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4:25 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 …
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.
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Email And Cellphone Contacts Are The Real Social Graph  —  Google has been quietly rolling out social features across all of its services based on Gmail contacts.  While Google still has to overcome some of its social tone-deafness (e.g. automatically adding contacts without asking), this move makes perfect sense.
Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:
GMail: The New Social Network
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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 …
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Dsifry / Sifry's Alerts:
Announcing Hoosgot: Resurrecting the Lazyweb  —  Today I'm unveiling a new service that I put together over the last 48 hours.  It's called  Hoosgot (pronounced “who's got...") is a simple way to ask who's got what you're looking for.  Just put “hoosgot” in a blog post or a Twitter tweet and it'll show up on Hoosgot.
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.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
RIAA not suing over CD ripping, still kinda being jerks about it  —  Okay, so we've done some digging into the RIAA's lawsuit against Jeffery Howell, in which the industry is claiming that ripped MP3s are “unauthorized copies,” and it turns out that Jeffery isn't actually being sued for ripping CDs …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Online Video Auteurs: Keep Your Day Jobs, Part 2  —  Perez Hilton tells TVWeek his videos on Google's YouTube generated 25 million views over the past three months and netted him a whopping $5,000 in revenue.  That's a 20-cent CPM.  (It's an even lower net CPM for Google, by the way, assuming a payout ratio of more than 50%.
Discussion: Scobleizer and Lost Remote
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.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Using YouTube To Promote Vista & Live, Leaves Comments Open
Discussion: Gizmodo and
ZIOVA Leads the Way in High Definition Streaming  —  After the success of its popular Clearstream CS505 in Europe's fast-growing High Definition Network DVD Media Player segment, ZIOVA today announced its latest groundbreaking product, the ClearStream CS615.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
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