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10:10 PM ET, January 12, 2007


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Tom Krazit / CNET
How Apple could fight Cisco  —  news analysis A cell phone is to an Internet phone as an airplane is to a faucet?  —  That analogy isn't likely to appear on the SATs next year.  But that's precisely the question at the heart of the legal dispute over whether Apple will be allowed to use the iPhone name …
Michael Gartenberg:
Jobs on the iPhone being a closed system  —  Steven Levy points to his writeup on the iPhone and talks to Steve Jobs about the iPhone being a closed platform.  According to Steven, Jobs said the following on the subject. … Really?  What about other smartphones that run on Cingular's network …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Steve Jobs: iPhone Ain't Opening Up  —  OK so Jobs didn't use the word "ain't".  But in a Newsweek interview with Steven Levy, Jobs put the kibosh on any talk about the iPhone opening up its platform for third party developers: … Perhaps the most revealing quote is about the issue …
Clint Ecker / Infinite Loop:
Steve Jobs knows best
Discussion: digg
Ousama Abushagur / Al-Manazir:
What About the Apple iPhone Camera?
David Greiner / Campaign Monitor Blog:
Microsoft takes email design back 5 years  —  As I type this post I still can't believe it.  I'm literally stunned.  If you haven't already heard, I'm talking about the recent news that Outlook 2007, released next month, will stop using Internet Explorer to render HTML emails and instead use …
Nick / Rough Type:
Search advertising and the little guys  —  Search-based advertisements, like the ones distributed through Google's AdWords service, were supposed to be a boon for small businesses.  Cheap and precisely targeted, they would, for the first time, put the little guys on equal footing with the big guys in the ad market.
Discussion: Tech Beat
Business Week:
The Small Fry Sour On Search Ads
Discussion: SEO
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Maturation of Paid Search Means the End of the Free Lunch
Discussion: The Commerce360 Blog
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
AT&T Prepares to 'De-Brand' the Cingular Wireless Name  —  One of the biggest "de-brandings" in advertising history is to begin Monday when AT&T, now the sole owner of Cingular Wireless, starts changing all Cingular marketing to adopt the AT&T name.  —  AT&T will not disclose the budget for the campaign …
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Cingular's De-branding Into AT&T To Start Monday
Ronald Grover / Business Week:
Why Hollywood Snubbed Jobs at Macworld  —  Most of Tinseltown won't buy into the Apple chief's digital vision until he ponies up more money and gets more serious about protecting content  —  By all accounts, Steve Jobs gave a socko performance, delivered with his usual charm and controversial style …
Mike / Techdirt:   Hollywood To Steve Jobs: We Need Stronger DRM
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Exclusive - Yahoo Using Dirty Tactics to Switch Google & Firefox Users?  —  UPDATE: Here's the official word from Yahoo spokesperson Terrell Karlsten.  They're claiming they don't upgrade users to IE7 and their reasons for switching your settings?  Everyone else does it.
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Security Hole Allows Account Hijacking  —  It's your worst nightmare - someone reads parts of your Google emails, views your docs, modifies your spreadsheets, checks out your reading habits on the Google personalized homepage or Google Reader, and goes through your search history.
Chris Tew / PVR Wire:
DirecTV not looking after its customers: DirecTiVo problems, faulty HR20s, HD Lite, and home networking issues  —  Despite some good news and announcements coming out of DirecTV CES camp this week including 100 new HD channels, the possibility of cheaper PVRs due to improved satellite receiver chips …
Discussion: TiVo Lovers and digg
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
THE LONDON CULTURALLY-DEPRIVED GEEK DAY OUT: SUNDAY 21ST JANUARY  —  Having spent most of the last few years in front of a computer screen, immersed in a tangled web of blogging, business and cartooning, I'm starting to feel a bit deprived of culture.  And I'm sure a lot of techie/geek/entrepreneurs types out there feel the same.
Discussion: Scobleizer and Vecosys
Donald Melanson / Engadget Mobile:
Verizon increases SMS rates — customers now free of their contracts  —  It looks like Verizon Wireless is following in Sprint's SMS footsteps, announcing a planned hike in text messaging rates for those not currently subscribed to a messaging package.  The hike, which will take effect March 1st …
Discussion: MobileTracker and digg
Richard / Apogee Weblog:
Not Search Engine Spam  —  It's been a long time since I've engaged in serious spam fighting - about a decade.  In 1998, the O'Reilly book Stopping Spam mentioned a spam filtering solution I had designed and helped implement for AOL's usenet system.  Now, I find myself confronted …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FCC denies Comcast request; "integration ban" coming in July  —  The FCC Media Bureau yesterday put the kibosh on Comcast's request to ditch the "integration ban" that goes into effect on July 1, 2007.  The FCC decision means that the ban will go forward as scheduled and cable operators …
Discussion: Engadget HD, iMedia Law Blog and digg
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.
Mindy McAdams / Teaching Online Journalism:
Getting (and keeping) a job in journalism  —  How many j-schools are permitting students to graduate with a journalism degree and inadequate skills to pursue a career in journalism?  —  I'm not asking for a count, but the question needs to be raised — and perhaps even shoved into the face of some deans and department heads.
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