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11:25 PM ET, January 15, 2007


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Greg Sandoval / CNET
Skype founders name new video start-up Joost  —  Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, the duo that brought the world Skype and Kazaa, have chosen a name for their new online-video start-up.  —  The two Danes want people hungry for Internet entertainment to roost at Joost.
Discussion: Engadget, IP Democracy and
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Venice Project Launch Name: Joost  —  The Venice Project, the new online television startup led by Skype founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, has always been a working name for the company.  Until today, no one outside the company knew name the company would eventually launch as.
Discussion: NewTeeVee, PaidContent and GigaOM
Apple to impose 802.11n unlocking fee on Intel Mac owners  —  Core 2 Duo-based Mac owners who want to unlock next-generation 802.11n wireless technologies hidden inside their computers will first have to fork a few bucks over to Apple, AppleInsider has confirmed.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Mypunchbowl joins growing list of Evite rivals  —  Evite has long been the 800-pound gorilla in the online invitation area.  —  MyPunchbowl is the latest company trying to make a better version of Evite, by introducing better pre-party planning.  It adds modern Web features for collaboration …
Discussion: Somewhat Frank and
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
MyPunchbowl Joins the eVite Gunners
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Newspapers should own local search results  —  Newspapers have the best local content for local restaurants, movie reviews, local business, school sports, and should be the first search result for any local search.  They are not.  Greg Linden says Newspapers should own local I think they don't because they don't think globally.
Rob Hyndman:   Newspapers Shouldn't Own Local Search
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Privately, Hollywood admits DRM isn't about piracy  —  For almost ten years now I have argued that digital rights management has little to do with piracy, but that is instead a carefully plotted ruse to undercut fair use and then create new revenue streams where there were previously none.
Discussion: digg
10 Best Intranets of 2007 … The 10 best-designed intranets for 2007 are:  — American Electric Power (AEP), United States  — Comcast, United States  — DaimlerChrysler AG, Germany  — The Dow Chemical Company, United States  — Infosys Technologies Limited, India
Zoli Erdos / Zoli's Blog:
Read/Write Intranet 2007  —  Rod Boothby is running a Read/Write Intranet Idol - it's a poll I invite you to participate in, so I am attaching it at the bottom.  But first, it gives me a chance to share some of my (wiki)-thoughts.  —  The list is a mix of industry behemoths (Microsoft …
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Bill Gates and Steve Jobs: Keynote text analysis  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates both gave big keynote addresses last week.  So how did their messages compare?  At the suggestion of a reader, we ran the text of both speeches through the tag-cloud generator …
User generated online video: consumer usage exploded in 2006 but revenues will prove slow to develop.  The honeymoon period for user generated content is over  —  London 15th January 2007: The user generated online video market (UGOV) exploded in 2006 and by the end of the year …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Game search engine Wazap raises $7.9M, to launch in U.S.  —  Wazap is a search engine start-up focused exclusive on games, and is growing quickly — as you may expect, given the popularity of games.  —  It's another of those ideas that seems so obvious in hindsight, you're left wondering why it hasn't been done before.
Elise Ackerman /
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.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
The Pirate Bay hopes to buy its own country: Sealand  —  Where do you go when you think it's crucial to provide access to ad-free episodes of Heroes but the rest of the world labels you a dirty pirate?  If you're Swedish "intellectual property reform group" The Pirate Bay, you look for your own country.
Martin LaMonica / CNET
Taking the plunge into open source  —  More software companies are finding that the best way to make money with software is to give it away, cherry-picking open-source software practices for commercial gain.  —  On Monday, a small software company called Aras will release the code of its design application …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to offer Vista 'Family Pack' discount for Ultimate users  —  Even though the retail launch of Windows Vista just a couple of weeks away, Microsoft is still continuing to fine-tune its licensing and pricing details.  —  Sources said that Microsoft will announce some time over the next few days …
Discussion: and
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The highs and lows of CES  —  I'm still not 100% after CES.  It's amazing what a week of three-hour-a-night sleep does to your body.  —  Plus, we met up with John Welch and his fiance on Saturday.  Yes, that John Welch.  The one who is always giving me heck in my comments.  —  Turns out he's a real sweetheart.
Discussion: down the avenue and Web Strategy
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Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Wow, more Google XSS problems
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and digg
Daniel Terdiman / CNET
DMCA complaint with YouTube dropped
Ross McKillop / Download Squad:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Brian Benzinger / Solution Watch:
Footnote Millions of Historical Documents Online
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
For Local News Site, Model Just Didn't Click
Blog = Dog?  —  Always a fan of the half-baked analogy …
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
LinkedIn and The Impending Challenge of Facebook
Discussion: The Social Web and Profy.Com
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Young / GigaOM:
Will MySpace Erect Tollbooths?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What Does a Deleted Blog Post Tell Us About NBC's Social Networking Strategy?
Discussion: digg
Tony Hung / The Blog Herald: Jumps Into the Pay-Per-Post Fray, Introduces New Ethics Quandry
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Is News A Fundamentally Shared, Social Experience?
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
Freedom of Information, the Wiki Way
Discussion: Techdirt and IP Democracy
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Will dirty talk boost VoIP start-ups?
Discussion: Valleywag, 21talks and Roam4free
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Pentium M-based Intel chip at heart of Apple TV
New York Times:
Anywhere the Eye Can See, It's Likely to See an Ad