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5:45 PM ET, January 3, 2007

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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.
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Hurry!  Only five more rumor-mongering days until Macworld!  —  Though most of us have packed away the decorations and straggled back to work, the winter holiday season is not quite over for some folks: Eastern Orthodox denominations will celebrate Christmas on Sunday, and devout followers …
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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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Smaran / Torrentfreak:
BitTyrant: The "Selfish" BitTorrent Client  —  BitTyrant is a new "selfish" BitTorrent client based on Azureus.  The developers claim that it speeds up downloads by up to 70% by connecting to the peers that have high upload speeds, and peers that give you the best send / receive ratio.
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 …
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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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" …
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.
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Five Hackers Who Left a Mark on 2006  —  In the security year that was 2006, zero-day attacks and exploits dominated the headlines.  —  However, the year will be best remembered for the work of members of the hacking—er, security research—community who discovered and disclosed serious vulnerabilities …
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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.
Randy Komisar / VentureBeat:
With Web 2.0, it's easy to get muddled  —  (Editor's note: Randy Komisar joined venture firm Kleiner Perkins as partner two years ago.  Here's our story at the time.  VentureBeat recently caught up with him.  Below is a Q&A:)  —  VB: What sort of entrepreneurs is Kleiner Perkins seeing these days?
 
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CNNMoney.com:
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How to locate new phishing sites
Alex Zaharov-Reutt / ITWire:
Seagate to offer 300 TB hard drive by 2010
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Widgetbox offers free analytics for widgets
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Holiday 2006 console sales figures erroneous
Clay Shirky / Many-to-Many:
The future of television and the media triathlon
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Facebook Clone Bought for $132 million
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Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
2006: THE WORST YEAR FOR HIT ALBUMS SINCE 1983
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Tony Smith / The Register:
Shuttle launches second-gen mini PC
Max Wang / DigiTimes:
Apple and HP to launch LED-based notebooks, Taiwan LED makers unlikely …
Mike / Techdirt:
RIAA Pulling Out All The Stops To Keep Its Wholesale Digital Download Prices Quiet
PR Newswire:
SIRIUS Exceeds 6 Million Subscribers and Achieves First Cash Flow …
Crave RSS:
Is HP ditching DLP TVs?
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Music industry softens on podcasts
cellular-news:
Huge Potential for Apple Phone: Study
Discussion: hypebot and digg