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3:48 AM ET, December 30, 2006

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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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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 News.com:
Apple takes $84 million charge, defends Jobs  —  update Apple Computer released new information about its allocation of stock options on Friday, defending Chief Executive Steve Jobs following speculation that a key document had been forged.  —  In its delayed annual report, published early on Friday …
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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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
FCC approves AT&T-BellSouth merger  —  update The Federal Communications Commission approved the roughly $86 billion megamerger between AT&T and BellSouth on Friday, ending a partisan standoff.  —  The commission, which had been split between Democrats and Republicans for months on what …
Isen / isen.blog:
Loophole watch in AT&T-BellSouth merger
Discussion: dailywireless.org, Werblog and Techdirt
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Scoble and John Edwards in New Hampshire  —  Robert Scoble was with presidential candidate John Edwards in Portsmouth, New Hampshire today.  Robert is shooting lots of video for PodTech, his employer who is paying his expenses.  —  The Edwards campaign invited Scoble to travel with them around …
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Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:
First John Edwards announces on YouTube. What Happens Next?
Discussion: ScobleShow and The 463
Todd Zeigler / The Bivings Report:   John Edwards Woos Robert Scoble
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Ferrari Vista Question  —  My doorman just brought a package of blogger kryptonite, aka the Acer Ferrari laptop tricked out with Microsoft Vista and Office 2007.  Before the recent brouhaha broke out, I was going to do a simple review, and then send the machine back to Microsoft.
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Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
My thoughts on recent Google tips  —  I wanted to talk about Blake Ross' post entitled "Trust is hard to gain, easy to lose".  I agree with much of what he says.  There's a continuum to showing tips.  Toward the "hawk" side of the spectrum is the notion that a company can show whatever reasonable content …
Discussion: Monkey Bites and Ars Technica
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
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 …
Reuters:
Typo takes tourist 13,000 km out … BERLIN, Germany (Reuters) — A 21-year-old German tourist who wanted to visit his girlfriend in the Australian metropolis Sydney landed 13,000 kilometers (8,077 miles) away near Sidney, Montana, after mistyping his destination on a flight booking Web site.
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.
Gregg Keizer / TechWeb:
Can-Spam Law 'Big Disappointment'  —  As the federal Can-Spam Act nears its third anniversary, a spam researcher calls it a "big disappointment" and says it hasn't been a deterrent to junk e-mailers, who have stepped up their efforts in the last few months to flood inboxes with an unprecedented volume of spam.
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Carlo / Techdirt:   Only This Week Is It News That CAN SPAM Doesn't Work
Pete Mortensen / Cult of Mac:
Ten Questions Apple Must Answer in 2007  —  We're down to the last two-and-a-half days of 2006, and Apple CEO Steve Jobs is 11 days from taking the wraps off a shiny new product line at MacWorld San Francisco.  Other former Apple figures might be a few weeks from being indicted.
Discussion: digg
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Q&A With Jimmy Wales On Search Wikia  —  News came out earlier this week that Wikipedia cofounder Jimmy Wales had a new project in mind, to build a community-driven "Google-killer" search engine.  I've just finished talking with Jimmy about his plans.  Here's a rundown on his vision …
yelvington.com:
Throw the bums out  —  Here's a New Year's resolution every news site should make: Throw the bums out!  There is no reason to allow a small number of bullies to corrupt a community discussion forum.  If your message boards, story comments, or blogspace has turned into the kind of place …
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
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: 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.
Owen Gibson / Guardian:
Oldies but goldies benefit in digital revamp of charts  —  A shakeup of the singles chart will mean downloads of album tracks, older songs and digital-only releases will count toward the top 75 rundown compiled by the Official Charts Company.  —  The change is the most radical in a series …
Discussion: Digital World and Medialoper
Reuters:
Ford in Sync with Microsoft's technology?  —  Ford Motor plans to unveil a deal with Microsoft in January that will put the software company's technology into some of the automaker's cars, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.
 
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Linux claimed to be running on Zune
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Parallels Beta3 released along with Transporter Beta3
Todd Ogasawara / O'Reilly Mac DevCenter Blog:
Apple Care vs. Dell Support: Dead Hard Drives
Discussion: digg
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Transparent Ads Are Better Than Fake "Conversations"
Peter Enav / Associated Press:
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PJ Doland / The Frosty Mug Revolution:
A Semantic Solution for Presenting NSFW Content
Discussion: TechBlog and digg
Michael Fahey / Kotaku:
Feature: The Decline of the PS3 Grey Market
Discussion: Techdirt, Joseph Laszlo and digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Technorati, Edelman deal is done
Discussion: Micro Persuasion
Siva Vaidhyanathan / MSNBC:
Me, 'Person of the Year'? No thanks
Paul Hampel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cartographers hit the road to bring updated online maps
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Guba CEO steps down, says more execs may follow