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2:50 AM ET, January 7, 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 …
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
10 More CES Tips  —  Woke up this morning about 45 minutes before I actually needed to, but that was pretty much it for me and sleep this week.  Que sera sera.  I noticed my CES Tips article was a little more popular than my average post (extra special thanks to Michael, Kevin, Tris …
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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.
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 …
Discussion: Boing Boing and Slashdot
Smaran / TorrentFreak:
24 Season 6 Leaked on BitTorrent  —  Episode 1 of the highly anticipated 6th season of "24″ has been leaked onto BitTorrent.  For those unlucky chaps who don't know, 24 is the wildly popular TV show that has fans the world over dying for each new episode.
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Jackson West / NewTeeVee:   To Watch This Weekend: Leaked Episodes of 24
John C. Welch / InformationWeek:
Review: Mac OS X Shines In Comparison With Windows Vista  —  Amid the hype surrounding the release of Windows Vista, Mac users are taking solace from the fact that OS X is still a champ on many fronts.  Here are some reasons our reviewer John C. Welch opts for Apple.
Discussion: Slashdot
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:   Photo: Vista on a cab
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
SlingCatcher Is Real!  —  A few months back, I stumbled upon some patent applications by the Krikorian brothers (AKA Sling Media founders and execs) that alluded to a device designed to receive broadcasts — as opposed to the Slingbox which broadcasts your home television signals.
Discussion: Engadget and PaidContent
Mathew Ingram / mathewingram.com/work:
A back fence around a ghost town  —  I wish I could say I was surprised that all is not well at Backfence, the local "citizen journalism" site, where the second of the co-founders, CEO Susan DeFife, just left (the first, Mark Potts, left a few months ago) and about a dozen employees …
Gizmodo:
CES First Blood: We're Inside  — TOP STORIES : - Synchronized at CES: Panasonic's Eight 103-inch Plasma HDTVs - |  Helios X3000 Upscaling Network DVD/DivX Player Hands-On - |  LG DN191H Upconverting DVD/DivX Player Hands-On  —  Griffin Slaps PowerMate on iPod Dock, Pats Selves On Backs
Discussion: LIVEdigitally and Scobleizer
Darren Murph / Engadget:
It's official: San Francisco to get free WiFi blanket courtesy of Google / EarthLink  —  Ah Google, where would we 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
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 …
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: Tech Digest and Engadget
Scott Martin / Red Herring:
iPhone Gets Macworld Hang-Up  —  Report says Apple's iPhone not likely to make debut at Macworld.  —  Apple Computer fanatics have waited months for the chance to watch CEO Steve Jobs launch his company's much-anticipated music-playing cell phone at Macworld on Tuesday.  But now they might have to wait a bit longer.
Discussion: Apple Gazette and digg
Julie Jacobson / The CE Pro Weblog:
[CES] Niveus to Show Dual-Tuner CableCard Receiver (OCUR) for Vista Media Center  —  Niveus Media, purveyor of high-end Media Center PCs, is showing at CES 2007 (Sands 71413, and Venetian 205) an external CableCard receiver that accommodates two CableCards for use with Vista PCs.
Discussion: PVR Wire and TiVo Lovers
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 …
 
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Tech trends and predictions 2007.
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Muhammad Saleem / The Mu Life:
Why Social Sites Need Forums
Discussion: Squash, twopointouch and digg
Bruce Gain / Wired News:
PCs Get Set to Scream in 2007
Discussion: LXer Linux News and digg
Gizmodo:
CES 2007: Xbox 360 Announcements Leaked: IPTV, DVR, VOD