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11:25 PM ET, January 3, 2007

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Mihai Parparita / Official Google Reader Blog:
I like big charts and I cannot lie  —  I've always been a big fan of charts, tables and other ways of analyzing and visualizing data.  On my own blog I will often plot things just to get a handle on them.  Even here I've posted some analyses that I've done of the data that the Reader team has on hand.
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Google Reader Tracks Personal Attention Metadata  —  Googlified says the Google RSS Reader has added a feature that shows just where your attention goes.  Reading trends displays the items you read, starred, shared in the past 30 days.  Subscription trends identifies the blogs that update the most and which blogs are inactive.
Discussion: Scobleizer
New York Times:
Patent Lawsuit Names Leading Technology Firms  —  In 1997, Jonathan T. Taplin, a veteran film and television producer, stood up at a cable industry convention and asserted that in the future all movies would be distributed over the Internet.  He recalls being laughed out of the room.
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Mike / Techdirt:
Company Gets Patent On Digital Downloads; Sues Everyone
Discussion: Monkey Bites
CNNMoney.com:
EarthLink CEO passes away at age 49  —  Garry Betty died Tuesday due to complications from cancer.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — EarthLink Inc. said Garry Betty, its president and chief executive officer, died Tuesday due to complications from a serious form of cancer at age 49.
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earthlink.net:
EARTHLINK'S GARRY BETTY PASSES AWAY  —  Mike Lunsford to Continue as Interim CEO  —  EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK) today announced that EarthLink President and CEO Garry Betty passed away on Tuesday, January 2 due to complications from cancer.  He was 49.
John Mills / plasticlogic.com:
New volume manufacturing facility to ramp-up in 2008  —  Plastic Logic announced today that it will build the first factory to manufacture plastic electronics on a commercial scale.  The facility will produce flexible active-matrix display modules for 'take anywhere, read anywhere' electronic reader products.
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Peter Marsh / Financial Times:
Plastic may spell the end of the silicon microchip
Discussion: The Tech Report
Business Wire:
Ground Breaking Web Site Combines Social Networking with Stock Investment Ideas  —  TheStreet.com and A.R. Media To Create Joint Venture  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—TheStreet.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: TSCM), a leading provider of financial commentary, analysis , research, news and ratings today announced …
Discussion: HipMojo.com, PaidContent and TechCrunch
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James Altucher / TheStreet.com:
Picking Better Stocks With Stockpickr
Discussion: The Blogging Times
Brian / Caydel's SEO Blog:
Google is Beta-Testing Keyword-based Ad Filtering  —  About a week and a half ago, I wrote a post 'Adsense Should Allow Contextual Ad Filtering by Keyword'.  In it, I made the suggestion based upon an article posted by EGOL at SEOmoz that in order to prevent certain types of ads from showing …
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Embattled Chief Executive Resigns at Home Depot  —  Robert L. Nardelli, the chief executive of Home Depot, who came under heavy criticism for his pay package and failure to lift the chain's stagnant stock price, has abruptly resigned, the company said today.
Don Box / Don Box's Spoutlet:
Tim Bray on JSON and XML  —  Tim has an interesting post comparing JSON and XML that has me wondering about several things.  —  Here are some specific questions I have with the piece:  —  1. I don't see any reason why JSON has different streaming characteristics than XML.
Andrew Hampp / AdAge:
'Web 2.0' Proves Most Popular Wikipedia Entry  —  Phrase Beats Out 'Blog' in BuzzMetrics' List of Most-Linked-to Topics  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Still not entirely sure how to explain Web 2.0 to your friends?  You weren't alone in 2006.  In a fitting marriage of context and content …
VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
Digium releases AsteriskNOW  —  Digium today released AsteriskNOW, a turnkey easy-to-use version of Asterisk with a web-based GUI that they claim can get a working version of Asterisk up-and-running in 30 minutes.  AsteriskNOW is Digium's answer to the popular trixbox "plug and play" Asterisk distro.
Luke Smith / 1up.com:
RARE FOUNDERS LEAVE TO 'PURSUE OTHER OPPORTUNITIES'  —  Chris and Tim Stamper left the company at the end of 2006.  —  Chris and Tim Stamper, two of Rare Ltd.'s (Goldeneye 007, Perfect Dark and Viva Pinata) three founders have left the studio.  While the news surfaces in the wake …
Tom Simonite / NewScientistTech:
Vibrating vest could send alerts to soldiers  —  A vibrating vest that writes messages on its wearer's back is being tested by researchers in the US.  In future, it could be used to send important commands to soldiers or fire-fighters, warning them of imminent danger when ordinary radios cannot be used, for example.
Harrison Hoffman / LiveSide:
Nemo surfaces!  Windows Live for TV in the wild  —  Here's a little something to kick off our birthday celebration in style!  Back in October, we reported on Project Nemo, a Windows Live product for Media Center being developed behind the closed doors of Redmond.
Richard Mitchell / Xbox 360 Fanboy:
Announcing two new gateways to Halo 3 beta  —  Microsoft today announced two new ways for gamers to gain access to the Halo 3 beta.  The first wave of the beta registration took place in December, and these two additional ways seem to be the only remaining methods for hopeful players to register.
Discussion: Joystiq, Gamerscore Blog and digg
Jessica Guynn / The Technology Chronicles:
The true E-Hollywood story behind Valeriewag  —  Watch out Valleywag.  Here comes Valeriewag.com.  As in Podtech Network's magnetic and popular personality, Valerie Cunningham.  —  When we called to unravel the oblique mention of Valeriewag on blogging pioneer Dave Winer's blockbuster blog …
Marty Graham / Wired News:
Where to Catch Some Wi-Fi Waves  —  Wi-Fi is like sand — it gets everywhere.  If you're toting your laptop to some sunny paradise this winter, you'll find you can combine body surfing, board surfing and web surfing at hundreds of public beaches all over the world.
 
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Dean Takahashi / AEI:
Moral Kombat: Spencer Halpin's Documentary On Game Violence
Discussion: Joystiq, Kotaku and Cathode Tan
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
GPS navigator to include Yahoo search
Ryan Block / Engadget:
What exactly does BackupHDDVD do? Oh, and version 1.0 is released.
Discussion: Engadget HD
Ben Charny / MarketWatch:
Google near deal to build SF-wide wireless network
Mikko / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
How to locate new phishing sites
Alex Zaharov-Reutt / ITWire:
Seagate to offer 300 TB hard drive by 2010
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With Web 2.0, it's easy to get muddled
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Hurry! Only five more rumor-mongering days until Macworld!
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Widgetbox offers free analytics for widgets
Discussion: Zenrob
MediaShift:
DIGGING DEEPER Nielsen BuzzMetrics Tries to Measure Buzz in Social Media
Discussion: cgm
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Five Hackers Who Left a Mark on 2006
Discussion: digg
Smaran / Torrentfreak:
BitTyrant: The "Selfish" BitTorrent Client
Max Wang / DigiTimes:
Apple and HP to launch LED-based notebooks, Taiwan LED makers unlikely …
PR Newswire:
SIRIUS Exceeds 6 Million Subscribers and Achieves First Cash Flow …
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
The "Dumbness of Crowds"
New York Times:
Protecting Internet Democracy
Discussion: Slashdot