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7:45 PM ET, January 4, 2007

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Jessica Guynn / San Francisco Chronicle:
More Apple stock-option fallout — now investors sue  —  Cupertino company also being investigated by 2 U.S. agencies  —  Even as Apple Computer shifts its focus to the annual Macworld conference next week in San Francisco, the Cupertino maker of Macintosh computers and iPod digital media …
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Guardian:
What Jobs told me on the iPhone  —  Will Apple's chief executive unveil a tablet Mac or an 'iPhone' at Macworld next week?  Former sales boss David Sobotta describes the meeting which explained key thinking  —  Next week, Steve Jobs will stand on stage in San Francisco to make his keynote speech …
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Is Steve Jobs Untouchable?  —  An internal inquiry gives him a pass in Apple's backdating scandal—but raises questions about whether he's getting special treatment  —  In Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs is admired for many things: his storybook resuscitation of Apple Computer (AAPL) …
Discussion: IP Democracy
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Daylife Launches, Starts Very Long Uphill Climb  —  New York based Daylife, a news aggregation site I invested in long, long ago, has finally launched.  We first mentioned the company back in July.  After quickly reviewing the launch product, I am unhappy to report that I am underwhelmed by what Daylife has to offer.
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Daylife Establishes a New Way to View News
Discussion: Rex Hammock's weblog and craigblog
Reuters:
Brazil court orders YouTube shut on celeb sex video  —  SAO PAULO, Brazil, Jan 4 (Reuters) - A Brazilian court ordered the popular video sharing service YouTube, a unit of Internet search provider Google Inc. (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile , Research), to be shut down until it removes a celebrity sex video …
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
New Disc May Sway DVD Wars  —  Consumers wary of buying new high-definition DVD players because of a technology war reminiscent of the days of Betamax versus VHS will soon have a new kind of DVD that might make the decision less daunting.  —  Warner Brothers, which helped popularize the DVD …
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Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
DVDs Still Reign, With a Few Fixes on the Way
Discussion: Associated Press
Mark Evans:
Kaboose Picks Up Bubbleshare  —  Well, it turns out the buyer of Bubbleshare isn't News Corp. Instead, it's Toronto-based Kaboose Inc., which is buying the photo-sharing service for $2.25-million to strengthen it's position as "the biggest independent, family-focused online media company in North America".
Discussion: Uninstalled
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Jeneane Sessum / ALLIED:
Speaking of Family Photo Fun, Kaboose Just Acquired BubbleShare
Mathew Ingram / mathewingram.com/work:
Bubbleshare finally gets acquired
Alan Boyle / Cosmic Log:
BLUE ORIGIN REVEALED  —  After years of working behind closed doors and locked gates, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos has finally lifted the curtain that shrouded Blue Origin, his space tourism venture.  —  Among the goodies now displayed on Blue Origin's Web site are photos and videos …
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Michael Graczyk / ABCNEWS:   Jeff Bezos Shows Off Spacecraft Test
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Internet Explorer Unsafe for 284 Days in 2006  —  Security Fix spent the past several weeks compiling statistics on how long it took some of the major software vendors to issue patches for security flaws in their products.  Since Windows is the most-used operating system in the world …
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Sandisk rolls out flash hard drives for laptops  —  Sandisk wants to replace the hard drive in notebooks with flash memory, a swap that it says will make thin laptops faster and more reliable.  —  The switch, however, will cost you a few hundred dollars more.
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Dave Taylor / The Intuitive Life Business Blog:
Vista laptops for bloggers furor misses the real story  —  I've been reading the classic blogger tempest in a teapot about Microsoft's PR agency of record, Edelman, sending out about 90 fancy Ferrari laptops preloaded with Windows Vista to high-profile bloggers and have been amazed …
Stephen Shankland / ZDNet:
A peek at faster Power6, Cell chips  —  Judging by details revealed in a chip conference agenda, the clock frequency race isn't over yet.  —  IBM's Power6 processor will be able to exceed 5 gigahertz in a high-performance mode, and the second-generation Cell Broadband Engine processor from IBM …
Discussion: Engadget, I4U News and Slashdot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google "Tips" Pulled?  —  The controversial Google "Tips", where Google promoted certain of their own products over organic search results, have been quietly pulled down.  —  Until recently, Google searches for Calendar, Blogging, Photo Sharing and others returned "tips" …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA fights to keep wholesale pricing secret  —  A proposed order in a file-sharing lawsuit would force the recording industry to divulge closely-held details of their wholesale pricing arrangements.  UMG v. Lindor is one of the highest-profile file-sharing cases in the news today …
Christopher Drew / New York Times:
U.S. Bars Lab From Testing Electronic Voting  —  A laboratory that has tested most of the nation's electronic voting systems has been temporarily barred from approving new machines after federal officials found that it was not following its quality-control procedures and could not document that it was conducting all the required tests.
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs and Slashdot
newsroom.cisco.com:
Cisco Announces Agreement to Acquire IronPort  —  Cisco extends the Self-Defending Network to Messaging and Web Security Services  —  Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) - Cisco today announced a definitive agreement to acquire the privately held company, IronPort Systems, Inc. of San Bruno …
Discussion: GigaOM
Walter S. Mossberg / WSJ Personal Technology:
Bold Redesign Improves Office 2007  —  Next to the Web browser, Microsoft Office is probably the most-used computer software product in the world.  Its three main components — Word, Excel and PowerPoint — are the top business applications on computers.  And the fourth pillar of Office …
Samsung:
SAMSUNG Develops First Truly Double-sided LCD  —  Seoul, Korea - January 4, 2007: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world's largest provider of thin-film transistor, liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels announced today that it has created the first LCD panel that can produce independent images on each side of a mobile LCD display.
Discussion: Engadget, Digital World and CrunchGear
David Pogue / New York Times:
Fewer Excuses for Not Doing a PC Backup  —  If there's one New Year's resolution even more likely to fail than "I vow to lose weight," it's "I vow to start backing up my computer."  —  After all, setting up and remembering to use a backup system is a huge hassle.
Discussion: Zoli's Blog and Blogspotting
Robert Niles / Online Journalism Review:
The silliest, and most destructive, debate in journalism  —  Commentary: Let's quit arguing the merits of "mainstream" versus "citizen" journalism and instead work together on "better" journalism.  —  Welcome back.  I hope that the New Year finds you in good health and resolved to do whatever …
Discussion: Techdirt
 
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Valley networker Auren Hoffman's reputation on the line
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PR Newswire:
Napster Adds 48,000 Subscribers During Its Third Quarter and Will …
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Lies, Damn Lies and Subscriber Counts
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OWC and Axiotron announce the ModBook, a Mac-based tablet computer
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Jeremy Mayes / PPC Discussions:
Google Newspaper Ads Test Results
David / Ironic Sans:
Celebrity Patents  —  Last month, Google introduced …
Discussion: Engadget and digg
Google:
China Mobile, Google Launch Cooperation: Creating Leading Mobile …
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Updated: XML Has Too Many Architecture Astronauts
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Adobe brings Premiere back to the Mac
LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
Google Calendar Up Threefold Since June