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8:45 PM ET, January 12, 2008

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David Kravets / Wired News:
DRM Is Dead, But Watermarks Rise From Its Ashes  —  With all of the Big Four record labels now jettisoning digital rights management, music fans have every reason to rejoice.  But consumer advocates are singing a note of caution, as the music industry experiments with digital-watermarking technology as a DRM substitute.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Striking Writers to Launch Online Video Co., Seeking $30M+  —  Out of work and newly wise to the state of content being distributed online, a group of professional writers is looking to start their own production and distribution company.  Aaron Mendelsohn, writer of the Disney film Air Bud …
GigaOM:
5 Who Won't Appreciate Google Android  —  Written by Thomas Howe, co-founder and CEO of The Thomas Howe Company, winners of the 2007 O'Reilly Emerging Communications Mashup Competition.  His blog is about voice mashups and communication-enhanced business processes.
Discussion: DSLreports
Allen Salkin / New York Times:
Has Gawker Jumped the Snark?  —  “THE ideal Gawker item,” Nick Denton, the owner of Gawker Media, wrote in an instant message last month to a prospective hire, “is something triggered by a quote at a party, or an incident, or a story somewhere else and serves to expose hypocrisy, or turn conventional wisdom on its head.
Arn / MacRumors Macworld San Francisco Blog:
“MacBook Air” Whispers...  I've heard various whispers about the new thin MacBook.  Here are a few additional tidbits and confirmations about what might be coming from Apple on Tuesday.  — A slim notebook, but not a “sub notebook"  — 13.3" screen  — Not a “Pro” machine
Discussion: ParisLemon, 9 to 5 Mac and Digg
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Jens Alfke / Thought Palace:
Gone Indie  —  OK, by popular complaint I've cracked open the stylesheet and (a) darkened both comments and body text; and (b) fixed the problem with magnified text.  —  My apologies.  I actually do like web design, but my patience with it is more limited than at regular programming …
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0 and Infinite Loop
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Big Think, the “Intellectual YouTube” backed by ex-Harvard Prez Lawrence Summers, Launches with Style and Starpower  —  Launched earlier this week, Big Think is a site with short video clips of leading thinkers in business and society.  —  The New York based start-up, founded …
Discussion: broadstuff
Ryan Kairer / PalmInfocenter.com:
Palm's Next Generation OS is Code-named Nova  —  Recently the question of what to call Palm's next generation OS has been a source of confusion and commotion around the boards here at PIC.  Members have so far been referring to it by a multitude of names and acronyms such as: Palm OS 2 …
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Windows Vista, Office 2007 Expelled From British Schools  —  A British educational report suggests the upgrade would increase costs and create software compatibility problems while providing little benefit.  —  The agency that governs educational technology in the United Kingdom has advised schools …
Discussion: Windows Vista Weblog and Slashdot
Economist:
From major to minor  —  Last year was terrible for the recorded-music majors.  The next few years are likely to be even worse  —  IN 2006 EMI, the world's fourth-biggest recorded-music company, invited some teenagers into its headquarters in London to talk to its top managers about their listening habits.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Screw Winning The Lottery - Just Make a Facebook App and Get Your Millions Now!  —  How many times have we heard, “all it takes is a dollar and a dream"?  This phrase seems to always follow a commercial for the lottery.  Of course the odds are that there's no chance in hell of you winning …
AOL Beta Central:
AIM® 6.8 Beta  —  Our first AIM 6.8 Beta build is now available for download!  —  Welcome AIM Beta testers.  The next version of AIM is ready for your feedback, AIM 6.8.  This version includes our new Real-Time IM feature.  Please note: To test this feature, you will need to IM …
Discussion: CyberNet, Download Squad and Mashable!
Mark Hefflinger / Digital Media Wire:
Fictionwise Acquires eBook Unit of Motricity  —  Chatham, N.J. - Fictionwise, an independent eBook retailer, announced this week that it has acquired the eReader.com eBook retail business unit of mobile content distributor Motricity.  —  Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Pocket PC Thoughts
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Saul Williams Agrees That It's Way Too Early To Be Disheartened  —  Earlier this month, we wrote about Trent Reznor's disappointment in how his “free download” experiment with Saul Williams had progressed.  He wasn't completely disappointed.  He was quite happy about how much attention …
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Grant Robertson / Globe and Mail:
Controversial ‘iPod tax’ struck down on appeal
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Sun Plans To Close Its Data Centers
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