Bergman / O'Reilly Radar:
Books that make you dumb  —  Wikiscanner hacker Virgil Griffth told me a while ago about his latest data mining project, to visualise the relationship between books and SAT scores.  Today he released his findings at Booksthatmakeyoudumb.  —  He does this by cross referencing the 10 …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Spamford Wallace's MySpace riches come under attack  —  The FTC's quest for spam stopping balls  —  Analysis Anybody who says crime doesn't pay obviously hasn't talked to Sanford Wallace.  In just six months' time, the prolific purveyor of spam and spyware engineered a scam on MySpace …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
MacBook Air review  —  It fits in a manila folder, you can slide it under a door, and if you threw it hard enough you could probably chop someone in half with the thing.  It's the thinnest, and if we may say so, the sexiest laptop around today: the MacBook Air.
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Repeal Denied  —  When will Moore's Law be repealed?  For the 30+ years I have been in and around the computer industry I have heard that question asked.  The reason is obvious: this seemingly magical doubling of computing power per dollar every 18 months has been taking place since …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Super Panel At Davos: The Future Of Mobile Technology  —  Fortune Senior Editor David Kirkpatrick led a power-packed session at Davos this afternoon called The Future of Mobile Technology.  Panelists included Google CEO Eric Schmidt, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows 7: The Anti-Vista?  —  Even with Windows Vista's one-year anniversary launch just a week away, all that anyone in the tech-enthusiast community seems to want to talk about is Windows 7 (Except for those who are already sick of hearing about 7, as one Windows user characterized himself in a conversation I had yesterday.)
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Will Big Cash Piles Keep Start-Up Sales Alive?  AAPL, MSFT, GOOG Piggybanks Total $50 Billion  —  Big names like Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT), Google (NSDQ: GOOG) and Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) continue to sit on burgeoning piles of unused cash, which might just keep the buyout exit window for startups wide open.
Discussion: Darren Herman
 
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
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Jennifer Woodard Maderazo / MediaShift:
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Discussion: Screenwerk
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Jose Nazario / Security to the Core:
Church of Scientology DDoS Statistics
The New York Times Company:
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Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
The SNES is the greatest console of all time
Discussion: Kotaku and Go Nintendo
Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
Yahoo! Dumps Brand Universes
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Mark Hefflinger / Digital Media Wire:
Murdoch: WSJ.com to Retain Subscription Model, Raise Prices
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
In-flight Internet: Grounded for life?
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Why did colleges stay mum on MPAA stats?
Discussion: DailyTech
Aaron Rutkoff / Wall Street Journal:
The Game of Life  —  Players Get Married, Age In Five-Minute Indie Game
Discussion: MTV Multiplayer
Francois / The Data Platform Insider:
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Roadmap Clarification
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Palm Realizes It's Not Apple; Closes Retail Shops
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
OLPC angering donors: “Give 1 Get 1... some day... probably”
Charles Spirakis / Google LatLong:
Making changes  —  At Google, we're encouraged to move …