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9:55 AM ET, January 5, 2007

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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.
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).
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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.
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: NewTeeVee, IP Democracy and PaidContent
Judi Sohn / Web Worker Daily:
MACWORLD 2007: NEW GOODIES FOR THE WEB WORKER?  —  It's that time of year...Macworld Expo in San Francisco begins next week.  While the east coast version of the conference has died on the vine, the San Francisco show is still a huge draw.  What tricks do you think Steve Jobs …
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
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.
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Ryan Freebern / Uber-Review:
Microvision Unveils Tiny Digital Projector  —  Microvision today announced that it will unveil at CES an ultra-miniature full-color digital projection display approximately the size of a Thin Mint candy, designed to be embedded into handheld electronic devices such as cellphones, PDAs, or multimedia handhelds.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Andrew Liszewski / OhGizmo!:
Microvision Pico Projector
Discussion: Ubergizmo, textually.org and 21talks
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:
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
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® …
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.
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
Joe / Techdirt:
Why The Newswire Model Won't Work For Blogs  —  from the blast-from-the-past dept  —  From time to time you hear stories of individual blogs getting sued for copyright infringement.  Often it has to do with snagging copyrighted pictures, whereas sometimes sites get into trouble for lifting whole articles.
Discussion: VentureBeat and 21talks
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Exclusive: Columbine Game Kicked From Competition  —  Slamdance finalist Super Columbine Massacre RPG has been officially kicked from the festival due to mounting pressure from protesters and the loss of sponsorship, the game's creator told Kotaku Thursday night.
Discussion: GamePolitics.com
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Ready to produce IMs in court?  —  Companies are now on the hook to retain a broader range of digital data than before  —  Companies that do not keep close tabs on PDAs, instant message conversations and other forms of electronic data may soon be in for a nasty surprise, should they find themselves in court.
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.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
The second Xbox 360 revealed: codename Zephyr  —  Ever wonder why Microsoft hasn't released an HDMI cable for the Xbox 360, or whether the AV port was really capable of digital out?  Well, here's your answer: we landed pictures of what appears to be the second Xbox 360 — the Xbox 360 v2, if you will — codenamed Zephyr.
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