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4:30 AM ET, January 3, 2007

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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple iTV availability to escape Macworld Expo  —  Apple Computer chief executive Steve Jobs should have more to say about the company's forthcoming iTV set-top media hub at next week's Macworld Expo in San Francisco, but the launch party may have to wait a few more weeks.
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Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Apple's Jobs Keeps His Job, But Legal Perils Remain  —  While Steve Jobs retains control of the Apple helm, the company faces other legal challenges this year, over patents and monopoly law.  —  Apple's 10-K annual report — delayed to include the results of an investigation …
Silicon Valley Watcher:
1.2.07: Apple probe focuses on Anderson, GC Heinen
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Rex Hammock / Rex Hammock's weblog:
Robert asks why Apple doesn't get the negative coverage Dell gets.  I answer.  —  [Photo: My Mac.]  —  Robert Scoble asks, "If it's OK to print miles of bad press about Dell, why isn't it OK to print miles of bad press about Apple?"  —  Before I list my top ten reasons for why Apple seems …
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Karlene Lukovitz / MediaPost Publications:
Marketer of the Year: Apple Computer
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Bad PR for Dell but not for Apple?
Discussion: duncanriley.com and TechEffect
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
QuickTime zero-day bug threatens Macs, PCs  —  update A newly disclosed security vulnerability in Apple Computer's QuickTime software could put both Macs and Windows PCs at risk of cyberattacks, experts have warned.  —  The publication on Monday of the vulnerability and detailed attack code kicks off the …
CheapyD / Cheap Ass Gamer:
CAG's Five Most Under Appreciated DS Games of 2006  —  As someone who owns way too many DS games, it's easy to see a few great games that the vast majority of people pass on for one reason or another.  While several games, such as Elite Beat Agents, Brain Age and Cooking Mama …
Discussion: Kotaku, Go Nintendo, DS Fanboy, Joystiq and digg
Alex Zaharov-Reutt / ITWire:
Xbox 360 outsells Wii, PS3 in the US  —  For all the buzz the Wii generated in the US, it wasn't able to outsell the year-old Xbox 360 - but was that just because Wii's were in short supply, although available in much greater numbers than the PS3?  —  Unfortunately, we'll only ever be able …
Discussion: Techdirt and InsideMicrosoft
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Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Power-Sipping Bulbs Get Backing From Wal-Mart  —  As a way to cut energy use, it could not be simpler.  Unscrew a light bulb that uses a lot of electricity and replace it with one that uses much less.  —  From Product to Cause  —  Articles in this series are examining the ways in which the world is …
Discussion: Slashdot, Fast Company Now and digg
John Brockman / edge.org:
GOT OPTIMISM?  —  THE WORLD'S LEADING THINKERS SEE GOOD NEWS AHEAD  —  While conventional wisdom tells us that things are bad and getting worse, scientists and the science-minded among us see good news in the coming years.  That's the bottom line of an outburst of high-powered optimism gathered …
Mitchell / mitchell's blog:
The Mozilla Foundation: Achieving Sustainability  —  Mozilla is a global community dedicated to improving the Internet experience for people everywhere.  We do this by building great software - such as the Mozilla Firefox web browser and Mozilla Thunderbird mail client - that helps people interact with the Internet.
Discussion: GigaOM, Clickety Clack and digg
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Google Answer to Filling Jobs Is an Algorithm  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Have you ever made a profit from a catering business or dog walking?  Do you prefer to work alone or in groups?  Have you ever set a world record in anything?  —  The right answers could help get you a job at Google.
Discussion: Vacuum
Grant Gross / Macworld UK:
Net neutrality advocates cheer AT&T concessions  —  Company offers net neutrality sweetner to help telecom merger go down  —  Net neutrality advocates celebrated this week after AT&T said it would pledge to maintain a "neutral network" in exchange for US government approval of its proposed acquisition of BellSouth Corp.
Discussion: broadbandreports.com and Techdirt
BBC:
$100 laptop project launches 2007  —  The first batch of computers built for the One Laptop Per Child project could reach users by July this year.  —  The scheme is hoping to put low-cost computers into the hands of people in developing countries.  —  Ultimately the project's backers hope …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Use WeatherBill To Bet On The Weather  —  David Friedberg, a former Googler, is set to launch an ambitious new site called WeatherBill, headquartered in San Francisco, in the next few weeks.  WeatherBill won't be a consumer site; rather, they are combining an ecommerce site …
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Music Industry Changes Its Tune on Podcasting  —  After two years of hesitancy, the music industry is finally taking its first steps toward embracing podcasting.  —  When podcasts attained prominence in 2004, amateurs and advertisers alike heralded the downloadable audio programs as the next step in the evolution of broadcasting.
Lifehacker:
Download of the Day: Software for Starving Students (Win/Mac)  —  Windows and Mac only: Software for Starving Students has released a 2007 edition of its collection of freeware and open-source software.  —  The collection includes well-known gems like 7-Zip, Audacity, Blender, and OpenOffice.org …
Discussion: Download Squad and Monkey Bites
Andrew Liszewski / OhGizmo!:
E-Base Charging Station - Useful In A Useless Way  —  If anything I'll give the designer of this thing an 'A' for effort.  While it's very convenient that most devices have built-in rechargeable batteries these days there is unfortunately the downside of having to organize and store a huge collection of charging cables.
Discussion: Engadget and I4U News
Reuters:
Washington Post shoots for closer Web, print ties  —  The Washington Post Co. plans to have its veteran editors help shape the way stories appear on the Web in the latest example of how top U.S. publishers are retooling news operations for the Internet.  —  The Washington Post's Web site …
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Google plugs Gmail data leak flaw  —  Google has fixed a security hole in several of its services that exposed the address books of Gmail users, the company said Tuesday.  —  An attacker could create a malicious Web site that would copy all the entries in a Gmail user's address book …
Discussion: digg and Search Engine Journal
USA Today:
'Gears of War' breaks out for Xbox  —  In what is expected to be another record-breaking year for the more than $10-billion-a-year video game industry, the breakout hit is a science-fiction action game called Gears of War.  —  The game didn't sneak up on anyone — developer Epic Games …
 
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Mark Kingdon / ClickZ:
Six Predictions for 2007  —  A year ago, when I made my predictions …
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Newsmaker: What threats does Skype face?
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
The year in preview: Google goes evil; Mixed source rules; Microsoft buys Yahoo
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Karl / Techdirt:
$60 Gets You A New Medical Record And Free Foot Amputation
Discussion: Business Week
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The Year in Mac Development
USA Today:
Calling all psychics: It's contest time again
John Leyden / The Register:
How to crash a Windows mobile using MMS
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Carlo / Techdirt:
AT&T Says Let The Post-Merger Innovation Commence: Bring On The Bundles
Discussion: Reuters
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Joyce Park / VentureBeat:
The hidden engineering gender gap
John Falcone / CNET News.com:
By George: A new iPod radio with a wireless twist
Discussion: Gadgetell, CrunchGear and Engadget
Andrew Liszewski / OhGizmo!:
Walletex Wallet MP3 Player Actually Exists!
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: A guide for switching to a Mac
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
RSS wasn't invented  —  In the dustup over Microsoft's RSS patents …
Zephoria / apophenia:
ephemeral profiles (cuz losing passwords is common amongst teens)
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Is it a bargain or obsolete?  —  It's getting harder to know when to buy
Discussion: Techdirt and robhyndman.com
Antony Bruno / Reuters:
Ailing music biz set to relax digital restrictions
 

 
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