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Randall Stross / New York Times:
Hey, Baby Bells: Information Still Wants to Be Free  —  AT the top of my wish list for next year's Consumer Electronics Show is this: the introduction of broadband service across the country that is as up to date as that 103-inch flat-screen monitor just introduced by Panasonic.
Discussion: IP Democracy and
Mike / Techdirt:
How Jealousy Could Destroy The Internet  —  from the irrational-decision-making dept.  —  Jealousy is a very powerful emotion.  It can make for some great stories in books or movies, but it has no place in the board room — yet, that's where it is these days.
Discussion: @rgumente
Tom Foremski / IMHO:
Could Yahoo Music become Apple iPod's Achilles's heel?  —  I hate my CDs.  I hate them because they take up several large boxes and they follow me from apartment to apartment.  —  I ripped some of them onto my hard drive-but my jukebox is scattered across several laptops from different eras of my life.
the fiction zone that DC has become  —  The Washington Internet Daily (which apparently is not on the Internet) has a story predicting the Telecom Bill will pass the House this year.  The only sticking point seems to be the "controversial" "net neutrality" proposal.
Discussion: IP Democracy and
Quinn Norton / Wired News:
Covert Crawler Descends on Web  —  WASHINGTON DC — Websites get looked at by two different kinds of visitors: the human ones who peer around, look at the graphics, think about the links and click slowly; and the spiders, those automated scanners that come in from search engines like Google …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
iLife '06 From the Perspective of an Anthropomorphized Brushed Metal Interface  —  WEDNESDAY, 11 JANUARY 2006, THE DAY AFTER THE MACWORLD EXPO KEYNOTE ADDRESS, 8:30 AM PACIFIC … SAFARI: Hey.  Brushed.  What's up?  —  BRUSHED METAL: Ah, you know.  In the neighborhood, figured I'd stop by.
Discussion: The Tao of Mac
Michael Coates / OpsanBlog:
MyHeritage Face Recognition  —  At first, I thought it was that "monkey" spoof of a few years ago; where a site told you your monitor could serve as a camera and all you had to do was start at it and click a bogus "capture" button.  When it rendered your picture, it was of something simian.  Ha ha.
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Security vendors looking to define 'rootkit'  —  Symantec, Anti-Spyware Coalition hope to ease confusion over cloaking techniques  —  After being criticized for including rootkit-like cloaking software in its Norton SystemWorks product, security vendor Symantec (Profile, Products, Articles) …
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
Why BlackBerry's Google Talk won't offer voice  —  When I first heard that Google Talk would be compatible with the BlackBerry OS starting sometime this spring, my first reaction was puzzlement.  —  I mean, BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion draws its very sustenance from cellular carriers.
William Slawski / SEO by the SEA:
Google's most popular and least popular top level domains  —  What are the most popularly used top level domains, or at least, which are the ones that show up on pages indexed in Google?  —  I wondered this yesterday after seeing a news article stating that the registration of .cn (china) …
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Wal-Mart employees expose terror cell's bulk phone purchase  —  Unfortunately, terrorists alwaysseem to be one step ahead of our defenses when it comes to weaponizing modern technology, from using airplanes asmissiles to re-purposing shoes into wearable bombs.
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
We're being sold in Peoria  —  Heheh, Stephen Streight is the first retail customer of our book that we know about (says he liked the book better than the blog too!).  That's great cause he was one of our top participants on the blog.  If you see it on the book shelf, we'd love pictures!
Discussion: Naked Conversations

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