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4:40 AM ET, January 12, 2007


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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 …
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 …
SeekingAlpha Software Stocks:
SAP Warns, Sending Shockwaves Through Enterprise Software  —  Eric Savitz (Barron's) submits: Bad news for the enterprise software sector this afternoon, as SAP (SAP) just warned that fourth quarter software revenue growth came in short of previous guidance.  This is a bit confusing, so bear with me.
Discussion: AccMan
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
Discussion: Paul Mooney and Telegraph Blogs
Joe Mandese / MediaPost Publications:
CBS/Google: Analysts Say Radio Ad Deal Is Imminent, Has Sticking Points  —  CITING EXPECTATIONS THAT A MAJOR ad sales agreement with Google is imminent, securities firm Merrill Lynch reaffirmed its "buy" rating for CBS stock.  In a report issued by lead broadcast analyst Jessica Reif Cohen …
Discussion: TechCrunch and digg
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Firefox 3 Plans and IE8 Speculation - Browsers Heading Apart Again  —  Mozilla has published a wiki page detailing its plans for the next version of Firefox, codenamed "Gran Paradiso".  The target release date is sometime in the third quarter this year and it hopes to release a major version of Firefox every year.
Discussion: digg
WORLD OF WARCRAFT SURPASSES 8 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS WORLDWIDE  —  Player population in North America now exceeds 2 million, while Europe and China pass the 1.5 million player and 3.5 million player marks, respectively  —  Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. announced today that World of Warcraft® …
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
GOOGLE: What if Google looked like Yahoo?  —  What if Google looked like Yahoo?  —  Google has a great virtue.  It allows engineers to waste their time on hobby projects, and acquires irrelevant companies on a whim, but the front page has remained remarkably focused on search, and free of encrustation.
Aaron McKenna / TG Daily:
CES 2007: HD DVD versus Blu-ray - The porn industry says HD DVD  —  Las Vegas (NV) - Knowing their audience quite well, the adult entertainment industry holds their annual get together in Las Vegas to coincide with the CES.  There is also a very pertinent crossover between the adult and tech industries …
Discussion: and Slashdot
Scott Knaster / Official Google Mac Blog:
Taming Mac OS X File Systems  —  Google is a fantastic company to work for.  I could cite numerous reasons why.  Take the concept of "20 percent time."  Google engineers are encouraged to spend 20 percent of their time pursuing projects they're passionate about.
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
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
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
Exclusive: Inside The Venice Project, Built On Mozilla  —  The Venice Project is not just another online video start-up.  The Luxembourg-based company is the latest co-production of the two-person hit factory of Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis.  The founders of Kazaa and Skype are hoping …
Discussion: TechCrunch and GigaOM
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
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.
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New York Times:
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Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Google plans street advertising presence
Discussion: NewScientistTech
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
PQI's 64GB SSD with SATA connector: a world's first, twice
Nick / Rough Type:
IT doesn't matter, part 7  —  This is the seventh installment …
Discussion: deal architect
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
New York Times Media Critic as Media Innovator — David Carr …
Discussion: media blog
Inside AdSense:
Picasa referrals roll into Google Pack
Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
Apple Chief Benefited From Options, Records Indicate
LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
Engadget Live Blogging Leads in Macworld Coverage on January 9
 Earlier Items: 
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Hands-on with AOL and Haier's PMP
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
CES: Audiovox DV7600XM XM Mini-Tuner Home Theater System
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
How to Lose Your Shirt in Second Life
Discussion: Second Life Herald
Schneier / Schneier on Security:
Choosing Secure Passwords
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Download of the Day: Tab Effect (Firefox)
Discussion: Download Squad and digg
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Check Your Google Standing With Free Tools
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
eBay to buy ticketer StubHub for $310 million
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Firms Fret as Office E-Mail Jumps Security Walls