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4:15 AM ET, January 6, 2008

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Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Porn, Ning, and the Internet  —  There's been a recent flurry of commentary about Ning and porn.  While I appreciate everyone's thoughts on the topic, I wanted to post directly and tell you what we know and what we think.  —  Let's take the issues in order:
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Adrates / CPM Advisors:
Ning Firing on All Cylinders - Adult content play?
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Saddest Sight in the World: HD DVD Sponsored Bags at CES  —  Oh, poor HD DVD.  Toshiba pays big bucks to stamp its name and the HD DVD logo on every journo bag they hand out at CES.  But Warner's bitchslap has sent them home to cut their wrists and cry in the corner, so they're not even here!
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Diane Garrett / Variety:
Warner Bros. backs Blu-ray
Discussion: Engadget HD, Kotaku, RSS and Gizmodo
Arn / MacRumors:
HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray Battle Over? Warner Switches to Blu-Ray
Discussion: Digg
The Boy Genius Report:
Vodafone Roadmap: Palm Drucker!  —  Been a Palm fan forever but feel you're getting quite shafted lately?  We'd agree.  So let's see if the Palm Drucker can change any of that!  To start it off, the Palm Drucker is going to rock quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE with a tri-band UMTS/HSDPA radio!
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
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The Boy Genius Report:
Vodafone Roadmap: BlackBerry 8xxx  —  Remember the BlackBerry 9000?  It looks like that wasn't a BlackBerry 9000 at all, but rather another device in the BlackBerry 8000-series!  According to this document, which completely validates all our predictions of specs for the device …
Christopher Grant / Engadget:
Magellan and Google buddy up for Maestro Elite 5340+GPRS  —  The GPS magicians at Magellan and the search wizards at Google have combined their relative (and also fantastical) talents to deliver the Maestro Elite 5340+GPRS, a GPS unit rocking some GPRS cellular capabilities.
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Associated Press:   Magellan Partners With Google On GPS Device
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
What This Gadget Can Do Is Up to You  —  “HACKERS, welcome!  Here are detailed circuit diagrams of our products — modify them as you wish."  —  That's not an announcement you'll find on the Web sites of most consumer electronics manufacturers, who tend to keep information on the innards of their machines as private as possible.
Amit / Digital Inspiration:
How Techmeme Homepage Changes Over Time - Video  —  It's amazing to see how blog stories make it to the Techmeme homepage, stay there for a couple of minutes (or hours) and then get replaced by fresh news.  —  The following video clip captures 50 hours of Techmeme activity and replays it in 50 seconds.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Techmeme News
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
@twitcrit: instareviews  —  So here's what I'm trying — and I'm grateful for any help in doing it better:  —  The idea is that Twitter users can share instant reviews of what they're watching — TV shows, movies, concerts, anything — by twittering (is the verb form tweeting?) to @twitcrit.
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.
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Data And The Future Of The Web  —  After I asserted several times that data is the key to the future of the web, Umair Haque gave my head a good spin by asserting that data is in fact a commodity.  Umair is half right — we are increasingly overrun by data, and SOME of it is a commodity.
Discussion: Matt McAlister
Howard Owens:
Journalists doing their jobs better is a competitive advantage  —  In a piece about data portability, John Battelle shifts into a discussion about the difference between a business that competes on price vs. a business that competes on service.  He says:
Ariana Eunjung Cha / Washington Post:
Telecom Firm in China Sets Sights on U.S. Market  —  ‘Opaqueness’ in Firm's Ownership and State Ties Raises Security Concerns  —  SHENZHEN, China — From a fortress-like corporate campus in this southern city, retired army officer Ren Zhengfei is building one of China's most successful experiments in capitalism.
David Leblanc / David LeBlanc's Web Log:
Office SP3 and File formats  —  In Office 2007, we changed the default to disable a number of older file formats where we saw very low usage and a high security risk in our code that loads these formats.  From the security standpoint, this is the right thing to do.
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
New Mahalo toolbar and user created stubs  —  We have two evolutionary announcements today from Mahalo that I decided to announce on Twitter.  Yes, it's a slightly different process than we normally do at Mahalo, but since these are evolutionary steps, and since we just had the big Mahalo Social launch …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Mashable!
 
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Is the Apple MacBook Touch a Realistic Possibility?
The Boy Genius Report:
Vodafone Roadmap: HP Oak!
Discussion: Engadget and Gadget Lab
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Quartics Mobile2Display connects phone and PC wirelessly
Discussion: IntoMobile
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
CES Unveiled: We're here
Discussion: Valleywag
UMPCPortal feed.:
Lenovo / Aigo MID video leaked.
Christopher Grant / Engadget:
Logitech intros the Squeezebox Duet network music system
Discussion: Business Wire and Electronista
Ryan Block / Engadget:
WowWee introduces Mr. Personality, Rovio, and Flytech Bladestar
Discussion: Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Niveus gets official with Sierra Edition Media Server
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Whirlpool Plug-and-Play Refrigerator Has Docks for iPod …
Discussion: Tech Blog and VoIP Blog
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Hot Off The Press: Leaked Nokia E71 picture
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
When Pirates Pay, They Pay Good  —  Steal This Film 2 is produced by …
Discussion: DSLreports and Digg
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Put Buyers First? What a Concept
Clive Thompson / New York Times:
Can You Count on Voting Machines?
Discussion: RSS, Techmamas and Slashdot
 

 
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