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4:00 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 …
Cyndy Aleo-Carreira / Profy.Com:   Is Something Hiding Behind Google Android?
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:   Google and Dell making sweet, tender phone love?
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.
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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.
Discussion: Tech Beat
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo to Cut 1,000 Jobs, and Warns on Growth
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
Pakinam Amer / Associated Press:
Damaged Cable Cuts Internet in Mideast  —  Internet Outages From Damaged Undersea Cable Disrupt Businesses, Personal Use Across Mideast  —  CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — Internet outages disrupted business and personal usage across a wide swathe of the Middle East on Wednesday after an undersea cable …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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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
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.
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.
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Loomia Powers Social Recommendations for WSJ, CNET, and NBC by Leveraging Facebook
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Ray Ozzie at Mix08  —  If you took the time to check out our feed sampler you may have already noticed the news that Ray Ozzie, Chief Software Architect at Microsoft and the successor to Bill Gates when he steps down from daily duties this July, has been added as a speaker at Mix08, to join the stage with Scott Guthrie.
Discussion: All about Microsoft
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Denise Begley / MIX Online:
Ozzie at MIX08  —  Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie …
Discussion: Microsoft Watch
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 …
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 …
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
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
TV Showman, Once Exiled, Returns With Video Site  —  LOS ANGELES — One of Big Media's most controversial executives is back after a period of quasi-forced retirement.  —  Stephen Chao — who was fired from a top position at the News Corporation after, in separate incidents …
 
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eWeek:
Clearwire Declares Progress on Sprint WiMax Deal
Discussion: Electronista
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Sony intros three new photo frames, adds Bluetooth and HDMI
Discussion: Electronista
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
ICANN Takes On Domain Tasting
Discussion: eWeek and DomainTools Blog
Susanne Craig / Wall Street Journal:
E*Trade Tries a Super Bowl II
Yahoo! Developer Network blog:
Yahoo! OpenID Provider service now available as a public beta
Discussion: Mashable! and The Real McCrea
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Six Apart Gets Into Microblogging with Activity Streams
Christopher Null:
Gateway Launches First Dual HD DVD/Blu-ray PCs
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Blyk wins more funds to expand, starting with Netherlands
Discussion: PDA
 Earlier Items: 
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, Orbitcast, DSLreports and Digg
Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
Launch: Campfire for iPhone
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Nikon D60 Will Be Enhanced For Eye-Fi
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple seen introducing cheaper, more innovative Wi-Fi iPods
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Digg
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
iPhone unlocking explodes despite Apple's countermeasures
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Scientologists Google Bombed Or Not?