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6:45 AM ET, January 3, 2007

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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 …
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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.
Silicon Valley Watcher:
1.2.07: Apple probe focuses on Anderson, GC Heinen
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Zephoria / apophenia:
some thoughts on 2007 (advertising, bullying, and mobile)  —  I love the idea of "social network fatigue."  I can see the Prozac ad now: … OK... i admit, that was far more for my own entertainment than for yours.  But seriously, the concept of "social network fatigue" boggles my mind.
Discussion: Unit Structures and ben barren
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Zephoria / apophenia:
ephemeral profiles (cuz losing passwords is common amongst teens)
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: digg
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Mozilla Discloses 2005 Revenues: $53M
Discussion: Clickety Clack
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
New York Times:
Patent Lawsuit Names Leading Technology Firms  —  In 1997, Jonathan T. Taplin, a veteran film and television producer, stood up at a cable industry convention and asserted that in the future all movies would be distributed over the Internet.  He recalls being laughed out of the room.
Discussion: Techdirt, NewTeeVee and PaidContent
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
Duncan / duncanriley.com:
Arrington is right, BlueDot rocks  —  Michael Arrington over at TechCrunch gave his annual list yesterday of Web 2.0 companies he couldn't live without.  Included on the list was BlueDot.  Writes Arrington: … I've spent 24 hours playing with the service, and I'm hapyp to say he's right …
Robert MacMillan / Reuters:
Washington Post aims for closer print, Web ties  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - 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.
Discussion: Techdirt and Dan Blank
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
Jim Courtney / Skype Journal:
We're Back!  —  It's been a while and lots has happened over the past five weeks.  When I left for a week's vacation on the WiFi-depleted island of Cozumel immediately after US Thanksgiving I did not expect to be off the air so long.  However, our previous hosting provider …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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: I4U News and Engadget
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Software For Starving Students 2007 edition  —  With a new year comes a new release of Software for Starving Students' CD of free (as in beer) software.  —  The 2007.01 edition includes a wide gamut of programs to do everything from editing images and creating web pages to playing media files and video games.
Discussion: Lifehacker and Monkey Bites
 
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Sydney Morning Herald:
Dutch Ban Segways From Public Roads
Discussion: Techdirt and Engadget
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?
Karl / Techdirt:
$60 Gets You A New Medical Record And Free Foot Amputation
Discussion: Business Week
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Google plugs Gmail data leak flaw
Alex Zaharov-Reutt / ITWire:
Xbox 360 outsells Wii, PS3 in the US
Discussion: Techdirt and InsideMicrosoft
Theobroma Cacao:
The Year in Mac Development
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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
Joyce Park / VentureBeat:
The hidden engineering gender gap
USA Today:
'Gears of War' breaks out for Xbox
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 …
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Music Industry Changes Its Tune on Podcasting
 

 
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