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12:00 PM 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.
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Mike / Techdirt:
Company Gets Patent On Digital Downloads; Sues Everyone  —  from the great dept  —  There's been quite a trend lately of companies who had otherwise completely failed in the marketplace to suddenly reinvent themselves as "patent licensing firms" and then go and sue everyone who actually was able to successfully innovate in the market.
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:   Intertainer to Web Giants: Pay Up for Our Patents
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.
New York Times:
Protecting Internet Democracy  —  One of the big winners in the last election may turn out to be the principle, known as net neutrality, that Internet service providers should not be able to favor some content over others.  Democrats who are moving into the majority in Congress …
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Net neutrality push expected to resume in Congress
Grant Gross / Macworld UK:   Net neutrality advocates cheer AT&T concessions
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
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
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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
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
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) …
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 …
Crave RSS:
Is HP ditching DLP TVs?  —  The end may be near for this DLP set.  —  The 2007 Consumer Electronics Show is still a few days away, but HP quietly announced its new lineup of HDTVs for 2007, and the biggest news is probably that its well-received DLP (Digital Lighting Processing) …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
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 …
techulate.com:
Why Digg is and should be in Google's search results  —  Allen Stern of CenterNetworks recently posted a blog entry questioning why Digg.com was present in Google's search results.  —  He came to the conclusion that Digg.com shouldn't be present in Google's search results …
Discussion: CenterNetworks
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
WTF Dept. Why is Digg in Google search results?
Discussion: The Blog Herald and digg
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:
SIRIUS Exceeds 6 Million Subscribers and Achieves First Cash Flow Positive Quarter * Record Year With 2.7 Million Net Subscriber Additions in 2006 * Company To Report Positive Free Cash Flow For Fourth Quarter 2006  —  PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ — SIRIUS Satellite Radio …
Discussion: PaidContent, Listening Post and hypebot
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.
Discussion: Kevin Maney
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
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 …
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
The "Dumbness of Crowds"  —  Community.  Wisdom of Crowds.  Collective Intelligence.  The new emphasis on net-enabled collaboration is all goodness and light until somebody gets an I poked out.  Is it merely a coincidence that Apple, run by (as James Gosling put it) "a dictator with good taste" …
 
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Palm Treo 750 for Cingular launching at CES
Joel Stein / Los Angeles Times:
Have something to say? I don't care
Discussion: Monkey Bites and Blogspotting
David Kirkpatrick / CNNMoney.com:
Why Second Life Numbers DO Matter
Discussion: Valleywag and Beth's Blog
Allan Leinwand / GigaOM:
Bringing the Net to Your Home Phone
Discussion: Screenwerk
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Usefulness of the Simple Command Line
cellular-news:
Huge Potential for Apple Phone: Study
Discussion: hypebot and digg
Harrison Hoffman / LiveSide:
Nemo surfaces! Windows Live for TV in the wild
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Jobs / macworldexpo.com:
Keynote  —  CEO, Apple.  —  Come hear Apple CEO Steve Jobs deliver …
Neil Kjeldsen / TechCrunch:
Stockpickr in deal with The Street: More to Come?
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Software For Starving Students 2007 edition
Duncan / duncanriley.com:
Arrington is right, BlueDot rocks
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Power-Sipping Bulbs Get Backing From Wal-Mart
Discussion: Slashdot, Fast Company Now and digg
Rex Hammock / Rex Hammock's weblog:
Robert asks why Apple doesn't get the negative coverage Dell gets.
Discussion: Scobleizer
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