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10:40 PM ET, January 4, 2007

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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.
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Daylife Establishes a New Way to View News  —  Daylife, a startup that Jeff Jarvis is working on, rolled out its public beta today.  I have been an alpha tester for the past few months.  —  The site aggregates content from news sites and a selection of blogs.
Discussion: craigblog and CenterNetworks
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Daylife dawns  —  I'm excited to report that Daylife, the news startup I've been helping on, has launched its site today.  Take the tour here.  —  Actually, Daylife launched its platform a few weeks ago, without fanfare and trumpet, powering the new exportable, embedable NewsTracker …
Discussion: Monkey Bites and O'Reilly Radar
Rex Hammock / Rex Hammock's weblog:   TechCruch's Michael Arrington reviews the launch of a company …
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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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) …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Michael Graczyk / ABCNEWS:
Jeff Bezos Shows Off Spacecraft Test  —  Amazon.com Founder Posts Photos, Videos of His New Spacecraft Test As He Seeks Engineers  —  Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is asking engineers to join his fledgling and secretive private aerospace business, breaking a long silence about his operation …
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
70 cents per track is "in the correct range," says UMG attorney  —  There's a new development from yesterday's story on wholesale download pricing.  While the record labels are still unwilling to divulge their wholesale pricing structure for online music sales in UMG v. Lindor without strict …
Discussion: Neowin.net, digg and Slashdot
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Studios okay users burning CSS-encrypted movies, but special media is required  —  Movie download services have been hamstrung, kneecapped, and hobbled (choose your favorite leg-related metaphor) by their general inability to burn movies to DVD.  It's hard to believe that this is such a big deal in 2007 …
Discussion: MacUser and Gizmodo
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
Dick / blogs.feedburner.com:
A 360 Degree View of Audience Engagement  —  As promised, site statistics are now live.  Our architecture conversion work after the BlogBeat acquisition is complete, and our free StandardStats service now enables any of our publishers to track both feed and site audience, all from the comfort of your FeedBurner account.
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" …
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.
 
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