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1:30 AM ET, January 16, 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.
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: GigaOM and digg
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
New Venice Project Name: 'Joost'
Discussion: PaidContent and Gadgetell
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: and Somewhat Frank
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
MyPunchbowl Joins the eVite Gunners
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 …
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 …
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
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
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.
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
First pirated HD DVD movie hits BitTorrent  —  The pirates of the world have fired another salvo in their ongoing war with copy protection schemes with the first release of the first full-resolution rip of an HD DVD movie on BitTorrent.  The movie, Serenity, was made available as a .EVO file …
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
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 …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET
DMCA complaint with YouTube dropped  —  The husband of Second Life land baroness Anshe Chung said filing a Digital Millennium Copyright Act complaint with YouTube to delete a video of her avatar being attacked by a barrage of digital flying penises was a mistake.  And as a result, he said he has revoked the DMCA claim.
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Is News A Fundamentally Shared, Social Experience?  —  Findory, a personalized news service created by Greg Linden, who worked on Amazon's groundbreaking personalization engine, will be put on autopilot as Greg steps away from the effort.  Om Malik comments:
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
Ross McKillop / Download Squad:
WordPress: The Complete Post-Install Checklist  —  One of the great things about WordPress is how easily you can have it up and running, completely customized to your liking, in such a short period of time.  After setting up WordPress for several of my friends, I found that having …
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Wow, more Google XSS problems
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and digg
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Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
Boys and Girls Use Social Sites Differently
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Martin LaMonica / CNET
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MySpace's Tom Hacked
Blog = Dog?  —  Always a fan of the half-baked analogy …
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
LinkedIn and The Impending Challenge of Facebook
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 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
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
Freedom of Information, the Wiki Way
Discussion: Techdirt and IP Democracy
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Game search engine Wazap raises $7.9M, to launch in U.S.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Will dirty talk boost VoIP start-ups?
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Pentium M-based Intel chip at heart of Apple TV
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Hooked on Google