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7:20 AM ET, January 28, 2008

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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Qtrax off track with Warner Music, UMG  —  For weeks, Qtrax, an ad-supported file-sharing site, had promised to offer free and legal music downloads from all four of the major record labels.  Turns out the start-up might be forced to go back on its word.  —  Despite earlier reports …
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Qtrax's free, ad-based P2P: Gnutella meets Zune-esque DRM
Discussion: JupiterResearch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Free (legal) P2P Music Downloads? Told You So.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia acquires Trolltech — the biggest little company you've never heard of  —  In a move meant to bolster its software development prowess, Nokia just announced the acquisition Trolltech.  Who's Trolltech?  Well, its software can be found in some 10 million devices.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Nokia:
Nokia to acquire Trolltech to accelerate software strategy  —  Trolltech's Qt based technology assets facilitate application development for multiple platforms and devices  —  Espoo, Finland and Oslo, Norway - Nokia and Trolltech ASA today announced that they have entered into an agreement …
Discussion: TechCrunch and I4U News
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Cisco delivers next-generation switch-Nexus 7000  —  Cisco is rolling out its Nexus 7000 family of data center-class switches that Jayshree Ullal, senior vice president of Data Center, Switching and Services at Cisco, said was the most significant announcement by the company in the last decade.
Discussion: New York Times and Computerworld
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MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
It's Come to This: Hot or Not for Websites  —  Quite frankly I'm shocked it has taken this long for someone to come out with this - Hot or Not for websites.  If Digg/Propeller/Reddit/etc is a little too heady for you and you just want to vote a site up or down based upon how it looks, Web Hot or Not is for you.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
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Dsifry / Sifry's Alerts:
Webhotornot - Is your site hot or not?
Discussion: Martin Varsavsky
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Target Tells a Blogger to Go Away  —  Target to the blogosphere: you're irrelevant.  —  That was the message the cheap-chic retailer seemed to convey in an abrupt e-mail message to ShapingYouth.org, a blog about the impact of marketing on children.  Early this month, the blog's founder …
Reuters:
Study shows eBay buyers save billions of dollars  —  Buyers save billions of dollars each year bidding on eBay auctions, according to a new study that quantifies the benefits online consumers enjoy over and above what is derived by sellers, or eBay itself.  —  The independent research …
Discussion: WebProNews
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
iVideosongs Teaches You How To Be A Real Guitar Hero  —  For any aspiring guitarists out there, here is a site for you. iVideosongs is launching at DEMO today after two years in the making.  It offers video tutorials on how to play guitar from world-class instructors, musicians and sidemen.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Despite Housing Slide, Real Estate Sites Sell  —  TALK about an uh-oh moment.  —  It was late October, and Redfin, an online real estate brokerage firm based in Seattle, had received just three months earlier a $12 million investment led by the marquee venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
SmugMug's Private Pics Are Public  —  There's a massive privacy hole over at photo hosting site SmugMug.com.  The site claims to have over 270 million photos, and as I've failed to convince the site makers this vulnerability is worth fixing, I'm posting it here now as a warning …
Discussion: Mashable!
Mirko Zorz / Help Net Security:
Interview with Nitesh Dhanjani and Billy Rios, Spies in the Phishing Underground  —  Both Nitesh and Billy are well-known security researchers that have recently managed to infiltrate the phishing underground.  What started as a simple examination of phishing sites, turned into an extraordinary view …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Direct-to-DVD Releases Shed Their Loser Label  —  LOS ANGELES — If you missed the red-carpet premiere for the latest “American Pie” movie, you are not alone.  There wasn't one.  “American Pie Presents: Beta House,” the sixth film in the popular comedy series, was sent straight to DVD.
Discussion: ParisLemon
Steven Hodson / WinExtra:
Twitter - the simplicity you can't escape  —  I'll bet dollars to doughnuts that you mention Twitter any other place than in conversations with bloggers or other early adopter and you get strange looks being made in your direction and hushed conversations just out of ear shout about how you are one strange person.
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Frederic / The Last Podcast:
How I Use Twitter  —  Dave Winer today asked for advice for Twitter newbies.
Discussion: Scripting News
Alex Dominguez / Associated Press:
Cell phone can read documents for blind  —  BALTIMORE - Chris Danielsen fidgets with the cell phone, holding it over a $20 bill.  —  “Detecting orientation, processing U.S. currency image,” the phone says in a flat monotone before Danielsen snaps a photo.  A few seconds later, the phone says, “Twenty dollars.”
Discussion: textually.org
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Post Launches Site With African American Focus  —  The Washington Post Co. plans to launch a Web magazine today called The Root that aims to be a “Slate for black readers,” according to one of its founders, Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.  —  Slate, the online magazine founded …
Discussion: New York Times and paidContent.org
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Yale students unable to identify anonymous forum bashers
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
LEGO bricks turn 50
Discussion: Mashable!
Rebecca Buckman / Wall Street Journal:
Cyclist's Foundation Links to For-Profit
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Simplicity Drives Technology Adoption
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
“Please Be Precise”: Sir Martin Hates Business Models
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Abate / San Francisco Chronicle:
Firefox rises from ashes of abandoned Netscape
John J. Monahan / Worcester Telegram & Gazette …:
Wi-Fi to reach the rails this week
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Blu-ray is smokin' hot; HD formats outpacing DVD
Discussion: Engadget and New York Times
Reuters:
Amazon says will begin int'l roll-out of its MP3 store
The Boy Genius Report:
Get your Macbook Airs starting Tuesday!
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Deliver a keynote like Steve Jobs in ten simple steps
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