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7:50 PM ET, December 29, 2006


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Susan Crawford blog:
The day the internet became cable television: Dec. 29, 2006  —  As part of the AT&T/BellSouth 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.
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
Isen /
Loophole watch in AT&T-BellSouth merger
Discussion: Werblog and
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 Says Options Probe Exonerates Executives  —  Apple Computer today exonerated its chief executive, Steven P. Jobs, of any wrongdoing in a stock options backdating probe.  —  In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Apple said that while its investigation revealed …
Discussion: Slashdot
Graeme Wearden / CNET
Apple takes $84 million charge, defends Jobs
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.
PJ Doland / The Frosty Mug Revolution:
A Semantic Solution for Presenting NSFW Content  —  THE PROBLEM WITH REL.  —  In an earlier post, we recommended the use of the REL attribute for indicating that content was "not suitable for work."  The REL attribute has obvious benefits:  — REL isn't widely (or even sparsely) implemented.
Discussion: digg
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.
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
Original thinking  —  Hugh MacLeod accused me of being an Original Thinker when we were in Cork, Ireland recently.  —  I was struck w th how boring all the speakers were and how much fun it was to listen to Hugh.  Both of us also spoke at LeWeb3 - so I was running into Hugh quite a lot.
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Next Net
Onethumb / SmugBlog:
Google's gone evil.  —  Some of you might remember how worried Google has been about the possibility of Vista and IE7 recommending Microsoft's search engine over Google when they shipped.  —  I certainly know I remember meetings at Google where this very fear was front-and-center …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Of Disappearing Sex Blogs & Google Updates  —  Last week, Barry Schwartz reported there seemed to be a Google update going, based on forum activity he was seeing.  Google's Matt Cutts quickly followed up with a short refresher on the difference between algorithm updates, data refreshes and index updates.
Discussion: Monkey Bites, Boing Boing and digg
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
Daniel Jalkut / Red Sweater Blog:
Macintendo Family Values  —  Nintendo and Apple Announce Strategic Partnership  —  Nintendo Co. Ltd. and Apple Computer Inc. today announced a multi-year, strategic partnership had commenced earlier this year and will culminate in the January 9, 2007 launch of the partnership's first product: Podfondo.
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 …
Louis Hau / Forbes:
A Prescription For Big Music's Blues  —  If you're wondering where the digital music business is headed, you could do worse than to look up Bob Kohn.  —  Kohn is a co-founder of eMusic, the digital music pioneer that has sold more song downloads than any other vendor besides Apple Computer's …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
YouTube hosts New Year's Eve Bash  —  Forget Dick Clark and the Rockin' New Year's Eve party on ABC.  YouTube wants you ringing in 2007 with them online.  —  The video sharing Web site now owned by Google is teaming up with Warner Music Group to produce the first-ever YouTube New Year's Eve Countdown.
Discussion: Technically Speaking
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: ScobleShow and The 463
Paul Lancour /
Scoble and Blogging on the Campaign Trail  —  SAN FRANCISCO, December 29, 2006 (PodTech News) — Robert Scoble was invited by Senator John Edwards's campaign team to join the Senator, his staff, other "social media" representatives and the more traditional press corps for the first few days of his presidential campaign.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Meet your shiny new 2007 HTCs  —  If the X7500 "Athena" somehow managed to fail to attract your attention and you found the Vox, Libra, Love, and Cavailer positively forgettable, first verify that you have a pulse (because we really don't think that's normal) then check this out …
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
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.
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Gregg Keizer / TechWeb:
Can-Spam Law 'Big Disappointment'
Discussion: Techdirt
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Transparent Ads Are Better Than Fake "Conversations"
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 Earlier Items: 
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Technorati, Edelman deal is done
Discussion: Micro Persuasion
Kenji Hall / Business Week:
The PlayStation 2 Still Rocks
Discussion: Kotaku, Joystiq and digg
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Bebo Launching Ad Widgets
Siva Vaidhyanathan / MSNBC:
Me, 'Person of the Year'? No thanks
Robert Lemos / SecurityFocus:
Bot-infected PCs get a refresh
Discussion: Gizmodo and TechBlog
Arwen Hann /
World Wide Web-famous in Christchurch?
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Social Media is No Mo
Walter S. Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
The HDTV Dilemma: Pay for TiVo's Recorder Or Settle for Cable's?