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1:10 AM ET, January 31, 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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MG Siegler / ParisLemon:   Knives Sharpened, Google May Finally Be Ready To Stab Apple …
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Out of the Box and Orbitcast
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Hands-on with the Garmin nuvifone
Discussion: PHONE Magazine
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Garmin gets official with its nuvifone
Discussion: CNET News.com and Electronista
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
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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.
Discussion: Business Week
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
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 …
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:
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
CNET News.com:
RIAA: No need to force ISPs by law to monitor piracy  —  Record industry chief says it's not necessary to “re-legislate” legal duties that Internet service providers have in curbing copyright infringement.  —  Verizon: We don't want to play copyright cop on our network
Discussion: Ars Technica, Techdirt and P2P Blog
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 …
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook and Data Portability: Q&A with DataPortability.org Chairperson Chris Saad  —  When Facebook joined the DataPortability.org Workgroup a few weeks ago, the press described the move both as a “bombshell” as well as “brilliant PR”.  In order to understand what Facebook's decision …
 
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Matthew Hurst / Data Mining:
YouTube by the Numbers  —  Tim Wintle of Rubberductions forwarded …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
US tops world Connectivity Scorecard despite broadband ills
Olga Kharif / Tech Beat:
Auction 73 Update: A Crucial Day for Google
Discussion: WebProNews and Bits
ZDNet:
Netscape wins one month from executioner
Discussion: Mashable!
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Tipped over: social influence “tipping point” theory debunked
Discussion: Swarming Media and hypebot
Frederic / The Last Podcast:
Another Day, Another Twitter Outage
Discussion: Mashable! and Twitter Blog
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
The RHEL/Fedora licensing model: Not just for grown-ups
Discussion: Maison Fleury and InfoWorld
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
Sony:
DISPLAY PHOTOS IN STYLE WITH SONY'S NEW DIGITAL PHOTO FRAMES
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Persai, a personalized online news aggregator
Discussion: Download Squad and Epicenter
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Delver announces personalized social search engine
Waxy.org:
The Times (UK) Spamming Social Media Sites
Discussion: Valleywag and Gawker
Yahoo! Developer Network blog:
Yahoo! OpenID Provider service now available as a public beta
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Copy a CD, owe $1.5 million under “gluttonous” PRO-IP Act