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10:15 PM ET, January 25, 2008

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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  —  Los Angeles generates interest in the fourth round  —  The Federal Communication Commission's auction of 1,099 wireless licenses in the 700 MHz band headed into an early weekend break having garnered more than $3.7 billion in potential winning bids.
Discussion: mocoNews.net and dailywireless.org
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
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: More On The Missing iPhones  —  Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster today weighed in on the much discussed missing iPhones issue, and has a different take than Bernstein's Toni Sacconaghi.  —  To review: At MacWorld on January 15, Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs announced that had sold 4 million iPhones to date.
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Reader Shows the Published Date  —  Besides a new favicon and a confirmation dialog displayed when you mark all the posts as read, Google Reader now shows the published date of a post in a tooltip.  Next to the snippet, Google Reader displays the date when the post was indexed by Google, not the date when it was published.
Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
An Open Letter to the Twitter Guys  —  To: Evan Williams & Biz Stone  —  I am a huge fan.  You are two good guys.  Twitter is the most addictive thing I've experienced since I quit smoking in 1987, and it's so much better for my health.  I have built a multinational circle of friends because of Twitter.
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.
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Google Maps Turns Recent Edits Into Voyeuristic Experience  —  In a move that kind of reminds me of Google's attempt to make a strange interactive experience out of watching what photos people post to Blogger (but much less creepy), the Google Lat Long Blog yesterday announced that you can now watch …
Discussion: PC World
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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, Joe Duck, Engadget and Slashdot
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.
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 …
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.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Pay-Per-Play Media: I Was Wrong.  TC Competitors Should All Sign Up  —  I wrote last night about an advertising service from Pay-Per-Play Media that sees 5 second audio ads automatically playing when visiting websites.  Annoying would be the nicer way of describing screeching audio ads …
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
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Would You Pay $1 For A Feed?  —  Before you read this article, I'd ask that you ignore how things are today, I want you to free your mind of the current model so you can fully absorb what I am going to suggest.  With that said, here we go.  —  What if blogs and journals offered a full feed …
Discussion: ParisLemon
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 …
 
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Greg Sandoval / Webware.com:
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
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Joe Mathews / Los Angeles Times:
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Jennifer Woodard Maderazo / MediaShift:
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
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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
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
In-flight Internet: Grounded for life?
Adrian Bridgwater / CNET News.com:
World Wide Web Consortium releases draft of HTML 5
Richard Stiennon / Threat Chaos:
Societe Generale's problem *was* a security issue
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows 7: The Anti-Vista?
Artur Bergman / O'Reilly Radar:
Books that make you dumb  —  Wikiscanner hacker Virgil Griffth told …