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3:35 PM ET, January 6, 2007

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New York Times:
Companies Pay Dearly for Tech Trade Show  —  For a small technology company called Digeo, the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is one of the biggest opportunities of the year.  For the next few days, the city will be jampacked with potential customers, partners and press — but the price of participation is daunting.
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Gizmodo:
CES First Blood: We're Inside  —  Everyone says CES doesn't start until Monday.  But we went to the Las Vegas Convention Center today, disguised as construction workers, and got to take all sorts of cool photos before we started getting dirty looks from the CES rent-a-cops.
Discussion: I4U News
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 …
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
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:
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Paul Miller / Engadget:   Nokia N800 Internet Tablet unboxed
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
New Nokia N800 Internet Tablet appears and unboxed
Discussion: PalmAddicts and GottaBeMobile.com
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Creative Video Blogging and The New "Instant Journalism"  —  With all that is going on this year at CES, an event I'm going to for the next few days it's going to be the independent news sources, not the main stream media where a lot of the "breaking news" and more interesting stories get told.
Discussion: Technology Evangelist and hubbub
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.
Discussion: Conversion Rater
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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 …
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
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
E-Paper Display Company Plastic Logic Receives $100 Million Funding  —  In one of the biggest venture capital rounds ever in Europe, UK electronic paper display technology company Plastic Logic has received $100 million in venture funding.  The new round was led by Oak Investment Partners and Tudor Investment Corporation.
Discussion: Red Herring
Bruce Gain / Wired News:
PCs Get Set to Scream in 2007  —  Flash-memory-aided hard drives and software that harnesses the full power of multi-core CPUs will make PCs speedier and more convenient in 2007.  —  Next-gen computers will boot up and load applications more quickly as speedy flash memory helps alleviate …
Discussion: LXer Linux News and digg
Gizmodo:
CES 2007: Xbox 360 Announcements Leaked: IPTV, DVR, VOD  —  Xbox 360 Announcements Leaked: IPTV, DVR, VOD  —  Dean T. of the Mercury News just made an oops and leaked some Xbox 360 announcements Microsoft was planning on dropping next week at CES.  Not only does he mention the improved Xbox 360s …
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
Muhammad Saleem / The Mu Life:
Why Social Sites Need Forums  —  One thing that socially driven news and content sites are sorely lacking, across the board, are forums.  This is regrettable, because it is becoming more and more apparent that forums, that allow interaction between the community and the site owners, are what these sites need most.
Discussion: Squash and digg
 
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GamePro.com:
E3 follow-up named: E for All Expo
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