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3:30 AM ET, January 31, 2008

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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.
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Amazon Web Services: Bigger Than Amazon  —  Web retailer Amazon announced their fourth quarter earnings today and included some interesting figures on the state of their distributed computing products.  Namely, web services bandwidth now accounts for more bandwidth than all of Amazon's global web sites combined.
Discussion: bytes|genes
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Garmin announces the nuvifone  —  That's right folks — Garmin has just announced its new iPhone-like smartphone, the nüvifone.  The device features full browsing, PIM, phone and of course, GPS functions.  It's an HSDPA, quad-band phone, also equipped with WiFi, Bluetooth …
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Nachobel / Gizmodo:
nuvifone: Garmin Drops a Phone into the GPS  —  Today in a surprise announcement in New York City, Garmin whipped out the nuvifone, a full-fledged GSM HSDPA smartphone built on its own operating system with GPS navigation at its core—but e-mail and web browsing close to its heart, and a camera built in too.
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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MG Siegler / ParisLemon:   Knives Sharpened, Google May Finally Be Ready To Stab Apple …
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Instapaper, A Beautifully Simple Bookmarking Tool  —  Instapaper, a new site by Tumblr employee Marco Arment, simply put will easily be one of the websites I visit most this year.  It may very well be the easiest and most beautifully minimal bookmarking site ever created.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Henry Work / TechCrunch:
Simple Bookmarking Now Available with Instapaper
Discussion: Marco.org Tumblelog
Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:
Twitter Down For the Debates; Twitter Forces My Hand  —  In what is becoming an altogether too common occurance lately, Twitter is down, this time due to the Republican Primary debate on this evening.  Twitter has been going down more and more frequently in recent weeks.  Steve Jobs took it down during the keynote.
Discussion: rexblog.com
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Frederic / The Last Podcast:
Another Day, Another Twitter Outage
Julie Ruvolo / VentureBeat:
Fresh from New York: Trends in online advertising  —  Silicon Alley technologists and Madison Avenue advertising executives have been meeting yesterday and today at the AlwaysOn OnMedia NYC conference.  Here are some of the trends people were talking about:
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft doesn't recommend creating Vista ‘Lite’  —  Frustrated with Vista's sluggishness, some people have been turning to a utility called vLite, that strips out components of the operating system deemed unessential.  —  Although the move does offer frustrated Vista users an option …
Mark Evans:
Taking Twitter Seriously  —  Twitter can be easily dismissed as IM-Lite or a tool for people with short attention spans but, interestingly enough, it is also starting to gain traction as a serious communications tool for people to communicate about serious stuff...like politics.
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
The Rise of Twitter as a Platform for Serious Discourse
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 …
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
A tour of Google's new Experimental Search. Verdict: awesome
Discussion: Web Worker Daily and Digg
louisgray.com:
Rating Burner Debuts With RSS Feed Ranking, Growth Stats  —  There's precious little that bloggers like to do more than measure their own statistics, and gauge how they're doing, relative to the rest of the blogging community.  And there's similarly precious little that smart Web developers …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Smells Blood in Yahoo Water (MSFT/YHOO)  —  If Yahoo won't sell out to you, then just hire their people—or so Microsoft seems to be thinking.  Below, a note received by a promising job candidate:  —  Hi [Talented Yahoo Employee],  —  I am a member of Microsoft's marketing staffing team.
Alex Johnson / MSNBC:
Cell phone directory rings alarm bells  —  An online directory that claims to provide 90 million mobile telephone numbers is raising concerns among cell phone users and privacy advocates about unwanted callers who rack up the minutes on their calling plans and the difficulty of opting out of the list.
Digital Photography Review:
Sigma announces DP1 to be available spring 2008  —  Pre-PMA 2008: Sigma has announced the imminent availability of the greatly anticipated DP1 digital camera.  The DP1 has a sensor around the size of those found in most DLSRs - although it is greatly different in terms of design …
Discussion: Engadget and Laughing Squid
Jerry Lin / Taipei Times:
MediaTek disappoints with fourth quarter results  —  MediaTek Inc (Ápµo¬ì), the nation's top handset chip designer, said yesterday its fourth quarter net income dropped 46.7 percent quarter-on-quarter to NT$6.31 billion.  The figure was down by 5.6 percent from a year earlier.
 
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Sony:
SONY INTRODUCES TWO MAINSTREAM DSLR CAMERAS WITH UNIQUE “QUICK AF LIVE” VIEW SYSTEM
Discussion: I4U News, Engadget and Electronista
Jason Snell / Macworld:
MacBook Air  —  Compromises limit appeal of Apple's lightest-ever laptop
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook and Data Portability: Q&A with DataPortability.org Chairperson Chris Saad
Olga Kharif / Tech Beat:
Auction 73 Update: A Crucial Day for Google
Discussion: WebProNews and InfoWorld
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Tipped over: social influence “tipping point” theory debunked
Discussion: Swarming Media and hypebot
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Hands-on with the Garmin nuvifone
Discussion: PHONE Magazine
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Sony's expensive, but sweet, digital photo frames have Bluetooth and HDMI-out
Discussion: Gearlog, Engadget and Gizmodo
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
Heath Ledger's death won't end Joker's Web antics
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Crazy Apple Rumors Site on hold indefinitely
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Persai, a personalized online news aggregator
Discussion: Download Squad and Epicenter
Camilla Hall / Bloomberg:
Mediterranean Cables Cut, Disrupting Communications
comScore:
comScore Releases 2007 U.S. Internet Year in Review
CNET News.com:
Verizon: We don't want to play copyright cop on our network
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Yahoo's Vision-Goes-Here Strategy
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Copy a CD, owe $1.5 million under “gluttonous” PRO-IP Act