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11:30 AM ET, January 5, 2007


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Dick /
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.
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.
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:
Seagate Confirms 1TB Hard Disk Drive  —  We should expect to see 1TB hard disk drive products within 6 months  —  Seagate Technology has just released information to DailyTech with regard to the company's upcoming highest capacity hard disk drive to date.  At 1TB, if no other hard disk …
Discussion: TechSpot, The Test Bed and digg
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Hitachi breaks 1TB hard drive barrier with 7K1000
Discussion: Uber-Review
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.
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs, Joystiq, You NEWB and digg
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 …
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
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
Gary Gentile / Associated Press:
Studios OK technology for movie downloads
Discussion: NewTeeVee and PaidContent
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: Global Nerdy and
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.
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
Andrew Liszewski / OhGizmo!:
Microvision Pico Projector
Discussion: Ubergizmo, and 21talks
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® …
Event Overview  —  On January 9, Microsoft releases its monthly security bulletins.  Join us for a brief overview of the technical details of the January security bulletins.  The intent of this webcast is to address your concerns.  Therefore, most of the webcast is devoted to attendees asking questions …
Bink /   Next week Microsoft will Release 8 Security Patches
Ted Patrick / Ted On Flex:
1 - One Solid Flex Release 2.0.1  —  One Solid Flex Release 2.0.1...  No more numbers or cryptic blog posts!  —  Let's talk about Flex Builder 2.0.1, the best release of Flex ever.  If you are making Flex applications, this release is a must have on many levels.
Discussion: The Universal Desktop and JD on EP
Ryan Freebern / Uber-Review:
Garmin: GPS Is For The Dogs  —  Garmin, usually known for its various handheld and in-car GPS navigation units, today unveiled a new offering that is quite possibly the coolest pet-related gadget ever.  Named after the Jetsons' famous space-dog, the Garmin Astro consists of a small tracking unit …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Anne Broache / CNET
Senators aim to ease up on Net, phone taxes  —  Members of the newly seated U.S. Congress on Thursday wasted no time in proposing a series of measures designed to extend and expand tax breaks on Internet and telephone service.  —  Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), and John Sununu …
Joris Evers / CNET
PDF security risk greater than originally thought  —  A recently discovered security weakness in the widely used Acrobat Reader software could put Net users at more risk than previously thought, experts warned Thursday.  —  Initially, security professionals thought that the problem …
Discussion: IR Web Report Blog
Would You Hire Matt Cutts?  —  24 People have had something to add to this What Do you think?  —  Tell ShoeMoney  —  From one of Matts posts I recently got the impression that he might be getting a little sour taste in his mouth from the Google Kool-Aid and possibly looking for a change from Google.
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
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.
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Palm Treo 750 launch presentation, including price and release date
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Joe / Techdirt:
Why The Newswire Model Won't Work For Blogs
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I Don't Understand Or Have Much Reason To Trust Daylife's News Judgment
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Samsung prepping RFID-enabled refrigerator
Robert Young / GigaOM:
For Social Networks, 2007 is about MONEY
Discussion: Wonderland
Yoav / Windows Live OneCare Team Blog:
Windows Live OneCare (v1.5) is released to manufacturing
Timothy Noah / Slate:
Amazon's Secret Price Guarantee
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
70 cents per track is "in the correct range," says UMG attorney
Ina Fried / CNET
Vista testers get unexpected holiday gift: No TV
Discussion: PVR Wire
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Daylife dawns