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12:30 PM 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 …
Paul Boutin / Valleywag:
Denton to pay bloggers based on traffic  —  Gawker Media dark overlord Nick Denton (pictured) has launched a new pay system for all Gawker Media blogs, after testing it at four of his leading sites.  Denton's goal is to discourage “self indulgent” posts and “mind-numbing frequency” in favor of …
Discussion: CenterNetworks
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
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?
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.
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.
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
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
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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Evan Blass / Engadget:
Broadcom wins major injunction against Qualcomm
Discussion: Computerworld
Paul Miller / Engadget:
P2i's Ion-Mask coating could make waterproof phones an everyday occurrence
Discussion: Slashdot, Phone Scoop and Telegraph
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
What The Heck Is a Norbum? Jakob Lodwick and David Karp Know.
Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
Facebook, Lifelets, and Designer Responsibility
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R/C Spy Snooper Robot is Undetectable...Like a Fat, Clumsy Ninja
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Lawrence / Trends in Japan:
Inside the Tokyo Traffic Control Center
Discussion: DVICE, Gizmodo and Tech Blog
Paul Miller / Engadget:
EGO Drive 4.3-inch GPS unit looks pretty, loves your phone
Discussion: NaviGadget and Electronista
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Ho-ho-horrible: album sales plunge 20 percent this Christmas
comScore:
Online Holiday Spending Through December 27 Nears $28 Billion,
 

 
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