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10:45 AM ET, February 5, 2008

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Christine Monaghan / Apple:
Apple Adds New iPhone & iPod touch Models  —  Apple® today added new models of the iPhone™ and iPod® touch which have double the memory, doubling the amount of music, photos and videos that customers can carry with them wherever they go.  The revolutionary iPhone now comes …
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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.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Official: 16GB iPhone available and 32GB iPod touch — both $499  —  Out of the rumor mill comes the 16GB iPhone, now official.  Ever since the 16GB iPod touch was announced in September, we all knew it was just a matter of time until Apple could bung the same NAND capacity into their chubbier iPhone.
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?
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
Danny Mendez / Download Squad:
Yahoo may align with Google against Microsoft's takeover proposal  —  On Friday, we reported that Microsoft was attempting to acquire Yahoo, offering the company $44.6 billion for the takeover.  Google isn't taking the new threat lightly, so Google's CEO Eric Schmidt called Yahoo's CEO Jerry Yang on Sunday.
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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?
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)
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:   Video: Opera Mobile 9.5 redesign is lickity quick, slick
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Music industry sues Baidu  —  Three multinational record companies have filed copyright infringement claims in a Beijing court against China's most popular internet search engine, Baidu.com Inc.  —  Universal Music Ltd, Warner Music Hong Kong Ltd and Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Hong Kong) …
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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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft declares its modeling love with a new language, ‘D’  —  A handful of Microsoft's top developers are working to create a new programming language, code-named “D,” which will be at the heart of the Microsoft's push toward more intuitive software modeling.
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Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:   Microsoft Preps New Modeling Language
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.
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 and broadstuff
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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Did Google get hosed on its MySpace search deal?  —  Fox Interactive gets 27 percent of its revenue from an ad deal between Google and MySpace forged in August 2006.  Meanwhile, Google executives complain about how hard it is to monetize social networking traffic.
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Rupert Murdoch: +$900M is better than -$45B
Larry Dignan / Zero Day:
Federal budget recommends US-CERT get $242 million  —  The White House unveiled its fiscal 2009 budget proposal and the $3.1 trillion monstrosity throws the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team $242 million to boost its malware and intrusion detection capabilities.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Parsing the federal budget: The tech highlights
Discussion: Tech_Space
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
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Findings from the Community Best Practices Workshop  —  [Above: I peered over the balcony to take a shot of the main hall]  —  I attended the Customer Service is the new Marketing Summit in San Francisco, really a tremendous view, weather, and vibe at the Presidio a converted military base with a great view.
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
nVIDIA to acquire AGEIA Technologies  —  GPU makers nVIDIA have announced that it intends to purchase physics middleware company AGEIA Technologies for an undisclosed sum.  —  So, Havok went to Intel, and now AGEIA goes to nVIDIA.  The word was last year that AMD was interested in grabbing AGEIA …
Bill Ray / The Register:
N-Gage makes it into software  —  The first version of Nokia's gaming platform, the N-Gage, is available to download for the N81, and offers a glimpse of how Nokia envisions us playing games on our mobiles.  —  This is still a trial version of the networked-game platform …
Discussion: eWeek, All About Symbian and Gizmodo
 
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Brooke Crothers / Nanotech:
Dell up next as Intel 45-nanometer chips creep into laptops
Discussion: Engadget
Wall Street Journal:
Ad Revenue From Social Sites Disappoints
Waxy.org:
Pirating the 2008 Oscars (Now with 6 Years of Data)
Discussion: TorrentFreak, p2pnet and Gawker
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Vista marketing chief to bid Microsoft adieu
Discussion: WinBeta
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
Google Stock Freefall Hits New, 172-Day Low
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John Leyden / The Register:
Veracode hunts for backdoors in outsourced code
Jason Fry / Wall Street Journal:
A Mac Ad You'll Never See
Discussion: MacUser
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's Zimbra Releases v5.0 with BlackBerry Support, New Ajax Features
Associated Press:
AT&T hikes broadband prices