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12:10 AM ET, December 29, 2007


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Tom Drapeau / The Netscape Blog:
End of Support for Netscape web browsers  —  › tags: AOL, Mozilla, Netscape, Netscape Navigator, NetscapeNavigator, Web Browsers, WebBrowsers  —  AOL has a long history on the internet, being one of the first companies to really get people online.  Throughout its lifetime …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
A Sad Milestone: AOL To Discontinue Netscape Browser Development  —  Please observe a moment of silence for the Netscape browser.  Netscape Navigator, the browser that launched the commercial Internet in October 1994, will die on February 1, 2008.  AOL, which acquired Netscape in November 1998 …
Web icon set to be discontinued  —  The browser that helped kick-start the commercial web is to cease development because of lack of users.  —  Netscape Navigator, now owned by AOL, will no longer be supported after 1 February 2008, the company has said.  —  In the mid-1990s the browser …
Discussion: Boing Boing
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Wait... AOL Was Still Making A Netscape Browser?
Discussion: Mashable!
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
Download Uproar: Record Industry Goes After Personal Use  —  Despite more than 20,000 lawsuits filed against music fans in the years since they started finding free tunes online rather than buying CDs from record companies, the recording industry has utterly failed to halt the decline …
PC World:
The 25 Most Innovative Products of the Year  —  Web apps that transcend the Web.  PCs that redefine what a PC can do.  And oh yeah, a certain cell phone you may have heard of.  We pick 25 breakthroughs that you can get your hands on right now.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Yes  —  No
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Kindle easter eggs: Google Maps cell-based location, picture viewer, and more  —  Apparently, Amazon's wondrous e-book reader, the Kindle, has more than meets the eye — not unlike some fictional, alien, robotic characters which shall not be named.  Users of the device have been plumbing its depths …
Discussion: WebProNews and Mashable!
Mpuhala / interface:
Kindle Easter Eggs: We have GPS!
Discussion: TechCrunch and Gizmodo
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google in 2000  —  What search engine did you use in 2000?  It's very likely that the answer is not Google.  Three months before Google became the default search provider for Yahoo, Google's search results looked slightly different than they look today.  Google showed relevant categories from DMOZ …
Charles Eicher / The Register:
How to copyright Michelangelo  —  Some of the world's greatest artworks are turning into copyrighted properties.Five hundred years ago, Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling.  Today, those images are copyrighted.  How can ancient cultural icons become commercial properties, centuries after they fall into the public domain?
Discussion: Techdirt
Jnack / John Nack on Adobe:
Adobe ate me baby!!  —  Ding ding ding!  We have a winner.  —  Every year around this time, the online community latches onto some story (CS3 icons last year; “Microsoft to buy Macromedia” before that; etc.) and goes nuts with speculation.  The specualtion is all the more thrilling given …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Intel's newest gaming platform, Skulltrail  —  Intel seems like it's going to be making a bigger push at gamers with the launch of Penryn, and HotHardware managed to score some deets on the company's upcoming “Skulltrail” platform, which is built-around server-class hardware reconfigured for gaming.
Discussion: SlashGear
Intel Skulltrail Motherboard Sneak Peek
Discussion: Electronista and Ubergizmo
Associated Press:
Baggage Ban on Batteries Begins  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — To help reduce the risk of fires, air travelers will no longer be able to pack loose lithium batteries in checked luggage beginning Jan. 1, the Transportation Department said Friday.  —  Passengers can still check baggage with lithium batteries …
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Letterman Makes Deal With Writers  —  David Letterman has secured a deal with the striking Writers Guild of America that will allow him to resume his late-night show on CBS next Wednesday with his team of writers on board, executives of several late-night shows said today.
Discussion: and Digg
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Will The iPod Kill Blockbuster?  —  Forget the cavernous big box stores that laid waste to the retail landscape a decade ago.  Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs' tiny iPod has turned his company into a category killer for the digital era—first wiping out music stores and now, potentially, the corner video store.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Windows Expertise:
The v2 extender has landed!  —  DHL dropped off my Linksys DMA2100 Media Center Extender yesterday, and I had it completely set up within 30 minutes.  —  My first impression was, “Wow, this is small."  The v1 extenders were the size of large pizza boxes, and an Xbox 360 has a certain chunkiness to it.
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
Apple readying HD Radio push for Macworld  —  iLounge has learned that Apple plans a push for iTunes Tagging-ready, HD Radio-equipped boomboxes with iPod docks during the mid-January Macworld Expo event in San Francisco, California.  Announced in September, iTunes Tagging is a new HD Radio feature designed …
Mathew /
What can we learn from Wal-Mart?  —  As more than one person has already pointed out, the demise of Wal-Mart's video download service comes as no real surprise.  In many ways, it was stillborn to begin with.  Why?  Simple.  Even when it was launched, it was obvious (to everyone but Wal-Mart …
Mayee Corpin / TrendLabs:
Bhutto Assassination: JavaScripted  —  Cybercriminals wasted no time riding on the tragic and shocking news of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination, as Websense discovered a number of malicious Web sites that came up on Google search results using the simple search term “benazir".
Rahul Mohandas /
Benazir Bhutto Assassination: New Avenue for Spreading Malware
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Michael Calore / Wired News:
Top of the Swaps: P2P's Most-Traded Movies, TV and Songs of 2007
Discussion: Reel Pop and Boing Boing
Ze'ev Drori / All Tesla Motors Blogs:
A Letter to Customers from Ze'ev Drori
Discussion: Engadget and CNET
Megan Pollock / CEA:
Discussion: Gizmodo, Bits and CNET
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Is Banning Internet Usage For Sex Offenders Reasonable Or Practical?
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Leaner and Meaner Still
Kim Joon-bae /
[Market trend]Korea's First Ever USB Type Credit Card
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Raw Feed
Aaron Linde / Opposable Thumbs:
Microsoft contacts Gyration for 360 motion sensing solution
Discussion: SlashGear, ParisLemon and Kotaku
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Obama Girl, Britney Boy Top YouTube Videos
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and WebProNews
 Earlier Items: 
Hitwise: visits jump 299 percent on Christmas Day
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Nikon D60 to replace D40x, still has a booty lens mount
Discussion: Photography Bay and Gizmodo
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Optimus Tactus Touch Keyboard Should Be Called Optimus Retardus
Discussion: Ubergizmo and DVICE
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Amazon's Best of 2007 Is Part Duh, Part Huh?
Discussion: Gearlog
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Why (And How) I Just Canceled All My Music Subscriptions
Discussion: CrunchGear, hypebot and Boing Boing
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
More Americans Creating Content Online
Paul Miller / Engadget:
GPS baby Jesus stolen again, found across the street