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12:50 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 …
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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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 …
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Michael Gartenberg:
Jobs on the iPhone being a closed system
Discussion: Scripting News and Open Sources
LC Angell / iLounge:
Apple's Jobs: 'You don't want your phone to be like a PC'
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: 21talks, GigaOM, TechCrunch and Mark Evans
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.
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
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 …
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® …
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.
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.
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.
Vishesh Kumar / TheStreet.com:
Yahoo! Holder Building a Dissident Nation  —  One Yahoo! (YHOO - news - Cramer's Take) shareholder is mad and doesn't want to take it anymore.  —  Frustrated with the Internet giant's loss of more than one-third of its value in 2006, Eric Jackson wants to use the tactics of activist hedge funds …
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.
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.
 
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Karen / Official Google Blog:
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Jimmy Guterman / PaidContent:
British Newspapers Optimize for Google—and Pay Google, Just to Make Sure
Discussion: Rough Type and David Card
Roughly Drafted:
Macworld: Ten Myths of the Apple iPhone
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Democrats take over Congress, but online presence lags
Discussion: IP Democracy
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Wi-Fi VoIP and iPhone: New Competitors?
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Mike / Techdirt:
Forget The Wii Porn Menace; Perhaps We Should Be Worried About …
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Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
Microsoft's CableCARD DRM
Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:
Good thing I didn't file a trademark on iPhone back in 1995...
 Earlier Items: 
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
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
PQI's 64GB SSD with SATA connector: a world's first, twice
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Richard Mitchell / Xbox 360 Fanboy:
Gates: PS3 will never have graphics advantage
Discussion: Joystiq and digg
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 …
Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
Apple Chief Benefited From Options, Records Indicate