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6:15 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 …
Discussion: Out of the Box, Orbitcast, Gearlog and Digg
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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
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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Frederic / The Last Podcast:
Another Day, Another Twitter Outage  —  Just after the guys at Twitter posted a glowing review of their host on the Twitter blog, the Republican Debate took its toll on everybody's favorite [waste of time ]communication tool and took it offline once again - for the second time today.
Discussion: Twitter Blog and Profy.Com
Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:
Twitter Down For the Debates; Twitter Forces My Hand
Discussion: rexblog.com
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: Rev2.org and Silicon Alley Insider
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Henry Work / TechCrunch:
Simple Bookmarking Now Available with Instapaper
Discussion: broadstuff and 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 …
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 …
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:
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
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Faulty cable blacks out internet for millions  —  Tens of millions of internet users across the Middle East and Asia have been left without access to the web after a technical fault cut millions of connections.  —  The outage, which is being blamed on a fault in a single undersea cable …
Discussion: Slashdot
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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.
Olga Kharif / Tech Beat:
Auction 73 Update: A Crucial Day for Google  —  It's crunch time in the government's auction of wireless airwaves, and what goes down Jan. 31 could make-or-break chances for the creation of a new nationwide mobile-phone network in the U.S.  —  The Federal Communications Commission …
Discussion: WebProNews, Bits and VentureBeat
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Tipped over: social influence “tipping point” theory debunked  —  Clive Thompson has been getting some well-deserved attention for his recent Fast Company piece, in which Columbia University sociologist Duncan Watts explodes the hierarchical theory of social influence and trend propagation popularized …
Discussion: Swarming Media and hypebot
 
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Sony:
SONY INTRODUCES TWO MAINSTREAM DSLR CAMERAS WITH UNIQUE “QUICK AF LIVE” VIEW SYSTEM
Discussion: I4U News, Engadget and Electronista
Jerry Lin / Taipei Times:
MediaTek disappoints with fourth quarter results
Jason Snell / Macworld:
MacBook Air  —  Compromises limit appeal of Apple's lightest-ever laptop
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
ZDNet:
Netscape wins one month from executioner
Discussion: Mashable!
louisgray.com:
Rating Burner Debuts With RSS Feed Ranking, Growth Stats
Discussion: Mashable!
Tim Faulkner / Valleywag:
The Share Bears in the Land Without Portability
 Earlier Items: 
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Sony's expensive, but sweet, digital photo frames have Bluetooth and HDMI-out
Discussion: Gearlog, Gizmodo and Engadget
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
Heath Ledger's death won't end Joker's Web antics
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Crazy Apple Rumors Site on hold indefinitely
Austin Modine / The Register:
SWsoft Parallels does Virtuozzo Containers 4.0 thing
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Persai, a personalized online news aggregator
Waxy.org:
The Times (UK) Spamming Social Media Sites
comScore:
comScore Releases 2007 U.S. Internet Year in Review
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Yahoo's Vision-Goes-Here Strategy