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8:40 AM ET, January 31, 2008

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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
Discussion: Twitter Blog and Profy.Com
Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:
Twitter Down For the Debates; Twitter Forces My Hand
Discussion: rexblog.com
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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon.com buys Audible; March into digital content distribution continues  —  Amazon.com's march into digital distribution of content continues-this time with plans to acquire Audible for $300 million.  —  In a statement on Thursday, Amazon said it will acquire Audible …
Discussion: Amazon.com, PDA and Seeking Alpha
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
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.
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Henry Work / TechCrunch:
Simple Bookmarking Now Available with Instapaper
Discussion: broadstuff and Marco.org Tumblelog
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
Discussion: Engadget, IntoMobile and Digg
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 …
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Free utility condenses Windows Vista from 15GB to 1.4GB  —  Users can trim Vista to a tenth is normal size by ditching unwanted parts  —  Computerworld) A Croatian college student has created a utility that installs a seriously stripped-down Windows Vista, saying the heft of Microsoft's biggest desktop OS was just too big to believe.
BBC:
Pirate Bay hit with legal action  —  Four men who run one of the most popular file-sharing sites in the world have been charged with conspiracy to break copyright law in Sweden.  —  The Pirate Bay's servers do not store copyrighted material but offer links to the download location of films, TV programmes, albums and software.
Discussion: TorrentFreak
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Jason Snell / Macworld:
MacBook Air  —  Compromises limit appeal of Apple's lightest-ever laptop  —  Laptop design has always been about compromise.  Though they've come a long way in the past few years, laptops have never been able to offer the features available in desktop computers, and certainly not at comparable prices.
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Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
MacBook Wi-Fi compatibility up in Air
Discussion: Gadget Lab and O'Grady's PowerPage
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.
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
George Ou / Zero Day:
Even SSL Gmail can get sidejacked  —  When Robert Graham demonstrated how Web 2.0 wasn't safe at last year's Blackhat, it was thought that at least the SSL mode (HTTPS) of Google Gmail would be spared from sidejacking.  That presumption now appears to be false according to this updated blog posting from Graham.
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:
Holovaty.com:
In memory of chicagocrime.org  —  It's with mixed feelings that I announce the end of one of my projects, chicagocrime.org.  This site has been serving Chicago residents since May 2005.  I hope you'll indulge me in a brief retrospective.  —  Chicagocrime.org was one of the original map mashups …
Discussion: Telegraph Blogs
 
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technabob:
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Scott Morrison / Wall Street Journal:
Top Google Trio Made 20-Year Pact
Chris Williams / The Register:
EU data ruling slaps filesharers with red herring
Discussion: Times of London
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Multitouch Interface Is Starting to Spread Among New Devices
Howard Owens:
Why newspaper sites will continue to struggle with reader participation
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
A tour of Google's new Experimental Search. Verdict: awesome
Discussion: Web Worker Daily and Digg
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
US tops world Connectivity Scorecard despite broadband ills
Discussion: The Tech Report
Olga Kharif / Tech Beat:
Auction 73 Update: A Crucial Day for Google
Discussion: VentureBeat, WebProNews and Bits
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louisgray.com:
Rating Burner Debuts With RSS Feed Ranking, Growth Stats
Discussion: Mashable! and davidrothman.net
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Tipped over: social influence “tipping point” theory debunked
Discussion: Swarming Media and hypebot
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft to Yahoos: Come Work Here! (MSFT/YHOO)
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Hands-on with the Garmin nuvifone
Discussion: PHONE Magazine
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
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Persai, a personalized online news aggregator