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2:00 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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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Wordpress pays homage to Twitter  —  A Twitter post (fittingly enough) caught my eye and sent me to a Wordpress post in which newly-enriched founder Matt Mullenweg announced a Twitter-style group blog theme for Wordpress called Prologue.  Although I'm sure some will see this as Automattic …
Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:
Twitter - Public Timeline = Prologue  —  Perhaps we can call this one a de-mashup?  Automattic has apparently been recently bit by the Twitter bug (as predicted by our very own Kristen Nicole), and has become inspired by the format to create something that caters a bit towards the group blogging community, it would appear.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
“Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey goodbye” Says WordPress To Twitter  —  Alright so maybe Matt Mullenweg isn't saying it yet, but you can feel it.  A new, distributed Twitter for internal groups has arrived and it's called Prologue.  Here's the net idea: if you have multiple bloggers …
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Nikon D60 Basically a D40x Plus Stop Motion and a Few New Tricks  —  Nikon obviously couldn't let PMA pass without its own fresh volley into the cutthroat consumer-level DSLR market: Enter the D60.  It's a D40X refresh, not a whole new cam built from scratch—it still has the same 10.2 …
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Nikon's Newest CoolPix Style Series Cameras Are Plum Purty
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Pick Yer Low-Frill Nikon CoolPix Cam: $130 L18 or $230 P60
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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Andrew Hogue / Official Google Blog:
Introducing new search views  —  Introducing experimental views for search results  —  There have been a lot of recent improvements to web search, but the appearance of results themselves has been pretty constant — 10 or so web pages in a vertical list.  Frequently this is exactly the right format …
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 …
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.
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Yahoo Report Could Disappoint, Analysts Say Layoffs Likely  —  There's just one day left before Yahoo posts fourth-quarter earnings on Tuesday, and by the looks of it, the company won't have much good news to share.  In the wake of sluggish growth and a management shuffle …
Thomas Hazlett / Financial Times:
US v Microsoft: who really won?  —  Before he became Mother Teresa, Bill Gates was Darth Vader.  As captain of the Evil Empire, he and his minions dominated PC operating systems, vanquishing all rivals.  In May of 1998, the US Department of Justice struck back.
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 …
 
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