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12:30 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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BBC:
Labels deny deals on file sharing
Discussion: Gizmodo
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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USA Today:
Yahoo encounters a fork in the road
Discussion: WebProNews
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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.
Fast Company:
Is the Tipping Point Toast? … —Duncan Watts, Yahoo! Research  —  Read the Article ›› |  Archives |  Subscribe  —  FEATURES  —  Is Your Marketing Strategy a Recipe for Failure?  —  FEATURE The Fast Interview: Marketing maven Seth Godin on why it's hard to sell meatballs and why those Bud TV Super Bowl ads fail.
InfoWorld:
PayPal buys Fraud Sciences for $169M  —  EBay's online payments division, PayPal, will pay $169 million for an Israeli security company specializing in detecting online fraud, the companies said Monday.  The deal should close within 30 days.  —  Fraud Sciences, a private company …
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InfoWorld:   PayPal buys Fraud Sciences for $169M (InfoWorld)
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 …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Lego Logo: Google Offers Lego 50th Birthday Wishes  —  Google has a special logo up on the Google home page today.  The Google logo is made up of legos, to celebrate Lego's fifty-year birthday.  —  Google's culture has always had a special place for lego.
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.
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Break.com Launches Ad Network For Dudes  —  At times lewd, geeky, disgusting, and most of the time funny, Break.com has managed to pull in an audience of 18 million unique visitors that stay and average of 7.5 minutes each session.  They've also recently launched three new properties hoping to do the same …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and NewTeeVee
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.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and CNET News.com
Market Wire:
Zvents Launches “Federated Local Search” for Advanced, Integrated, and Relevant Local Search Results  —  The First Local Search Engine to Provide a Localized Version of Google's Universal Search  —  Zvents today announced the launch of Federated Local Search, which provides users with a blended, comprehensive local search engine.
Discussion: Screenwerk and Natural Search Blog
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 and Ubergizmo
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 …
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 …
 
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Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
I'm Joining Scoble at FastCompany TV
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Sean Cooper / Engadget:
Skyfire browser for Windows Mobile is game changing, does Flash
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AnandTech:
ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2: 2 GPUs 1 Card, A Return to the High End
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Gore-Backed Current TV Files For $100 Million IPO; $63.7 Million …
GigaOM:
Skype On the Go  —  If there's one ongoing user request …
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Karl / DSLreports:
Pirate Bay Owners To Be Charged This Week …
Discussion: InfoWorld and Reuters
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
An all-in-one media hub that will turn heads
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Hubdub weds prediction markets to news
Galen Gruman / InfoWorld:
How to get Windows XP after June 30
Discussion: CrunchGear
BBC:
2007's best selling game revealed
Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
Apple subsidizing Apple TV with movie rentals revenue?
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Is Business Week Telling People They Can't Link To Its Site?
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
DEMO: Iterasi Lets You Save The Internet One Page at a Time
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ribbit Readies An Amphibian Attack On Voice Apps
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Livescribe reveals it has a Pulse