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4:35 PM 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.
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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.
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 HD and BuzzMachine
Nick / Rough Type:
The new new journalism  —  I have seen the future of journalism and his name is Andy Abramson.  —  I happened to be looking at Techmeme last night, and I saw that the lead story - at the very tippy top of the heap - was a piece by Abramson, from his blog VoIP Watch.
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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.
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Will Venice Project be net neutrality's calling card?  —  Back in the heady days of the (original) dot-com bubble, there was a site called ICraveTV that provided free streaming video of all the channels from a basic cable provider in Toronto.  Copyright violation issues forced the site to shut …
Discussion: Rough Type and digg
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
CES: NetGear To Offer Home Digital Media Receiver, Dual-Mode Cordless Phone That Supports Skype  —  Several new products from NetGear (NTGR) today at their press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show.  The press releases are all over the Web - check netgear.com - but here is a quick rundown.
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 and Scripting News
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
BlogHausing at CES  —  The BlogHaus is ready to rumble.  We were up until 3 a.m. getting it ready.  Lots of connectivity, big screens, PlayStation3's, Xboxes, and other stuff.  Oh, screw all that, it's about the free food and drinks.  —  Anyway, it all starts tonight.  We'll be streaming Bill Gates keynote.
Gizmodo:
Fastap On Major US Carrier Fall '07  —  Even though Fastap's been around for a while, no major carrier—don't kid yourself Alltel—has it.  Digit Wireless tells us besides launching on a major Mexican carrier next week, a major US carrier has plans to deploy a Fastap phone this Fall.
Discussion: Mobility Site and Crave RSS
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: robhyndman.com and Slashdot
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTornado Bans All BitComet Users  —  BitTornado developer John Hoffman, better known as Shad0w, decided to ban BitComet users from accessing his client.  Shad0w says that BitComet is gaming the system and stealing precious bandwidth, which results in slower speeds for all non-Bitcomet users.
Discussion: digg
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
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?
PhysOrg.com:
Researchers Use Wikipedia To Make Computers Smarter  —  Using Wikipedia, Technion researchers have developed a way to give computers knowledge of the world to help them "think smarter," making common sense and broad-based connections between topics just as the human mind does.
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:
Exclusive: Windows Vista Digital Cable Tuners  —  Last year at CES, Microsoft announced that with Vista Media Center, home users would be able to record high-definition television.  Through OpenCable Receivers (OCURs) sold through system OEMs, you'd be able to plug a CableCARD into a box attached …
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Julie Jacobson / The CE Pro Weblog:
[CES] Niveus to Show Dual-Tuner CableCard Receiver (OCUR) for Vista Media Center
Discussion: TiVo Lovers and PVR Wire
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 …
Ubergizmo:
Matsunichi updates Photoblitz line  —  CES Unveiled - Just in case you were wondering why on earth would you want to part with your hard earned money for a digital picture frame, Matsunichi decided to take a step forward by introducing a bunch of features in its range of digital picture frames that are bound to tempt your wallet.
Discussion: PVR Wire
 
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Anything But iPod:
SanDisk Video Player & Flash Player to be Announced at CES 2007
Discussion: Engadget and Tech Digest
Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
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