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1:50 PM ET, December 30, 2007


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Andru Edwards / Gear Live:
iPhone 1.1.3 firmware feature gallery  —  Looks like the soon-to-be-released iPhone firmware 1.1.3 has quite a few surprises.  We were able to get a look at it, and here is what we found:  —  That is all we have found for now.  We also know that is you used AnySIM to unlock your phone, you can expect the 1.1.3 update to brick it.
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 …
Randall Stross / New York Times:
How to Lose Your Job on Your Own Time  —  WERE Henry Ford brought back to life today, he would most likely be delighted by the Internet: the uninhibited way many people express themselves on the Web makes it easy to supervise the private lives of employees.  —  In his day, the Ford Motor …
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and TechCrunch
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
2007 Metrics  —  Google Operating System  —  Unofficial news and tips about Google  —  Sunday, December 30, 2007  —  2007 Metrics  —  Last year, when I posted some stats for this blog, I didn't realize that many blogs do that.  These stats aren't very important to me …
Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:   GMail: The New Social Network
Zoli Erdos / Zoli's Blog:
Will Google Pull a Plaxo?
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:   Gmail source code hints at social feature
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Google is God  —  For something I'm working on, I compiled a bunch of stats on Google (sorry, I didn't intend to blog it and so I didn't capture all the links, but I found the collection so compelling I thought I'd share it):  —  • Google is the “fastest growing company in the history of the world.”
Rebecca Buckman / Wall Street Journal:
VC's New Math: Does Less = More?  —  Thiel Seeks to Change Old Habits by Investing Small on Start-Ups  —  Three years ago, Peter Thiel, who runs a small venture-capital concern called Founders Fund, plowed $500,000 into a little-known social-networking Web site called Facebook Inc. Later on, his company invested a bit more.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Using YouTube To Promote Vista & Live, Leaves Comments Open  —  Microsoft has taken its marketing push for Windows Vista and Windows Live into enemy territory by offering demonstration videos on YouTube (example above).  The new channel (link) was launched December 21.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Microsoft takes Vista advertising to YouTube  —  If you've been wondering where all the advertising for Windows Vista has disappeared to, look no further YouTube.  Starting from last week, Microsoft has begun uploading a series of original short videos showcasing a combination of Windows Vista, Windows Live and Office 2007 experiences.
Discussion: LiveSide and BloggingStocks
David Rothman / TeleRead:
Will the RIAA die in '08?  Music studios sick of paying legal bills to do a Scrooge act on customers — even a 12-year-old girl in public housing?  —  The RIAA is suing a customer who ripped from legally purchased CDs, and oh, sure, it's a pain to think about even the slight possibility of the Scrooges winning.
Discussion:, Engadget and Scobleizer
Girl Gets Bizarre Surprise Instead of iPod  —  A little girl thought she was getting an iPod for Christmas but ended up getting a rude surprise.  She got the box but when she opened it up, she found a surprising switch: the iPod had been replaced with a bizarre note.
Janet Rae-Dupree / New York Times:
Innovative Minds Don't Think Alike  —  IT'S a pickle of a paradox: As our knowledge and expertise increase, our creativity and ability to innovate tend to taper off.  Why?  Because the walls of the proverbial box in which we think are thickening along with our experience.
Discussion: Slashdot
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
WhatsOpen shows you what nearby stores are open  —  WhatsOpen, a secretive local search company that promises an easier way to find which stores are open near you, is now open for public use.  —  Just type in the name of the store you're looking for, and your location.
Discussion: Valleywag
Desiree Everts / CNET
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 …
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