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1:10 AM ET, December 30, 2007

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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Updates from Your Gmail Contacts  —  One of the reasons why the chat box can no longer be disabled in the new version of Gmail is that it will include some new features: updates from your contacts.  Yes, they are the same contacts you barely know, but these updates will help you learn more about them.
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Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Gmail source code hints at social feature  —  Ionut was digging around through the source code in Gmail when he stumbled across some pieces of text he thinks indicates “updates” for your friends could soon be part of the integrated Google Talk module.  —  The source code he found includes snippets of text including the following:
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.
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 …
Ryan / WordPress › Blog Tool and Weblog Platform:
WordPress 2.3.2  —  WordPress 2.3.2 is an urgent security release that fixes a bug that can be used to expose your draft posts.  2.3.2 also suppresses some error messages that can give away information about your database table structure and limits and stops some information leaks in the XML-RPC and APP implementations.
Discussion: John Chow dot Com and T. Longren
Desiree Everts / CNET News.com:
New security rules for batteries on planes  —  If you don't want to lose your spare lithium batteries for your camera, notebook or cell phone, you might want to pack carefully for your next flight.  —  New rules from the Transportation and Security Administration that take effect …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Video of iPhone Firmware 1.1.3 in Action and Evidence Shows Update Is Real  —  Here's a video of the allegedly iPhone Firmware 1.1.3.  Update: It is very real, according to Natetrue and the evidence we have gathered from him.  Knowing that the mighty Natetrue (the author of iBrickr …
Discussion: Slashdot
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 …
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?
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Subvert And Profit Unapologetically Targets YouTube  —  Subvert And Profit is a service that lets users pay to get their sites on Digg (and more recently StumbleUpon).  —  Unlike Pay Per Post, the company doesn't waste a lot of time trying to spin their business into something socially acceptable.
Ian Dumych / Download Squad:
Frostwire: Limewire's open source cousin  —  Limewire is one of the most popular Peer to Peer file sharing applications around, and it's easy to see why.  With its simple but powerful interface, it's the next best thing to old school Napster.  One thing that cheapskates and teenagers don't like about it …
Discussion: Mashable!
eMarketer:
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 …
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.
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Computerworld:
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.
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
 
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Earnest Cavalli / Game | Life:
Jack Thompson: Games Industry Colluding With Department Of Defense
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Associated Press:
Video game industry capitalizing on writers' strike
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The Wii, officially “hacked"?
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Bill Carter / New York Times:
Letterman Makes Deal With Writers
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Charles Eicher / The Register:
How to copyright Michelangelo  —  Some of the world's greatest artworks …
Discussion: Wikinomics and Techdirt
Jnack / John Nack on Adobe:
Adobe ate me baby!!
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google in 2000  —  What search engine did you use in 2000?
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