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1:55 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 …
Ryan Block / Engadget:   Warner to unveil Total HD hybrid Blu-ray HD DVD discs at CES
Dreams Do Come True!  LG's Makes World's First Blu-ray/HD DVD Dual-Format Player
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.
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
New Reader Trends page  —  One of the things I love about Google Reader is that they listen to feedback.  But sometimes you gotta leave feedback behind and just work on fun stuff.  Mihai Parparita recently posted about the new Google Reader Trends page.  —  Here's what mine looks like:
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Online Calendar Wars
Discussion: Bokardo
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 …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Brazil Orders YouTube Shut Down
Discussion: GigaOM
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 …
Alan Boyle / MSNBC:
BLUE ORIGIN REVEALED  —  After years of working behind closed doors and locked gates, 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 …
Amazon boss shows off spacecraft
Discussion: CrunchGear
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 …
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
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
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.
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.
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Acrobat Reader plugin vulnerable to attacks
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iriver set to launch W10, Clix2 and B20 at CES  —  The mythical, morphing iRiver W10 looks to be due for release next week at CES.  But that's just the start, as they'll also be launching the Clix2 media player, B20 DMB TV, and possibly a few more devices resulting in a 12-strong product show for Reigncom's iriver.
Discussion: Listening Post and 21talks
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 …
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
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Celebrity Patents  —  Last month, Google introduced …
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ChristopherA / Life With Alacrity:
Collective Choice: Experimenting with Ratings
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA fights to keep wholesale pricing secret
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Updated: XML Has Too Many Architecture Astronauts
Michael Calore / Wired News:
Best Blogfights of 2006  —  If bloggers know how to do one thing really well, it's fight.
Discussion: Micro Persuasion
Matt Vella / Business Week:
Nike + iPod Equals Smooth Runnings
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
SanDisk announces 32GB SSD: prices begin to fall
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 Earlier Items: 
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
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Sandisk rolls out flash hard drives for laptops
Daniel Terdiman / CNET
Counting the real 'Second Life' population
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
OpenID vs the Identity Systems of Yahoo, Google and MSN
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Scannell gets Next New post

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