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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 …
Om Malik / Om Malik on Broadband:
No Google PC, Think Google Video  —  The speculation about Google announcing a Google Cube, which has been summarily dismissed by David Krane, Google's PR big cheese on his blog.  So what will Larry Page talk about during his Friday keynote at the CES?  A reliable source of mine pinged …
Internet search meets the gadget  —  news analysis In a first for the annual Consumer Electronics Show, Google co-founder Larry Page and Yahoo CEO Terry Semel will deliver separate keynote speeches in Las Vegas this week.  —  At first blush it may seem odd that two giants of the Internet …
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
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
HP expands digital-entertainment offerings
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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
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?
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 …
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
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
What About EMI's Copy-Protected CDs?  —  It was thanks to the work of independent security researchers that the security risks in Sony-BMG's copy protected CDs were discovered.  But what about the copy-protected CDs being sold by EMI labels (including Virgin, Capitol, and Liberty Records) …
Discussion: Techdirt
Korea  —  With the kind permission of the editor of PC GAMER UK, Mark Donald, I am reproducing the text from my account of a trip to South Korea in April 2005.  It's an in-depth look at the Korean gaming culture, charting both its wonders and its problems as I encountered them.
Discussion: Kotaku, Joystiq and GameSetWatch
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.
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
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 …
Upcoming Live Webcast  —  Bill Gates Keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2006  —  For the tenth year in a row, Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates returns to kick off CES with his vision of the year ahead in consumer electronics.

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