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11:50 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 …
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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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon.com: Will you recognize it in 10 years?  —  Amazon's fourth quarter results had a little bit of everything for its various observers: Sales were impressive and the outlook wasn't bad, but worries about profit margins are worrisome.  But amid all the talk about consumer demand …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:   Amazon adds Audible to its digital empire
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Amazon acquires Audible for $300 million
Discussion: Webware.com
Rob Eldridge / Seeking Alpha:   Amazon.com Q4 2007 Earnings Call Transcript
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Amazon Buying Audible In Deal Worth $300 Million; Should Boost Kindle Content
Discussion: Digital Daily
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 and TorrentFreak
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Admins Charged with Assisting Copyright Infringement  —  “The operation of The Pirate Bay is financed through advertising revenues.  In that way it commercially exploits copyright-protected work and performances,” said prosecutor Hakan Roswall in a statement.
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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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:   How resilient are the Internet pipes?
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Matthew Elliott / CNET News.com:
Eeexpansion plans: Asus announces more low-cost Linux products  —  Looking to capitalize on the popularity of its $400 Linux laptop, the Eee PC, Asus announced it will release three new products under the Eee banner later this year: a desktop, an all-in-one PC, and an LCD TV.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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: Electronista, PC Advisor and Gizmodo
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.
 
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Music: Snapshot of an industry in turmoil
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
700MHz auction exceeds $10 Billion, open-access just one bid away
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
The state of IT risk management
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
OpenSocial should be renamed “OpenGadgets”
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Putting photos into public domain
Daily Mail:
The high-speed sports car that turns into a boat at the touch of a button
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Digg
Tony Smith / The Register:
Dell developing Google Android handset, moles claim
Antony Bruno / Billboard.Biz:
Report: Kids Using Paid, Pirate Download Sites
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Jeffrey Silva / RCR Wireless News:
Class action nails T-Mobile USA over texting services
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
Scott Morrison / Wall Street Journal:
Top Google Trio Made 20-Year Pact
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Multitouch Interface Is Starting to Spread Among New Devices
George Ou / Zero Day:
Even SSL Gmail can get sidejacked
Mark Evans:
Taking Twitter Seriously
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft to Yahoos: Come Work Here! (MSFT/YHOO)
Discussion: WebProNews