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7:15 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 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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Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Microsoft held talks with Blu-ray about possible Xbox 360 use
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gearlog and Xbox 360 Fanboy
Mark Raby / TG Daily - TGDaily:
HD DVD buys Super Bowl ad
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 …
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Experimental Search Adds Info View & Map View
Discussion: WebProNews and Neowin.net
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 …
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 …
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”.
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.
eWeek:
VMware Revenue Falls Short, Shares Plummet  —  VMware shares had more than quadrupled in value since an August IPO, but an analyst suggests the virtualization giant's stock was overhyped.  —  BOSTON - Business software maker VMware Inc reported quarterly revenues that fell short …
Discussion: CNET News.com
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   VMware: Sales light; shares much lighter afterhours
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Tweetmeme, a Copy of Techmeme For Twitter But Mostly Not In English  —  The idea behind Tweetmeme seems pretty simple: look at Techmeme and copy that but based around Twitter rather than tech blogs.  It has some potential functionality-wise and with the rabid users of Twitter but I see a couple problems …
Discussion: TechCrunch UK
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
The killer Twitter-tracker just arrived and its name is Tweetmeme
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: NYT, CrunchGear, Gizmodo and MacDailyNews
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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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 …
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 …
 
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Olga Kharif / Tech Beat:
FCC's Auction: Not Going According to Plan?
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Steve Jobs reassures investors, employees over stock drop
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Ed Hardy / Brighthand.com Handheld News and Reviews:
Skyfire Mobile Web Browser Review
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Torrentz Shuts Down Torrent'Em For Copyright Infringement
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, Valleywag and CrunchGear
Don MacAskill / SmugBlog:
Your private photos are still private.
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Sony A300 and A350 pics leaked
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Frank Caron / Ars Technica:
UK education group: keep the Wii out of PE class
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Nec Flask Cell Phone Is Pure Liquid Gold
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PayPal To Pay $169M For Fraud Sciences
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Things Google Can Improve
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
How Much Money Are Facebook Apps Making? Not Much Apparently
Discussion: Business Wire
Robert H. Smith School of Business:
New Research Finds Consumers Save More Than $7B by Shopping on eBay
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