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5:00 PM ET, January 30, 2008

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MarketingWeek:
Google and Dell tipped to reveal iPhone rival plans  —  Speculation is mounting that Google is plotting the launch of a mobile phone in partnership with computer giant Dell.  —  Senior industry sources claim the two companies will reveal their plans at next month's 3GSM telecoms conference in Barcelona …
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Rumor: Dell to reveal Android-based handset next month?  —  Dell has long been rumored to be working on a handset, and the latest speculation is that Google will be part of those plans.  —  MarketingWeek reported Wednesday that the two companies are teaming up on a handset based …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
It's a done deal: Dell puts an end to all 140 US mall kiosks  —  Just as we feared, Dell will indeed be axing 100-percent of its US mall kiosks — 140 in total.  Unsurprisingly, the official word attributes the move to Dell's shift into big box retail stores, but we're sure that's …
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Dell — out of the kiosks, into ... the phone biz?  —  There were only 140 of them scattered across the U.S., so you may not have even been aware of the mall kiosks where Dell computers were sold.  And now that you know, you can promptly forget it, because the company is closing all of them to focus …
Discussion: Digital Daily and Technology Live
Cyndy Aleo-Carreira / Profy.Com:   Is Something Hiding Behind Google Android?
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:   Google and Dell making sweet, tender phone love?
Electronista:   Google, Dell teaming up on cellphone?
Business Wire:
Dell Focuses on Direct and Retail Business, Closes Kiosks in U.S.
Discussion: geeksugar and Engadget
Lynn Fox / Apple:
MacBook Air Now Shipping  —  Apple TV Update Coming Soon  —  Apple® today announced that MacBook Air™, the world's thinnest notebook, is now shipping.  MacBook Air measures an unprecedented 0.16-inches at its thinnest point, while its maximum height of 0.76-inches is less than the thinnest point on competing notebooks.
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Apple: Apple TV rental update “not quite finished”  —  It has been a couple of weeks since the Macworld 2008 keynote, so where the heck are all those updates that Mr. Jobs promised us?  Namely, where's the Apple TV update that will bring us early adopters direct movie rental capabilities?
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:   Apple TV 2.0 delayed a week or two
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Yahoo's Vision-Goes-Here Strategy  —  Listening to the droning, jargon-filled Yahoo conference call on Tuesday night, you could only think that Jerry Yang and Sue Decker were aiming their conversation only at analysts who needed to fill out their 2008 spreadsheets.  —  That strategy didn't work.
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Rokali / The Storque:
Etsy's First Five Years  —  In early April of 2005, I sat in an orange chair facing an open window.  It was nighttime and the lights were off.  I was back in Brooklyn after a brief residence in Paris, and I was about to sketch the initial ideas that would become Etsy.
Alaa Shahine / Reuters:
Internet disrupted in Egypt and India  —  CAIRO (Reuters) - A breakdown in an international undersea cable network disrupted Internet links to Egypt, India and Gulf Arab countries on Wednesday, and Egypt said it could take several days for its services to return to normal.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and PDA
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Pakinam Amer / Associated Press:
Damaged Cables Cut Internet in Mideast
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Let's Trash Yahoo During Happy Hour  —  Yesterday I was scheduled to appear live on the Happy Hour show on the Fox Business Channel.  The show is held at the Bull and Bear bar at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York, with customers milling around and drinking.  I can't believe no one has rushed the set as a prank yet.
Yahoo! Developer Network blog:
Yahoo! OpenID Provider service now available as a public beta  —  Today, we are launching the public beta of the much-anticipated Yahoo! OpenID Provider service.  This means that users with a Yahoo! account - all 248 million of them - will be able to sign in to any website that supports OpenID 2.0 …
Discussion: CenterNetworks
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Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Yahoo's OpenID Service Launches Public Beta
Discussion: The Real McCrea
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
How Many Facebook Users Actually Read the Wall Street Journal?  —  The fact that the WSJ and Facebook have just partnered on a new initiative to let Facebook users share their favorite news stories, surely demonstrates one of the following:  — Facebook is now dominated by 30+ -year old WSJ reading types.
Business Wire:
Amazon.com Announces Fourth Quarter Sales up 42% to $5.7 Billion; 2007 Free Cash Flow More Than Doubles, Surpassing $1 Billion for the First Time  —  SEATTLE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN - News) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2007.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Universal Search: 2008 Edition  —  It's just over a half-year since Google launched Universal Search, its method of blending results from its own various topically-focused or “vertical” search engines.  Since that time, the system has evolved.  In particular, Google Universal Search …
Discussion: Redeye VC
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek announces Eee family product lines  —  With Eee PC becoming a focus of the PC market, Asustek Computer has announced it is planning to launch a family of Eee products including: E-DT (desktop PC), E-TV and E-Monitor.  All the products while have low-cost as their major selling point …
 
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
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Dennis Yang / Techdirt:
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InfoWorld:
FTC settles with advertiser for spam campaign
Discussion: WebProNews
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
O2 overhauls iPhone prices and says it is happy with demand
Carl Howe / Blackfriars' Marketing:
News flash to reporters and analysts: Apple doesn't do loss leader products
Discussion: The Mac Observer
John Oates / The Register:
Submarine cable cut torpedoes Middle East access
Discussion: Tech_Space
Susanne Craig / Wall Street Journal:
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
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 Earlier Items: 
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CmdrTaco / Slashdot:
Amazon Patents Customized 404 Pages
Discussion: WebProNews and Feld Thoughts
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Magistrate judge suggests sanctions against RIAA lawyers
Discussion: p2pnet
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Copy a CD, owe $1.5 million under “gluttonous” PRO-IP Act
Discussion: Gizmodo, DSLreports, Orbitcast and Digg
Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
Launch: Campfire for iPhone
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
TV Showman, Once Exiled, Returns With Video Site
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Scientologists Google Bombed Or Not?