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4:15 AM ET, January 6, 2007

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Wagner James Au / GigaGamez:
Second Life: People Light, Cash Heavy?  —  Analysis  —  Om just passed on a fascinating entry from the blog of Tristan Louis, an application development VP with financial giant HSBC.  Inspired by Clay Shirky's scathing (and somewhat disputed) takedown on the media hype surrounding Second Life …
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
The legal rights to your 'Second Life' avatar  —  A Second Life land developer has convinced YouTube to pull down an off-color video of her virtual self being harassed during an interview, raising novel questions about the legal rights of virtual world participants.
Warren Ellis / Reuters/Second Life:
Second Life Sketches: Two Worlds - Fame and Infamy
Lyndonantcliff / Cornwall SEO:
IS THIS THE THING THAT WILL DESTROY DIGG?  —  Digg has spawned a number of clones. some offering interesting and unique information.  Others duplicating existing sites.  —  With a CMS such as Pligg you can quickly and easily set up you own Digg type site.  It took me a couple of hours to knock up my own Pligg test here.
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Will digg die the death of 1,000 cuts?  —  Someone speculates today that digg is going to take a hit from the hundreds of smaller sites that are going vertical in the social news market place.  They make a really nice long list of all the social news sites (let's not call them digg-clones …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
CES to be a snore?  —  Seagate gets out in front of CES news with announcements that a terabyte hard drive is coming.  It's on top of TechMeme.  —  If you told me six months ago that Seagate would be on top of TechMeme the last working day before CES I would have said you're drinking better Merlot than I was.
Discussion: Mickeleh's Take and PodTech.net
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Mr Winer goes to CES
Discussion: LIVEdigitally
Michael Gartenberg:   CES will be evolutionary not revolutionary
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Wii Sports Pack offers trio of Wiimote extensions  —  In what's likely to go down as the most heavily accessorized (and harmful) controller ever, Nintendo's Wiimote sure is garnering a lot of attention from accessory makers.  Sure, those Wii Gloves may keep butterfinger disasters from ever occurring …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Ubergizmo, CrunchGear, I4U News and digg
Jim Ellis / Associated Press:
Most teens are responsible online, study shows  —  MIAMI — Most underage users of MySpace.com don't display information or photos that could attract pedophiles, but a sizable percentage still post potentially provocative photos, a new study concludes.  —  The popular social networking site …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Karl / Techdirt:
Not All MySpace Teens Privacy Dimwits
GamePro.com:
E3 follow-up named: E for All Expo  —  IDG World Expo, which runs MacWorld among many other trade shows, has announced more details about the trade show formerly known as "GamePro Expo."  —  No longer going by the placeholder title of "GamePro Expo," the final name for the E3 follow …
Chris Leckness / Mobility Site:
izenMobile Introduces Two New Pocket PC Phones  —  Wireless converged device brand launches handsets for the SMB market  —  izenMobile™, a San Diego-based converged device company, has launched its new phones for 2007: the KRMA™ and the KSMT™.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Pocket PC Thoughts
PR Newswire:
Cingular Makes First Wireless Video Share Call  —  Technology Demo Showcased in AT&T Booth at Consumer Electronics Show  —  ATLANTA, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ — As thousands of people stroll through the aisles of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week, those stopping by the AT&T booth …
Nick Bradbury:
Will Google Reader Give You Your Attention Data?  —  There has been some buzz this week about the new trends feature added to Google Reader.  It is a nice feature, and it will be even better once it includes aggregated trends of all Google Reader users.  Being able to see the feeds you pay …
wordpress.org:
WordPress 2.0.6  —  By Matt.  Filed under Releases, Security.  —  We have a pretty important release available for everyone, it includes an important security fix and it's recommended that everyone upgrade.  This is the latest release in our stable 2.0 line, which we've committed to maintaining for several more years.
Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost Publications:
Google Poaches NBC Video Exec  —  CONTINUING TO RAMP UP ITS video hosting and syndication business, Google has poached Michael Steib, NBC Universal's general manager of strategic ventures.  —  Led by Steib's strategic ventures unit, NBC Universal in September created the National Broadband Company …
Valleywag:
PUBLIC RELATIONS: Dangle scoops before Michael Arrington  —  Michael Arrington is sometimes so refreshingly blunt that one can forgive him his over-compensating aggression, and sanctimonious contempt for those, such as mainstream journalists, who just don't get it.
Discussion: MediaVidea
Oliver Ryan / CNNMoney.com:
Kawasaki: long tail success or failed "meganicher?"  —  About a year ago, Guy Kawasaki, self-made champion of tech entrepreneurs, started his own blog.  The man who gave us Rules for Revolutionaries in 1999, began posting a single essay each day under the title "How to Change the World."
globelogger.com:
Technology: Whom to Blame When Your 2.0 Infrastructure Fails?  —  Web services are cheap, fast, and convenient.  But when they die, things can get ugly.  —  Yesterday Amazon's S3 service suffered an outage that lasted more than long enough to miss the company's self-imposed goal of 99.99% availability …
David Barboza / New York Times:
Google Acquires Stake in Chinese Web Site  —  Google Inc., the Internet search giant, said today that it had acquired a small stake in a fast-growing Chinese Web site that allows users to download music and video clips from the Internet.  —  Google did not disclose the size of its investment …
Discussion: GigaOM and Computers.net
Andrew Lavallee / Wall Street Journal:
Lifehacker Draws Visitors With Time-Saving Tech Tips  —  Gina Trapani is always looking for a clever shortcut — from a better way to organize her email inbox to keeping track of her Web passwords.  So, it seems, are plenty of other computer users.  —  Ms. Trapani, 31 years old …
Omar McFarlane / Engadget:
Luxpro wins Apple copycat suit, proceeds to copy again by countersuing  —  The financial troubles for Apple just don't seem to end.  Luxpro - the Taiwanese manufacturer known for its MP3 player that closely resembled the iPod shuffle - has emerged victorious in the lawsuit filed by Apple, and is planning a countersuit for lost sales.
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BBC:
Taiwanese firm plans to sue Apple
Discussion: Techdirt
Steve Poland / TechCrunch:
Amazon.com launches independent Endless.com  —  In a quirky move, Amazon.com has launched their own independent shoe and handbag niche website, Endless.com.  Shoes and handbags will still be available on Amazon.  —  Endless really hides the fact that Amazon owns them …
Stefan Constantinescu / Ring Nokia:
Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Unboxing!  —  Don't want these hogging up all my bandwidth by being on the front page so just click "continue reading" below to look at 14 pictures of this little beauty!  —  Here is one image to get your mouth watering:
Discussion: John Tokash's Blog and Engadget
Eliotvb / Listening Post:
Virgin Shutters U.S. Music Subscription Service  —  Virgin Digital has had enough of trying to convince U.S. music fans to sign onto its music subscription service and has announced it is ceasing U.S. operation.  The company contacted subscribers telling them to claim a free MP3 player …
Discussion: Gizmodo and hypebot
 
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Peter / The Local Onliner:
Management Team Quits BackFence
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Best Web 2.0 Blog of 2006 : TechCrunch
Discussion: digg
Richard Thurston / CNET News.com:
OpenOffice patches 'highly critical' flaw
Discussion: Monkey Bites and TechSpot
Darren Murph / Engadget:
i'coo offers up Pico-iPod stroller: will the madness ever end?
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Dell prepping a SideShow-enabled MP3 player?
hitachigst.com:
Hitachi Shatters Capacity Record with World's First Terabyte Hard Drive
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Overview of Clustering and Clusty Search Engine
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Monster quad-HD LCD from Westinghouse to demo at CES
Jason Caplain / Southeast VC:
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Gizmodo:
VAF Sound Wall
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Yahoo! Local & Maps Blog:
Are you in the know? Give us your local insights!
Stefan Constantinescu / Ring Nokia:
Nokia E65 Information and Pictures leak!
Kristina Dell / Time:
Welcome to Wi-Fi-Ville Pop. 300 towns and growing
Ryan Katz / Think Secret:
iWork '07 nears release with new spreadsheet app