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1:40 PM ET, January 13, 2007


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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Senators introduce bill to restrict Internet, cable, and satellite radio recording  —  A new bill introduced in the US Senate this week would force satellite, digital, and Internet radio providers (but not over-the-air radio) to implement measures designed to restrict the ability of listeners to record audio from the services.
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
Cisco lost rights to iPhone trademark last year, experts say  —  An investigation into the ongoing trademark dispute between Cisco and Apple over the name "iPhone" appears to show that Cisco does not own the mark as claimed in their recent lawsuit.  This is based on publicly available information …
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Did Cisco lose its right to iPhone trademark last year?
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Will the iPhone be a Serious Business Device?  —  I had a long debate yesterday with James Joaquin, the former CEO of ofoto and one of the founders of, about whether or not the iPhone will be just a toy or a serious business device.  I think it is.  He remains unconvinced.
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
Steve Jobs and the Orifice  —  David Pogue posted a sarcastic list of questions people have been asking about the iPhone over at the NYTimes.  David is apparently a true believer and he has actually held an iPhone in his hand.  But I submitted this response for posting as a comment on his blog:
CowboyNeal / Slashdot:   No Third-party Apps on iPhone Says Jobs
Clint Ecker / Infinite Loop:
Steve Jobs knows best
Discussion: digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Engadget: 10 million Page Views on iPhone Day  —  Jason Calacanis, the former CEO of Engadget's parent company, Weblogs, Inc., told me earlier today that the site had nearly 10 million page views on Tuesday when they covered the iPhone announcement - ten times their normal traffic of a million or so page views per day.
Discussion: digg
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
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Infrastructure status, January 2007  —  Okay, it's been a while since my last infrastructure status report, so I'll briefly cover the things that I know are going on.  The executive summary is that things are relatively quiet.  —  The quarterly-ish PageRank export is underway.
EMI Group plc announcement  —  EMI today announces:  — A restructuring programme which will generate £110m of incremental annual cost savings  — Board and senior management changes  — An update on current trading  — A revised outlook for the Group reflecting …
Light Reading:
Avaya Swoops on Ubiquity  —  IP PBX giant Avaya Inc. (NYSE: AV - message board) has offered to buy SIP applications server specialist Ubiquity Software Corp. (London: UBQ - message board) for £74.3 million (US$144.8 million) in cash, it announced early Friday.
Discussion: GigaOM
Travis Hudson / Gizmodo:
Memory Infinite 'Stackable' USB Flash Drive Concept  —  Memory Infinite 'Stackable' USB Flash Drive Concept  —  Memory Infinite is a design concept by Vicky Wei.  Instead of having to use multiple USB flash drives when one fills up, this flash drive has a female connector on one end and male on the other.
Discussion: Gearlog and digg
Zephoria / apophenia:
a practice broken, another silo solidified  —  I know i have some quirky habits but i really really really hate when web companies break them with their latest updates.  One of my weird ones concerns getting directions to a place (which i do 2-3 times a day).
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Tag Cloud View of Bill Gates CES Keynote  —  Todd Bishop at Seattle P-I newspaper has published a telling tag cloud view of Bill Gates' speech at CES earlier this week.  Notes Bishop: … Here is the result:  —  This is an excellent use of tag clouds!  I wrote in our wrap-of Gates' speech …
Mindy McAdams / Teaching Online Journalism:
Getting their video on, in New Jersey  —  How's this for attitude?  "The television station New Jersey doesn't have."  —  At The Star-Ledger, a Newhouse newspaper in Newark, New Jersey, a new video site called TV Jersey features work by staff photographers and contributions from the public.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FCC denies Comcast request; "integration ban" coming in July
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
No blue movies on Blu-ray?
GADGETS: The Ugly Babies of CES
Discussion: Bits and Gizmodo
Mindy McAdams / Teaching Online Journalism:
Getting (and keeping) a job in journalism
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Cingular's De-branding Into AT&T To Start Monday
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Preston Gralla / Computerworld Blogs blogs:
Porn-surfing teacher: Spyware made me do it!
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
Discussion: Scobleizer and Vecosys
Kevin Newcomb / Search Engine Watch:
Social Features Key to Yahoo Local