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7:50 AM 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.
Discussion: Gizmodo, I4U News, digg and Slashdot
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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 …
Discussion: Neowin.net and Joystiq
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 …
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.
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).
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 …
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SAP Warns, Sending Shockwaves Through Enterprise Software
Discussion: AccMan
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.
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: GigaOM and TechCrunch
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
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® …
Lkahney / Cult of Mac:
Ask an Attorney: Apple and Cisco Will Share 'iPhone'  —  Here's a likely outcome of the great Apple/Cisco iPhone spat: There's the "Apple iPhone" and there's the "Cisco iPhone."  —  A prominent trademark lawyer thinks the word "iPhone" may be general enough for both Apple and Cisco Systems to market products under the name.
Discussion: Gizmodo, I4U News and New York Times
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John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
With all due respect, sir, I don't think we can backdate the iPhone trademark
Valleywag:
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.
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
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.
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, Boing Boing and Slashdot
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.
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Google plans street advertising presence  —  In a patent filing Google has revealed that it is looking into entering the physical advertising industry.  The patent filing itself alludes to placing adverts on billboards, with the primary innovation being that they're interactive and connected …
Discussion: NewScientistTech
 
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Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:
Good thing I didn't file a trademark on iPhone back in 1995...
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?
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 …
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Inside AdSense:
Picasa referrals roll into Google Pack
Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
Apple Chief Benefited From Options, Records Indicate
 Earlier Items: 
GameDaily:
Breaking: MTV in Talks with Ziff Davis
LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
Engadget Live Blogging Leads in Macworld Coverage on January 9
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Hands-on with AOL and Haier's PMP
Discussion: Neowin.net
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
Orli Yakuel / Go2web2:
Find the Differences..  —  Yesterday I saw this site and couldn't believe my eyes:
Schneier / Schneier on Security:
Choosing Secure Passwords
Discussion: LegRoom.net
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Caught Uploading Fake Torrents
Discussion: Monkey Bites, Slashdot and digg
 

 
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