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6:50 PM ET, January 6, 2007

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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.
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Technology Evangelist:
Ask your questions at CES  —  We're experimenting with getting your audio and video into our daily netcasts.  Being the tech junkies we know you are, you probably have about 40 different RSS feeds with all the CES info available on the web.  With all that info you probably have a lot …
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: LIVEdigitally, Scobleizer and 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 …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
It's official: San Francisco to get free WiFi blanket courtesy of Google / EarthLink  —  Ah Google, where would be without you?  Instead of answering that, we'll just say that the search giant (and future world dominator?) has landed yet another smile-eliciting deal, and this time it's the San Franciscans getting the spoils.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:   EarthLink, San Francisco finalize Wi-Fi contract
John Markoff / New York Times:
Attack of the Zombie Computers Is a Growing Threat, Experts Say  —  In their persistent quest to breach the Internet's defenses, the bad guys are honing their weapons and increasing their firepower.  —  With growing sophistication, they are taking advantage of programs that secretly install themselves …
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: Rough Type, 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
Anything But iPod:
SanDisk Video Player & Flash Player to be Announced at CES 2007  —  Here are a few pics of the upcoming MP3 player from SanDisk.  Many of us thought there would be a follow up to the e200 series player, possibly the e300.  But from what it looks like SanDisk will be releasing a full …
Discussion: Engadget and Tech Digest
Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
Any Video Converter  —  When you start dabbling with video files on a PC, one of the first things that happens is you realize that you need to convert a file from one of the myriad of video formats to another one.  Then, as you start investigating how to go about doing that …
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
Virtual land owner challenges press freedom in Second Life  —  Citing the DMCA, Second Life's biggest land owner, Anshe Chung Studios, has challenged the right for users (including members of the press) to publish 'screen shots' from the game that they claim would infringe on their copyright.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Zephyr's HDMI port and new HANA scaler: up close and personal  —  Alright, so you've had due time to squabble over Microsoft's reasoning for apparently readying an Xbox 360 v2 — supposedly prepared with a 65-nanometer CPU, 120GB hard drive, and an 1080p-pumpin' HDMI port …
Discussion: Igniq.com Gaming News
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
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 …
 
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Kotaku:
Slamdance: Columbine Pulled on Moral Grounds
Muhammad Saleem / The Mu Life:
Why Social Sites Need Forums
Discussion: Squash and digg
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Shocking study reveals that activity in gaming fights obesity
Bruce Gain / Wired News:
PCs Get Set to Scream in 2007
Discussion: LXer Linux News and digg
Richard Stengel / Time:
A Changing TIME  —  I'm not telling you anything you don't …
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Andy Dickinson.net:
UK Newspaper Video : Starting an Overview
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
Wagner James Au / GigaGamez:
Second Life: People Light, Cash Heavy?
Valleywag:
PUBLIC RELATIONS: Dangle scoops before Michael Arrington
Discussion: MediaVidea