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4:24 AM ET, January 15, 2007

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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 …
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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 …
David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
Looking beyond the iPhone
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.
David Carr / New York Times:
24-Hour Newspaper People  —  Like a lot of modern newspaper people, I have a blog.  —  For those of you who don't have a blog yet, think of one as a large yellow Labrador: friendly, fun, not all that bright, but constantly demanding your attention.  —  Having a blog (mine …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Weebly offers free, easy Web site creation  —  Weebly, a start-up that lets you easily create Web sites with the latest Web 2.0 tools, has raised seed cash from YCombinator, and moved to San Francisco.  —  The company is just three people from State College, PA. Co-founder David Rusenko …
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Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Hollywood Asks YouTube: Friend or Foe?  —  Did you miss Eminem's hit movie "8 Mile"?  You're in luck: Many of its rap battles and other major scenes are available for viewing on YouTube, the video-sharing Web site owned by Google.  Indeed, until recently, the entire film was there …
Discussion: Reel Pop
Ethan Kaplan / blackrimglasses.com:
Enough already with the iPhone hand wringing!  —  My god, this is getting out of control.  It seems like every Apple announcement provides an oppurtunity for self professed pundits to extrapolate how Apple action X equates to something bad Y. Usually this revolves around Apple's crippling of the device for whatever reason.
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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Napster Buys AOL Music: What's Next?  —  Napster is one of the oddest companies.  It is a deeply unprofitable startup trying to grow a business, and with a huge war chest of cash.  We have the rare ability to see deep into its financial situation because it is publicly held.
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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: HDTV Blogger and digg
Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
Why does the iPhone get so much hype when more capable devices are already available?  —  The hottest topic of last week was obviously the Apple iPhone.  At first I was quite excited about the device and, as always, Apple does a good job of hyping up a product.
Robin Good / Robin Good's Latest News:
RSS Tools and Services - The Best Picks From Sharewood  —  RSS tools and services play an increasingly important role in the effort to effectively aggregate, syndicate, market and distribute online content.  —  Photo credit: Eric Ejk  —  Thanks to RSS feeds, many of your readers need …
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.
Howard Lindzon:
Vertical Specialization - I am bullish on the "last mile" of search  —  Brad says Vertical Specialization is on sale for $310 million of StubHub.  I say Wow!  As an investor in GolfNow.com...from your lips...  Major congrats to the management and investors.
Discussion: ben barren and Feld Thoughts
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 …
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 …
 
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