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9:20 AM ET, February 5, 2008

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Paul Miller / Engadget:
16GB iPhone just around the corner? (updated)  —  There's been plenty of conjecture (pictured) about a 16GB iPhone — and its mysterious absence from the initial lineup — ever since the 16GB iPod touch graced us all with its minuscule presence, but things are starting to look up.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Reports: New iPhone, MacBook Pro imminent  —  Two items Apple (AAPL) watchers had expected Steve Jobs to unveil at Macworld — a 16 GB iPhone and a new MacBook Pro — could be coming out any day now, if inventory lists at the company's partners are to be believed.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple store is down: 16GB iPhone imminent?  —  Listen up pilgrims.  It's Apple's favorite product launch day — Tuesday — and we're once again sitting on a pile of rumors.  So what's it going to be?  A 16GB bump to the iPhone, new MacBook Pros running Intel's latest mobile Penryn processor …
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Silicon Valley after a Microsoft/Yahoo merger: a contrarian view  —  This post is not about the potential Microsoft/Yahoo merger.  —  Instead, let's just assume for the moment that Microsoft succeeds in its bid for Yahoo.  —  What would a Microsoft/Yahoo merger mean for startups in Silicon Valley?
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Microsoft bid is better than stagnating, say Yahoo insiders  —  Sometimes change—any change—is good.  —  For a company hobbled by cultural and management problems, a $44.6 billion hostile takeover bidfrom Microsoft may be just the kick in the pants Yahoo needs to rejoin the fight against Google—and potentially Microsoft.
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Brett Arends / Wall Street Journal:
Don't Hang On to Your Yahoo
Discussion: Mark Evans
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Flickr's Version Of A Mass Protest  —  Some users aren't happy at the prospect of a Microsoft takeover of Flickr's parent company, Yahoo.  To protest, they do what Flickr users do - upload images.  —  In this case, the images are all anti-Microsoft, and there's some really creative stuff.
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Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:   Flickr Users Concerned About Possible Microsoft Takeover
eMarketer:
Heard the Latest About Podcasting?  —  Engagement via headphones.  —  Ever since podcasting was introduced, the question has been the same: Will anyone listen?  —  The answer is definitely “Yes.”  —  eMarketer estimates that the total US podcast audience reached 18.5 million in 2007.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Podcasts Taking Off (Again): eMarketer
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
MySpace Developer Platform Goes Live (Sorta)  —  MySpace is holding an event in San Francisco tomorrow with 250 application developers to ceremonially launch its application platform...for developers only, that is.  —  Over the next month, developers big and small will have the opportunity …
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Web 3.0: Is It About Personalization?  —  On the UK's Guardian newspaper site today, writer Jemina Kiss suggested that Web 3.0 will be about recommendation.  “If web 2.0 could be summarized as interaction, web 3.0 must be about recommendation and personalization,” she wrote.
Discussion: AndyDickinson.net
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Jemima Kiss / Guardian:   Web 3.0 is all about rank and recommendation
Opera:
Opera unleashes innovative technology in latest mobile Web browser — Opera Mobile 9.5  —  Faster speed, new interface and Opera Widgets bring users closer to a full desktop experience  —  Exclusive preview at Mobile World Congress 2008 (February 11-14, Barcelona)
Discussion: Gizmodo and jkOnTheRun
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:   Video: Opera Mobile 9.5 redesign is lickity quick, slick
Times of London:
My online life: no hobbies, no opinions, no friends, no fun  —  I knew my online life had to change when my boss decided that he would join Facebook.  As the resident young person in an office of thirty and forty-somethings I was tasked with setting up his online profile.
Discussion: Techdirt
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Consumer group slams RealPlayer as ‘badware’  —  San Francisco - A consumer advocacy group is blasting RealNetworks for installing adware and other software without properly notifying its users.  —  In a report published Thursday, StopBadware.org faults the latest version of RealPlayer …
Discussion: BetaNews and ZDNet.com.au
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's Zimbra Releases v5.0 with BlackBerry Support, New Ajax Features  —  Zimbra, an open-source alternative to Microsoft Exchange Server that was acquired by Yahoo this past September, has released version 5.0 of its collaboration suite.  The upgrades are various and wide-reaching …
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Microsoft Preps New Modeling Language  —  Microsoft Preps New Modeling Language  —  The software maker puts the “D” in declarative programming as a key part of its larger Oslo model-driven development strategy.  —  REDMOND, Wash.—Microsoft, which in October officially announced its intent …
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Katie Jacobs Stanton / OpenSocial API Blog:
Our doors are open to OpenSocial developers  —  Arne Roomann-Kurrik, Developer Programs  —  OpenSocial apps will go live to Orkut users in the last week of February.  To launch your app on Orkut you need to have it pass a review by the Orkut Team, so be sure to use these best practices to build a successful app.
Discussion: All Facebook
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Dan Peterson / OpenSocial API Blog:
OpenSocial 0.7: Coming to a user near you
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hey Blodget, Still Betting On Google $2,000?  —  Google's stock continues its swan dive.  It wasn't that long ago that some bloggers (well, one blogger) were thinking Google could hit $2,000/share.  I scoffed, although to his credit Blodget did say it could take 10-15 years for it to happen.
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MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Google: Like A Rock (That Is, Falling Like One)
 
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
IBM responds to Microsoft: OOXML is “technically inferior”
Discussion: Slashdot
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Danish Court Tells ISP To Block PirateBay
Discussion: Reuters
IFPI:
Recording Industry steps up campaign against internet piracy in China
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
Google Stock Freefall Hits New, 172-Day Low
John Leyden / The Register:
Veracode hunts for backdoors in outsourced code
Virgin Mobile USA:
Virgin Mobile USA Provides Selected Preliminary Results and Guidance …
Jason Fry / Wall Street Journal:
A Mac Ad You'll Never See
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Ewan Spence / All About Symbian:
Thirty minutes with the N-Gage First Access client
Discussion: Symbian-Guru.com and Gizmodo
Associated Press:
AT&T hikes broadband prices
CNN:
FBI wants palm prints, eye scans, tattoo mapping
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Valleywag reaches new low: makes fun of the death of a mother …
Michael Hara / NVIDIA Press Room:
NVIDIA to Acquire AGEIA Technologies
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Thin is in: Ars Technica reviews the MacBook Air
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Intel debuts Silverthorne processor; Dragonfire Ring, Dwarfsbane Sword …