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3:00 PM ET, December 31, 2006


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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 iTunes
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: Brandon Live!, 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
Doc / Doc Searls' IT Garage:
How VRM can help CRM get past DRM  —  DRM is a solution to a problem that only appears on the supply side of the market for easily copied entertainment goods.  In the absence of a real relationship with customers, the entertainment industry characterize the problem of file copying as "piracy" …
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.
Scott Schwebke / Standard-Examiner# Vermont …:
Unhappy Christmas surprise  —  —  LAYTON — Christmas became XXX-mas for a 14-year-old Layton boy who discovered hard-core pornography on a video game he received as a gift.  —  Kolton Mahoney was shocked when he put the Madden NFL 07 game in his new Xbox 360 console Christmas …
Discussion:, Joystiq and digg
Darren Murph / Engadget HD:
Millions miffed at poor quality from holiday HDTV purchase  —  It seems that all of those witty predictions claiming that HDTVs would sell like hotcakes this holiday season have apparently been proven accurate, but the consumer backlash that we all assumed would follow is now in full swing.
Discussion: digg
Peter / MySQL Performance Blog:
Where to get recent MySQL version ?  —  As you might noticed there are no recent MySQL Community versions available for download from MySQL Download Area This applies both to binaries (which is expected with new polices) but also to the source files which were promised to be available.
Discussion: digg
Karen Wickre / Official Google Blog:
A year in Google blogging  —  The definition of "googol" is a number, and Google lives by numbers.  So how else should we look back over the year but with numerical bits?  Here goes: This post marks the 294th time this year you're reading a post from us — nearly 100 times more often than in 2005.
Discussion: Scobleizer, Paul Mooney and Zoli's Blog
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Saddam's Execution Video Makes it to Google Video, YouTube, Revver  —  It's a sign of the times that cameraphone footage of Saddam Hussein's execution - including the aftermath as he hangs from the noose - has made its way to video sharing sites.  While mainstream media avoided showing the whole clip …
Tim Green /
First Google phone actually Samsung phone  —  It was touted as Google's first handset, but the Ultra Edition 13.8 is really just a Samsung slider with a bunch of Google apps pre-loaded.  —  Samsung's HSDPA device incorporates Google's mobile search and Gmail applications.
Discussion: Tom Hume and 21talks
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
The Year the Blog Died  —  Jeff Simmermon wrote a blog post entitled Drowning Kittens In A River Full Of Cash which he seems to have deleted but which is cached here.  There was a sentence from that blog post which stayed with me and I have reproduced below
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, digg and Slashdot
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
at&t's Trojan Horse  — calls the at&t "concessions" and the FCC's consequent acquiescence in the at&t/BellSouth merger a "striking victory for Internet freedom advocates".  Although this group deserves great credit for getting the Democratic Commissioners of the FCC …
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
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Ryan Carter / Download Squad:
Performancing Firefox plugin is now ScribeFire
Todd Haselton / Opposable Thumbs:
Computer-free iPod stuffing
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Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Video Contact Manager
Discussion: Googling Google and Googlified
Apple Gazette:
FLASHBACK: 1983 Apple Gift Catalog
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
Vladimir Cole / Joystiq:
$99 for Xbox 360 HD-DVD add-on
Discussion: Xbox 360 Fanboy and digg
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
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Google Blogoscoped:
AdSense Blacklist to Increase Revenue
Discussion: media blog
Sion Touhig / The Register:
How the anti-copyright lobby makes big business richer
Discussion: and digg
Washington Post:
AT& T Completes BellSouth Takeover
Discussion: PaidContent, digg and Slashdot