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7:20 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 …
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:   Google and Dell making sweet, tender phone love?
Camilla Hall / Bloomberg:
Mediterranean Cables Cut, Disrupting Communications  —  Jan. 30 (Bloomberg) — Internet and telephone communications across the Middle East and India were disrupted after two submarine cable systems in the Mediterranean Sea were cut.  —  Six ships were diverted from Alexandria port …
Discussion: DSLreports and Computerworld
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Alaa Shahine / Reuters:
Internet disrupted in Egypt and India
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John Oates / The Register:
Submarine cable cut torpedoes Middle East access
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BBC:
Severed cables disrupt internet
Discussion: The Raw Feed
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?
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Amazon Q4 In Line; Q1, '08 Outlook Beats; But Shrs Fall  —  Amazon.com (AMZN) this afternoon reported fourth quarter revenue of $5.67 billion and EPS of 48 cents, compared with Street estimates of $5.37 billion and 48 cents.  The revenue figure included a $200 million bump from foreign exchange factors.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Amazon Earnings Call Details: Web Services Use Up More Bandwidth Than Amazon.com; The Kindle is a Hit  —  Amazon earnings just came out.  The company had a strong fourth quarter, with revenues up 42 percent to $5.7 billion, net income doubling to $207 million, and free cash flow doubling as well to $1.4 billion.
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.
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 and SEO and Tech Daily
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.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Copy a CD, owe $1.5 million under “gluttonous” PRO-IP Act  —  Not content with the current (and already massive) statutory damages allowed under copyright law, the RIAA is pushing to expand the provision.  The issue is compilations, which now are treated as a single work.
comScore:
comScore Releases 2007 U.S. Internet Year in Review  —  Google and Facebook among Biggest Winners in 2007  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released a report highlighting the major trends in U.S. Internet activity in 2007 …
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
PR Pitches Through Facebook: I Have 37, 366 Unread Emails in Gmail...  There is a lot of interest in my experiment to give priority to PR pitches through Facebook.  Here is my main reason for trying this approach:  —  I have 37,366 unread emails in my Gmail account, which is my one and only email service, and that is spam-free email.
CNET News.com:
Verizon: We don't want to play copyright cop on our network  —  In contrast to AT&T, company says it's not interested in installing filters on its network or inspecting packets for possible piracy, citing concerns about customer privacy.  —  Dell to close its U.S. stores
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 …
 
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New Policy Aims to Curb Web Site Name Abuse
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