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8:15 PM ET, January 28, 2008

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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 …
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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 …
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Docs Offline Access  —  In a post Philipp made last week about writing a book in Google Docs, he said:  —  Working with Google Docs requires an internet connection.  In my case, I need this internet connection anyway [...] your mileage may vary (and who knows, Google …
Tony Smith / The Register:
It's official!  DVD plus/minus war ends in a draw  —  The battle of the recordable DVD formats - DVD+R/RW versus DVD-R/RW - is finally and officially over more than five-odd years after it began, and several years after the fight became largely symbolic.  —  Late last week, DVD6C …
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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.
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Microsoft held talks with Blu-ray about possible Xbox 360 use
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gearlog and Xbox 360 Fanboy
Andrew Hogue / Official Google Blog:
Introducing new search views  —  Introducing experimental views for search results  —  There have been a lot of recent improvements to web search, but the appearance of results themselves has been pretty constant — 10 or so web pages in a vertical list.  Frequently this is exactly the right format …
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”.
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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:   Al Gore's Current Files For $100M IPO
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple's $300 million gray market dilemma  —  Having stirred up a hornet's nest with his first take in the so-called missing iPhones, Bernstein Research's Apple (AAPL) specialist Toni Sacconaghi has taken a second look at the discrepancy between the number of iPhones Apple sold …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and MacDailyNews
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Saul Hansell / NYT:   Good News in the One Million Missing iPhones
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
VMware: Sales light; shares much lighter afterhours  —  VMware reported strong fourth quarter earnings and revenue growth but sales fell short of estimates.  —  When the dealing was done VMware shares were down roughly $20 from a close of $83.  Were the numbers really that bad?
Discussion: The Register
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eWeek:
VMware Revenue Falls Short, Shares Plummet
Discussion: CNET News.com
Sean Cooper / Engadget:
Skyfire browser for Windows Mobile is game changing, does Flash  —  The Skyfire browser is set to finally bring PC-like browsing to your Windows Mobile device with crazy speeds and support for all manner of embedded content.  Sure, there are ways to get Youtube and other mobile video content …
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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 …
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Things Google Can Improve  —  Durrell Robinson has a lot of great ideas for Google and he decided to share them with you.  I only selected some of the most interesting ideas and found their place inside this post.  —  Contact manager integration with Picasa Web Albums and customizable Facebook …
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.
 
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Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Yahoo Report Could Disappoint, Analysts Say Layoffs Likely
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
In the Mobile Platform War, Nokia Snags TrollTech
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
TIVX media hub has talent and good looks, just like your CrunchGear staff
Discussion: Crave, DVR Bulletin and Gizmodo
Olga Kharif / Tech Beat:
FCC's Auction: Not Going According to Plan?
Discussion: NYT
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Steve Jobs reassures investors, employees over stock drop
Discussion: MacRumors
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Software Tool Strips Windows Vista To Bare Bones
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
Is Apple subsidizing the $70 Apple TV price reduction by taking …
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and Valleywag
Don MacAskill / SmugBlog:
Your private photos are still private.
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Network World:
Beware the 802.11n ‘power’ play
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Sony A300 and A350 pics leaked
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Nec Flask Cell Phone Is Pure Liquid Gold
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Tweetmeme, a Copy of Techmeme For Twitter But Mostly Not In English
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
How Much Money Are Facebook Apps Making? Not Much Apparently
Discussion: Business Wire
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
NBCU Unit Acquires Video Start-Up LX.TV; Will Expand Local Programming
Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
Mole: 80GB PS3 dead, 120-160GB with Dual Shock 3 incoming
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo (YHOO) Going Forward With “Drastic” Layoffs—Source