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4:05 PM ET, January 3, 2007

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Mike / Techdirt:
Company Gets Patent On Digital Downloads; Sues Everyone  —  from the great dept  —  There's been quite a trend lately of companies who had otherwise completely failed in the marketplace to suddenly reinvent themselves as "patent licensing firms" and then go and sue everyone who actually was able to successfully innovate in the market.
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:   Intertainer to Web Giants: Pay Up for Our Patents
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.
New York Times:
Protecting Internet Democracy  —  One of the big winners in the last election may turn out to be the principle, known as net neutrality, that Internet service providers should not be able to favor some content over others.  Democrats who are moving into the majority in Congress …
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Net neutrality push expected to resume in Congress  —  The nation's soon-to-be largest telephone company may have caved already to certain Net neutrality commitments in the name of a merger blessing, but a renewed push for more sweeping rules could return to Capitol Hill as soon as this month.
Smaran / Torrentfreak:
BitTyrant: The "Selfish" BitTorrent Client  —  BitTyrant is a new "selfish" BitTorrent client based on Azureus.  The developers claim that it speeds up downloads by up to 70% by connecting to the peers that have high upload speeds, and peers that give you the best send / receive ratio.
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
"The Month of Apple bugs" begins, rationality surrenders  —  Kevin Finisterre and someone we only know as "LMH" have launched the Month of Apple Bugs, a site they dub a 'project' with the supposed goal of publishing bugs, hacks and exploits they have found in [Apple's software] any and all Apple-related software.
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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.
John Mills / plasticlogic.com:
New volume manufacturing facility to ramp-up in 2008  —  Plastic Logic announced today that it will build the first factory to manufacture plastic electronics on a commercial scale.  The facility will produce flexible active-matrix display modules for 'take anywhere, read anywhere' electronic reader products.
Marty Graham / Wired News:
Where to Catch Some Wi-Fi Waves  —  Wi-Fi is like sand — it gets everywhere.  If you're toting your laptop to some sunny paradise this winter, you'll find you can combine body surfing, board surfing and web surfing at hundreds of public beaches all over the world.
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Five Hackers Who Left a Mark on 2006  —  In the security year that was 2006, zero-day attacks and exploits dominated the headlines.  —  However, the year will be best remembered for the work of members of the hacking—er, security research—community who discovered and disclosed serious vulnerabilities …
Discussion: digg
Fred Stutzman / Unit Structures:
Social Networking in 2007  —  Over the past few days, I've enjoyed reading lists of tech predictions for 2007.  Some favorites include Mashable, R/W Web, Ypulse, Web+, Lynetter's predictions and Jason Caplain's series of VC Predictions.  A bunch of these lists include predictions about how social networking will change in 2007.
Discussion: The Social Web and Mashable!
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Zephoria / apophenia:
some thoughts on 2007 (advertising, bullying, and mobile)
Discussion: Weblogg-ed and ben barren
Luke Smith / 1up.com:
RARE FOUNDERS LEAVE TO 'PURSUE OTHER OPPORTUNITIES'  —  Chris and Tim Stamper left the company at the end of 2006.  —  Chris and Tim Stamper, two of Rare Ltd.'s (Goldeneye 007, Perfect Dark and Viva Pinata) three founders have left the studio.  While the news surfaces in the wake …
Harrison Hoffman / LiveSide:
Nemo surfaces!  Windows Live for TV in the wild  —  Here's a little something to kick off our birthday celebration in style!  Back in October, we reported on Project Nemo, a Windows Live product for Media Center being developed behind the closed doors of Redmond.
Crave RSS:
Is HP ditching DLP TVs?  —  The end may be near for this DLP set.  —  The 2007 Consumer Electronics Show is still a few days away, but HP quietly announced its new lineup of HDTVs for 2007, and the biggest news is probably that its well-received DLP (Digital Lighting Processing) …
Discussion: Engadget, CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Max Wang / DigiTimes:
Apple and HP to launch LED-based notebooks, Taiwan LED makers unlikely to benefit much, say sources  —  Although US-based brands such as Apple and Hewlett Packard (HP) are expected to launch notebooks using LEDs as the backlight source starting from the second quarter 2007 …
Kotaku:
Sean Hannity Loves the Wii  —  I listen to a lot of talk radio when I am in the car ever since my iPod was stolen, and on my way home from work my local station broadcasts god-loving conservative Sean Hannity.  On today's show a caller asked him if he had gotten all the toys he wanted for Christmas.
Mike / Techdirt:
RIAA Pulling Out All The Stops To Keep Its Wholesale Digital Download Prices Quiet  —  from the can't-let-that-get-out-now,-can- we?  dept  —  For all the talk about how iTunes is something of a loss leader for Apple, it's still never been clearly stated just how much the recording industry charges Apple for each downloaded song.
 
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Andrew Hampp / AdAge:
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Holiday 2006 console sales figures erroneous
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Updated Disney.com Offers Networking for Kids
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The future of television and the media triathlon
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Nielsen BuzzMetrics' Top Blog Posts of the Year
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Shuttle launches second-gen mini PC
Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
Adding Search functionality to Google Reader (or any other RSS reader)
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Music industry softens on podcasts
Lee Gomes / Wall Street Journal:
It's Not That Easy Being Green, but Techs Are Trying This Year
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Allan Leinwand / GigaOM:
Bringing the Net to Your Home Phone
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Huge Potential for Apple Phone: Study
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CAG's Five Most Under Appreciated DS Games of 2006
 

 
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