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Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
Electronics Show Moves Beyond Gadgets  —  The Technology Driving Hardware Will Get More Attention in Las Vegas  —  The International Consumer Electronics Show, which opens this week in Las Vegas, has always been about the gadgets.  —  The VCR and DVD players were introduced at CES.
Discussion: IP Democracy
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Expo-Crown Castle's Modeo aims TV at gadgets, cars  —  LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Crown Castle International Corp said on Wednesday it plans to launch live television in several top U.S. markets this year and hopes to deliver video and audio services to a range of products from cellphones …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
HP expands digital-entertainment offerings  —  Hewlett-Packard rolled out an expanded lineup of digital entertainment products Wednesday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, including more than a half-dozen new high-definition TVs and digital cameras, and new a home movie service.
Discussion: and TechSpot
Michael Kanellos / CNET
AMD's 'Live' to rival Intel's Viiv
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 …
Scott Ard / CNET
Tracking the elusive Google 'cube'  —  Speculation that Google is about to launch an Internet appliance-like device for the home started last November and picked up speed this week on the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where Google co-founder Larry Page is scheduled to deliver a keynote speech.
Nicole C. Wong /
The buzz: What's Google up to?
Discussion: SiliconBeat
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.
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Misbehavior in Second Life game punished by exile to "the corn field"
Discussion: Jarrett House North
Kevin Newcomb / ClickZ:
Paid Search to Grow 41% With Google Leading the Way  —  Paid search is expected to generate more than $14 billion globally in 2006, with Google leading in growth and market share, according to a new Piper Jaffray report.  —  The paid search industry, which generated an estimated $10 billion globally …
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Analyzing Safa's $600 Google Target
Discussion: TechBeat and Zoli's Blog
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 …
Matt Cutts:
Feedback on Bigdaddy data center  —  About a month ago I alluded to a data center called "Bigdaddy" that people could check out as a preview.  We're ready to collect feedback on the Bigdaddy data center now.  Let's start with some Q&A.  —  Q: Why are you giving this a name?
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 …
Patrick Breitenbach / Werbeblogger:
The case Heidi and Guenther K.  —  On a snowy Christmas morning I checked my email and discovered among the usual heap of spam, one message that caught my attention.  Entitled "Markenrecht" (which translates as "branding rights") it appeared to be sent by none other than Guenther Klum …
Discussion: Naked Conversations
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
A Case Juniper Can't Win?  —  A long-shot libel lawsuit against anonymous writers on a Web message board could hurt the tech company more than it helps  —  Juniper Networks filed an unusual lawsuit recently.  On Dec. 14 the networking equipment maker filed a complaint with the Superior Court …
Discussion: Holmes Report Blog and Techdirt
Yahoo options in demand amid Microsoft speculation  —  CHICAGO/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Many option investors are betting on more gains in the shares of Web media company Yahoo Inc. amid speculation of a tie-up with Microsoft Corp. and high hopes for continued growth in Web advertising.
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Braille Logo  —  Google put up a very interesting colored Braille logo today, celebrating the birthday of Louis Braille on January 4th, 1809.  This is one of the more brave logos for Google because it distorts the letters to the way you can't read them anymore (without knowing Braille, that is).
Discussion: InsideGoogle and adfreak

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