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8:35 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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Warren Ellis / Reuters/Second Life:
Second Life Sketches: Two Worlds - Fame and Infamy
Peter / The Local Onliner:
Management Team Quits BackFence  —  The management team of BackFence has resigned en masse from BackFence, including CEO and CoFounder Susan DeFife, and VPs Amanda Graham and Bob Kelly.  "Ultimately, we did not share the same strategic vision for the company as the Board of Directors," says DeFife.
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Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
CEO Leaves Local News & Community Startup Backfence; Other Layoffs  —  Perhaps symptomatic of the difficulties in developing the local news, community and citizen journalism ventures as a business, especially a venture backed on: Backfence, the local news venture, has seen its co-fouder …
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 …
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Rupert Murdoch Doesn't Read This Column  —  This is my 2007 predictions column, where I first examine my predictions from 2006 to see how well or poorly I did (my multiyear average is around 75 percent) then provide a list of predictions for the current year that are sufficiently vague …
Discussion: SYNTAGMA and Slashdot
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
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:
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 …
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: duncanriley.com and GigaOM
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
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 …
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Microsoft pulls four planned patches  —  Microsoft has pulled four bulletins from its announced list of Patch Tuesday fixes, but did not specify why it was backpedaling on the security releases.  —  It now plans to issue four security bulletins on Tuesday, rather than the eight originally announced …
Discussion: M-Dollar
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
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.
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 …
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
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Music Fans: Dismantle DRM  —  New lawsuits are using antitrust law to challenge media giants' music download policies, claiming they unfairly restrict users' purchases  —  When it comes to legal action over downloaded music, the defendants are often individuals: The lone user downloads …
Discussion: Coolfer and Changing Way
 
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