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1:25 PM 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 …
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Ryan Block / Engadget:   Warner to unveil Total HD hybrid Blu-ray HD DVD discs at CES
Gizmodo:
Dreams Do Come True!  LG's Makes World's First Blu-ray/HD DVD Dual-Format Player
Discussion: Gadgetell, UNEASYsilence and 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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Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
New Reader Trends page
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.
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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 …
Alan Boyle / MSNBC:
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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BBC:
Amazon boss shows off spacecraft
Discussion: CrunchGear
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Brazil Orders YouTube Shut Down  —  A Brazilian court agreed yesterday that until YouTube completely removes a sex tape, it should be shut down, according to Reuters.  —  The tape shows Daniela Cicarelli, a model and ex-wife of Ronaldo, having sex with her boyfriend at the beach.
Discussion: GigaOM
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Reuters:
Brazil court orders YouTube shut on celeb sex video
Discussion: Techdirt and Google Blogoscoped
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 …
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: CrunchGear and Digital World
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:   Samsung unveils "world's first truly double-sided LCD"
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
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
Google:
China Mobile, Google Launch Cooperation: Creating Leading Mobile Search Service in China  —  China Mobile, the world's largest mobile telecommunications carrier, and Google, the world's largest search engine, announced today a cooperation to provide mobile and Internet search services in China.
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 …
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.
Michael Calore / Wired News:
Best Blogfights of 2006  —  If bloggers know how to do one thing really well, it's fight.  —  Blogging is driven largely by raw emotion.  When a blogger goes on an opinionated tirade about one topic or another, it's often an honest emotional reaction rather than anything malicious.
Discussion: Micro Persuasion
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
 
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David / Ironic Sans:
Celebrity Patents  —  Last month, Google introduced …
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ChristopherA / Life With Alacrity:
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Internet Explorer Unsafe for 284 Days in 2006
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA fights to keep wholesale pricing secret
Matt Vella / Business Week:
Nike + iPod Equals Smooth Runnings
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
SanDisk announces 32GB SSD: prices begin to fall
Kevin Newcomb / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google's Response to "The Sausage Manifesto"
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 Earlier Items: 
Karl / Techdirt:
NYC Addresses Complaints Over School Cell Ban By Charging Students To Store Them
Discussion: Weblogg-ed and Engadget Mobile
Tom / Music thing:
How to play Windows XP alerts on the piano
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Counting the real 'Second Life' population
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
OpenID vs the Identity Systems of Yahoo, Google and MSN
Discussion: Spamroll and Raw
Steven Zeitchik / Variety:
Scannell gets Next New post
Marshall Kirkpatrick / splashcastmedia.com:
Search Every Word Said on YouTube With Podzinger
Tricia Duryee / Seattle Times:
Patent suit filed against cellphone makers over Bluetooth
Dean Takahashi / AEI:
Moral Kombat: Spencer Halpin's Documentary On Game Violence
Discussion: Joystiq, Cathode Tan, Kotaku and digg