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8:30 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.
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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.
Isen / isen.blog:
Loophole watch in AT&T-BellSouth merger
Discussion: dailywireless.org and Werblog
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
AT&T Knows When to Fold 'em
May Wong / Associated Press:
Apple Says Options Probe Clears Execs  —  Apple Says Options Probe Finds No Misconduct by Managers, Has 'Complete Confidence' in Jobs  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Apple Computer Inc. cleared Chief Executive Steve Jobs and the rest of its current management of misconduct involving stock option grants …
Discussion: Cult of Mac and digg
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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 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
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.
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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
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
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Scoble and John Edwards in New Hampshire
Discussion: ScobleShow and PodTech.net
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.
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 Live.com 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
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.
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
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
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
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 …
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 …
Ed Sutherland / internetnews.com:
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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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Linux claimed to be running on Zune
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Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
Web news opposites
Discussion: Seeking Alpha and Smart Mobs
Michael Fahey / Kotaku:
Feature: The Decline of the PS3 Grey Market
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Technorati, Edelman deal is done
Discussion: Micro Persuasion
Kenji Hall / Business Week:
The PlayStation 2 Still Rocks
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Bebo Launching Ad Widgets
Siva Vaidhyanathan / MSNBC:
Me, 'Person of the Year'? No thanks
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Social Media is No Mo