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10:55 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.
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.
Randall Stross / New York Times:
From 10 Hours a Week, $10 Million a Year  —  MARKUS FRIND, a 29-year-old Web entrepreneur, has not read the best seller “The 4-Hour Workweek” — in fact, he had not heard of it when asked last week — but his face could go on the book's cover.  He developed software for his online dating site …
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 …
Chris Sorensen / Toronto Star:
Telus considers dumping its ‘Betamax’ of wireless networks  —  With more wireless competition looming, executives at Telus Corp. are believed to be mulling a pricey swap of the firm's network technology in a bid to offer subscribers a bigger selection of mobile devices and grab a larger slice of lucrative international roaming fees.
Discussion: All About Nortel
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: 9 to 5 Mac, ParisLemon and Digg
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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
Rick Aristotle Munarriz / Motley Fool:
Banned by Google … Even public companies feel the wrath of the Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Police.  —  Shares of IncrediMail (Nasdaq: MAIL), an Israeli company that provides interactive e-mail products to 10 million active users, opened 40% lower today after the company told investors it was booted from Google's AdSense program.
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
Anita Kumar / Washington Post:
Virginia Considers Ban On Driving While Texting  —  Some Virginia lawmakers want drivers to take their thumbs off the keyboards and put them back on the steering wheel while cruising down Virginia's roads.  —  They are tackling the problem of drivers who send, read and write messages on cellphones, PDAs and BlackBerrys.
Discussion: Digital Media Wire and Digg
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 …
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.
Grant Robertson / Globe and Mail:
Controversial ‘iPod tax’ struck down on appeal  —  A proposed levy on digital music players that became known this summer as the “iPod tax” has been struck down after opponents argued it was unfair to Canadians.  —  The Federal Court of Appeal has ruled that the Canadian Copyright Board …
Discussion: RSS and Techdirt
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Austin Modine / The Register:
Canucks kill second attempt at ‘iPod tax’
Discussion: TechSpot News
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
 
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