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3:05 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").
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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.
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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
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
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PJ Doland / The Frosty Mug Revolution:
A Semantic Solution for Presenting NSFW Content
Discussion: digg
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
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 News.com that two other Guba executives are likely to follow him.
Discussion: NewTeeVee, HipMojo.com, GigaOM and Valleywag
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 …
Gizmodo:
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
Chris Thilk / Open The Dialogue:
Microsoft sows anger and confusion  —  In the past I've been hesitant on this blog to criticize the actions of other agencies and how they handle blog programs, even egregious examples like fake blogs being setup and other clear violations of the playground rules.
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.
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
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.
Discussion: isen.blog
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 Slide.com on their profiles.  But now there's a development to that story that's worth mentioning: next year …
 
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Louis Hau / Forbes:
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
Paul Lancour / PodTech.net:
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
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
What's inside Microsoft's new Windows Home Server?
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Get Disorganized with Google Desktop?
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Lemos / SecurityFocus:
Bot-infected PCs get a refresh
Gizmodo:
DIY Wii Media Center
Discussion: PVR Wire, OhGizmo! and digg
Arwen Hann / Stuff.co.nz:
World Wide Web-famous in Christchurch?
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Government may not need warrant to search your e-mail
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Social Media is No Mo
Ben Charny / MarketWatch:
Google's blog search engine takes over top slot
Valleywag:
SILICON VALLEY USERS GUIDE: SVUG #14: How do I cash in on the 2007 bubble?
Los Angeles Times:
What will they think of next?