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7:10 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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Carlo / Techdirt:
AT&T Says Let The Post-Merger Innovation Commence: Bring On The Bundles
Discussion: Reuters
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
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
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 [update 1]
Discussion: You NEWB and InsideMicrosoft
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?
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Techdirt
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.
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
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: A guide for switching to a Mac  —  If Amazon's hot holiday seller list is any indication, a lot of you got new Macs this holiday season.  If you switched to a Mac from a PC, you've probably noticed that there are a lot of differences between the two.
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.
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.
 
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