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Google Passes on PCs  —  Google (Nasdaq: GOOG - message board) and Wal-Mart are both denying reports that the two are planning to market low-priced, Google PCs via Wal-Mart stores.  —  The LA Times reported Monday that Google intends to market a fully functioning PC running a Google operating system …
Elinor Mills / CNET
Google denies Google PC reports  —  Google has denied reports that it is working on a low-price personal computer or a "Google Cube" that would link up a user's PC, TV, set-top box and cell phone.  —  "We have many PC partners who serve their markets exceedingly well and we see no need to enter that market …
Nicole C. Wong /
The buzz: What's Google up to?
Discussion: SiliconBeat
Josh / Cathode Tan:
TUAW on Mac Mini Console  —  Apparently another blogger thinks the Mac Mini could get it's game on in the living room, just like I've suggested.  The Unofficial Apple Weblog picked up the idea and then proceeded to bash it:  —  Interesting speculation, but I think it's just wrong.
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Blog debate: is Apple making a game console?
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Ars Technica:
Windows XP Home: obsolete sooner than you expect  —  Microsoft set out to adopt a formal and rigid support lifecycle in 2002, back at a time when most analysts were expecting to see Windows Vista (then, "Longhorn") within a couple of years.  My own point of view was that this lifecycle business …
Tony Walsh /
Hidden Virtual-World Prison Revealed  —  tagged Culture Design Internet Law On the Screen Other Space Second Life Virtual Reality Watchdog  —  Nimrod Yaffle, a resident of the virtual world Second Life, has revealed details of a bizarre and dark prison Second Life's maker Linden Lab is now using to lock up criminal avatars.
City-wide wi-fi rolls out in UK  —  A UK company that has created wireless hotspots in stations, coffee shops and hotels around the UK is planning to launch city-wide wi-fi this spring.  —  The Cloud will bring wireless broadband to nine cities including London, Manchester and Birmingham.
Discussion: Om Malik on Broadband
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Followup to Chinese thing, off to CES  —  Working in a big company is interesting cause there are lots of moving parts.  Tracking them all down is difficult, especially when you have a full day of meetings and other things to do and when the stakeholders of the decision you're trying to find …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Skype targets mainstream consumers  —  Skype is making a play for the mainstream IP telephony market with a series of new products being announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.  —  The company, which provides free calling from computer to computer over the Internet …
Joe Mandese / MediaPost Publications:
Digital TV Reaches A Tipping Point, Analog's Now The Minority
Discussion: Lost Remote TV Blog
Broadcasting, Podcasting, Webcasting and Blogging at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2006 in Davos  —  The World Economic Forum announced ambitious plans today to share the proceedings of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2006 in Davos with as wide a public as possible.
Discussion: Scripting News and
Natalie Angier / New York Times:
The Cute Factor  —  WASHINGTON, Jan. 2 - If the mere sight of Tai Shan, the roly-poly, goofily gamboling masked bandit of a panda cub now on view at the National Zoo isn't enough to make you melt, then maybe the crush of his human onlookers, the furious flashing of their cameras and the heated gasps …
Gary Price / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Awarded Patent To Make Data Move Faster to Wireless Phones and Devices  —  News from Alexadria, Virginia (home of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office) today that Google has been awarded a new patent in the wireless arena.  It's far from search related but we still thought it was worth …
Carroll Philip /   United States Patent
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Have I outlived my usefulness?  —  Heheh, Shel Israel and David Tebbutt are arguing over whether I should stay at Microsoft and whether Microsoft is trying to get rid of me by letting me go to geek dinners and such.  I think the hype about me is just over the top.  —  You still don't get it.
Shel Israel / Naked Conversations:
Should Scoble Leave Microsoft?
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Scrivs / 9rules Network:
9rules Communities  —  When we started the 9rules Network we always envisioned a place where readers could come to find the best content from the independent web and that's why we consider ourselves a content network first and foremost.  Others wanted to label us as a blog network or blog ring …
Discussion: Business Logs and Binary Bonsai
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Experts Advocate Non-Microsoft Windows Patch  —  Security experts yesterday criticized Microsoft Corp. for waiting until next week to address a recently revealed flaw in the Windows operating system that they say is unusually dangerous.  —  The experts took the unusual step of urging users …
iBook and PowerBook Reliability  —  Introduction  —  We thank MacInTouch readers who participated in our recent laptop survey.  More than 10,000 laptops were logged, along with many thousands of comments.  —  Survey Design  —  Our survey spanned every laptop capable of running Mac OS X …
USA Today:
Growing on-demand content may mean blockbuster's end  —  Just before going to see King Kong, my family found the 1933 and the 1976 versions airing simultaneously on back-to-back TV channels.  So we kept flicking from one to the other, laughing at the Gumby-level special effects and Jessica Lange's acting.
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Analyzing Safa's $600 Google Target  —  Ah, memories...  So Safa Rashtchy of Piper Jaffray upped his Google price target from $445 to $600.  Is he INSANE?  —  No. He simply assumes that Google's recent growth trends will continue in pretty much a straight line for the next two years …
Discussion: Zoli's Blog and TechBeat

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