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5:30 AM ET, January 14, 2007


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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.
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 /
Thanks be to Steve for locking us in  —  I wasn't going to write any more about the Apple iPhone and its closed nature (great post by Tom Evslin here), but it's been bugging me and I can't help myself.  I don't want anyone to get the idea that I am an Apple-basher, because I like Apple products a lot …
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  —  I posted the following item yesterday: … If you follow the link now, you'll see why the post was removed: Apple lawyers threatened the blogger I linked to with legal action if he didn't remove the screenshot.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and UNEASYsilence
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 …
Mike / CrunchNotes:   Apple Cease & Desist
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 …
Pat Phelan / Roam4free:
How to use allfreecalls from anywhere in the world totally free  —  "thought of intelligent hack to bypass only USA numbers calling the gateway number.  You need to use VOIP softwares like iCall or Voipcheap to connect to their gateway number.  This way you don't have to pay to connect …
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 …
Discussion: Widgets Lab
Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhony launcher for Palm OS  —  Well that didn't take long!  If you're currently toting around a Treo, but really jonesing for an iPhone, you can install the Mo's iPhony launcher and get all the great icons without waiting for all of the great features!  —  The current version, 0.2 …
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: Mickeleh's Take, digg and Slashdot
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
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 …
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Talk to Interoperate with AIM This Year
Discussion: Googling Google
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Ultimate iPhone FAQs List, Part 2  —  Just got back home tonight after my week in San Francisco, and found ANOTHER several dozen questions about the iPhone waiting on this blog's comments area!  —  I promise that this blog isn't going to become "all iPhone, all the time" …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
MINI USA rolls out RFID-activated billboards  —  If there was ever a slick way to get folks to willingly carry around an RFID tag, MINI USA has it all wrapped up.  Catering to every person's egotistical side, MINI has begun a pilot advertising campaign in Chicago, New York, Miami …
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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
AOL, Now Focused on Free, Sells Its Paid Music Service
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Apple swipes Visual Voicemail from Citrix
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and TechSpot
Michael Rose / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
NBC and NPR feature iPhone humor
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Cisco might have lost iPhone trademark in '06
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
New E-Commerce Identity Tag Makes Online Debut
Discussion: Slashdot
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Engadget: 10 million Page Views on iPhone Day
Discussion: Ryan Block and digg
Travis Hudson / Gizmodo:
Memory Infinite 'Stackable' USB Flash Drive Concept
Discussion: Gearlog and digg
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Tag Cloud View of Bill Gates CES Keynote
Light Reading:
Avaya Swoops on Ubiquity
Discussion: GigaOM
EMI Group plc announcement