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6:00 PM ET, January 14, 2007

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Randall Stross / New York Times:
Want an iPhone?  Beware the iHandcuffs  —  STEVE JOBS, Apple's showman nonpareil, provided the first public glimpse of the iPhone last week — gorgeous, feature-laden and pricey.  While following the master magician's gestures, it was easy to overlook a most disappointing aspect …
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
iPhone - the roach motel business model  —  Randall Stross has a great op-ed in today's New York Times about how Apple's iPhone comes chock-full of DRM that will restrict your freedom and your consumer choice.  He makes the great point that although Apple claims it adds its DRM …
Discussion: Mickeleh's Take
David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
Looking beyond the iPhone  —  Yes, Apple's latest toy is seductive.  But the iPhone does not represent the future of music.  Fortune's David Kirkpatrick introduces the jukebox in the sky - RealNetworks' Rhapsody.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — I tried to resist the giddiness with which the world greeted Apple's latest bauble this week.
Paul / Paul's blog:
Apple legal throw their weight around...  Can you believe it... yesterday, in this topic, I posted a link to a post on XDA-Developers, where an enterprising member had created a Pocket PC today screen to mimic the Apple iPhone.  —  It's worth pointing out I just posted a link and a screenshot …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Apple Bullies Bloggers, Again  —  Apple has a history of using lawyers against bloggers.  There was the now infamous Think Secret lawsuit, which may have had merit.  But they also engage in clearly superfluous, bullying tactics as well.  In August we received a letter from Apple's lawyers demanding …
Mike / The Raw Feed:
Apple Threatens Blogger Who Posted iPhone GUI
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
Findory rides into the sunset  —  Findory.com launched on January 2, 2004.  The website just passed its three year anniversary and, including the early work on the ideas behind Findory, Findory has been in my life for nearly four years.  —  In the last few months, I have been evaluating new directions for Findory.
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Details of Google's Latest Security Hole  —  I've now received confirmation from Google's Security Team that the latest vulnerability Philipp posted about has been fixed.  After carrying out some investigations of my own, I believe this is the case - so I'm going to share with you what the problem was and how I was able to exploit it.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Flikzor - Video Comments for MySpace  —  Now in private beta (and with early access passes available if you're fast), comes Flikzor, a widget that allows you to accept video comments on MySpace, Friendster, Piczo, hi5, Xanga and your blog.  Users create a video greeting for their friends …
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
True LaunchBar: free today  —  I recently mentioned True LaunchBar as a solid UMPC launcher and one of our readers, Jesse, left a comment indicating that the software is free today only.  I double-checked and sure enough Jesse gave us a gem of a tip!  Apparently, there's a website called …
Suzanne Leigh / San Francisco Chronicle:
Where'd the dotshots of the '90s land?  —  In the halcyon days of the late '90s, dot-coms redefined both the workplace and, for a brief time, even the Bay Area itself.  But when the Nasdaq bubble burst, fired employees fled Dodge and filed back to brick-and-mortar companies, rents plunged …
Discussion: ben barren
Smaran / TorrentFreak:
First HD-DVD Movie Leaked Onto BitTorrent  —  The HD-DVD has been cracked, and high definition content is now being distributed freely over BitTorrent.  We all knew this would happen sooner or later, looks it was "sooner".  The first HD-DVD to be uploaded to BitTorrent is Serenity, the Firefly movie.
Discussion: digg
Ryan Carter / Download Squad:
AntiVir personal edition  —  AntiVir is an anti-virus program I hadn't heard of before.  It handles just about everything you can throw at it.  Here is the list:  — Extensive Malware Recognition of viruses, Trojans, backdoor programs, worms, etc.  — Automatic incremental updates …
Juberti / juberjabber:
Google Talk + AIM = When?  —  I've seen a number of comments on the web regarding the previously announced interoperability plans between AIM and Google Talk, especially as the one-year anniversary of the announcement came up at the end of December.  Nothing yet has made it into the hands of users …
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Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Talk to Interoperate with AIM This Year
Discussion: Skype Journal, Googling Google and digg
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Platforms Vs. Experiences  —  Dave Winer and many others don't like that Apple's iPhone is a closed device, which doesn't allow you to change the software or use other software.  While I can appreciate how frustrating it must be for people like Dave with the skill and desire to customize …
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C.K. / Sample the Web:
The future...  After a lot of thought, I've decided it's time for me to move on from Netscape and AOL.  Last Monday, I gave my two weeks notice with AOL.  I assure you there is no ill will between myself, AOL, and Netscape.  In fact, I hope to remain on board in some sort of consultant role …
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Oldies but Goodies: The Network Really Is the Computer  —  I was looking for a reference in something I'd written earlier, and happened to see this paragraph from my 2000 keynote at JavaOne, The Network Really Is the Computer: … It's worth noting for two reasons:
 
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Smoke and mirrors  —  Sylvia Paull, who worked at a Mac software …
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Anytown, Online  —  BEFORE the days of the printing press …
Discussion: Screenwerk and Baristanet
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
Newspapers should own local
Bre / MAKE Magazine:
It's Learn To Solder Month!
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs
 Earlier Items: 
GamePolitics.com:
Analyst Reverses Course On Bully Sequel, Says "Sorry" to Take Two
Discussion: Joystiq and Kotaku
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
AOL, Now Focused on Free, Sells Its Paid Music Service
Discussion: TechCrunch and PR Newswire
Feld Thoughts:
StubHub: Vertical Specialization On Sale for $310 million
Discussion: Howard Lindzon and ben barren
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Ultimate iPhone FAQs List, Part 2