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3:17 AM ET, January 1, 2008

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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.
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
Christopher Price / PhoneNews.com:
Not a Rumor, the LG Rumor has Issues  —  Sprint has halted shipping new LG LX260 Rumor units to stores.  The LG Rumor has a known issue where certain sets of key presses during startup can trigger a complete erasure of the phone's firmware.  —  Sprint has isolated the issue to a specific debugging menu …
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.
Ben Edelman:
The Sears “Community” Installation of ComScore  —  Late last month, Benjamin Googins (a senior researcher in the Anti-Spyware unit at Computer Associates) critiqued a ComScore installation performed by Sears' “Sears Holdings Community” ("My SHC Community" or “SHC").
Discussion: InfoWorld
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Public and private spaces, and why YouTube comments are so awful  —  Why do Reddit and YouTube comment areas suck so bad?  —  Have any of you guys read YouTube comments lately?  They are just really awful - just click through to the YouTube site and read them.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Five Ways You Can Fall in Love With Tagging Again  —  Tagging content online is something that doesn't seem to have taken off the way some people expected it to.  —  Is it too complicated for widespread adoption?  Is it too arbitrary to have the impact that formal taxonomies offer?
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: Electronista
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The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 9000 surfaces?  —  Who knows at this point, honestly.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
New Blackberry 9000 in iPhone Black?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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: Reuters and All About Nortel
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, Slashdot and Boing Boing
Sydney Morning Herald:
Ten things that will change your future  —  So Google and Wikipedia took you by surprise?  Nick Galvin looks into his crystal ball and explains what you need to know to survive the next decade.  —  Think back to the days before the network we call the internet existed.
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Broadcom wins major injunction against Qualcomm  —  In the latest major twist in this epic battle between wireless chipmakers, a US District Judge has slapped a permanent injunction on any products containing those Qualcomm 3G chips ruled to be infringing on Broadcom's so-called '686 patents.
Discussion: Computerworld
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.
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: Phone Scoop, Slashdot, Gizmodo and Telegraph
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.
Discussion: Open Media Web
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 …
 
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Facebook, Lifelets, and Designer Responsibility
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Evan Schuman / eWEEK.com:
ComScore: E-Commerce Sales Soared This Season
Discussion: PC World
Lawrence / Trends in Japan:
Inside the Tokyo Traffic Control Center
Discussion: DVICE, Gizmodo and Tech Blog
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
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Ho-ho-horrible: album sales plunge 20 percent this Christmas
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