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11:40 PM ET, December 30, 2006


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New York Times:
Apple Panel on Options Backs Chief  —  Apple Computer said Friday that a special committee of its board had found that its chief executive, Steven P. Jobs, was not responsible for improper dating of stock options at the company.  To account for the backdating, Apple restated its financial reporting …
Betsy Schiffman / Associated Press:
Apple faces suit over iPod-iTunes link  —  NEW YORK - As if its options woes weren't trouble enough, Apple Computer Inc. said Friday it is facing several federal lawsuits, including one alleging the company created an illegal monopoly by tying iTunes music and video sales to its market-leading iPod portable players.
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:   Apple Sued Again Over Fairplay
Jameskyton / unnecessary:
Looking at Fiji and Vienna  —  Windows Vista has been released for a month now to business, and is going to be released to the general public in a month (January 30).  For those who haven't been following Vista's development, it is worh noting that even though Vista comes 5 years after XP, it is a rushed product.
Discussion: and digg
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Never mind Vista, here's Fiji and Vienna  —  Face it, Windows Vista is just so played these days.  With that preliminary biz release under its belt, we're ready for bigger and better things, and luckily a certain "jameskyton" drive-by-blogger has the low-down for us on Vista's successors, Fiji and Vienna.
Discussion: Teching It Easy and Slashdot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google's Tipping Point  —  Taken in a vacuum, a fairly trivial thing happened a few days ago.  The co-founder of Firefox, Blake Ross, wrote a post criticizing Google called "Tip: Trust is hard to gain, easy to lose".  He takes issue with a new Google search feature that promotes certain …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
What's up at Google?
Discussion: Scripting News
Washington Post:
AT& T Completes BellSouth Takeover  —  The Federal Communications Commission yesterday overcame a seven-month deadlock and approved AT&T's $85 billion purchase of BellSouth, creating a new corporate giant that will stand astride the telecommunications industry like none other in the generation since …
Discussion: PaidContent, digg and Slashdot
Tkarr / Save the Internet Blog:
AT&T Yields to Neutrality, Paves Path to Congress  —  In a striking victory for Internet freedom advocates, AT&T officials agreed on Thursday night to adhere to strict Network Neutrality conditions if allowed to complete their $85 billion merger with BellSouth which was approved today.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
FCC approves AT&T-BellSouth merger
Discussion: Technically Speaking
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Virtual reality to get its own network?  —  A nonprofit group says it plans to build a network called Neuronet purely to support virtual-reality game and business applications.  —  Neuronet, which is planned to be separate from the Internet, "will evolve into the world's first public network capable …
Discussion: GigaGamez, Terra Nova, Slashdot and digg
Deborah Schoeneman / New York Times:
Can Google Come Out to Play?  —  ON a Thursday afternoon before the holidays, the game room at Google's new offices in Chelsea was being put to good use.  Two engineers were taking a break from coding at the pool table.  A programmer in a purple Phish T-shirt was practicing juggling.
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Wired News:
Wild Predictions for a Wired 2007  —  Here are some predictions for 2007:  — Google Stock Hits $1,000 per Share  — Internet Traffic Doubles ... to 5,000 petabits per day by the end of 2007.  And 80 percent of it is peer-to-peer file sharing, mostly Skype video and BitTorrent.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Tagging Site Raw Sugar Tanks, Put Assets Up for Sale
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Mike / CrunchNotes:   Wired Predicts Fall Of Digg
Search Marketing Gurus:
Barack Obama Doesn't Know What a Widget Is - Internet Marketing Meets Politics 101  —  Barack Obama doesn't know what a widget is, neither does John Kerry, Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, and I highly doubt Hilary Clinton does either.  I know, the next question is "what about John Edwards?"
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
BLOGGING DELIVERS FIVE-FOLD INCREASE IN STORMHOEK SALES IN LESS THAN TWO YEARS?  —  It's been a busy year for Stormhoek.  —  December 29th, 2005 [one year ago exactly]: "Blogging Doubled Stormhoek Sales In Less Than Twelve Months."  —  When I first started working with Stormhoek in May …
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Top Xbox Live Games of 2006  —  Here are the top games for 2006, based on Xbox Live connectivity.  —  The following rankings are based on data collected from 1/1/06 - 12/29/06:  —  2006 Top Xbox 360 Titles (UU's)  —  1  —  Gears of War  —  2  —  Hexic HD  —  3  —  Call of Duty 2
Associated Press:
NASA's vision lost on Web generation  —  CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — Young Americans have high levels of apathy about NASA's new vision of sending astronauts back to the moon by 2017 and eventually on to Mars, recent surveys show.  —  Concerned about this lack of interest …
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
Google Blogoscoped:
AdSense Blacklist to Increase Revenue  —  Oliver Gassner pointed me to, a service which generates a list of URLs based on a URL and a set of keywords you provide.  You can then copy & paste this list into your Google AdSense competitive ad filter* to (supposedly) …
Sion Touhig / The Register:
How the anti-copyright lobby makes big business richer  —  Comment We're continually being told the Internet empowers the individual.  But speaking as an individual creative worker myself, I'd argue that all this Utopian revolution has achieved so far in my sector is to disempower individuals …
Discussion: digg
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Video Contact Manager  —  Google Video has a new feature that lets you send a link to a video much more easily.  Google Video already had a way to share videos, but you had to type emails and the autocomplete was barely usable.  —  Now you can see all your contacts or just the most contacted …
Discussion: Googling Google and Googlified
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