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iPod Replaced With Meat  —  Unsuspecting Mom Gives Son iPod for Christmas — Discovers Mystery Meat Inside  —  HAWAII, Dec. 29, 2005 — Rachel Cambra couldn't wait to see the look on her 14-year-old son's face when he opened a very special present on Christmas morning.
Kevin Newcomb / ClickZ:
Amazon Hosting Author Blogs  —  Adding to its user-generated content, has launched a program to allow authors to blog on the site.  —  The Amazon Connect program, in beta for the past month, aims to increase the engagement between readers and authors, and between readers and
TDavid / Things That:
Amazon Connect program not an author blog hosting experiment  —  The new Amazon Connect program aims to increase the connection between author and readers by providing an Amazon hosted 'blog'.  Ok, that's what Clickz is calling it, but that doesn't seem to be what Amazon is actually using for a description …
Lisa Vaas /
Critical Impact: Windows Metafile Flaw a 'Zero-Day Exploit'  —  Updated: Code for what Secunia is deeming an "extremely critical flaw" in Windows Metafile Format files is being exploited on fully patched systems.  Researchers are currently tracking thousands of sites distributing the exploit code.
Nick Wilson /
John Battelle Talks to Performancing about FM Publishing  —  Over the holidays I had a chance to talk to John Battelle of FM Publishing, a new but much discussed blog ad network that's currently in beta.  FM has a whole bunch of high profile bloggers working with it already …
Joel Spolsky /
The Perils of JavaSchools  —  Lazy kids.  —  Whatever happened to hard work?  —  A sure sign of my descent into senility is bitchin' and moanin' about "kids these days," and how they won't or can't do anything hard any more.  —  When I was a kid, I learned to program on punched cards.
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Microsoft predicts Xbox 360 to become profitable by July 2006  —  Microsoft has taken the bold step of announcing that the Xbox 360 will become profitable by the start of the company's 2007 financial year, which begins in July 2006.  While this is an admirable and ambitious target …
Discussion: Xbox 360 Fanboy
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
BLOGGING DOUBLED STORMHOEK SALES IN LESS THAN TWELVE MONTHS  —  [The original brochure that came with the bloggers' Stormhoek bottle.]  —  A journalist phoned me yesterday about an article she is writing about business blogs for one of the large UK trade mags.
Discussion: Scobleizer
New York Times:
Spy Agency Removes Illegal Tracking Files  —  By The Associated Press The National Security Agency's Internet site has been placing files on visitors' computers that can track their Web surfing activity despite strict federal rules banning most files of that type.
Discussion: Jarrett House North and CCUCEO
Robot car: streets ahead in cities of the future  —  · Architects and engineers rethink auto technology  —  · 'Easy to drive, stackable vehicle for people to share'  —  The MIT Smart Cities research team's car.  Image: Franco Vairani/MIT Department of Architecture
Deborah Fallows /
Discussion: IP Democracy
David Pogue / New York Times:
10 Greatest Gadget Ideas of the Year  —  ON New Year's Eve, don't be surprised to witness more heartfelt celebrating than usual; 2005 was not a year noted for its tidings of good cheer, and plenty of people will be happy to see it go.  —  Still, there were inspiring and gratifying success stories …
Clint Ecker / Infinite Loop:
Trade your CDs for an iPod  —  How important are CDs to you?  Do you read your liner notes?  Do you like to display your CDs in your place of dwelling?  A company out of Charleston, South Carolina is offering those of you that have no real attachment to your collection an interesting proposal …
Wired News:
Hackers Rebel Against Spy Cams  —  BERLIN — When the Austrian government passed a law this year allowing police to install closed-circuit surveillance cameras in public spaces without a court order, the Austrian civil liberties group Quintessenz vowed to watch the watchers.
Discussion: Engadget and hack a day
San Francisco Chronicle:
Google team sets sights on big screen  —  Entertainment-savvy co-founders invest in Stanford friend's independent film, shot in S.F.  —  After becoming Internet moguls, Google Inc. co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page are dipping their toes into Hollywood.
Burt Helm / Business Week:
Curling Up With a Good E-Book  —  Is the iPod of e-readers at hand?  Previous models haven't caught the public's fancy, but some major publishers seem to think Sony is about to change that  —  Can Sony make the iPod of digital books?  That's the plan.  At the Consumer Electronics Show …

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