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9:50 AM ET, January 3, 2007

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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.
Mitchell / mitchell's blog:
The Mozilla Foundation: Achieving Sustainability  —  Mozilla is a global community dedicated to improving the Internet experience for people everywhere.  We do this by building great software - such as the Mozilla Firefox web browser and Mozilla Thunderbird mail client - that helps people interact with the Internet.
Discussion: Mark Evans and digg
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Mozilla Discloses 2005 Revenues: $53M
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Google Answer to Filling Jobs Is an Algorithm  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Have you ever made a profit from a catering business or dog walking?  Do you prefer to work alone or in groups?  Have you ever set a world record in anything?  —  The right answers could help get you a job at Google.
Landon Fuller:
Month of Apple Bugs - Day 1  —  I stumbled across the Month of Apple Bugs today — a new Mac OS X vulnerability released every day for a month.  —  Today's vulnerability exploits a stack buffer overflow in the QuickTime Streaming component, and includes a working x86 exploit.  More details available here.
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David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
"The Month of Apple bugs" begins, rationality surrenders  —  Kevin Finisterre and someone we only know as "LMH" have launched the Month of Apple Bugs, a site they dub a 'project' with the supposed goal of publishing bugs, hacks and exploits they have found in [Apple's software] any and all Apple-related software.
Discussion: Macworld
Kotaku:
Sean Hannity Loves the Wii  —  I listen to a lot of talk radio when I am in the car ever since my iPod was stolen, and on my way home from work my local station broadcasts god-loving conservative Sean Hannity.  On today's show a caller asked him if he had gotten all the toys he wanted for Christmas.
Discussion: Go Nintendo and GamePolitics.com
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Apple's Jobs Keeps His Job, But Legal Perils Remain  —  While Steve Jobs retains control of the Apple helm, the company faces other legal challenges this year, over patents and monopoly law.  —  Apple's 10-K annual report — delayed to include the results of an investigation …
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Zephoria / apophenia:
some thoughts on 2007 (advertising, bullying, and mobile)  —  I love the idea of "social network fatigue."  I can see the Prozac ad now: … OK... i admit, that was far more for my own entertainment than for yours.  But seriously, the concept of "social network fatigue" boggles my mind.
Discussion: Unit Structures and ben barren
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Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
Could 2007 be the year of social network fatigue?
Discussion: Slashdot
Grant Gross / Macworld UK:
Net neutrality advocates cheer AT&T concessions  —  Company offers net neutrality sweetner to help telecom merger go down  —  Net neutrality advocates celebrated this week after AT&T said it would pledge to maintain a "neutral network" in exchange for US government approval of its proposed acquisition of BellSouth Corp.
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:   Net neutrality push expected to resume in Congress
Robert MacMillan / Reuters:
Washington Post aims for closer print, Web ties  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Washington Post Co. plans to have its veteran editors help shape the way stories appear on the Web in the latest example of how top U.S. publishers are retooling news operations for the Internet.
Discussion: Techdirt, Chip Griffin and Dan Blank
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Music industry softens on podcasts  —  Sony BMG has decided to dip its toes into the world of podcasted music with its recent agreement with marketing agency Rock River Communications Inc., making it the first (and only, for the time being) major music label in the US to license music for podcasting.
CheapyD / Cheap Ass Gamer:
CAG's Five Most Under Appreciated DS Games of 2006  —  As someone who owns way too many DS games, it's easy to see a few great games that the vast majority of people pass on for one reason or another.  While several games, such as Elite Beat Agents, Brain Age and Cooking Mama …
Discussion: Kotaku, Go Nintendo, DS Fanboy, Joystiq and digg
PR Newswire:
Dash Navigation Becomes First to Add Yahoo! Local Search Capabilities to the Car  —  Dash Delivers Most Relevant Information to the Dashboard Giving Drivers Power to Search for and Find Virtually Anything  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 3 /PRNewswire/ — Dash Navigation(TM) …
Bob Caswell / Computers.net:
Get Ready for DRM-FREE 2007: Amazon, LimeWire, MySpace, eMusic, Yahoo Music  —  More rumors are surfacing around Amazon offering DRM-free MP3s to compete with Apple's iTunes.  Only this time the rumors include other MP3 download services and are coming from the mainstream press (does that make it more or less credible?).
Duncan / duncanriley.com:
Arrington is right, BlueDot rocks  —  Michael Arrington over at TechCrunch gave his annual list yesterday of Web 2.0 companies he couldn't live without.  Included on the list was BlueDot.  Writes Arrington: … I've spent 24 hours playing with the service, and I'm hapyp to say he's right …
Lee Gomes / Wall Street Journal:
It's Not That Easy Being Green, but Techs Are Trying This Year  —  Quick, name the speech in which Al Gore said the following: "Climate change is an important environmental issue.  The broad consensus of established scientific experts is that warming can be attributed to human activities.
Jim Courtney / Skype Journal:
We're Back!  —  It's been a while and lots has happened over the past five weeks.  When I left for a week's vacation on the WiFi-depleted island of Cozumel immediately after US Thanksgiving I did not expect to be off the air so long.  However, our previous hosting provider …
cellular-news:
Huge Potential for Apple Phone: Study  —  As the anticipation about an Apple iPod-phone hybrid builds with a steady stream rumors and news stories, a new research study from the Toronto-based Solutions Research Group shows that an iPod phone has the potential to be a big hit with consumers.
Discussion: hypebot and digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Use WeatherBill To Bet On The Weather  —  David Friedberg, a former Googler, is set to launch an ambitious new site called WeatherBill, headquartered in San Francisco, in the next few weeks.  WeatherBill won't be a consumer site; rather, they are combining an ecommerce site …
Allan Leinwand / GigaOM:
Bringing the Net to Your Home Phone  —  We all know that the Internet is available on your mobile phone - but how about bringing the Internet to your cordless home phone?  In case you have forgotten (because you use your mobile phone for everything), your home phone is cordless but not too mobile.
Discussion: Screenwerk
 
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Keynote  —  CEO, Apple.  —  Come hear Apple CEO Steve Jobs deliver …
Neil Kjeldsen / TechCrunch:
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Software For Starving Students 2007 edition
Discussion: Monkey Bites and Lifehacker
Sydney Morning Herald:
Dutch Ban Segways From Public Roads
Discussion: Techdirt and Engadget
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Kingdon / ClickZ:
Six Predictions for 2007  —  A year ago, when I made my predictions …
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Power-Sipping Bulbs Get Backing From Wal-Mart
Discussion: Slashdot, Fast Company Now and digg
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Newsmaker: What threats does Skype face?
Rex Hammock / Rex Hammock's weblog:
Robert asks why Apple doesn't get the negative coverage Dell gets.
Discussion: Scobleizer
Andrew Liszewski / OhGizmo!:
E-Base Charging Station - Useful In A Useless Way
Discussion: I4U News and Engadget
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Google plugs Gmail data leak flaw
John Brockman / edge.org:
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