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Mike / Techdirt:
We Sat Around Waiting For Google Video And All We Got Was This?  —  from the needs-a-bit-of-work-it-appears dept.  —  Remember the good old days when Google used to "wow" people with their new products?  AdSense.  Gmail.  Google Maps.  These were products that took what was apparently …
Sanjay Raman / Official Google Blog:
A new year for Google Video  —  Till now, Google Video has been about watching videos and clips online, which is really convenient for videos like this.  But wouldn't it be awesome to watch that episode of CSI that you missed when even your trusty DVR failed you?
Brad Hill / The Unofficial Google Weblog:   Google Video Marketplace: It's Up
Yuki Noguchi / Washington Post:
At Macworld, All Eyes Are on Steve Jobs  —  Apple Chief Executive Tends to Surprise With Announcement of New Product  —  As predictably as Santa Claus on Christmas morning, Apple Computer Inc. founder Steve Jobs will bring us something new today at the annual Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco.
Discussion: IP Democracy
John Markoff / New York Times:
U.S. Office Joins an Effort to Improve Software Patents  —  The United States Patent and Trademark Office plans to announce today that it will cooperate with open-source software developers on three initiatives that it says will improve the quality of software patents.
Martin LaMonica / CNET
IBM taps open source to improve patent quality
Discussion: Techdirt
Shelleyp / Burningbird:
Debate on DRM  —  Doc Searls points to a weblog post by the Guardian Unlimited's Lloyd Shepherd on DRM and says it's one of the most depressing things he's read.  Shepherd wrote: … Doc points to others making arguments in refutation of Shepherd's thesis (Tom Coates and Julian Bond), and ends his post with:
Kevin Marks / Epeus' epigone:   DRM Groundhog Day  —  Talking to Tim Bray tonight …
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
TOP TEN BLOGGER LIES  —  1. I don't consider myself an A-Lister.  —  No, but I turn up for speaking gigs at all the big conferences anyway.  Uh-huh.  —  2. I don't care about traffic.  —  Of course I don't.  Even though I'm a freelance consultant, and my blog is my primary way of marketing myself.
Nat / O'Reilly Radar:
Digging The Madness of Crowds  —  Earlier today, O'Reilly found itself at the center of a controversy on the popular news site,  Steve Mallett, O'Reilly Network editor and blogger, was very publicly accused, via a Digg story, of stealing Digg's CSS pages.
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Two new WMF bugs found  —  Security experts say latest vulerabilities less serious than the one Microsoft patched last week  —  Just days after Microsoft (Profile, Products, Articles) Corp. patched a critical vulnerability in the way the Windows operating system renders certain types of graphics files …
Joris Evers / CNET   Microsoft to hunt for new species of Windows bug
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Steve Jobs keynote live from Macworld 2006  —  Yes, yes, this post is where all the action's gonna happen for today's live Stevenote-keynote coverage.  Bookmark it, refresh it, do your thing — just be sure and come back some time around 9:00AM Pacific / 12:00PMEastern.
Munjal / Recognizing Deven:
Going to the Moon  —  At Riya we have a dream to completely change how people search photos.  One day, Riya will help you search and find every digital photo in the world.  That day is far off, but today we got the investment we need to get there.  —  I'm announcing first here on my blog …
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Apple to Sell S.N.L. Skits for iPod Use  —  "Saturday Night Live" fans looking to watch classic skits from the show may not have to depend on reruns and DVD compilations for long.  —  Apple is set to announce today that it will sell a limited number of archived "Saturday Night" …
Nancy Hass / New York Times:
In Your  —  AS far as Kyle Stoneman is concerned, the campus police were the ones who started the Facebook wars.  "We were just being, well, college students, and they used it against us," says Mr. Stoneman, a senior at George Washington University in Washington.
Discussion: Tech_Space and Visible Path
Michael Kanellos / CNET
A DVD combo?  Don't hold your breath  —  For consumers, a device that could play both HD DVDs and Blu-ray discs would take a lot of risk out of adopting the new video players—but one may not arrive for a while.  —  Legal agreements, intellectual property issues and technological pride …
Discussion: Digital Tech Life
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Fiber-optics cut affects Sprint service  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sprint Nextel Corp.'s wireless, long-distance and Internet customers along the West Coast were without service for several hours Monday after a fiber-optic cable was cut west of Phoenix.  —  The problem was compounded …
Discussion: Engadget, Tech_Space and Boing Boing
Don't Invent XML Languages  —  The X in XML stands for "Extensible"; one big selling point is that you can invent your own XML languages to help you solve your own problems.  But I've become convinced, over the last couple of years, that you shouldn't.  Unless you really have to.  This piece explains why.
Discussion: Raw and microformats
The Conversations Network New Site is Up  —  We launched the new site for The Conversations Network on schedule today.  Not without bugs, mind you, but now 12 hours post-launch, I think we've swatted the worst of them.  Special thanks to David and Francis at Loomia, whose new recommendation engine …

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