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8:35 PM ET, January 4, 2007

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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 …
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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 …
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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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
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 …
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
Nik Cubrilovic / New Web Order:
Lies, Damn Lies and Subscriber Counts  —  Since being back at work, I have been steadily catching up with emails and news.  A story that caught my attention was BoingBoing reporting on a very large spike in their Feedburner subscription stats.  Techcrunch also reported the story.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
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: Slashdot and Computerworld Blogs
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" …
Sprint:
Sprint and Motorola Add the Smart And Sleek Moto Q to Sprint's Power Vision Device Lineup  —  Consumers and professionals striving to be more organized and productive in the new year can rely on Sprint (NYSE:S) and Motorola (NYSE: MOT) to achieve their New Year's resolution.
 
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Business Wire:
MapQuest Enhances Wireless Offerings
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Valley networker Auren Hoffman's reputation on the line
Discussion: Valleywag and Marc's Voice
PR Newswire:
Napster Adds 48,000 Subscribers During Its Third Quarter and Will …
sandisk.com:
SanDisk Launches 32-Gigabyte Solid State Drive Targeting Hard …
Michael Calore / Monkey Bites:
BitTorrent Bullies: BitTyrant and BitThief
Robert Niles / Online Journalism Review:
The silliest, and most destructive, debate in journalism
Discussion: Techdirt
Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
OWC and Axiotron announce the ModBook, a Mac-based tablet computer
newsroom.cisco.com:
Cisco Announces Agreement to Acquire IronPort
Discussion: GigaOM
 Earlier Items: 
Walter S. Mossberg / WSJ Personal Technology:
Bold Redesign Improves Office 2007
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
David Pogue / New York Times:
Fewer Excuses for Not Doing a PC Backup
Discussion: Zoli's Blog and Blogspotting
Dave Taylor / The Intuitive Life Business Blog:
Vista laptops for bloggers furor misses the real story
LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
Google Calendar Up Threefold Since June