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7:05 PM ET, January 7, 2007

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Netgear:
NETGEAR® Announces 'Digital Entertainer HD,' First Media Receiver with HDMI for Streaming HD Movies, YouTube Videos, iTunes Music and More from PCs, Storage Devices and the Internet to Home Entertainment Systems  —  Product Demo at 2007 CES; Streams BitTorrent Movie Downloads from PCs …
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Live coverage of Netgear's press hoedown  —  We're here at Netgear's press conference, with Debbie Williams, CMO, introducing us to what Netgear does, and then to Vivek Pathela, VP Product Marketing.  —  They're starting us off fast, Vivek introduces Netgear's new Digital Entertainer HD …
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
Netgear knocks it out of the park at CES  —  Opening disclosure: I am working on a consulting project with Netgear, but that work is unrelated to my blogging about them.  I was invited to their press conference and chose to attend and got to see three new products that I was previously unaware of.
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.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Web 2.0 bubble bursting: Peerflix cuts workforce, carnage mounting elsewhere  —  This year has become the "show-me" year.  Internet start-ups showing no traction are getting shut down, or trimmed — abandoned by once wide-eyed investors.  —  The Web 2.0 bubble is bursting …
Discussion: Futuristic Play and TechCrunch
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.
Pew Internet:
Social Networking Websites and Teens: An Overview  —  A social networking site is an online place where a user can create a profile and build a personal network that connects him or her to other users.  In the past five years, such sites have rocketed from a niche activity into a phenomenon …
Brian Benz / Software Soapbox:
A Resident Geek's Guide to Las Vegas during CES  —  I've been reading lots of advice about what to do and what not to do at CES and while visiting Vegas.  I thought I should add my .02 as I'm a rare breed - a middle aged, married IT professional living in Las Vegas that is not employed by the gaming industry.
Discussion: chrisbrogan.com and TechBlog
Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
Does AdSense Suck for Bloggers?  —  Nik Cubrilovic picks up on Guy Kawasaki's posting his revenue and concludes that … While I don't have time for a detailed post on this (I'm supposed to be packing as I write this) I would say that Nik's conclusion is pretty spot on.... when it comes to Guy Kawasaki's blog.
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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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
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.
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
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
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
Richard Lawler / Engadget HD:
LG's BH100 hybrid Blu-ray & HD DVD player: $1,199  —  LG has set the price for its BH100 combination Blu-ray and HD DVD player at $1,199.  Available in the first quarter of this year, the company thinks it can resolve buyer confusion and push both high-def formats using Broadcom's chipset.
Discussion: Gadgetell and Engadget
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.
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
 
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Barb Dybwad / Engadget:
JVC throws down four Hi-Fi systems with iPod, XM support
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Xbox 360 getting IPTV?
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Live coverage of Verizon's press conference
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Next version of Sony UX unveiled
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Cancelling online accounts - pain and misery
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Ubergizmo:
Matsunichi updates Photoblitz line
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Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Verizon to Announce Plan for TV Shows on Cellphones
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nikko's R2-D2 Skype callin' and media playin' oddities
 

 
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