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10:50 AM ET, January 15, 2007


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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
iPhone - the roach motel business model  —  Randall Stross has a great op-ed in today's New York Times about how Apple's iPhone comes chock-full of DRM that will restrict your freedom and your consumer choice.  He makes the great point that although Apple claims it adds its DRM …
Marc Hedlund / O'Reilly Radar:
Four stories on why iPhone third-party apps matter, from a long-time Treo user  —  I mentioned earlier how disappointed I am to see that the iPhone will not support installation of third-party applications unless those apps are approved by Apple, and presumably distributed by Apple or Cingular.
Ethan Kaplan /
Enough already with the iPhone hand wringing!
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
Findory rides into the sunset  — 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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
SponsoredReviews is Launching Soon.  —  Corporate News  —  I'm not going to give a date yet, but beta testing is going very well.  Look for updates real soon.  —  It looks like the word is out.  The blog herald just mentioned us.  —  Our official launch and press release wont …
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 …
Discussion: TechBlog, IP Democracy and daily.gigaom
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 /
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.
PR Newswire:
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch and PaidContent
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.
Discussion: AccMan
Smaran / TorrentFreak:
First HD-DVD Movie Leaked Onto BitTorrent  —  The HD-DVD has been cracked, and high definition content is now being distributed freely over BitTorrent.  We all knew this would happen sooner or later, looks it was "sooner".  The first HD-DVD to be uploaded to BitTorrent is Serenity, the Firefly movie.
Robin Good / Robin Good's Latest News:
RSS Tools and Services - The Best Picks From Sharewood  —  RSS tools and services play an increasingly important role in the effort to effectively aggregate, syndicate, market and distribute online content.  —  Photo credit: Eric Ejk  —  Thanks to RSS feeds, many of your readers need …
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