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3:10 PM ET, December 29, 2007


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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
RIAA's Target In 2008: You  —  The RIAA has lodged documents in the ongoing case of the Record Industry vs Jeffrey Howell that argues that ripping music from legally purchased CD's is illegal.  —  If the Judge rules that the RIAA is right, any person in United States who has ever ripped …
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 …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Become a Knowledge Management Ninja with Google Reader  —  In this era of data smog, the knowledge worker who can act like an agile ninja by consuming vast quantities of information, synthesizing it and getting it in the hands of the right people at the right time is invaluable.
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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.
Fox, Apple to sign iTunes deal  —  Service will make movies available for rent  —  Apple is set to break new ground with iTunes, offering movie rentals in a bid to rejuvenate that sluggish part of the otherwise boffo service.  —  Fox and Disney will be announced as partners in a major unveiling …
Jon / p2pnet:
Maine law students vs the RIAA  —  RIAA News:- One of the most important, but as yet largely unrecognized, Big Music stories to break this year centres on a small university legal clinic in Maine.  —  And, it's about to cause a revolution in the P2P filesharing war launched by Warner Music …
Who's Ready for the Digital Transition?  —  In a throwback to the Y2K transition, a number of Web sites are running countdown clocks that, presently, read “426 days, 8 hours, 39 minutes, 31 seconds."  That is the time remaining until Feb. 17, 2009, the deadline set by Congress …
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Question of the Day: Watch or Cellphone For Telling Time?  —  Our last phone poll discovered that an astonishing 28% of our readers used iPhones—go ahead, see for yourself—which brings us to this question.  Do you wear a wristwatch, or do you tell time using your cellphone?
Mpuhala / interface:
Kindle Easter Eggs: We have GPS!  —  [click on image for high resolution version]  —  Yes - The Kindle has GPS (mind you, not the real GPS but rather CDMA location based) and even more Easter egg goodness:  — Google Maps, show current location (Alt-1 while in the browser)  — Play Minesweeper (Alt-M)
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Kindle easter eggs: Google Maps cell-based location, picture viewer, and more
Discussion: WebProNews and Mashable!
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
What AOL (and Mozilla) Should Do With Netscape  —  Now that AOL (TWX) has officially killed the already dead Netscape browser, here's what the company should do with the brand and portal that remain: Sell them to Mozilla/Firefox.  Mozilla should then rebrand the Firefox browser “Netscape Firefox …
Discussion: Techdirt and
Hey Suburbia / WiiNintendo:
The Wii, officially “hacked"?  — is reporting of an interesting presentation that took place at the 24th Annual Chaos Communication Congress (24C3) right now; it would appear that a fully hacked Wii capable of running native homebrew with full hardware access has been presented.
Opinion: The 25 most innovative products of the year  —  PC World staff Today's Top Stories or Other Networking and Internet Stories  —  Make no mistake, the Web is taking over.  Applications are moving to browsers en masse, and technology to take Web apps offline promises to smooth the road ahead.
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: Wikinomics and Techdirt
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 …
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 …
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