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5:00 PM ET, January 14, 2007

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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
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 …
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.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
You don't need to lock us in  —  On The Media segment looking at Apple's ability to turn marketing into news.  —  This is what I was trying to say yesterday.  Carrying Apple's product announcements as if they were news is probably not good for reporters and bloggers, ethically.
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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 …
Mathew Ingram / mathewingram.com/work:
Thanks be to Steve for locking us in
Discussion: WeBreakStuff and Howard Lindzon
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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
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:
Feld Thoughts:
StubHub: Vertical Specialization On Sale for $310 million  —  Earlier this week eBay announced it was buying StubHub for $310 million.  My partner Ryan McIntyre - who was an early angel investor in StubHub (congrats Ryan - dinner next time is on you) has an excellent post titled StubHub: the value of vertical specialization.
Discussion: Howard Lindzon and ben barren
 
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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
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
 Earlier Items: 
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Ultimate iPhone FAQs List, Part 2
Michael Rose / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
NBC and NPR feature iPhone humor
Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhony launcher for Palm OS
Darren Murph / Engadget:
MINI USA rolls out RFID-activated billboards
Discussion: The RFID Weblog
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Senators introduce bill to restrict Internet, cable, and satellite radio recording