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12:45 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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Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Crystal ball: Macworld Expo 2007  —  Another January means another round of fortune telling.  The week leading up to Macworld Expo is when pundits predict what Apple has in store for us in the new year.  With that let's dive into what Steve Jobs could announce at the Moscone Center in San Francisco one week from today.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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broadbandreports.com:   Can AT&T Just Ignore New Concessions? …
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.
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 …
Silicon Valley Watcher:
1.2.07: Apple probe focuses on Anderson, GC Heinen  —  While Apple has taken pains to clear Steve Jobs of any wrong-doing in its option backdating troubles, the company's internal investigation focused on two unnamed executives who may have fraudulently altered documents.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Bad PR for Dell but not for Apple?
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
USA Today:
Calling all psychics: It's contest time again  —  Consider how strange this year will be in media.  —  Homer Simpson will go belly-to-belly with Shrek.  YouTube's audience will continue to soar higher than a Diet Coke and Mentos fountain.  AT&T will launch into the satellite business.
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 …
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: Monkey Bites and Download Squad
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 …
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 …
Theobroma Cacao:
The Year in Mac Development  —  It's risky to write a "year in review" story since there are just so many of them, but I'm going to carve out my niche and look back at the stories that mattered to Mac developers in 2006.  —  Intel  —  This was, unquestionably, the year of Intel for Mac developers.
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Useful HTML Tricks for Bloggers - Add a Touch of Style  —  What do you need to write a blog ?  Some good ideas and the ability to convey your message effectively to the audience.  That's it.  —  Though knowledge of HTML or CSS is not essential to writing a blog, it is always nice …
Discussion: Googlified
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: Search Engine Journal and digg
 
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Andru Edwards / Gear Live:
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Andrew Liszewski / OhGizmo!:
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John Leyden / The Register:
How to crash a Windows mobile using MMS
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
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Carlo / Techdirt:
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Discussion: Reuters
Joyce Park / VentureBeat:
The hidden engineering gender gap
John Falcone / CNET News.com:
By George: A new iPod radio with a wireless twist
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gadgetell and Engadget
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
Wi-Fi in your car
Discussion: VentureBeat and Digital World
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Walletex Wallet MP3 Player Actually Exists!
Karlene Lukovitz / MediaPost Publications:
Marketer of the Year: Apple Computer
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: A guide for switching to a Mac
Zephoria / apophenia:
ephemeral profiles (cuz losing passwords is common amongst teens)
Discussion: Slashdot and Joho the Blog
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
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Video retrenchment begins, Juice Wireless going for broke
Ellie Gibson / GamesIndustry.biz:
Xbox 360 topped US hardware sales chart over Xmas - NPD
 

 
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