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2:45 PM ET, January 28, 2008

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Adam Sherwin / Times of London:
From today, feel free to download another 25 million songs - legally  —  After a decade fighting to stop illegal file-sharing, the music industry will give fans today what they have always wanted: an unlimited supply of free and legal songs.  —  With CD sales in free fall and legal downloads yet …
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Tim Hames / Times of London:
Music file-share site Qtrax forced into humiliating U-turn  —  Jonathan Richards, Dan Sabbagh and Adam Sherwin in Cannes  —  A website which promised to give music lovers the world's first legal file-sharing service was forced into a humiliating climbdown today after it emerged that the company …
Emma Vandore / Associated Press:   Music industry weighs giving away music
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Qtrax promises unlimited, legal P2P downloads from all major labels.
Chloe Lake / NEWS.com.au:
Labels back away from Qtrax
Discussion: MarketingVOX and Listening Post
Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
I'm Joining Scoble at FastCompany TV  —  In November 2003, I put up my first blog post: “Old dogs & New tricks."  I had not a clue how my life was about to change.  Maybe I should call this one: “Older dog.  Newer trick."  —  I am about to become a video blogger.  As of today, it is my main gig.
Clive Thompson / Fast Company:
Is the Tipping Point Toast? … Don't get Duncan Watts started on the Hush Puppies.  “Oh, God,” he groans when the subject comes up.  “Not them."  The Hush Puppies in question are the ones that kick off The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell's best-seller about how trends work.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
LEGO Brick Timeline: 50 Years of Building Frenzy and Curiosities  —  The LEGO brick turns 50 at exactly 1:58 p.m. today, January 28, 2008.  This timeline shows these 50 years of building frenzy by happy kids and kids-at-heart, all the milestones from the LEGOLAND themed sets to TECHNIC and MINDSTORMS NXT …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo (YHOO) Going Forward With “Drastic” Layoffs—Source  —  A source close to Yahoo reports that Jerry Yang has decided to go forward with aggressive layoffs.  The source believes the layoffs will be announced on the company's conference call this week and that the final number will be likely …
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Gore-Backed Current TV Files For $100 Million IPO; $63.7 Million 2007 Revs; Losses Mount  —  A first look into the books of Al Gore's cable network: Current Media (parent of Al Gore-backed Current TV) has filed for a $100 million NASDAQ IPO, trading under the ticker “CRTM”.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Windows 7 isn't headed for 2009, says Microsoft.  More like 2011.  —  Hey, it's not Microsoft's fault that 2011 sounds like the realm of jet pack VR massage cars, but it's certainly a long ways away any way you slice it.  Contrary to previous rumors of Microsoft planning a Windows 7 release sometime …
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Egan Orion / Inquirer:
Windows 7 won't be released in 2009 after all
Discussion: Gizmodo
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Cisco's Big Switch  —  In his latest book, tech pundit Nicholas Carr put a name on a trend that's transforming information technology: As the world becomes more networked, he points out, computing power is undergoing “the Big Switch,” moving off of desktops and into massive data centers, where it's cheaper and more efficient.
Discussion: Between the Lines
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Nick / Rough Type:
The billion-dollar switch  —  Talk about your big switches.
Discussion: Cisco and New York Times
theretailbulletin.com:
Woolworths backs Blu-Ray format over HD DVD  —  Woolworths has become the first major retailer to solely back one of the new high definition DVD formats.  —  The high street firm has announced that it will only stock Blu-Ray high definition DVDs from March, with HD-DVDs being dropped from stores to be sold online.
Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
Mole: 80GB PS3 dead, 120-160GB with Dual Shock 3 incoming  —  Our inside source of all things video gaming has been right almost every time it comes out of the shadows to give us information, so I'm going to dispense with the back story.  Wherever his or her information is coming from, it's usually solid.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
The killer Twitter-tracker just arrived and its name is Tweetmeme  —  It had to happen sooner or later.  We've had Technorati.  We've had TechMeme.  Now we have Tweetmeme, which will track what's hot on micro-blogging platform Twitter.  The business of tracking the online conversation …
Lewis Page / The Register:
‘100% accurate’ face recognition algorithm announced  —  Psychology researchers at Glasgow University say they have increased the accuracy of automated face recognition to 100 per cent.  If the claims are true, this development will have far-reaching consequences for privacy and security in modern society.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Livescribe reveals it has a Pulse  —  It may not be quite as rapid as the company had hoped, but Livescribe is ready to show the world its Pulse.  —  The digital pen company showed off a prototype of its technology at last year's D: All Things Digital conference, but missed its goal of shipping by year's end.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
NBCU Unit Acquires Video Start-Up LX.TV; Will Expand Local Programming  —  Multi-platform entertainment programmer LX.TV has been acquired by NBC's Local Media Division.  LX.TV began producing hi-def programming for NBC Universal's (NYSE: GE) WNBC last January.
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
2008: The Year Web 2.0 Hits the Enterprise, Says Forrester  —  According to Forrester Research, there will be “strong demand” for web 2.0 tools in the enterprise in 2008.  Even though 42% of enterprises say adding web 2.0 tools is not on their agenda, according to a Q3 2007 survey …
Discussion: Between the Lines
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Diggnation to Be Shown on Virgin America Flights
Discussion: TVover.net
Richard Stiennon / Threat Chaos:
US Government seeks to invest $6 Billion in security by obscurity
Robert H. Smith School of Business:
New Research Finds Consumers Save More Than $7B by Shopping on eBay
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Visible Measures Gets $13.5 Million Second Round; Acquires Vidmeter …
Rich Brown / CNET News.com:
AMD's two-fisted ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 card goes official
Emily Price / Download Squad:
Upload your video to several sites at once with Hey! Spread
Discussion: AppScout
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Huddle uses new apps and Facebook to take on Basecamp
Discussion: Signal vs. Noise
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Google A “Mystery Buyer” In Colorado?
Discussion: Associated Press
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Multiprofiles now include Pownce, MySpace, StumbleUpon, Digg …
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Break.com Launches Ad Network For Dudes
Discussion: NewTeeVee and HipMojo.com
GigaOM:
Skype On the Go  —  If there's one ongoing user request …
InfoWorld:
PayPal buys Fraud Sciences for $169M
Galen Gruman / InfoWorld:
How to get Windows XP after June 30
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ribbit Readies An Amphibian Attack On Voice Apps
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
SmugMug's Private Pics Are Public
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Target Tells a Blogger to Go Away