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2:35 PM 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.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Motorola ZiNe Z12 Leaked Pictures?  —  Does this phone (on the right), documented in this leaked picture, match up with the invisible phone in the teaser video that we saw on YouTube yesterday?  Perhaps, and the Czech site Mobile.cz is saying that the phone has a larger display and touchscreen controls …
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Staska / Unwired View:
First pictures of Motorola Z12 ZiNe with Symbian UIQ?
Discussion: IntoMobile and Gizmodo
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?
BBC:
Work begins to repair severed net  —  Work has begun to repair two damaged internet cables in the Mediterranean Sea that were severed last week.  —  Flag Telecom, one of the firms responsible for the cables, says it will take about a week to be fixed.  —  The break in cables has caused disruption …
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Heather Timmons / International Herald Tribune:
Ruptures call safety of Internet cables into question
Discussion: Engadget
Todd Ritter / Download Squad:
IPv6 coming to a root server near you  —  IPv6 authoritative nameserver records are in the process of being added to six of the world's thirteen DNS root servers.  Root servers are the computers at the top of the DNS hierarchy that are crucial in helping you turn downloadsquad.com into an IP address for your computer's benefit.
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Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
ICANN flips switch on IPv6 DNS root servers
Discussion: TechSpot News, RIPE.NET and BBC
Zach Epstein / The Boy Genius Report:
HTC Magnum Video Surfaces; WTF?!?  —  What you can't tell from the video above is that the guy holding the Magnum is actually 11-inches tall... We're honestly not sure exactly what to make of this, but we have to assume that in reality it's is some sort of crazy internal prototype built to test some new hardware.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and Ubergizmo
eWeek:
Google, Yahoo Going After Outlook  —  Google and Yahoo are rolling out Web software on steroids to compete with Outlook, another clue why Microsoft is shelling out $45 billion and going into debt for Yahoo.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Business software units of Yahoo and Google …
Grant Gross / IDG News Service:
FCC Approves Sale of Nationwide Spectrum to AT&T  —  The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has approved the purchase by AT&T of 12MHz of wireless spectrum that covers 60 percent of the U.S.  —  AT&T bought the spectrum from Aloha Spectrum Holdings.  The spectrum, in the highly coveted 700MHz band …
Discussion: RSS
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.
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
‘HiPhone’ looks mighty familiar, almost iPhone-like  —  All hail the new king of fake iPhones.  It's $239.00 (plus $15 shipping) direct from China, has two (count 'em, two) SIM slots, triband GSM, is unlocked and carries no contract, comes with two (count 'em, two) batteries, and I have no idea how much storage is onboard.
Discussion: Ubergizmo and The Raw Feed
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Is mobile spam OK if the sender pays?  —  Funambol, the open source mobile messaging company, says it has signed a deal with Amobee “to fuel mobile e-mail for the mass market.”  —  Translation.  If the sender pays will you take mobile spam?  —  Technically, all that's happening …
Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
Dealipedia Launches  —  Business information for all  —  Generally speaking, a press release can give you all the information you'll want about a given business deal.  But press releases sometimes ignore important things like money, and include a bunch of extra garbage about how wonderful all the involved companies are.
Discussion: CNET News.com
 
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Mercury News:
Comcast, eBay may bid for AOL
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Platform Wars Are in Full Force
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Satellite Spotters Glimpse Secrets, and Tell Them
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Electronista:
MS intros 6000/7000 wireless laser mice...
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo, Gearlog and Ubergizmo
Wall Street Journal:
Ad Revenue From Social Sites Disappoints
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Did Google get hosed on its MySpace search deal?
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft declares its modeling love with a new language, ‘D’
Discussion: CrunchGear, CNET News.com and eWeek
Waxy.org:
Pirating the 2008 Oscars (Now with 6 Years of Data)
Discussion: TorrentFreak, p2pnet, Gawker and Digg
Times of London:
My online life: no hobbies, no opinions, no friends, no fun
Discussion: Techdirt and broadstuff