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1:50 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 …
Discussion: 3pointD.com and Venture Chronicles
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Warren Ellis / Reuters/Second Life:
Second Life Sketches: Two Worlds - Fame and Infamy  —  The following is an independent opinion column, and is not connected with Reuters News.  The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not endorsed by Reuters.  —  It's the biggest digital art installation in the world …
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.
DailyTech:
Seagate Confirms 1TB Hard Disk Drive  —  We should expect to see 1TB hard disk drive products within 6 months  —  Seagate Technology has just released information to DailyTech with regard to the company's upcoming highest capacity hard disk drive to date.  At 1TB, if no other hard disk …
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hitachigst.com:
Hitachi Shatters Capacity Record with World's First Terabyte Hard Drive
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Jim Kukral / BlogKits Performance Marketing …:
Google Adsense A Huge Failure For Guy Kawaski's Blog  —  This really isn't any surprise to us here at BlogKits.  But perhaps it is to others who keep contending that bloggers make so much money from Google Adsense.  The truth is... they don't.  Sure, some do, but the majority do not.
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.
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
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
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 …
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 …
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
CES 2007: Heading To Las Vegas—And Uncertainty  —  I'm not the gambler in my family but I've already won one roll of the dice: checking for rate changes a few times brought me an affordable (for CES) room at the Venetian.  The late easy availability of rooms at one of the headquarter hotels …
RELATED:
Michael Gartenberg:
CES will be evolutionary not revolutionary
Discussion: Scripting News
Ryan Katz / Think Secret:
iWork '07 nears release with new spreadsheet app  —  Apple's launch of iWork '07 next week is expected to be touted as one of the company's more significant product launches of the year, most notably due to the addition of a new spreadsheet application.  This third component will better enable Apple …
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: hypebot and Gizmodo
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 …
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Overview of Clustering and Clusty Search Engine  —  Earlier this week we wrote about The Race to beat Google.  In that article we discussed various approaches that startups are taking trying to unseat the web giant.  In this post we are going to zoom in on one of the companies - Clusty and their search clustering technology.
Yahoo! Local & Maps Blog:
Are you in the know?  Give us your local insights!  —  It's time to announce a new feature on Yahoo! Local which empowers you to add your favorite new local business, alert others when an old favorite has closed, and add or change business info quickly.  Now you can truly be our eyes and ears in your community!
Darren Murph / Engadget:
i'coo offers up Pico-iPod stroller: will the madness ever end?  —  Seriously, one day this mayhem has to end, but we suppose today isn't that day, so we'll just take a look at yet another (admittedly useful) product that'll probably sell at least three times as well as sufficient alternatives simply …
Erik Hanson / Engadget:
Monster quad-HD LCD from Westinghouse to demo at CES  —  Continuing to roll with the 1080p bandwagon, Westinghouse has announced plans to show off the new year's product line of 1080p-capable LCD sets at CES, with a 52-incher as the flagship model.  Also to be displayed is a 56-inch LCD …
 
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Richard Thurston / CNET News.com:
OpenOffice patches 'highly critical' flaw
Discussion: Monkey Bites and TechSpot
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Dell prepping a SideShow-enabled MP3 player?
Karl / Techdirt:
Not All MySpace Teens Privacy Dimwits
Discussion: Associated Press
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Shoemoney : Best Affiliate Marketing Blog of 2006
Jason Caplain / Southeast VC:
Novak Biddle Venture Partners, Jack Biddle - VC Predictions 2007
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 Earlier Items: 
Gizmodo:
VAF Sound Wall
Discussion: Crave RSS
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Wallstrip Video Show Raises Funding
Discussion: PaidContent
Stefan Constantinescu / Ring Nokia:
Nokia E65 Information and Pictures leak!
Kristina Dell / Time:
Welcome to Wi-Fi-Ville Pop. 300 towns and growing
Phil Gallo / Variety:
Digital sales boost music industry
Discussion: Lost Remote, Gizmodo and digg
Ryan Block / Engadget:
The second Xbox 360 revealed: codename Zephyr