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2:41 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!
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.
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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Steve Williams / Digg the Blog:
Digg Joins the DataPortability Project  —  Digg has joined the DataPortability Project, a group of websites cooperating to help you securely use your data however you want.  Why?  Because you own your data.  It's that simple.  From the start, Digg has supported the idea that you own your own data.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Digg Nearly Triples Registered Users In a Year, Says Sleuth Programmer
Discussion: PDA
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?
Jason Mick / DailyTech:   Report: Motorola May Leave Handset Business
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Business Wire:
ShoZu Raises $12 Million in Series C Funding; Round Led by New Investor SEB Venture Capital, London  —  Mobile Social Media Company Now Attracting Over 100,000 New Users Monthly  —  LONDON—(BUSINESS WIRE)—ShoZu Inc., the leading provider of mobile social media services …
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 …
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: WebProNews, CNET News.com and Mashable!
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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CNN:
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Firefox share up over 20% in Europe, mostly at expense of IE
Discussion: TechSpot News
BBC:
Quarter of US iPhones ‘unlocked’
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DEMO 08: Lance Handicaps the Products
Discussion: Mark Evans and UberPulse
IDG News Service:
Apple Readies MacBook Air Add-Ons
Discussion: MacRumors
Brian Prince / eWeek:
More Database Vendors Enter the Cloud
Discussion: CNET News.com and GigaOM
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eWeek:
EU Court Delivers Blow to Copyright Holders