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5:10 PM ET, January 2, 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.
Discussion: Infinite Loop, Apple Gazette and digg
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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 Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
Wi-Fi in your car
Discussion: Engadget and Digital World
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.
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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.
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.
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Is it a bargain or obsolete?  —  It's getting harder to know when to buy  —  The day after Christmas, prices on big-screen TVs went down and Raul Axtle pounced.  —  Axtle and his 16-year-old son, Shaheen, headed to a Best Buy electronics store in Emeryville, Calif., to buy the TV that Shaheen …
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Mike / Techdirt:
Product Improvements Outpacing Even Planned Obsolescence?
Discussion: robhyndman.com
Ellie Gibson / GamesIndustry.biz:
Xbox 360 topped US hardware sales chart over Xmas - NPD  —  But Nintendo Wii close behind with 1.8m units sold  —  Market analysts NPD have suggested that the Xbox 360 was the best-selling console in the US over Christmas - with the Nintendo Wii trailing by just 200,000 units.
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Kyle Orland / Joystiq:
Preliminary: Xbox 360 wins holiday sales battle
Discussion: You NEWB and InsideMicrosoft
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.
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 …
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.
Carlo / Techdirt:
AT&T Says Let The Post-Merger Innovation Commence: Bring On The Bundles  —  from the dead-horse dept  —  While the real value of the concessions AT&T and BellSouth made to the FCC to get their merger approved is debated, the company's discussing its post-merger strategy.
Discussion: Reuters
Mike / Techdirt:
Kevin Martin To AT&T: Okay, Now Feel Free To Ignore Those Concessions You Just Promised  —  from the say-what?  dept  —  There was a lot of controversy on Friday after the late Thursday agreement by AT&T to offer some concessions in order to get its merger with BellSouth approved.
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
RSS wasn't invented  —  In the dustup over Microsoft's RSS patents, some of the mainstream press brought up, once again, the issue of Who Invented RSS.  But RSS doesn't have an inventor.  It wasn't invented.  Something else happened, something harder than invention, imho …
Joyce Park / VentureBeat:
The hidden engineering gender gap  —  (Editor's note: This essay comes in two parts.  Here is the first part.)  —  Anyone who has met John Doerr knows that he is genuinely passionate about encouraging the participation of women in the venture-creation system: as VCs, as entrepreneurs, and especially as engineers.
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.
 
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John Falcone / CNET News.com:
By George: A new iPod radio with a wireless twist
Discussion: CrunchGear and Engadget
Andrew Liszewski / OhGizmo!:
Walletex Wallet MP3 Player Actually Exists!
Discussion: Gizmodo and Anything But iPod
Karlene Lukovitz / MediaPost Publications:
Marketer of the Year: Apple Computer
BBC:
$100 laptop project launches 2007
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: A guide for switching to a Mac
p2pnet:
p2pnet's final days?
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Bad PR for Dell but not for Apple?
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ephemeral profiles (cuz losing passwords is common amongst teens)
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Rob Beschizza / Wired News:
Inside Seagate's R&D Labs
Discussion: Joystiq
Katherine Conrad / Mercury News:
Google, Apple, Yahoo boost valley market in real estate
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
The Race to Beat Google
Chris Brogan / lifehack.org:
Six Improvements to Your Blog
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
Costly Gift From Microsoft Is an Invitation to Blog
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Mozilla Does Microformats: Firefox 3 as Information Broker
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Using Web Cams but Few Inhibitions, the Young Turn to Risky Social Sites
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The unedited voice of a person
 

 
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