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1:05 PM ET, January 2, 2007

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Christopher Elliott / New York Times:
Wi-Fi Is Hitting the Road in Cars From Avis, but Technical and Legal Bumps Lie Ahead  —  Try connecting to a high-speed wireless network from a car, and you are pretty much limited to one method: rigging your laptop computer with a special modem and subscribing to a costly, and sometimes temperamental, wireless service.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Autonet Mobile, the first ISP for your car  —  We always kind of thought it went without saying that the ISP we took with us in our car was whichever network powered our EV-DO or UMTS / HSDPA card — well, not anymore.  At least not according to Autonet Mobile, a new company claiming to be the first car-ISP …
Jimmy Guterman / PaidContent:
Google Under Fire; May Rule Forever Nonetheless  —  The press/blogosphere pendulum, rarely stable, is swinging to an extreme anti-Google position as we start the new year.  The discovery of another contact-list hack inside GMail has led to the usual complaints about the company's dominance.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google, the King & the King Maker  —  This past weekend a series of posts from some of the more influential bloggers prompted me to ask the question: do we trust Google?  Results of our spot poll indicated that at least our readers were almost evenly split into three camps …
Discussion: digg
Mitch Ratcliffe / Rational rants:   Google's run is more than half done
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
2007: Web 2.0 Companies I Couldn't Live Without  —  A year ago I wrote a post called "Web 2.0 Companies I Couldn't Live Without" and listed thirteen startups who's products made a real impact in my life.  Those were the products that I loved, and used every day.
Antony Bruno / Reuters:
Ailing music biz set to relax digital restrictions  —  LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - The anti-digital rights management (DRM) bandwagon is getting more crowded by the day.  Even some major-label executives are pushing for the right to sell digital downloads as unprotected MP3s.
Alex Bailey / cyber-knowledge.net:
GMail Vulnerable To Contact List Hijacking  —  Affordable Hosting  —  Using a form of cross scripting, it becomes easy to steal a GMail user's contact list if they visit a certain type of website.  The only condition is you have to be logged in to GMail at the time of the attack.
Kyle Orland / Joystiq:
Preliminary: Xbox 360 wins holiday sales battle  —  The console sales horse race is more of a marathon than a sprint, but a Register report shows Microsoft edging out the competition in the all important holiday season.  The report quotes preliminary NPD numbers mentioned on CNBC to show …
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft and You NEWB
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Ellie Gibson / GamesIndustry.biz:
Xbox 360 topped US hardware sales chart over Xmas - NPD
Discussion: InterActive Home and Neowin.net
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
The Race to Beat Google  —  Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus  —  In an article in the January 1st 2007 issue of NYTimes, reporter Miguel Helft writes about the race in Silicon Valley to beat Google.  Certainly the future of search has been much talked about lately.
Discussion: blackrimglasses.com and digg
Susan Mernit / Susan Mernit's Blog:
Placeblogger, local blog/comunity aggregator, goes live  —  My friend Lisa Williams has just launched Placeblogger, a (long-awaited) web service that aggregates and highlights content and feeds hyperlocal sites—not only news sites, but community sites, enhanced directories (like …
Discussion: Placeblogger
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Katherine Conrad / Mercury News:
Google, Apple, Yahoo boost valley market in real estate  —  Commercial real estate in Silicon Valley turned a corner in 2006 that it had been approaching for three years, thanks largely to property purchased by high-tech behemoths Google, Apple Computer and Yahoo.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Using Web Cams but Few Inhibitions, the Young Turn to Risky Social Sites  —  Popular Web sites like YouTube and MySpace have hired the equivalent of school hallway monitors to police what visitors to their sites can see and do by cracking down on piracy and depictions of nudity and violence.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
The unedited voice of a person  —  People use blogs primarily to discuss one question — what is a blog?  The discussion will continue as long as there are blogs.  —  It's no different from other media, all they ever talk about is what they are.  We got dinged by the NY Times …
InfoWorld:
P-to-P goes Hollywood  —  BitTorrent co-founder talks up business plans and death of DRM  —  With all the legal disputes arising from P-to-P (peer to peer) file sharing networks such as Napster, Gnutella, and KaZaa in recent years, it's easy to forget that the concept of P-to-P networks is almost as old as the Internet itself.
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
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Smaran / Torrentfreak:
BitTorrent Inc: We Don't Index Illegal Torrents
Discussion: digg
George Ou:
Critical Mac QuickTime zero-day exploit released!  —  A zero-day Apple QuickTime flaw for Mac OS X has officially kicked off the MoAB (Month of Apple Bugs).  The exploit has been "100% reliable for a current up-to-date x86-based OS X system".  Anyone wishing to confirm the vulnerability …
Discussion: eWEEK.com, MacUser, Technovia and digg
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Lmh / Apple Fun:
MOAB-01-01-2007: Apple Quicktime rtsp URL Handler Stack-based Buffer Overflow
Discussion: Spamroll and Slashdot
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
Costly Gift From Microsoft Is an Invitation to Blog  —  In Microsoft's latest attempt to reach out to bloggers, the company recently gave away expensive laptops loaded with its new Windows Vista operating system.  But the gifts generated controversy as well as good will …
Discussion: Business 2.0 Beta and Paul Mooney
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Apple trying to avoid a train wreck  —  Like many companies are under the gun in the ongoing stock options trading scandal Apple is playing a dangerous game Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. attorney corps.  Many companies, which make a similar claim to Apple's that executives involved …
Discussion: GigaOM, AccMan and Blogging Stocks
Chris Brogan / lifehack.org:
Six Improvements to Your Blog  —  I've done a lot of blog surfing lately, in search of new (best) blogs.  What I found often, however, was that there are things people could do to improve the relationship and interaction value of their blogs, which would in turn build a better bridge between blogs and their readers.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Mozilla Does Microformats: Firefox 3 as Information Broker  —  Just before Christmas, Mozilla designer Alex Faaborg published some introductory posts on his blog about where Mozilla is headed with microformats.  Quick background: Mozilla is of course the developer of the popular open source browser Firefox …
Discussion: Channel 9 and Ajaxian
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
14 "Is Google Evil?"  Tipping Points Since 2001  —  Earlier I wrote how Google seems to have had a bad week, with some recent negative publicity making it seem like the tipping point of Google becoming the big bad company they don't want to be happening — at least perhaps in the eyes of many opinion makers on the web.
Discussion: digg
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Video retrenchment begins, Juice Wireless going for broke  —  Juice Wireless, the New York mobile video-sharing start-up, is still on hunt for financing, raising questions about its prospects amid a retrenchment hitting the video sharing industry in the new year.
 
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
YouTube's "Content Identification System" Delay May Hurt Google's Plans
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David Carr / New York Times:
The Lonely Newspaper Reader
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Does Discourse, Commenting and Community Define a Blog?
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Studios' DVDs Face a Crack in Security
 Earlier Items: 
Ismael Ghalimi / IT|Redux:
Inferences for '07  —  Last year's inferences lead …
Discussion: Open Sources
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Truth About Nokia VoIP
Discussion: m-trends.org
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wikipedia Bans Qatar
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
China-based Browser Maxthon Going Global in 2007
Arn / MacRumors:
Macworld San Francisco 2007 Rumor Roundup
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Disney Plans to Introduce a Sleek Makeover of Disney.com Site