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11:40 AM ET, January 29, 2008

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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Windows 7 = Vista Release 2  —  All the kerfuffle over Windows 7 - leaked memos, shaky handheld video clips of leaked builds, equally shaky tentative release schedules - is amusing.  I don't have any inside information to offer, only a perspective drawn from 17 years of watching the Windows development process in action.
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Randall Kennedy / InfoWorld:
Windows 7: Will They or Won't They?
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
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.
Ben Fenton / Financial Times:
U2 manager urges ISPs to help fight web piracy  —  The music industry should shift the focus of its battle with internet piracy towards the technological industries which have “built multibillion dollar industries on the back of our content without paying for it”, according to Paul McGuinness, manager of rock group U2.
Discussion: WebProNews and last100
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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.
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: Engadget, PalmAddicts and Gizmodo
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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Samsung, Moto pull ahead of HTC in Windows Mobile market share
Discussion: Electronista
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Newspaper Ads: Big Hopes For Small Barcodes (GOOG)  —  Google's efforts to get into the newspaper ad business have yet to yield much.  One tool it hopes will eventually change that: Small, square barcodes, like the one at the right, at the bottom of print ads.
Discussion: Natural Search Blog and Mashable!
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Rapidshare To Be Forced to Shut Down Following Court Defeat?  —  Last week we reported on rumors that Rapidshare had, or was about to be, shut down, rumors that now look likely to resurface.  The company, one of the world's largest ‘one-click’ file hosting services, has lost a copyright infringement case …
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
O2 improves package for iPhone users  —  Mobile network O2 has overhauled the cost of using Apple's iPhone handset just two months after it went on sale in the UK.  —  The mobile network today announced that iPhone owners who are currently paying its lower-rate tariffs of £35 …
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
02 drops cost of iPhone. Slow sales perhaps?
Greg Sandoval / Crave: The gadget blog:
After labels, Qtrax must satisfy Prince, Van Morrison  —  Should troubled file-sharing site Qtrax, eventually strike licensing deals with the major music companies, it still may face a significant hurdle.  —  Web Sheriff, a company representing music acts such as Prince, Van Morrison …
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Qtrax goes “live,” tracks nowhere to be found
Discussion: CyberNet, Reuters and Slashdot
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
SpringSource Acquires Covalent  —  The deal will enable SpringSource to grow its capabilities in offering support and services for Apache software.  —  Open-source software maker SpringSource is buying Covalent Technologies, an open-source services provider specializing in supporting Apache software solutions.
Discussion: The Open Road
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Sam / a gthing science project:
The True Cost of SMS Messages  —  I just found out that AT&T (A-fee&fee?) is raising their text message pricing.  When I first signed up for AT&T 6 or so years ago it cost 10 cents to send an SMS message, and it was free to receive them.  —  When AT&T switched to Cingular the price of sending …
Discussion: DSLreports, CrunchGear and Slashdot
John Graham-Cumming:
How many users does Digg have?  —  According to my calculations: around 2.7m registered users.  —  I obtained this number by finding random Digg users and extracting their user id.  The user id is in a hidden HTML form input field on each Digg user's page.  The Digg user page also gives their date of registration.
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Next Web
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Copyright law should distinguish between commercial and cultural uses  —  In theory, there's just one set of copyright rules and they apply to everyone, from Sony Pictures to your neighbour's eight-year-old who wants to photocopy his Spider-Man comics and sell them to the other kids.
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
P2P users blast Comcast in FCC proceeding  —  Two weeks into a Federal Communications Commission public comment period on whether Comcast deliberately degrades P2P broadband traffic, there's no shortage of angry users who feel cheated and want the tampering to stop.
Aude Lagorce / MarketWatch:
Motorola may exit its handset business: analyst  —  LONDON (MarketWatch) — There is a possibility that Motorola, Inc. (MOT:, , ) may exit the handset business and concentrate on becoming an enterprise and government company, Richard Windsor, an analyst with Nomura International, told clients a in note published on Tuesday.
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Everio GZ-HD6 is First Consumer HDD Camera to Output 1080p Using Chip Tricks, Says JVC  —  JVC has fired out a bunch of new HDD-recording camcorders recently, but the Everio GZ-HD6 offers something special: it outputs video at a cracking 1080/60p pace.  A smaller successor to last year's HD7 …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Electronista and Engadget
Brent Csutoras / Search Engine Land:
How To Create Compelling Social Media Profiles  —  Social media is not really new anymore, but many people still struggle with the subtle things that might help or hurt success within the top social communities.  Recently Muhammad Saleem published a great article on the various tips …
 
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IDG News Service:
Apple Readies MacBook Air Add-Ons
Discussion: MacRumors
Brian Prince / eWeek:
More Database Vendors Enter the Cloud
Discussion: GigaOM
The Register:
MySpace wins UK domain name that pre-dated its service
Discussion: Mashable!
Don Marti / LinuxWorld.com:
Barracuda turns to open source users for patent research
BBC:
Monitored net  —  Internet law professor Michael Geist examines …
Discussion: Rough Type
John Tierney / New York Times:
Hitting It Off, Thanks to Algorithms of Love
Panasonic UK:
Panasonic Introduces New LUMIX DMC-FS3 Featuring 8.1 Mega Pixels …
Discussion: Engadget and I4U News
eWeek:
EU Court Delivers Blow to Copyright Holders
 Earlier Items: 
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
This Just In: Yahoo's Q4 Will Be “Strong” (YHOO)
Discussion: BoomTown
Rob Beschizza / Gadget Lab:
If Apple Sold Sheets Of Paper...
Jennifer L. Schenker / Business Week:
Nokia's Trolltech Grab Hurts Rivals
Discussion: Network World
Danny Mendez / Download Squad:
Morning Coffee: why do we assume we only get one homepage?
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
How Kevin Martin Got Over A Million People To Look At A Woman's Naked Buttocks
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Steve Jobs to Apple investors: ‘hang in there’
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
First Proof Apple Making Near Zero on AppleTV (And Big Bucks on iTunes)