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4:50 PM ET, January 5, 2008

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Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget HD:
The real reason why Warner went Blu?  —  We knew this wouldn't take long — just like when Paramount made the switch to HD DVD, rumors are swirling that a sum of $500 Million was involved in the decision to make the switch.  The rumor goes on to say that Fox's allegiance to Blu-ray was a factor as well …
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
HD DVD group cancels CES press conference in wake of Warner announcement: daaamn  —  We just got an email which stated that the HD DVD group is canceling its CES press conference; tail severely between legs over today's explosive news that Warner — the last “undecided” studio …
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
Warner goes Blu-ray exclusively, delivering crushing blow to HD DVD
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Noontime Web Video Revitalizes Lunch at Desk  —  In cubicles across the country, lunchtime has become the new prime time, as workers click aside their spreadsheets to watch videos on YouTube, news highlights on CNN.com or other Web offerings.  —  The trend — part of a broader phenomenon known …
Clive Thompson / New York Times:
Can You Count on Voting Machines?  —  Jane Platten gestured, bleary-eyed, into the secure room filled with voting machines.  It was 3 a.m. on Nov. 7, and she had been working for 22 hours straight.  “I guess we've seen how technology can affect an election,” she said.
Discussion: Techmamas and Slashdot
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Erased  —  OK, forget for a few minutes the debate about who owns your email addresses, birthdays, and name on social networking sites.  —  Forget for a few minutes about whether or not I was a jerk, stupid, idiotic, or worse for breaking the terms of service of one of your favorite companies.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia E71 in the wild?  —  Looks legit enough, doesn't it?  The supposed successor to the E61i has broken cover via this shot of the device — in prototype “EXX” form, no less — being proudly displayed in some lucky son of a gun's hand.  The “E” moniker designates a Nokia smartphone with a business slant …
Discussion: Electronista, CrunchGear and IntoMobile
Adrates / CPM Advisors:
Ning Firing on All Cylinders - Adult content play?  —  Ning appears to be ramping up and getting a lot of traffic from what they say.  We created a network on their platform and we reported a bug to them yesterday, as the site threw an exception while we were using it and they replied that:
Discussion: Mashable!, CenterNetworks and Valleywag
John Markoff / New York Times:
Intel Quits Effort to Get Computers to Children  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A frail partnership between Intel and the One Laptop Per Child educational computing group was undone last month in part by an Intel saleswoman: She tried to persuade a Peruvian official to drop the country's commitment …
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Kim Zetter / Wired News:
FAA: Boeing's New 787 May Be Vulnerable to Hacker Attack  —  Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner passenger jet may have a serious security vulnerability in its onboard computer networks that could allow passengers to access the plane's control systems, according to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Put Buyers First?  What a Concept  —  My Christmas story — the one I've been telling and retelling these last 10 days — began on Friday, Dec. 21.  —  It was early in the morning, and I had awoken with the sudden, sinking realization that a present I had bought for one of my sons hadn't yet arrived.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
When Pirates Pay, They Pay Good  —  Steal This Film 2 is produced by “The League of Noble Peers".  Part 2 is already a great success with over 150,000 downloads in the first 4 days.  Interestingly, people are being very generous with their donations, which have already passed $5000.
Discussion: DSLreports and jamie.com
ReadWriteWeb:
10 Ways Twitter Can Boost Your Social News Profile  —  This is guest post by Dan Zarrella, a social media marketing consultant.  You can follow him on Twitter here.  —  Building popularity on Twitter is about gaining followers, and the most fundamental and important concept to learn …
Discussion: The Social Times and innonate
Chris Howard / Apple Matters:
Apple is Killing Linux on the Desktop  —  2008 is upon us and we're greeted with the news, from NetApplications, that Apple Macs running OS X account for 7.3% of computers used to access the web.  —  More than a few Mac sites have mischievously quoted this as Macs having 7.3% market share.
Discussion: Slashdot
Bill Ray / The Register:
Why there will never be another GSM  —  Ofcom squares up to EU over spectrum carve-up  —  Comment Ofcom is changing the way spectrum is licensed in the UK to remove usage restrictions, but the EU is calling for region-wide harmonisation of use to create economies of scale.
 
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Tim Stevens / Switched:
New High-End iPod Dock/Radio from Cue
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Benjamin J. Romano / Seattle Times:
Xbox Live holiday outages prompts class action lawsuit
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Steal This Film II is a Must-See
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Sony to add Skype Web phone function to PSP: Nikkei
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