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3:40 PM ET, December 31, 2007

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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Exec Souders To Google; Yahoo to Zero?  —  Steve Souders, Chief Performance Yahoo, is jumping to Google as of Jan. 7.  From the outside, hard to see this as anything other than yet another long-term exec (2000) fleeing a sinking ship.  Any insights appreciated.  Steve's bio below.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Dion Almaer / techno.blog:
Steve Souders is no longer Chief Performance Yahoo! Instead, a Googler
Discussion: WebProNews, Googlified and Valleywag
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
BlackBerry 9000 revealed, major disappointment?  —  It appears the rumored touchscreen BB is just a myth if you believe what first time poster Cooper over at BB Forums has to say.  This photo was purportedly taken in Waterloo at the RIM campus.  The 9xxx line won't see a touchscreen for a long …
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
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The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 9000 surfaces?  —  Who knows at this point, honestly.  From our own mock-up, to many other ones online, it's going to take a lot to convince us.  That said friends, this does look pretty legit if it turns out to be true.  We'll let you all debate whether you like or not.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   New Blackberry 9000 in iPhone Black?
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Australia Joins China In Censoring The Internet  —  The Australian Government has announced that they will be joining China as one of the few countries globally that broadly censor the internet.  —  The Labor Party's policy was announced prior to the Australian Election in November …
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Data privacy is a startup opportunity, alas
Discussion: Ars Technica and Neowin.net
John Leyden / The Register:
Oz govt pushes mandatory net filters
Discussion: DSLreports
Associated Press:
Vonage, Nortel settle patent dispute  —  JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Vonage Holdings Inc. and Nortel Networks Corp. have settled their patent litigation, allowing for cross-licensing of the telecom companies' technology.  —  The agreement does not call for any payments by either company.
Discussion: Network World
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Bill Ray / The Register:
Vonage shakes off patent disputes
Discussion: All About Nortel
Electronista:
LG preps 52, 84-inch multi-touch LCDs, more  —  LG Phillips LCD has today revealed some of its first multi-touch displays and is targeting them at users who want to bring the technology to large rooms and public spaces.  At 52 and 84 inches, the two new displays are the largest yet to allow …
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lgphilips-lcd.com:
LG.Philips LCD Unveils its Newest LCDs for Public Displays at CES 2008
Discussion: CrunchGear, Ubergizmo and Gizmodo
Podcasting News:
High Definition DVD Formats Going Nowhere Fast  —  Despite the fact that prices have plummeted for next-generation high-definition DVD players, the two systems — Blu-ray, developed by Sony, and HD DVD, from Toshiba, have sold only about one million stand-alone players combined.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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globes.co.il:
Search tech co Hooja raises $1.5m from Facebook investor  —  The company intends to open an R&D center in Israel.  —  Shmulik Shelah 31 Dec 07 09:58  —  Search technology start-up Hooja Inc. has raised $1.5 million from some well known-investors, including Peter Thiel …
John Leyden / The Register:
Nintendo Wii hack opens door to homebrew games  —  Security researchers have hacked into a Nintendo Wii game console to run their own code in a move that makes it far easier to develop homebrew games for the popular gaming device.  —  Up to now developers have only been able to write homebrew games for the Gamecude, not the Wii.
Discussion: Ars Technica, Boing Boing and Slashdot
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Ho-ho-horrible: album sales plunge 20 percent this Christmas  —  To some music lovers, the fact that Josh Groban's Noel was the highest-selling album of 2007 is all the proof they need that major-label music is dying.  To shareholders and label execs, though, the numbers are more important …
Evan Schuman / eWEEK.com:
ComScore: E-Commerce Sales Soared This Season  —  The industry seems to be of two minds about whether this holiday season was a boom or a bust, and the most recent numbers reflecting online sales are more grist for the analysis mill.  —  ComScore on Sunday Dec. 30 gave its latest snapshot …
Discussion: PC World
Lawrence / Trends in Japan:
Inside the Tokyo Traffic Control Center  —  Tokyo traffic can be crazy.  Perhaps not as crazy as it is frustrating, but it's certainly a lot easier to get through the mess on a Monkey rather than in a car.  —  However, despite our gripes about traffic lights that seem very poorly timed …
Discussion: DVICE, Gizmodo and Tech Blog
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
In Restless Pursuit of Craigslist's Success  —  MICROSOFT tried.  Google tried.  Now it's eBay's turn to see if it can dethrone the Web's most spectacularly successful underdog, Craigslist.  —  The Kijiji unit of eBay, a free classified ads service covering 13 countries online …
Susan Kinzie / Washington Post:
Internet Access Is Only Prerequisite For More and More College Classes  —  Berkeley's on YouTube.  American University's hoping to get on iTunes.  George Mason professors have created an online research tool, a virtual filing cabinet for scholars.  And with a few clicks on Yale's Web site …
Pew Internet:
Information Searches That Solve Problems  —  There are several major findings in this report.  One is this: For help with a variety of common problems, more people turn to the internet than consult experts or family members to provide information and resources.
 
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Mariella Moon / Mobilewhack:
French iPod Touch VoIP, Launching on January 2008
Discussion: Network World
Russ Neumeier / Geekdad:
Crazy (real-life) Wii Remote tech-support call...
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo, Kotaku and Digg
Dean Takahashi / A+E Interactive:
A small but interesting scoop: Jade Empire 2 is coming
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Solid state, cloud storage on tap for a power-hungry 2008
Paul Miller / Engadget:
EGO Drive 4.3-inch GPS unit looks pretty, loves your phone
Discussion: NaviGadget and Electronista
comScore:
Online Holiday Spending Through December 27 Nears $28 Billion,
Jenn K. Lee / Pocketables:
E-Lead Electronic Noahpad UMPC
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and GottaBeMobile
Conrad Longmore / Dynamoo's Blog:
Js/snz.a - likely false positive in eTrust / Vet Anti-Virus
 Earlier Items: 
Evan Blass / Engadget:
iPhone firmware 1.1.3 video walkthrough posted
Stowe Boyd / /Message:
The Cult Of The CEO Gene
Richard Gray / Telegraph:
Mobile phone you can use in the shower
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Phone Scoop
BBC:
Video games make history in 2007
BBC:
Cloudy visions of the future
Discussion: PDA
Lucas Grindley / Lucas Grindley's blog:
Bloggers question the way reporters are paid
Josh McHugh / Wired News:
Should Web Giants Let Startups Use the Information They Have About You?
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Web Playgrounds of the Very Young
 

 
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