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1:00 PM 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 …
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Amazon.com to Acquire Audible.com  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Audible Inc. (NASDAQ:ADBL).  —  Audible.com is the leading online provider of premium digital spoken word audio content, specializing in digital audio editions of books …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Amazon adds Audible to its digital empire
Discussion: CNET News.com
Wall Street Journal:   Amazon Buys Audiobook Provider
Chris Williams / The Register:
‘Facebook fatigue’ kicks in as people tire of social networks  —  Shhh!  Can you hear a hiss?  That's the sound of naughty facts deflating the social networking balloon a tad.  —  Whisper it, but numbers from web analytics outfit comScore have confirmed what the chatter in bars and cafes …
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Doug Sherrets / VentureBeat:
Google's Marissa Mayer: Social search is the future  —  At an event in August, Marissa Mayer, Google's leading VP in search, said social search hasn't shown much promise, but if it does, Google would be in a good position to incorporate it.  I wrote about that here.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
OpenSocial should be renamed “OpenGadgets”  —  As it stands, the Google-led OpenSocial has very little, if anything, to do with data portability.  That's the view of Marc Canter, a long time advocate of open standards and data portability, and one in which I'm inclined to agree.
Discussion: Snipperoo
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Spectrum Auction: C Block Hits Reserve Price  —  A bid of $4.7 billion this morning for the most valuable group of wireless licenses in the Federal Communications Commission auction for 700Mhz spectrum pushed the price over the minimum price the government set.
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Open access for all: prime 700MHz Block C hits reserve price  —  After 17 rounds, the 700MHz spectrum auction has finally hit its one of its most closely watched targets: bidding on Block C has surpassed the Federal Communications Commission's mandated $4.638 billion reserve …
Discussion: Digital Daily and Bits
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
700MHz auction exceeds $10 Billion, open-access just one bid away  —  With weeks still to go, your dysfunctional Uncle Sam is briskly rubbing his hands at having raised more than $10 Billion from the 700MHz auction.  This, after just 16 rounds of bidding.  But we're not happy to say the least.
Discussion: Electronista and Bits
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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.
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: Infinite Loop and Gizmodo
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PC Advisor:   Windows PC makers to use MacBook Air chips
Electronista:   MacBook Air's CPU in Windows notebooks soon?
Bloomberg:
India, Mideast Suffer Internet Disruption  —  Jan. 31 (Bloomberg) — India and countries across the Middle East experienced slow Internet connections and disruption to international calls to the U.S. and Europe after two submarine cable systems in the Mediterranean Sea were cut.
Discussion: Between the Lines and p2pnet
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BBC:
Web disturbances set to continue
Discussion: WebProNews
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:   How resilient are the Internet pipes?
Paul Miller / Engadget:
RIM's BlackBerry Remote Stereo Gateway to offer Bluetooth music streaming  —  The FCC is on a roll this morning.  It appears RIM has a Bluetooth music streaming device in the works, the BlackBerry Remote Stereo Gateway, and the device just got the A-OK from the FCC.
Discussion: BlackBerry Cool and IntoMobile
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
BlackBerry Bluetooth Music Hub Shows Up On FCC
Discussion: Orbitcast
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 …
Nicholas Carr / Guardian:
The internet rewards the lazy and punishes the intrepid  —  As GPS transceivers become common accessories in cars, the benefits have been manifold.  Millions of us have been relieved of the nuisance of getting lost or, even worse, the shame of having to ask a passerby for directions.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Meebo Turns Chat Rooms Into A Web Service  —  Today, Web-based IM and chat room provider Meebo is releasing full-fledged APIs for its Meebo Rooms that will allow Websites to embed chat functionality in an automated fashion.  Currently, Meebo Rooms can be embedded on sites or blogs manually …
 
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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
MTV steps it up for Super Tuesday primaries
Discussion: Salon
Dan Nystedt / IDG News Service:
Acer Buys 75 Percent of Packard Bell
Discussion: Engadget and CNET News.com
Darren Waters / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
PS3: Glass half full or empty?
Reuters:
Sprint sees substantial impairment charge
Discussion: eWeek
Wall Street Journal:
IAC: Liberty Is Hampering Business
Staska / Unwired View:
Sony Ericsson phone with detachable display
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Music: Snapshot of an industry in turmoil
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
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Antony Bruno / Billboard.Biz:
Report: Kids Using Paid, Pirate Download Sites
Macessity:
Slim is in !!!  —  This stand is designed specifically for Apple slim keyboard's fans.
Discussion: Engadget, Gadget Lab and Macworld
Lior Ron / Google LatLong:
Find more with Google Maps
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Multitouch Interface Is Starting to Spread Among New Devices
Discussion: CrunchGear
George Ou / Zero Day:
Even SSL Gmail can get sidejacked
Alex Johnson / MSNBC:
Cell phone directory rings alarm bells
Mark Evans:
Taking Twitter Seriously
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Instapaper, A Beautifully Simple Bookmarking Tool