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1:50 AM ET, January 31, 2008

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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
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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.
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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MG Siegler / ParisLemon:   Knives Sharpened, Google May Finally Be Ready To Stab Apple …
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 …
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: Silicon Alley Insider
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Henry Work / TechCrunch:
Simple Bookmarking Now Available with Instapaper
Discussion: 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 …
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:
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.
Discussion: techPresident
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:   The Rise of Twitter as a Platform for Serious Discourse
Sony:
DISPLAY PHOTOS IN STYLE WITH SONY'S NEW DIGITAL PHOTO FRAMES  —  S-Frame™ Brand Features an Elegant Design, Internal Memory and HDMI Outputs  —  Sony today unveiled its S-Frame brand of digital photo frames, offering vibrant LCD screens and stylish designs suitable for the living room, bedroom or office.
Discussion: Gearlog, Engadget and Ubergizmo
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Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Sony's expensive, but sweet, digital photo frames have Bluetooth and HDMI-out
Discussion: Gizmodo
Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:
Twitter Down For the Debates; Twitter Forces My Hand  —  In what is becoming an altogether too common occurance lately, Twitter is down, this time due to the Republican Primary debate on this evening.  Twitter has been going down more and more frequently in recent weeks.  Steve Jobs took it down during the keynote.
Discussion: rexblog.com
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Frederic / The Last Podcast:
Another Day, Another Twitter Outage
Discussion: Twitter Blog and Profy.Com
louisgray.com:
Rating Burner Debuts With RSS Feed Ranking, Growth Stats  —  There's precious little that bloggers like to do more than measure their own statistics, and gauge how they're doing, relative to the rest of the blogging community.  And there's similarly precious little that smart Web developers …
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 …
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.
Camilla Hall / Bloomberg:
Mediterranean Cables Cut, Disrupting Communications  —  Jan. 30 (Bloomberg) — Internet and telephone communications across the Middle East and India were disrupted after two submarine cable systems in the Mediterranean Sea were cut.  —  Six ships were diverted from Alexandria port …
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.
CNET News.com:
RIAA: No need to force ISPs by law to monitor piracy  —  Record industry chief says it's not necessary to “re-legislate” legal duties that Internet service providers have in curbing copyright infringement.  —  Verizon: We don't want to play copyright cop on our network
Discussion: Ars Technica, Techdirt and P2P Blog
comScore:
comScore Releases 2007 U.S. Internet Year in Review  —  Google and Facebook among Biggest Winners in 2007  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released a report highlighting the major trends in U.S. Internet activity in 2007 …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Hands-on with the Garmin nuvifone  —  Well, ask and ye shall receive.  We wrangled some of the Garmin folks to get a better view of the nuvifone, and wouldn't you know it... we did!  Check the gallery below for some close-up action with a non-working model, and comparison shots of the device with the iPhone.
Discussion: PHONE Magazine
 
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