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12:10 AM ET, December 23, 2006

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Brian Ward / TechEffect:
The Venice Project: YouTube slayer?  —  Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis may not be household names, but the products they've created in the past, Kazaa and Skype, certainly are.  The team of entrepreneurs is about to bring another product to market dubbed, "The Venice Project."
Mike / Techdirt:
Because The Patent System Sucks, The Only Thing To Do Is File For More Bad Patents  —  from the promoting-innovation?  dept  —  Another day, another batch of patent lunacy.  People keep asking us to comment on yesterday's story about Microsoft applying for two patents around RSS technology.
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Carlo / Techdirt:
Panasonic's In-Flight Broadband Service Misses Its Connexion  —  from the delayed dept  —  After Boeing announced several months ago that it was shutting down its Connexion in-flight broadband service, a Panasonic unit said it would fill the gap.  It said it wouldn't take over Connexion …
Discussion: Engadget
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Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Connexion In-Flight Replacement Figuratively Up in the Air  —  The Wall Street Journal reports that the efforts by Lufthansa, Panasonic Avionics, and others to have a transition plan in place for Connexion's demise are delayed: Panasonic made the surprise announcement a few months ago …
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
Drew / Dembot:
Abbey Corps  —  One thing that I kind of like about Rocketboom is that I have never  —  done any press releases.  I also dont have an email list; Until now, I've always  —  just fielded the incoming.  I'm not against that kind of outreach, it's just  —  interesting that there has never been any.
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Thomas Crampton / International Herald Tribune:
French court favors personal privacy over piracy searches  —  PARIS: A French court has ruled that music companies and other copyright holders cannot conduct unrestrained Internet monitoring to find pirates.  —  The decision, which could leave record companies open to lawsuits in France …
Anil Dash:
How to kill a personality  —  About a month ago, Fortune's Jeffrey O'Brien interviewed Seagate CEO Bill Watkins, and pulled the conversation's most memorable quote for the headline: "Let's face it, we're not changing the world.  We're building a product that helps people buy more crap - and watch porn."
Discussion: Web Strategy and JD on EP
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Jeffo / CNNMoney.com:
Seagate CEO apologizes for porn remark
Rich Miller / Netcraft:
DDoS Attack Targets CafePress.com  —  CafePress.com, which provides online stores for thousands of blogs and web sites, has been hit with a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) which has disrupted service for many of its merchants during the critical final shopping days before Christmas.
Discussion: TechSpot
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why Doesn't CafePress Use Flash?
Discussion: JD on EP, Spamroll and digg
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
TheirTube  —  Variety covers the alleged attempt of the big nets to start their own YouTube.  I spoke to the reporter and made additonal points:  —  The networks are foolishly trying to maintain the old-media model of getting everyone to come to them — rather than going to where the people are …
Discussion: Dan Blank and Blogspotting
Joe / Techdirt:
Why Prices On Gadgets (Except The iPod) Vary So Much From Site To Site  —  from the shopping-around dept  —  Browsing through a comparison shopping engine for electronics will sometimes reveal a surprisingly wide dispersion of prices for some gadgets.  The very same product, say a new HDTV …
Steve Gillmor / Steve Gillmor's GestureLab:
Bad Sinatra  —  Jonathan Schwartz has a problem.  Me.  I read his blog today, starting with the most recent post and eventually landing on one a few days ago about the resurgence of the thick client.  Let me weigh in thusly : what a load of s**t this is.  When Sun leadership starts moving away …
Discussion: Scobleizer and John Furrier
Carlo / Techdirt:
'Botched Marketing' Or Just A Product Nobody Wants?  —  from the not-interested dept  —  Microsoft created a lot of buzz earlier this year with its mysterious marketing for something called The Origami Project, which turned out to be a type of device called the Ultra Mobile PC, basically a tiny tablet computer.
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Toshiba's SED TV a no-show at electronics show  —  Toshiba's long-awaited SED TV will not be appearing at the Consumer Electronics Show in January after all.  —  Televisions with SED, which stands for surface conduction electron emitter display, will provide a better picture than LCD …
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny! and Gizmodo
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Toshiba's 55-inch SED TV to be a no-show at CES
Discussion: I4U News
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
World of Origami still unfolding  —  Get ready for Origami take two.  While Microsoft's minitablet effort may not be quite where the software maker had hoped, the project is ready for another cameo.  —  This spring, Microsoft attracted huge buzz for the Origami prior to its launch …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
The ZNF Festivus Update  —  Well, it's getting to be that time of year — No, not the Festival of Lights... The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is nearly upon us!  However, being the holidays, Netgear has gifted me with an all-expense paid trip to Vegas plus $2k to blow on [showgirls and gambling] …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
FCC checks out the Nokia N93i  —  In the most official confirmation we've seen to date, the alleged Nokia N93i has hit the FCC (true, the pictures appear to identify it as an "N00," but we somehow doubt that's its go-to-market model number).  All told, the device appears to be a fairly modest upgrade …
Discussion: Darla Mack
David Haskin / InfoWorld:
The seven top mobile and wireless trends for '07  —  The top wireless trends that will emerge in 2007 — cheap smartphones and WiMax — wouldn't be possible without the two biggest stories of 2006  —  The top mobile and wireless trends that will emerge in 2007 wouldn't be possible without …
Ben Fritz / Variety:
XBox up on downloads  —  Amazon digital video sales are slow  —  Though a box office failure, Warner Bros.' 'Poseidon' is selling well as a high-def download through Microsoft's Xbox Live.  —  In a topsy-turvy year for the digital download biz, a videogame service in just a few million homes …
William Patry / The Patry Copyright Blog:
Gentlemen Stop Your Linking  —  Cases involving pro se defendants are usually quite dangerous, not only to the defendant, but also to the rest of us: plaintiffs who are represented by decent enough law firms, if before a district judge without copyright experience can, and often do, get away with outrageous things.
 
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AT&T, Verizon get holiday gift from FCC: ruling eases IPTV regulations
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