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10:10 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.
Discussion: Monkey Bites
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.
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Peter Marsh / Financial Times:
Plastic may spell the end of the silicon microchip
Discussion: The Tech Report
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 …
Discussion: Slashdot
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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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: digg
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.
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 …
 
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Mary Hayes Weier / TechWeb:
Toyota Adds MySpace-Like Features To Hybrid Owners' Web Site
Discussion: Techdirt
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
Randy Komisar / VentureBeat:
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!
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Widgetbox offers free analytics for widgets
Discussion: Zenrob
Smaran / Torrentfreak:
BitTyrant: The "Selfish" BitTorrent Client
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Holiday 2006 console sales figures erroneous
Clay Shirky / Many-to-Many:
The future of television and the media triathlon
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
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
The "Dumbness of Crowds"
Crave RSS:
Is HP ditching DLP TVs?
Harrison Hoffman / LiveSide:
Nemo surfaces! Windows Live for TV in the wild