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6:45 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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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
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
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 …
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
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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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.
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 …
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: Slashdot and Computerworld Blogs
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
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
 
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PR Newswire:
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Nik Cubrilovic / New Web Order:
Lies, Damn Lies and Subscriber Counts
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Sprint and Motorola Add the Smart And Sleek Moto Q to Sprint's …
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google "Tips" Pulled?
 Earlier Items: 
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iriver set to launch W10, Clix2 and B20 at CES
Discussion: Listening Post and 21talks
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
Tom / Music thing:
How to play Windows XP alerts on the piano