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11:30 AM ET, January 1, 2008

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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: Insider Chatter and O'Reilly Radar
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: Zero Day and Computerworld
Casey McNerthney / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Computer glitch interrupts Needle fireworks  —  A computer glitch led to a delayed fireworks show at the Seattle Center on Monday night as partiers waited to ring in the new year.  —  The show started on time at 11:59, said Mary Bacarella, spokeswoman for the Space Needle …
Jason Striegel / Hackszine.com:
Eavesdropping on Bluetooth headsets  —  Here's a short video in which Joshua Wright demonstrates how a Bluetooth headset can be hijacked, allowing audio to be captured or sent to the device: … All that is necessary is knowing the device address, which can be easily sniffed, and the secret pin, which defaults to 0000.
Discussion: Digg
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 …
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.
Jim Courtney / Skype Journal:
Eight 2007 “Non-Skype” Technology Recognitions  —  ...or how to use up all those IP addresses available on a cable/DSL router.  —  While our focus has been on Skype, there are other products and services that we have had access to over the course of the year.
Discussion: VoIP Watch
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: CenterNetworks and 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
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?
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.
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 and Slashdot
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
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
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)
 
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
P2i's Ion-Mask coating could make waterproof phones an everyday occurrence
Discussion: Slashdot, Phone Scoop and Telegraph
James Niccolai / Macworld:
US bans spare lithium batteries from checked bags
Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
R/C Spy Snooper Robot is Undetectable...Like a Fat, Clumsy Ninja
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Ho-ho-horrible: album sales plunge 20 percent this Christmas
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Online Holiday Spending Through December 27 Nears $28 Billion,
 

 
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