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11:15 AM ET, January 4, 2007

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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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo and O'Grady's PowerPage
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Warner to unveil Total HD hybrid Blu-ray HD DVD discs at CES  —  People love to continue to characterize Blu-ray and HD DVD as VHS vs. BetaMax — but it's vaguely reassuringly quite different.  This time around we aren't contending with physical cartridge incompatibilities and differing analog tape types …
Gizmodo:
Dreams Do Come True!  LG's Makes World's First Blu-ray/HD DVD Dual-Format Player
Discussion: Gadgetell, UNEASYsilence and digg
Ryan Block / Engadget:
What exactly does BackupHDDVD do? Oh, and version 1.0 is released.
Discussion: digg
Mihai Parparita / Official Google Reader Blog:
I like big charts and I cannot lie  —  I've always been a big fan of charts, tables and other ways of analyzing and visualizing data.  On my own blog I will often plot things just to get a handle on them.  Even here I've posted some analyses that I've done of the data that the Reader team has on hand.
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Google Reader Tracks Personal Attention Metadata  —  Googlified says the Google RSS Reader has added a feature that shows just where your attention goes.  Reading trends displays the items you read, starred, shared in the past 30 days.  Subscription trends identifies the blogs that update the most and which blogs are inactive.
symantec.com:
When PDFs Attack!  —  We have received reports of a significant problem relating to Adobe Acrobat files and Cross Site Scripting (XSS).  A weakness was discovered in the way that the Adobe Reader browser plugin can be made to execute JavaScript code on the client side.
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Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Acrobat Reader plugin vulnerable to attacks
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:   Acrobat flaw could spawn Web attacks
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Adobe brings Premiere back to the Mac  —  Adobe will announce on Thursday that it will revive a Mac version of Premiere, the software maker's video program aimed at professional editors.  The new Mac version will only run on Intel-based Macs and will be part of a larger Adobe Production Studio suite …
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Jnack / John Nack on Adobe:
Adobe video apps: Back to the Mac
Discussion: Gizmodo and Digital Inspiration
LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
Google Calendar Up Threefold Since June  —  As you resolve to get your schedule more organized in the new year, do what more and more people are doing - use Google Calendar.  A few weeks ago, Google Calendar overtook MSN Calendar in market share of US visits, and is quickly approaching Yahoo! Calendar.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Search Engine Land
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Online Calendar Wars
Discussion: Bokardo
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 …
Discussion: The Apple Blog and digg
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.
Discussion: Listening Post and MobileWhack.com
Steven Zeitchik / Variety:
Scannell gets Next New post  —  Ex-Nick exec links to new Web vid net  —  Former MTV Networks and Nickelodeon exec Herb Scannell has landed at Next New Networks, a collection of video-based community Web sites that is expected to launch this year.  —  Scannell, who helped found …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Next New Networks gets funding — for another niche video play
Discussion: GigaOM
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
BBC:
Amazon boss shows off spacecraft  —  The billionaire founder of Amazon.com has released the first images of the launch of a private spacecraft that could bring space travel to the masses.  —  A video of the cone-shaped Goddard vehicle shows it climbing to about 85m (285ft) before returning back to Earth.
Discussion: CrunchGear
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
Kevin Newcomb / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google's Response to "The Sausage Manifesto"  —  Today's SearchDay, It's Time to See What's In the PPC Sausage, looks into Jeffrey Rohr's open letter to paid search networks about click fraud.  There was not room enough to fully cover both Rohr's concerns and Google's responses …
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
USuggest - Social Shopping That Pays  —  Time to add USuggest to our list of social sites that pay.  The service, which launched yesterday, makes it easy (in theory) to earn money from affiliate links.  After signing up for an account, you can search the database of 2 million products …
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Webware.com
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 …
Dominic Jones / IR Web Report Blog:
Measuring the buzz in social media  —  EVERY day, millions of people around the world freely express their opinions and interests on blogs and social media websites, providing market researchers with a potential gold mine of insights into the online citizenry's thinking and behavior.
Discussion: MediaShift, Lost Remote, cgm and Mouthpiece
Tom / Music thing:
How to play Windows XP alerts on the piano  —  I'm proud to say that I'm no longer the world's geekiest man.  'TheCanCollecter123' has taken my crown with this piano medley of Windows XP alerts.  All the hits are here: 'Chime', 'MSN message received', 'AIM message received' …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Global Nerdy and Gizmodo
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: Blogspotting
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
OpenID vs the Identity Systems of Yahoo, Google and MSN  —  Written by Emre Sokullu and edited by Richard MacManus  —  You may've heard of OpenID - it's a distributed identity management system, a.k.a. a decentralized single sign-on platform.  We prepared a screencast to better explain the idea (see Flash movie below).
Discussion: Raw
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
Catch the Next Chapter on Your iPod (It's Even Cheaper)  —  On a recent afternoon Laura Wilson was speaking through a microphone to Oliver Wyman, who was on the other side of a pane of glass.  "Just hit Samaritan a little harder," she said.  —  The two were in a recording studio near Times Square …
Discussion: Kevin Maney
 
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Matt Vella / Business Week:
Nike + iPod Equals Smooth Runnings
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
SanDisk announces 32GB SSD: prices begin to fall
Karl / Techdirt:
NYC Addresses Complaints Over School Cell Ban By Charging Students To Store Them
Discussion: Weblogg-ed and Engadget Mobile
Bloggers Blog:
2007 Year of the Widget?  —  Business 2.0's The Next Net blog …
Discussion: Anne 2.0 and The Next Net
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Counting the real 'Second Life' population
Discussion: GigaGamez and TJ's Weblog
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
Plane Crashes on a Google Map
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Search Every Word Said on YouTube With Podzinger
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Two more executives depart Guba
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Mashable!
Tricia Duryee / Seattle Times:
Patent suit filed against cellphone makers over Bluetooth
Scott Guelich / Theobroma Cacao:
The Reasons for Leopard-Only Apps
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Asterisk an under-appreciated Open Source Success Story
Dean Takahashi / AEI:
Moral Kombat: Spencer Halpin's Documentary On Game Violence
Discussion: Joystiq, Cathode Tan, Kotaku and digg
Business Wire:
Ground Breaking Web Site Combines Social Networking with Stock Investment Ideas