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12:40 PM ET, January 4, 2007

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Richard Siklos / New York Times:
New Disc May Sway DVD Wars  —  Consumers wary of buying new high-definition DVD players because of a technology war reminiscent of the days of Betamax versus VHS will soon have a new kind of DVD that might make the decision less daunting.  —  Warner Brothers, which helped popularize the DVD …
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Ryan Block / Engadget:   Warner to unveil Total HD hybrid Blu-ray HD DVD discs at CES
Gizmodo:
Dreams Do Come True!  LG's Makes World's First Blu-ray/HD DVD Dual-Format Player
Discussion: Gadgetell, UNEASYsilence and digg
Mihai Parparita / Official Google Reader Blog:
I like big charts and I cannot lie  —  I've always been a big fan of charts, tables and other ways of analyzing and visualizing data.  On my own blog I will often plot things just to get a handle on them.  Even here I've posted some analyses that I've done of the data that the Reader team has on hand.
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Google Reader Tracks Personal Attention Metadata  —  Googlified says the Google RSS Reader has added a feature that shows just where your attention goes.  Reading trends displays the items you read, starred, shared in the past 30 days.  Subscription trends identifies the blogs that update the most and which blogs are inactive.
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
New Reader Trends page
LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
Google Calendar Up Threefold Since June  —  As you resolve to get your schedule more organized in the new year, do what more and more people are doing - use Google Calendar.  A few weeks ago, Google Calendar overtook MSN Calendar in market share of US visits, and is quickly approaching Yahoo! Calendar.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Online Calendar Wars
Discussion: Bokardo
Alan Boyle / MSNBC:
BLUE ORIGIN REVEALED  —  After years of working behind closed doors and locked gates, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos has finally lifted the curtain that shrouded Blue Origin, his space tourism venture.  —  Among the goodies now displayed on Blue Origin's Web site are photos and videos …
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BBC:
Amazon boss shows off spacecraft
Discussion: CrunchGear
symantec.com:
When PDFs Attack!  —  We have received reports of a significant problem relating to Adobe Acrobat files and Cross Site Scripting (XSS).  A weakness was discovered in the way that the Adobe Reader browser plugin can be made to execute JavaScript code on the client side.
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Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Acrobat Reader plugin vulnerable to attacks
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:   Acrobat flaw could spawn Web attacks
Samsung:
SAMSUNG Develops First Truly Double-sided LCD  —  Seoul, Korea - January 4, 2007: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world's largest provider of thin-film transistor, liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels announced today that it has created the first LCD panel that can produce independent images on each side of a mobile LCD display.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Digital World
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:   Samsung unveils "world's first truly double-sided LCD"
Christopher Drew / New York Times:
U.S. Bars Lab From Testing Electronic Voting  —  A laboratory that has tested most of the nation's electronic voting systems has been temporarily barred from approving new machines after federal officials found that it was not following its quality-control procedures and could not document that it was conducting all the required tests.
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs and Slashdot
Guardian:
What Jobs told me on the iPhone  —  Will Apple's chief executive unveil a tablet Mac or an 'iPhone' at Macworld next week?  Former sales boss David Sobotta describes the meeting which explained key thinking  —  Next week, Steve Jobs will stand on stage in San Francisco to make his keynote speech …
Discussion: CrunchGear, The Apple Blog and digg
Google:
China Mobile, Google Launch Cooperation: Creating Leading Mobile Search Service in China  —  China Mobile, the world's largest mobile telecommunications carrier, and Google, the world's largest search engine, announced today a cooperation to provide mobile and Internet search services in China.
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Adobe brings Premiere back to the Mac  —  Adobe will announce on Thursday that it will revive a Mac version of Premiere, the software maker's video program aimed at professional editors.  The new Mac version will only run on Intel-based Macs and will be part of a larger Adobe Production Studio suite …
Dave Taylor / The Intuitive Life Business Blog:
Vista laptops for bloggers furor misses the real story  —  I've been reading the classic blogger tempest in a teapot about Microsoft's PR agency of record, Edelman, sending out about 90 fancy Ferrari laptops preloaded with Windows Vista to high-profile bloggers and have been amazed …
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Sandisk rolls out flash hard drives for laptops  —  Sandisk wants to replace the hard drive in notebooks with flash memory, a swap that it says will make thin laptops faster and more reliable.  —  The switch, however, will cost you a few hundred dollars more.
Reuters:
Brazil court orders YouTube shut on celeb sex video  —  SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - A Brazilian court ordered the popular video sharing service YouTube, a unit of Internet search provider Google Inc., to be shut down until it removes a celebrity sex video from its site, a judicial clerk said on Thursday.
Discussion: Techdirt and Google Blogoscoped
Michael Calore / Wired News:
Best Blogfights of 2006  —  If bloggers know how to do one thing really well, it's fight.  —  Blogging is driven largely by raw emotion.  When a blogger goes on an opinionated tirade about one topic or another, it's often an honest emotional reaction rather than anything malicious.
Discussion: Micro Persuasion
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
OpenID vs the Identity Systems of Yahoo, Google and MSN  —  Written by Emre Sokullu and edited by Richard MacManus  —  You may've heard of OpenID - it's a distributed identity management system, a.k.a. a decentralized single sign-on platform.  We prepared a screencast to better explain the idea (see Flash movie below).
Discussion: Spamroll and Raw
 
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA fights to keep wholesale pricing secret
Matt Vella / Business Week:
Nike + iPod Equals Smooth Runnings
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
SanDisk announces 32GB SSD: prices begin to fall
Kevin Newcomb / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google's Response to "The Sausage Manifesto"
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
Catch the Next Chapter on Your iPod (It's Even Cheaper)
Discussion: Kevin Maney
Karl / Techdirt:
NYC Addresses Complaints Over School Cell Ban By Charging Students To Store Them
Discussion: Weblogg-ed and Engadget Mobile
Tom / Music thing:
How to play Windows XP alerts on the piano
David Pogue / New York Times:
Fewer Excuses for Not Doing a PC Backup
Discussion: Blogspotting
 Earlier Items: 
Bloggers Blog:
2007 Year of the Widget?  —  Business 2.0's The Next Net blog …
Discussion: Anne 2.0 and The Next Net
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Counting the real 'Second Life' population
Steven Zeitchik / Variety:
Scannell gets Next New post
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
Plane Crashes on a Google Map
Marshall Kirkpatrick / splashcastmedia.com:
Search Every Word Said on YouTube With Podzinger
Tricia Duryee / Seattle Times:
Patent suit filed against cellphone makers over Bluetooth
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Asterisk an under-appreciated Open Source Success Story
Dean Takahashi / AEI:
Moral Kombat: Spencer Halpin's Documentary On Game Violence
Discussion: Joystiq, Cathode Tan, Kotaku and digg