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9:25 AM ET, January 31, 2008

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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: PDA, Engadget, Seeking Alpha and rexblog.com
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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.
Amazon.com:   Amazon.com to Acquire Audible.com
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Amazon Web Services: Bigger Than Amazon
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: Virtual Economics
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Admins Charged with Assisting Copyright Infringement
Discussion: p2pnet and Mashable!
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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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
MacBook Air's custom-built CPU going PC?  —  That special Intel processor found in the MacBook Air could be getting a lot less special.  PC Advisor, citing “a source familiar with Intel's plans,” claims that a pair of PC makers will use the MBA processor.  Not that this would be unexpected.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
MacBook Wi-Fi compatibility up in Air
Discussion: Gadget Lab and O'Grady's PowerPage
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.
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.
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Lior Ron / Google LatLong:
Find more with Google Maps  —  There's a lot to discover in Google Maps: addresses, businesses, points of interest, user maps, and even photos, books, and videos.  To help sift through all of this, we've added a new search option that will help you find exactly what you want.
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
A tour of Google's new Experimental Search. Verdict: awesome
Discussion: Web Worker Daily and Digg
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.
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Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:
Twitter Down For the Debates; Twitter Forces My Hand
Discussion: rexblog.com
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
Scott Morrison / Wall Street Journal:
Top Google Trio Made 20-Year Pact  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google Inc.'s top three executives agreed in 2004 to work together at the Internet search and advertising giant for at least 20 years, a company spokesman confirmed on Wednesday.  —  Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin …
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.
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Multitouch Interface Is Starting to Spread Among New Devices  —  We are now witnessing the emergence of a new user interface for digital devices, including laptop computers, advanced cellphones, wireless portable data gadgets and other types of computing products.
Market Wire:
Sony Corporation announces 3rd Quarter Results  —  Tokyo, Japan—(MARKET WIRE)—Jan 31, 2008 —  1-7-1 Konan, Minato-ku Tokyo 108-0075 Japan  —  for the Third Quarter Ended December 31, 2007  —  Sony Corporation today announced its consolidated results for the third quarter …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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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InfoWorld:
Symantec study reframes IT risk management
Discussion: Between the Lines
Macessity:
Slim is in !!!  —  This stand is designed specifically for Apple slim keyboard's fans.
Discussion: Engadget, Gadget Lab and Macworld
Nicholas Carr / Guardian:
The internet rewards the lazy and punishes the intrepid
Discussion: Rough Type
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
Digging Deeper:: …
Discussion: Voices
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Verizon Exec: We Don't Want to Police Content
Discussion: Techdirt, CNET News.com and Voices
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Chris Williams / The Register:
EU data ruling slaps filesharers with red herring
Discussion: Times of London
George Ou / Zero Day:
Even SSL Gmail can get sidejacked
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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
louisgray.com:
Rating Burner Debuts With RSS Feed Ranking, Growth Stats
Discussion: Mashable! and davidrothman.net
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
Julie Ruvolo / VentureBeat:
Fresh from New York: Trends in online advertising
 

 
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Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
In an email to staff, Telegraph editor Chris Evans says Rob Winnett has decided to stay at Telegraph and will not join the Washington Post

Tim Marchman / Wired:
Perplexity closely summarized a Wired story about Perplexity allegedly scraping parts of websites blocked by developers; experts are mixed on the legal impacts

Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Spotify debuts a new Basic streaming plan in the US for $10.99/month, which includes all the benefits of Premium without the monthly audiobook listening time

 
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