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7:45 AM ET, January 5, 2007

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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.
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Daylife dawns  —  I'm excited to report that Daylife, the news startup I've been helping on, has launched its site today.  Take the tour here.  —  Actually, Daylife launched its platform a few weeks ago, without fanfare and trumpet, powering the new exportable, embedable NewsTracker …
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
I Don't Understand Or Have Much Reason To Trust Daylife's News Judgment  —  The much anticipated news site Daylife has launched — there has been much critique and analysis, which I won't repeat — most of it has focused on Daylife's functionality (including a harsh critique from investor Mike Arrington).
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Daylife Establishes a New Way to View News
Discussion: craigblog and CenterNetworks
Dick / blogs.feedburner.com:
A 360 Degree View of Audience Engagement  —  As promised, site statistics are now live.  Our architecture conversion work after the BlogBeat acquisition is complete, and our free StandardStats service now enables any of our publishers to track both feed and site audience, all from the comfort of your FeedBurner account.
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PayPerPost:
Performancing Deal is Off  —  After much discussion and heartache we have decided to walk away from the Performancing deal.  We listened to our Posties and other Metrics users, dug into the Metrics platform and regretfully found that it wasn't what we were looking for right now.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Studios okay users burning CSS-encrypted movies, but special media is required  —  Movie download services have been hamstrung, kneecapped, and hobbled (choose your favorite leg-related metaphor) by their general inability to burn movies to DVD.  It's hard to believe that this is such a big deal in 2007 …
Discussion: Gizmodo and MacUser
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Gary Gentile / Associated Press:
Studios OK technology for movie downloads
Discussion: IP Democracy, NewTeeVee and PaidContent
GameDaily:
Microsoft's Achievement Points Yield 'Nerd Cred'  —  The concept of Achievement Points and a Gamerscore has become more popular than Microsoft ever imagined.  Group Product Manager Aaron Greenberg and Epic Games lead designer CliffyB chime in on why gamers are seemingly obsessed with these points.
Discussion: Kotaku, Scobleizer and Joystiq
axiotron.web7.serverlogistics.com:
First Tablet Mac Solution to be Unveiled at Macworld by Axiotron and OWC  —  El Segundo, CA - Solution hardware manufacturer Axiotron, Inc. and technology solutions provider Other World Computing (OWC) today announced that they will be unveiling the ModBook™, the first ever Mac® …
Business Wire:
Mobile Phones to Adopt New, Smaller USB Connector  —  Micro-series USB technology will replace Mini-series USB in OTG products  —  BEAVERTON, Ore.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The USB Implementers Forum, Inc. (USB-IF) today announced the completion of the Micro-USB specification …
Discussion: Engadget and Phone Scoop
Guy Kawasaki / How to Change the World:
Ten Ways to Use LinkedIn  —  The average number of LinkedIn connections for people who work at Google is forty-seven.  —  The average number for Harvard Business School grads is fifty-eight, so you could skip the MBA, work at Google, and probably get most of the connections you need.
Discussion: Pronet Advertising and Manthan
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Is Steve Jobs Untouchable?  —  An internal inquiry gives him a pass in Apple's backdating scandal—but raises questions about whether he's getting special treatment  —  In Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs is admired for many things: his storybook resuscitation of Apple Computer (AAPL) …
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Bink / Bink.nu:
Next week Microsoft will Release 8 Security Patches  —  Next week Microsoft will Release 8 Security Patches, 4 for Windows.  —  On 9 January 2007 Microsoft is planning to release:  —  Security Updates  —  •  —  Three Microsoft Security Bulletins affecting Microsoft Windows.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Word Grows Up  —  Q&A: As Microsoft Corporate Vice President Peter Pathe prepares to retire, he discusses the lasting legacy of a product he's overseen for more than a decade.  —  With the release of Microsoft's new generation of technologies in 2007 comes an interesting highlight about a venerable program.
Yoav / Windows Live OneCare Team Blog:
Windows Live OneCare (v1.5) is released to manufacturing  —  Welcome back to all those that were on vacation, and a happy new year.  As you may have noticed from relative inactivity in my blogging, it's been quite a hectic time here on the product development team.
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Vista testers get unexpected holiday gift: No TV  —  Some people testing Microsoft's Windows Vista got an unexpected holiday surprise: their TVs stopped working.  —  Media Center, which is included in the Home Premium and Ultimate versions of the Vista operating system …
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
DON'T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB  —  An interesting tidbit from Guy Kawasaki's wrap-up of his first full year blogging.  The key part is bolded.  Note that his blog has been consistently between the 35th and 45th most popular in the world, according to Technorati.  Here are some of his stats:
Timothy Noah / Slate:
Amazon's Secret Price Guarantee  —  THE ONLINE RETAILER'S ZEN CUSTOMER BENEFIT.  —  Of the many responsibilities shouldered by this column, none is more solemn than its mandate to compel Web-based retailers to take phone calls from the public.  But suppose you finally get one of these …
 
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Robert Scoble / PodTech.net:
Meeting the bloggers in New Hampshire
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Samsung prepping RFID-enabled refrigerator
Discussion: Trends and textually.org
Ryan Freebern / Uber-Review:
Microvision Unveils Tiny Digital Projector
Ryan Freebern / Uber-Review:
Garmin: GPS Is For The Dogs
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
David Kaplan / PaidContent:
Merrill Issues Pessimistic Ad Outlook Overall; Online Still Looking Up
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
WriteRoom 2.0 released for OS X
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Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
Findory API expanded
Discussion: InsideGoogle
 Earlier Items: 
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple seen launching new iPod, iTV and iPhone at Macworld
Discussion: What Is New
Mike / Techdirt:
Sneaking The Question Of Software Patents Into The Supreme Court
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
70 cents per track is "in the correct range," says UMG attorney
Discussion: Neowin.net, digg and Slashdot
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Valley networker Auren Hoffman's reputation on the line
Discussion: Marc's Voice and Valleywag
Nik Cubrilovic / New Web Order:
Lies, Damn Lies and Subscriber Counts
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
Robert Niles / Online Journalism Review:
The silliest, and most destructive, debate in journalism
Discussion: Techdirt and Uninstalled
Stephen Shankland / ZDNet:
A peek at faster Power6, Cell chips
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google "Tips" Pulled?
 

 
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