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5:10 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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Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:   DVDs Still Reign, With a Few Fixes on the Way
Gizmodo:   Total HD Disc Format Combines Blu-ray, HD DVD
Reuters:
Brazil court orders YouTube shut on celeb sex video  —  SAO PAULO, Brazil, Jan 4 (Reuters) - A Brazilian court ordered the popular video sharing service YouTube, a unit of Internet search provider Google Inc. (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile , Research), to be shut down until it removes a celebrity sex video …
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Brazil Orders YouTube Shut Down
Discussion: GigaOM
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 …
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Mark Evans:
Kaboose Picks Up Bubbleshare  —  Well, it turns out the buyer of Bubbleshare isn't News Corp. Instead, it's Toronto-based Kaboose Inc., which is buying the photo-sharing service for $2.25-million to strengthen it's position as "the biggest independent, family-focused online media company in North America".
Discussion: Uninstalled
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Mathew Ingram / mathewingram.com/work:
Bubbleshare finally gets acquired
Discussion: Global Nerdy and TechCrunch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Daylife Launches, Starts Very Long Uphill Climb  —  New York based Daylife, a news aggregation site I invested in long, long ago, has finally launched.  We first mentioned the company back in July.  After quickly reviewing the launch product, I am unhappy to report that I am underwhelmed by what Daylife has to offer.
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.
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Internet Explorer Unsafe for 284 Days in 2006  —  Security Fix spent the past several weeks compiling statistics on how long it took some of the major software vendors to issue patches for security flaws in their products.  Since Windows is the most-used operating system in the world …
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs and Slashdot
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
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 …
Stephen Shankland / ZDNet:
A peek at faster Power6, Cell chips  —  Judging by details revealed in a chip conference agenda, the clock frequency race isn't over yet.  —  IBM's Power6 processor will be able to exceed 5 gigahertz in a high-performance mode, and the second-generation Cell Broadband Engine processor from IBM …
Discussion: Engadget, I4U News and Slashdot
Alan Boyle / Cosmic Log:
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 …
Robert Niles / Online Journalism Review:
The silliest, and most destructive, debate in journalism  —  Commentary: Let's quit arguing the merits of "mainstream" versus "citizen" journalism and instead work together on "better" journalism.  —  Welcome back.  I hope that the New Year finds you in good health and resolved to do whatever …
Discussion: Techdirt
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Updated: XML Has Too Many Architecture Astronauts  —  Joel Spolsky has an seminal article entitled Don't Let Architecture Astronauts Scare You where he wrote … This article is relevant because I recently wrote a series of posts explaining why Web developers have begun to favor JSON over XML in Web Services.
newsroom.cisco.com:
Cisco Announces Agreement to Acquire IronPort  —  Cisco extends the Self-Defending Network to Messaging and Web Security Services  —  Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) - Cisco today announced a definitive agreement to acquire the privately held company, IronPort Systems, Inc. of San Bruno …
Discussion: GigaOM
 
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Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
OWC and Axiotron announce the ModBook, a Mac-based tablet computer
Walter S. Mossberg / WSJ Personal Technology:
Bold Redesign Improves Office 2007
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iriver set to launch W10, Clix2 and B20 at CES
Discussion: Listening Post and 21talks
David / Ironic Sans:
Celebrity Patents  —  Last month, Google introduced …
Discussion: Engadget and digg
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA fights to keep wholesale pricing secret
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China Mobile, Google Launch Cooperation: Creating Leading Mobile …
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Calore / Wired News:
Best Blogfights of 2006  —  If bloggers know how to do one thing really well, it's fight.
Discussion: Micro Persuasion
Kevin Newcomb / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google's Response to "The Sausage Manifesto"
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: Zoli's Blog and Blogspotting
Samsung:
SAMSUNG Develops First Truly Double-sided LCD
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Sandisk rolls out flash hard drives for laptops
Dave Taylor / The Intuitive Life Business Blog:
Vista laptops for bloggers furor misses the real story
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
OpenID vs the Identity Systems of Yahoo, Google and MSN
Discussion: Spamroll and Raw