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2:05 PM ET, January 29, 2008

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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.
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
U2 Manager Says Google And Its Hippie Friends Should Pay The Recording Industry  —  from the still-haven't-found-what-i'm-looking- for... dept  —  While the IFPI and the RIAA have been actively pushing for ISP liability for file sharing, it appears some in the industry are taking it even further.
Guardian:
Silicon Valley's hippy values ‘killing music industry’
Discussion: Mashable!
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:   U2 manager calls Safe Harbor a “Thieves' Charter”
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.
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.
Discussion: Christopher Null and Inquirer
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Randall Kennedy / InfoWorld:
Windows 7: Will They or Won't They?
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and WinBeta
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.
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Electronista:
Motorola pondering exiting the cell business?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
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: The Next Web
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Digg Nearly Triples Registered Users In a Year, Says Sleuth Programmer
Discussion: PDA
BBC:
Quarter of US iPhones ‘unlocked’  —  More than a quarter of iPhones sold in the US have been “unlocked” to work on network providers other than Apple's exclusive partner AT&T, a study says.  —  One million iPhones, or 27% of those sold last year, have been adapted to work on other networks …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
One Million Unlocked iPhones: Beautiful.
Juan Carlos Perez / IDG News Service:
EBay Plans Lower Fees, Tighter Seller Standards  —  EBay changes are designed to boost sales by making the shopping experience easier and safer.  —  Recommend this story?  —  EBay is expected to unveil changes to its online marketplace Tuesday that the company characterizes as sweeping …
Discussion: CNET News.com and WebProNews
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Associated Press:
EBay cutting listing fees, boosting commissions
Discussion: DailyTech
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Our Tech President Endorsements: Barack Obama and John McCain  —  It's sadly clear that our current leaders have little understanding of technology and why it's important to our economy and culture.  That has to change.  —  We've been interviewing 2008 presidential candidates for the last few months …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Brian Prince / eWeek:
More Database Vendors Enter the Cloud  —  EnterpriseDB and database start-up company Blist add their names to the roster of companies pursuing databases as a service.  —  EnterpriseDB has become the latest database provider to place a bet on software as a service.
Discussion: CNET News.com and GigaOM
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
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Discussion: DealBook and PR Newswire
Steve Williams / Digg the Blog:
Digg Joins the DataPortability Project
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Vinnee Tong / Associated Press:
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Firefox share up over 20% in Europe, mostly at expense of IE
Discussion: TechSpot News
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Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
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IDG News Service:
Apple Readies MacBook Air Add-Ons
Discussion: MacRumors
The Register:
MySpace wins UK domain name that pre-dated its service
Discussion: Mashable!
BBC:
Monitored net  —  Internet law professor Michael Geist examines …
Discussion: Rough Type
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