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2:05 PM ET, January 12, 2007

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Knox / Celebs & Tech Gossips!:
No Porn On Sony HD-DVD Blu-ray?  —  Has Sony gone mad?  Prominent adult movie producer Digital Playground (site) says it is forced to use HD DVD instead of Blu-ray, because Sony does not allow XXX-rated movies to be released on Blu-ray.  —  It does not matter how you stand to porn.
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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 …
Carlo / Techdirt:
Will Sony's Apparent Anti-Porn Stance Doom Blu-Ray?
VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
Apple vs. Cisco over iPhone  —  I was just on the phone with Garvin Thomas, a reporter from NBC11 News who wanted my take on the iPhone lawsuit between Apple and Cisco and to discuss what he learned.  First, when you search the US Patent and Trademark Office database for iPhone …
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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 …
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: Screenwerk, TechCrunch and digg
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Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Google's Deal With CBS Radio Still Likely; TV Deal Unlikely
Discussion: AdAge and Search Engine Watch Blog
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Exclusive - Yahoo Using Dirty Tactics to Switch Google & Firefox Users?  —  The power struggle between Yahoo and Google for your desktop just took an evil turn, with evidence that suggests Yahoo is covertly trying to switch Google search users without their explicit permission.
Discussion: SoloSEO Blog
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
PayPal to offer password key fobs to users  —  eBay is getting ready to offer its PayPal users a password-generating key fob that promises to increase the security of the online payment service.  —  The device displays a new one-time password in the form of a six-digit code about every 30 seconds.
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Real-time quotes for free  —  At Google, we get excited about making all kinds of information accessible to everyone.  The more up-to-date the information, the more valuable it is.  This is particularly true in the world of finance; information, and timing of that information, is money.
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Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
NYSE May Allows Real-Time Quotes; Google, CNBC To Provide Data …
Discussion: Techdirt
Business Week:
The Small Fry Sour On Search Ads  —  Priced out by brand giants, the outfits that pioneered the medium are looking elsewhere  —  For years, running those little four-line text advertisements on Web search engines brought in a profitable stream of new customers to BabyAge.com.
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Report: Vista's business sales stronger than expected  —  update Sales of Windows Vista to businesses were stronger than expected during the operating system's debut month, according to a report from NPD Group.  —  The sales outpaced the first month's tally for Windows 2000 and only slightly trailed …
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
The Ultimate iPhone Frequently Asked Questions  —  Wow.  Predictably, the torrent — and I do mean torrent — of iPhone commentary from the citizens of the Web is practically outflooding spam this week.  Most of it comes from people whose shirt fronts are practically drenched in drool.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Complicated Laws = Free Calls  —  I'm still trying to figure out how this works, and by the time I do the service may be gone.  Regardless, Iowa based AllFreeCalls is letting people make phone calls to many foreign countries for free.  Or rather, for the cost of a call to Iowa.
blizzard.com:
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 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.
BBC:
Radio goes the open source route  —  A new generation of broadcasters are to join the world's airwaves after the launch of open-source software which allows people to run a radio station from a single computer for free.  —  Campcaster takes a regular PC and turns it into a tool for managing every aspect of a radio station broadcast.
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Wi-Fi VoIP and iPhone: New Competitors?  —  The unrelated announcements this week of Apple's iPhone and Vonage's plan to bundle Wi-Fi with VoIP got me thinking: Do we need some new competitive analysis to figure out what's really happening in the world of good ol' talk talk talk?
Discussion: VoIP Watch
 
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Ed Foster / InfoWorld GripeLine:
Comcast Has Its Limits  —  Cable modem providers have always …
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
December NPD data is in
Discussion: digg
Jimmy Guterman / PaidContent:
British Newspapers Optimize for Google—and Pay Google, Just to Make Sure
Discussion: Rough Type and David Card
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Macworld: Ten Myths of the Apple iPhone
Michael Gartenberg:
Jobs on the iPhone being a closed system
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Democrats take over Congress, but online presence lags
Discussion: IP Democracy
Vishesh Kumar / TheStreet.com:
Yahoo! Holder Building a Dissident Nation
Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:
Good thing I didn't file a trademark on iPhone back in 1995...
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New York Times:
Digital Billboard Up Ahead: New-Wave Sign or Hazard?
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
To delete Wikipedia entry or not to delete?
Discussion: Business 2.0 Beta
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Google plans street advertising presence
Scott Knaster / Official Google Mac Blog:
Taming Mac OS X File Systems
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
PQI's 64GB SSD with SATA connector: a world's first, twice
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Nick / Rough Type:
IT doesn't matter, part 7  —  This is the seventh installment …
Discussion: deal architect
Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
Apple Chief Benefited From Options, Records Indicate
John Markoff / New York Times:
Steve Jobs Walks the Tightrope Again
 

 
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