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12:20 PM ET, January 15, 2007

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Jon Udell:
Ambient video awareness and visible conversations  —  A few years ago Marc Eisenstadt, chief scientist with the Open University's Knowledge Media Institute, wrote to tell me about a system called BuddySpace.  We've been in touch on and off since then, and when he heard I'd be in Cambridge for the Technology …
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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Pentium M-based Intel chip at heart of Apple TV  —  Exclusive: Pop the lid off an Apple TV, the new wireless streaming media device from Apple, Inc., and you'll find that it's built around an aging Pentium M-based Intel processor and other yesteryear notebook technologies.
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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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Anywhere the Eye Can See, It's Likely to See an Ad  —  Add this to the endangered list: blank spaces.  —  Advertisers seem determined to fill every last one of them.  Supermarket eggs have been stamped with the names of CBS television shows.  Subway turnstiles bear messages from Geico auto insurance.
Elise Ackerman / siliconvalley.com:
Hooked on Google  —  Microsoft may have been willing to spend years developing Vista, the long-delayed upgrade of its Windows operating system, but when Bill Gates was presented with a plan for finally beating Google in Internet search technology, he gave the engineers just 100 days.
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 …
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.
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AOL Announces Recommended All Cash Offer for TradeDoubler  —  Appealing Offer Combines Attractive Premium with Long-Term Vision for TradeDoubler  —  Acquisition to Enhance AOL's Online Advertising Business in Europe  —  NEW YORK, DULLES, Va. and STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall …
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Ben Fritz / Variety:
Yahoo! moves into online animation  —  Company signs deal for new content  —  Yahoo! has signed a first-look deal with management/production firm Gotham Group for original animated content to be distributed online.  —  Netcos have been cautious as they began moving into original content in the past year.
Rod Boothby / Innovation Creators:
Read/Write Intranet Idol  —  I believe that 2007 is the year when companies will start to understand that they need a read/write Intranet.  Here is a list of some of the start-ups and large companies that produce systems that could be used to build a read/write Intranet.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Will dirty talk boost VoIP start-ups?  —  It all began with an anonymous tip, about a new service called Shadow Number that allows you to make private calls from your mobile phone, while still retaining your privacy.  Their sales pitch: ShadowNumber keeps your play life private.
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy.Com:
Let's Swap Our Cell Contracts  —  On Friday a new social network was launched - and one of the most pragmatic and useful ones at that.  CellSwapper enables its users to buy and sell their contracts with cell phone carriers.  The thing is that if a subscriber is not satisfied …
 
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