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12:15 PM ET, January 6, 2007

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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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James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
New Nokia N800 Internet Tablet appears and unboxed
Discussion: PalmAddicts and GottaBeMobile.com
Paul Miller / Engadget:   Nokia N800 Internet Tablet unboxed
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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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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Mickeleh's Take and Paul Mooney
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 …
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 …
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
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
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 …
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
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.
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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.
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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: MobileWhack.com, Gizmodo and digg
 
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Shocking study reveals that activity in gaming fights obesity
Regine / we make money not art:
My Cage (Silence for Cellphone)
Bruce Gain / Wired News:
PCs Get Set to Scream in 2007
Discussion: digg
Richard Stengel / Time:
A Changing TIME  —  I'm not telling you anything you don't …
Andy Dickinson.net:
UK Newspaper Video : Starting an Overview
Gizmodo:
CES 2007: Xbox 360 Announcements Leaked: IPTV, DVR, VOD
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
E-Paper Display Company Plastic Logic Receives $100 Million Funding
Discussion: Red Herring
John Keehler / Random Culture:
Superbowl XLI: Sort of Consumer Generated
Discussion: Jaffe Juice and AdJab
 Earlier Items: 
India / NVIDIA Press Room:
Windows Vista x64 RTM
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Richard Thurston / CNET News.com:
OpenOffice patches 'highly critical' flaw
Discussion: Monkey Bites and TechSpot
Chris Leckness / Mobility Site:
izenMobile Introduces Two New Pocket PC Phones
Discussion: Gizmodo and Pocket PC Thoughts
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Dell prepping a SideShow-enabled MP3 player?
Omar McFarlane / Engadget:
Luxpro wins Apple copycat suit, proceeds to copy again by countersuing
Discussion: Techdirt
GamePro.com:
E3 follow-up named: E for All Expo
Steve Poland / TechCrunch:
Amazon.com launches independent Endless.com