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12:45 AM ET, January 12, 2007


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Mike / Techdirt:
Does The iPhone Need Patents?  —  from the questions,-questions dept  —  A bunch of folks have noted that Steve Jobs seemed mighty excited about the 200 or so patents Apple has filed around some of the technology involved in the iPhone (or whatever it's going to be called).
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
With all due respect, sir, I don't think we can backdate the iPhone trademark
Barb Dybwad / Engadget:
Apple says Cisco lawsuit is "silly"
Discussion: Medialoper and digg
LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
Engadget Live Blogging Leads in Macworld Coverage on January 9  —  On Tuesday, January 9, technology watchers eagerly awaited Steve Jobs' keynote at Macworld in San Francisco, partially fueled by rampant rumors that Apple would announce the release of an iPhone.
IPHONE: Media winners and losers
APPLE: Steve Jobs just farted
Discussion: Digital Download
Christopher Grant / Engadget:
Hands-on with IPTV on Xbox 360  —  We had a chance to check out Microsoft's IPTV offering for Xbox 360, announced earlier this week during Bill Gates' CES keynote, and get answers to some of the questions that have been nagging at us since first hearing about the service.
Richard Mitchell / Xbox 360 Fanboy:
Gates: PS3 will never have graphics advantage  —  Speaking with journalist and Xbox guru, Dean Takahashi, Bill Gates offered several jabs to both Sony and Nintendo in the wake of CES.  Speaking on Nintendo, Gates expressed concern that the novelty of Wii could wear off without good graphics to go with it …
Discussion: Joystiq and digg
Percy Cabello / mozilla links:
Planned features for Firefox 3  —  In today's Firefox 3 (code name Gran Paradiso) meeting, developers released a preliminary list of requirements for Firefox 3.  The new target release date is sometime in the third quarter this year.  —  Among the list of mandatory requirements, read …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Firefox 3 Plans and IE8 Speculation - Browsers Heading Apart Again
Discussion: digg
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Caught Uploading Fake Torrents  —  It is no secret that the MPAA and other anti-piracy organizations track down alleged pirates by uploading fake torrents.  Up until now it was always unclear where those files came from, and how to identify them.  —  The MPAA and other anti-piracy watchdogs try …
Discussion: Monkey Bites, Slashdot and digg
John Markoff / New York Times:
Phone Shows Apple's Impact on Consumer Products  —  Apple's new iPhone appears to be the clearest statement yet of what Steve Jobs's impact has been on consumer electronics.  —  It is not that he invents new technologies.  He refines existing ones.  —  Mr. Jobs himself acknowledged …
CBC News:
'Craplets' could damage Vista launch: Microsoft exec  —  A senior Microsoft Corp. executive says the company is concerned that uncertified third-party software loaded onto new computers by manufacturers could hurt the launch of consumer versions of its Windows Vista operating system later this month.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
eBay buys StubHub, online ticket reseller, for $310M  —  StubHub, an online site for reselling tickets to events, has been acquied by eBay for $310 million, minting the latest Silicon Valley millionaires in co-founders Jeff Fluhr and Eric Baker.  —  The controversial company has grown steadily, badgering eBay's business for years.
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
eBay to buy ticketer StubHub for $310 million
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Senator to FCC: Don't even think about a broadcast flag  —  Senator John Sununu (R-NH) has just announced that his office is working on legislation that would prevent the FCC from creating specific technology mandates that have to be followed by consumer electronics manufacturers.  What's his target?
Discussion: TechSpot and Boing Boing
PR Newswire:
SAP Announces 2006 Preliminary Results  —  WALLDORF, Germany, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — SAP AG (NYSE: SAP - News) announced today that after a preliminary review of its 2006 fourth quarter results, it expects fourth quarter product revenues to be approximately euro 2.20 billion …
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Download of the Day: Tab Effect (Firefox)  —  Organize photos with your OS in 5 easy steps- DLS Imaging Tip [Download Squad] … Windows only: Firefox extension Tab Effect adds a tab switching cube effect to Firefox.  —  If you've ever played with Virtue Desktops for the Mac or XGL/Compiz on Linux …
Discussion: Download Squad and digg
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Check Your Google Standing With Free Tools  —  We are sharing a small list of online tools to help you guage your site rankings in Google.  These tools are absolutely free and you don't have to share your email address for using any of them.  —  Live Google PageRank …
Breaking: MTV in Talks with Ziff Davis  — may soon join GameTrailers as part of MTV Networks.  A well-placed source informed GameDaily BIZ that MTV Networks and Ziff Davis Media are currently negotiating a deal.  More within...  At the end of December, the always interesting
Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
Apple Chief Benefited From Options, Records Indicate  —  Apple Inc. chief executive Steve Jobs confirmed his place this week as the premier impresario of the Internet age, taking the stage in San Francisco to unveil a smart phone that won a raucous endorsement from thousands of fans in the audience …
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
How to Lose Your Shirt in Second Life  —  Magnus Rothlisberger, a resident of Second Life, describes in the Second Life Herald how he lost the equivalent of $1,153 on blackjack tables in the virtual world.  It's hilarious partly because it's so well-told,but also because it's so awful.
Discussion: Second Life Herald
Nick / Rough Type:
IT doesn't matter, part 7  —  This is the seventh installment of the article "IT Doesn't Matter."  Part 1 is here.  —  From offense to defense  —  So what should companies do?  From a practical standpoint, the most important lesson to be learned from earlier infrastructural technologies may be this …
Discussion: deal architect
Inside AdSense:
Picasa referrals roll into Google Pack  —  In the next few days you may notice a change to our Picasa referrals program.  With the recent international launch of Google Pack referrals, we'll soon be consolidating Picasa and Pack referrals into a single program.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and Googlified
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
CES: Audiovox DV7600XM XM Mini-Tuner Home Theater System  —  The Audiovox DV7600XM is a 600-Watt 5.1 Dolby Home Theater System with a XM Mini-Tuner docking station.  —  It provides an impressive audio show, supported by five satellite speakers and a passive subwoofer.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
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Sony to Include Portable Movie Files on Blu-Ray DVDs
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Ed Oswald / BetaNews:
Skype Throws Cold Water on Cell Version
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Mike / Techdirt:
RIAA's Latest Trick: When Backed Into A Corner, Try To Associate …
Jcorbett / EirePreneur:
Google ReWriter is on the way
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
New PayPal key to help thwart phishers
Discussion: InsideGoogle and Manthan
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Firms Fret as Office E-Mail Jumps Security Walls
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