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7:10 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.
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Dion Almaer / techno.blog:
Steve Souders is no longer Chief Performance Yahoo! Instead, a Googler
James Thomas / MentallyRetired:
What is Jakob Lodwick up to?  Tumblr acquisition?  —  Last night I posted the Vimeo “Flagpole Sitta” video.  The relation to Vimeo made me want to check out what Jakob Lodwick has been up to since his infamous canning from IAC.  Little did I know, it would take me on an hour long easter egg hunt on the internet.
Discussion: Jakob Lodwick
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
What The Heck Is a Norbum? Jakob Lodwick and David Karp Know.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Reuters:
Vonage and Nortel settle patent dispute  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Internet-based calling company Vonage Holdings Corp (VG.N) said it has agreed to settle a patent dispute with Nortel Networks (NT.TO) (NT.N) with no payment of damages, sending its share up more than 8 percent.
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Associated Press:
Vonage, Nortel settle patent dispute
Discussion: Network World
Bill Ray / The Register:
Vonage shakes off patent disputes
Discussion: Electronista and All About Nortel
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
Karl / DSLreports:
$20 AT&T Naked DSL Arrives - Merger condition required it before year's end....  In order to gain government approval for its acquisition of BellSouth, AT&T was allowed to conveniently author their own merger conditions (pdf), which the FCC boldly stated they probably wouldn't enforce anyway.
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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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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 …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Open Media Web: Online Music  —  An interesting new online video series, called Open Media Web, debuted today.  The first episode is an interview with Yahoo's Lucas Gonze - who created music playlisting service WebJay, acquired by Yahoo! in January 2006.  The interview was conducted by Chris Messina and Brian Oberkirch.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
P2i's Ion-Mask coating could make waterproof phones an everyday occurrence  —  Plenty of waterproof phones and other small weatherproof devices have made it off the assembly lines and into our clumsy clutches, but P2i, a small spinoff company using tech originated within the Defence Science …
Discussion: Slashdot
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Richard Gray / Telegraph:
Mobile phone you can use in the shower
Discussion: Phone Scoop and Gizmodo
heise Security:
24C3: Barcode systems susceptible to serious hacker attacks  —  Experts say that the Barcodes our highly automated business world could now hardly do without, often display serious security holes.  In particular, one- or two-dimensional systems of barcodes and matrix codes are open …
Discussion: Slashdot
James Niccolai / Macworld:
US bans spare lithium batteries from checked bags  —  New rules will go into effect on Jan. 1 that prohibit air passengers in the U.S. from carrying spare lithium batteries in their checked baggage.  —  The new rules, announced Friday by the U.S. Department of Transport, are designed to reduce the risk of fires in aircraft.
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
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 …
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 …
Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
Facebook, Lifelets, and Designer Responsibility  —  If you're a regular reader of Bokardo then you know I think issues like the Facebook Beacon incident, the Facebook News Feed incident, and the Digg gaming incident(s) are big deals.  (I've written about all three here on Bokardo)
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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French iPod Touch VoIP, Launching on January 2008
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E-Lead Electronic Noahpad UMPC
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The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 9000 surfaces?  —  Who knows at this point, honestly.
Evan Blass / Engadget:
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