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7:30 AM ET, January 29, 2008

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WordPress.com:
Introducing Prologue  —  We're fans of Twitter around here, in fact many Automatticians have accounts, but while the format appealed to us it really just whetted our appetite for something more, like a way for each of us to share short messages about what we're doing or working on internally, or private messages between groups of folks.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Automattic Launches Group Twitter-style Platform
Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:
Twitter - Public Timeline = Prologue
Discussion: Download Squad
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Wordpress pays homage to Twitter
Discussion: Maple Leaf 2.0
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
“Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey goodbye” Says WordPress To Twitter
Discussion: The Last Podcast
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Woolworths backs Blu-Ray  —  HD DVD slips further  —  WOOLLIES has has become the first retailer to throw its hat into the ring solely for Blu-Ray.  —  The outfit has said that from March it will only stock Blu-Ray high definition DVDs from March, with HD-DVDs being dropped completely.
Discussion: Gizmodo and theretailbulletin.com
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Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Hey HD DVD: It's Not Just a Flesh Wound
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Microsoft held talks with Blu-ray about possible Xbox 360 use
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Software Tool Strips Windows Vista To Bare Bones  —  vLite is a free download that can cut the operating system's size by half or more.  —  A free software tool that promises to strip down the Windows Vista operating system — which even some Microsoft officials have called “bloated” …
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Microsoft: Vista successor may not arrive until 2011
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
11 Power Tips for Gmail  —  Wow, I can't believe how many people commented on my late-Friday night post about desired features for Gmail.  If you want to suggest something for Gmail, that thread is the better place to do it.  But looking through the comments, I saw a few requests that can already be done today.
Discussion: WebProNews
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Steve Jobs to Apple investors: ‘hang in there’  —  In a private communication last week, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs acknowledged the beating his company's shares have taken during this time of economic uncertainty, but remained confident that investors would inevitably recoup their losses and then some.
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
How Much Money Are Facebook Apps Making?  Not Much Apparently  —  VideoEgg has announced that its ad network for Facebook applications - eggnetwork - has pulled in around $1.5 million in ad revenue over the past five months.  —  While the company is touting the news as a “million-dollar pay day” …
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Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Declining stats on Facebook apps?
Discussion: VentureBeat and All Facebook
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
How Kevin Martin Got Over A Million People To Look At A Woman's Naked Buttocks  —  from the indecent?  dept  —  Since taking over the FCC, Kevin Martin has supposedly been against regulations — except in two areas: the cable industry and “indecency."  He's been a strong proponent of cracking …
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 …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
First Proof Apple Making Near Zero on AppleTV (And Big Bucks on iTunes)  —  That sweet $70 price chop Steve announced for the Apple TV had to come from somewhere (a question smartly raised by CW) and we know the only thing Apple guards more than closely than its secrets is its bottom line.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
This Just In: Yahoo's Q4 Will Be “Strong” (YHOO)  —  We said earlier that we expected Yahoo's Q4 results to be “fine."  We have since been told by a well-placed source that the results will be not “fine” but strong.  What's more, says the source, Q1 numbers will also be strong …
Discussion: BoomTown
Jessica Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Liberty Media Takes Action To Force Diller Out of IAC  —  Liberty Media Corp. took steps Monday to seize control of IAC/InterActiveCorp from IAC Chairman Barry Diller.  —  Liberty, which owns a majority voting stake in IAC that has long been voted by Mr. Diller under a longstanding proxy agreement …
Rob Beschizza / Gadget Lab:
If Apple Sold Sheets Of Paper...  ... you could ask the people who bought it if they take it by the ream.  —  Seriously speaking, I've never once considered making an Apple parody video until seeing the ad for the MacBook Air.  What is it about the thing that lends itself so well to mockery?
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 …
Jennifer L. Schenker / Business Week:
Nokia's Trolltech Grab Hurts Rivals  —  The software acquisition bolsters Nokia's perch in the mobile device arena, could further dismantle Motorola, and puts pressure on Google  —  At first glance, Nokia's (NOK) Jan. 28 purchase of a small Norwegian open-source software company seems a confusing strategic shift.
Discussion: Network World
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
HTC share of Windows Mobile smartphone segment declining  —  High Tech Computer (HTC) has lost the title as the global top ranking vendor of Windows Mobile-based smartphones (excluding touch-screen models), with its share of the segment falling to below 30% currently, trailing behind Motorola …
Discussion: PalmAddicts and Gizmodo
 
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