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4:00 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 …
BBC:
Labels deny deals on file sharing
Discussion: Gizmodo and IPKat
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Qtrax's free, legal P2P scheme is vaporware for now
Discussion: TorrentFreak and GigaOM
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.
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Guy Kawasaki / How to Change the World:
Forget the A-List After All  —  You've got to read …
Discussion: louisgray.com
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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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 …
Discussion: Electronista
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Egan Orion / Inquirer:
Windows 7 won't be released in 2009 after all
Discussion: Gizmodo
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.
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”.
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 …
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Nokia buys Trolltech, will become a patron of KDE
Discussion: GigaOM and Tech Beat
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 …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Experimental Search Adds Info View & Map View  —  The Google Blog announced they have added some new features to Google Experimental search.  Google has added map view and a new info view that allows you to show different results on the page.  Let me take you through each new view.
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Andrew Hogue / Official Google Blog:
Introducing new search views
Discussion: ParisLemon
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Imeem Gobbles Up A Young Startup, Anywhere.FM  —  After less than a year in operation, the team at Anywhere.FM reached an early payday today when veteran social music service Imeem gobbled them up for an undisclosed sum, most likely in a cash and stock mix.  The iTunes-style web music player …
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.
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.
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.
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
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
 
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