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3:25 PM ET, December 29, 2006


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Steve Dowling / Apple:
Apple Files 10-Q and 10-K  —  Apple to Record Non-Cash Charge of $84 Million  —  Apple® today filed its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 1, 2006 and its Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2006 with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").
New York Times:
Apple Filing to Tell All on Options  —  Apple Computer and its charismatic chief executive, Steven P. Jobs, are expected to make a big announcement about a new product at the Macworld conference next month.  Before that, however, the company has some other highly anticipated information to share.
Mike / Techdirt:
And By The Time Anyone Reads The Sneaky Fine Print On AT&T's Concessions, The Merger Will Be Done  —  from the fooled-ya dept  —  A few hours ago, we wrote about the concessions AT&T agreed to in order to get their merger with BellSouth approved — possibly today.
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
AT&T Knows When to Fold 'em  —  Updated, Friday 9 AM.  Look, we told you the AT&T-BellSouth deal would get done.  And with all its lawyers and lobbyists, it's no surprise that AT&T made the smart political move, suggesting a few minor concessions that should grease the wheels at the FCC and help make Ma Bell bigger, sooner.
Discussion: Reuters and The Next Net
Ed Sutherland /
Bloggers Rebuff Microsoft 'Gifts'  —  A tactic by Microsoft (Quote), AMD (Quote) and a PR firm to gain traction for Vista is instead reaping a whirlwind of controversy.  —  Edelman, the PR agency behind Vista's launch, sent Acer Ferrari laptops sporting the Windows Vista operating system and AMD processors to tech bloggers.
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Guba CEO steps down, says more execs may follow  —  Guba CEO Thomas McInerney has stepped down from the video-sharing site, marking the second executive shuffle within the sector in a week.  —  McInerney told CNET that two other Guba executives are likely to follow him.
PJ Doland / The Frosty Mug Revolution:
Genius Grant Please, or The NSFW HTML Attribute  —  UPDATE: The idea expressed below has been significantly improved and a brief spec document and example is now available.  You might, however, still want to read what follows before proceeding to the aforementioned link.
Discussion: Technically Speaking, digg and Slashdot
PJ Doland / The Frosty Mug Revolution:
A Semantic Solution for Presenting NSFW Content
Discussion: digg
Paul Hampel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cartographers hit the road to bring updated online maps  —  In an SUV crammed with high-tech gear, Dan Donovan and Ben Woodley trolled last week through a new and virtually treeless subdivision in Troy, Ill.  —  A green arrow on a dashboard monitor connected to a roof-mounted Global Positioning …
Susan Crawford blog:
The day the internet became cable television: Dec. 29, 2006  —  As part of the AT&T/SBC merger that is expected to be approved today, AT&T is now pledging to keep its "wireline broadband Internet access service" neutral.  —  AT&T joins the trickster pantheon with this move.
No Tunes For You: iTunes Store Gags on Christmas Download Traffic  —  Okay, so now we see why iTunes sales numbers allegedly plummeted 65% since January of this year: Forrester Research wasn't counting Christmas Day, when everyone who just got an iTunes gift card or shiny new iPod decided …
Discussion: Listening Post, Techdirt and Slashdot
Michael Fahey / Kotaku:
Feature: The Decline of the PS3 Grey Market  —  The rise and fall of the PlayStation 3 on eBay is one of the most talked about gaming stories of the year.  In order to paint a broader picture, I've tracked pricing trends from preorders to Christmas Eve and surveyed retailers to determine just how hard the PS3 grey market has crashed.
Discussion: Joseph Laszlo and digg
Walter S. Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
The HDTV Dilemma: Pay for TiVo's Recorder Or Settle for Cable's?  —  If you just got a high-definition television, one of the best things you can buy to complement it is a digital video recorder, or DVR, the tapeless gadgets that save programs so you can watch them when you choose.
Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:
First John Edwards announces on YouTube.  What Happens Next?  —  During my flight back to the States yesterday, a Washington, D.C. policy reporter who was covering the John Edwards YouTube announcement emailed me a request to do an interview.  While I would have been happy to talk using Skype …
Discussion: The 463
The Bad Astronomer / Bad Astronomy Blog:
The Top Ten Astronomy Images of 2006  —  This past year has been — like most are — up and down for science in general and astronomy in particular.  We've had stunning successes and heartbreaking setbacks, all of which seem huge when dealing with them at the time.
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Bebo Launching Ad Widgets  —  Mashable was the first to cover the launch of Bebo Widgets, the service that lets Bebo users put content from Photobucket, RockYou and on their profiles.  But now there's a development to that story that's worth mentioning: next year …
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Web news opposites
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A Prescription For Big Music's Blues
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Technorati, Edelman deal is done
Discussion: Micro Persuasion
Kenji Hall / Business Week:
The PlayStation 2 Still Rocks
Discussion: Kotaku and Joystiq
Siva Vaidhyanathan / MSNBC:
Me, 'Person of the Year'? No thanks
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Scoble and Blogging on the Campaign Trail
Kevin Lee / ClickZ:
SEM and SEO, Rocket Science, or Just Plain Science? (Part 1)
Discussion: Search Engine Land and SEL
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What's inside Microsoft's new Windows Home Server?
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Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Get Disorganized with Google Desktop?
Robert Lemos / SecurityFocus:
Bot-infected PCs get a refresh
DIY Wii Media Center
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Arwen Hann /
World Wide Web-famous in Christchurch?
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Government may not need warrant to search your e-mail
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Social Media is No Mo
Ben Charny / MarketWatch:
Google's blog search engine takes over top slot
Los Angeles Times:
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