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3:05 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
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 …
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
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.
Alan Boyle / Cosmic Log:
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 …
Mathew Ingram /
Bubbleshare finally gets acquired  —  Not that long ago, there were some red-hot rumours that Bubbleshare — the Ottawa-based photo sharing site started by serial entrepreneur Albert Lai — was about to be acquired by News Corp. for a price in the neighbourhood of $5-million.
Discussion: Mark Evans
Jeneane Sessum / ALLIED:
Speaking of Family Photo Fun, Kaboose Just Acquired BubbleShare
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.
David / Ironic Sans:
Celebrity Patents  —  Last month, Google introduced its new Patent Search feature (in beta), allowing users to dig through 7 million US patents from 1790 to mid-1996.  On-line patent searching has already been possible through the US Patent and Trademark Office website …
Discussion: Engadget and digg
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
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
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
Walter S. Mossberg / WSJ Personal Technology:
Bold Redesign Improves Office 2007  —  Next to the Web browser, Microsoft Office is probably the most-used computer software product in the world.  Its three main components — Word, Excel and PowerPoint — are the top business applications on computers.  And the fourth pillar of Office …
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Greg Kasavin bids GameSpot farewell
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Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
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Michael Calore / Wired News:
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Discussion: Micro Persuasion
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SanDisk announces 32GB SSD: prices begin to fall
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Discussion: Kevin Maney
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 Develops First Truly Double-sided LCD
Discussion: CrunchGear and Digital World
Michael Kanellos / CNET
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
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Steven Zeitchik / Variety:
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