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10:55 AM ET, January 7, 2007

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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: Mark Evans, Gizmodo, TiVo Lovers and PVRblog
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Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Sling to Debut PC-to-TV Box at CES  —  Friday afternoon at Sling Media's HQ in San Mateo, we got a look at a prototype for one of the first entrants in the bring-Internet-video-to-the- TV race: The SlingCatcher, a sort of Slingbox-in-reverse that should hit the retail shelves sometime this summer, priced at $200 or less.
Discussion: Engadget and BuzzMachine
Kenneth Li / Reuters Blogs:
Sling Media chief: I see "dead bodies"  —  Sling Media rocked the media industry two years ago with the Slingbox, a television set top gadget that let viewers "place-shift" or view their cable, satellite TV or shows from digital video recorders from just about any wirelessly connected device outside of the home, anywhere.
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.
Discussion: MYBLOG by Ouriel
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Jackson West / NewTeeVee:   To Watch This Weekend: Leaked Episodes of 24
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 …
Discussion: LIVEdigitally
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bubble, Bubble, Bubble  —  The startup ranks are starting to thin.  We've added three companies to the TechCrunch DeadPool in the last week (Raw Sugar, FilmLoop and Browster).  Even Google got into the spirit of things when they shut down Google Answers at the end of the year.
Discussion: Roam4free
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
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
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nikko's R2-D2 Skype callin' and media playin' oddities  —  It's hard to tell if this is some sort of elaborate hoax or just hasn't hit the wires yet, but a certain nikkor2d2.com purports to detail some rather decked RC R2-D2 bots, and who are we to stand in the way of awesome?
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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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.
Michael Gartenberg:
Bloggers at CES  —  Interesting to see how many bloggers are covering CES.  Far too many to link to here.  It will be interesting to see how different folks see the show through their eyes.  It's also going to be interesting to see how folks differentitate themselves in terms of coverage.
Discussion: Engadget
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 …
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: TiVo Lovers and PVR Wire
 
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Ross Miller / Joystiq:
Xbox 360 hits 10.4 million, announces IPTV [update 2]
Dylan / the tweney review:
Tech trends and predictions 2007.
Discussion: Labnotes
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Nokia N800 specs
Discussion: MobileWhack.com and Gadgetell
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Photo: Vista on a cab
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
EarthLink, San Francisco finalize Wi-Fi contract
Discussion: Engadget
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Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
Virtual land owner challenges press freedom in Second Life
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Zephyr's HDMI port and new HANA scaler: up close and personal
Anything But iPod:
SanDisk Video Player & Flash Player to be Announced at CES 2007
Discussion: Tech Digest and Engadget
Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
Any Video Converter  —  When you start dabbling with video files …
Gizmodo:
CES First Blood: We're Inside
Discussion: Scobleizer and LIVEdigitally