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2:30 PM ET, January 12, 2008

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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 …
David Morgenstern / The Apple Core:
Apple walks on water and WiMax Mobile  —  In the days and hours before the Macworld Expo, it seems that anything is possible from Apple.  Competitors are already angry (and scared) enough by what the company can do and likely will do.  But it must be infuriating to many in the industry …
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Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
Can Apple save WiMax?  —  Our sources tell us that Apple may include WiMax, the high-speed, long-range wireless broadband technology, in an ultraportable 13" notebook computer, and possibly across the entire MacBook Pro line.  Just part of the rumor mill flying in preparation …
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 …
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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.
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.
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
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 …
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: Techdirt
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Austin Modine / The Register:
Canucks kill second attempt at ‘iPod tax’
Discussion: TechSpot News
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: Download Squad, CyberNet 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
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Sun Plans To Close Its Data Centers  —  For a company that sells and manages servers, Sun Microsystems is in the midst of an unexpected move: getting rid of its own server farms.  —  In a blog post Thursday, Sun's (nasdaq: JAVA - news - people ) data center architect, Brian Cinque …
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Macworld Rumor: Mac Tablet Not Coming This Year, First Macworld Spyshots Appear
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