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Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
Microsoft takes down Chinese blogger  —  Microsoft's MSN Spaces continues to censor its Chinese language blogs, and has become more aggressive and thorough at censorship since I first checked out MSN's censorship system last summer.  On New Years Eve, MSN Spaces took down the popular blog written by Zhao Jing, aka Michael Anti.
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Microsoft takes down Chinese blogger (my opinions on that)  —  OK, this one is depressing to me.  It's one thing to pull a list of words out of blogs using an algorithm.  It's another thing to become an agent of a government and censor an entire blogger's work.  Yes, I know the consequences.
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Vongo movie service waits on Apple for Mac support  —  Starz' new digital video subscription and download service Vongo could be Mac-compatible, a Vongo executive told Macworld, presuming Apple has a change of heart in its digital rights management philosophy.
Discussion: Things That, Mac Rumors and TechSpot
Motorola Rocks the House...and the Car...and the Mobile Phone...Rolls Out iRadio® Service  —  Award-winning service incorporates portability, acquisition and discovery of music, debuts with 435 commercial-free channels  —  LAS VEGAS - 3 Jan 2006 - Motorola, Inc (NYSE: MOT) …
Red Herring:
Moto Blasts iRadio
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AllPeers Is The FireFox "Killer App"  —  I've had a chance to talk to AllPeers founders Cedric Maloux and Matthew Gertner.  This company is set to take the world by storm.  In my opinon this single firefox extension will massively increase the attractiveness of that already popular browser …
Stepto / Welcome to the Microsoft Security …:
Updated Advisory: WMF Vulnerability  —  Hi folks- Kevin Kean here again.  We here in the MSRC have been hard at work on this WMF vulnerability and so I wanted to provide you all with an update on the situation.  —  When the MSRC learned of the attacks on December 27, 2005 …
Kevin Allison / Financial Times:
Windows PCs face 'huge' virus threat  —  Computer security experts were grappling with the threat of a new weakness in Microsoft's Windows operating system that could put hundreds of millions of PCs at risk of infection by spyware or viruses.  —  The news marks the latest security setback for Microsoft …
Niveus Media Announces Patent-Pending Network Virtualization Technology for the Niveus Disc Changer  —  Starting in early 2006, customers of the Niveus Disc Changer will be able to access "My DVDs" from any media center zone on the home network  —  Las Vegas, 3 January 2006 - Niveus Media …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET
Why companies monitor blogs  —  In May 2003, the consumer advocacy group Ban Trans Fat sued Kraft Foods, demanding that the comestibles giant stop selling its Oreo cookies in California.  —  In the suit, the organization claimed that the popular snacks were plugging Californians' arteries …
Andy Hagans / Search Engine Journal:
5 Tips to Make it in the SEO Community  —  5 Tips to Make it in the SEO Community  —  So, kiddie, youd like to make it as an SEO rock star?  You want to speak at Search Engine Strategies and get quoted by the Wall Street Journal?  All you have to do is become a true SEO expert, right?
Discussion: Stuntdubl
Chris Marlowe / Reuters:
Slingbox set to go mobile with home TV  —  LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Sling Media is expected to announce Thursday that consumers can use a wide range of mobile devices to watch their home television from anywhere in the world.  The company is set to unveil new software that adds …
Business Week:
The Patent Epidemic  —  It's wasting companies' money and slowing the development of new products … The order was potentially a big one for KSR International Co. General Motors Corp. (GM ) wanted the Canadian auto parts maker to supply gas pedals for its 2003 Chevrolet and GMC light trucks and sport-utility vehicles.
Discussion: Techdirt
Greg Sandoval / CNET
MIT grads to size up Silicon Valley  —  Bay Area technology companies will get a crack this week at enticing some of the brightest from MIT, something that used to be much easier for Silicon Valley.  —  More than 70 business students from MIT's Sloan School of Management will tour nearly 40 companies …
Discussion: Jarrett House North
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Security Hole Claimed for BlackBerrys  —  New research released over the weekend indicated that BlackBerrys — the ubiquitous handheld devices favored by on-the-go types — are vulnerable to a security hole that could let attackers break in to the gadgets by convincing users to open a specially crafted image file attached to an e-mail.
Discussion: Digital Common Sense

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