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7:00 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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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 …
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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 …
Ousama Abushagur / Al-Manazir:
What About the Apple iPhone Camera?
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.
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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Maturation of Paid Search Means the End of the Free Lunch  —  There's certainly been a lot of noise being generated by medium-sized companies, complaining they're no longer getting the same ROI from paid search - especially from Google AdWords.  —  I've been taking a look at the trends …
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
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
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 …
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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 …
Roughly Drafted:
Macworld: Ten Myths of the Apple iPhone
Discussion: Tech Beat and I4U News
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 …
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 …
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Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Cingular's De-branding Into AT&T To Start Monday
Discussion: Computers.net
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.
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, Engadget HD and digg
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.
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 …
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
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.
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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Valleywag:
GADGETS: The Ugly Babies of CES
Discussion: Gizmodo and Bits
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Mac flaw puts Safari surfers at risk
Discussion: VoIP Blog and DailyTechRag
Preston Gralla / Computerworld Blogs blogs:
Porn-surfing teacher: Spyware made me do it!
Kevin Newcomb / Search Engine Watch:
Social Features Key to Yahoo Local
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Oracle now giving early notice of security updates
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Unofficial Mac tablet draws record crowd at Macworld (high-res photos)
Discussion: MacMegasite and I4U News
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Safari for Windows from Apple? Mozilla thinks so
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
A Guide to Watching Network TV Online
Discussion: NewTeeVee
 Earlier Items: 
Ed Foster / InfoWorld GripeLine:
Comcast Has Its Limits  —  Cable modem providers have always …
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Wi-Fi VoIP and iPhone: New Competitors?
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Report: Vista's business sales stronger than expected
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Complicated Laws = Free Calls
BBC:
Radio goes the open source route
Joe Mandese / MediaPost Publications:
CBS/Google: Analysts Say Radio Ad Deal Is Imminent, Has Sticking Points
New York Times:
Digital Billboard Up Ahead: New-Wave Sign or Hazard?
Discussion: michael parekh on IT and AdJab
 

 
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