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11:50 AM ET, January 12, 2007

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Knox / Celebs & Tech Gossips!:
No Porn On Sony HD-DVD Blu-ray?  —  Has Sony gone mad?  Prominent adult movie producer Digital Playground (site) says it is forced to use HD DVD instead of Blu-ray, because Sony does not allow XXX-rated movies to be released on Blu-ray.  —  It does not matter how you stand to porn.
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Aaron McKenna / TG Daily:
CES 2007: HD DVD versus Blu-ray - The porn industry says HD DVD  —  Las Vegas (NV) - Knowing their audience quite well, the adult entertainment industry holds their annual get together in Las Vegas to coincide with the CES.  There is also a very pertinent crossover between the adult and tech industries …
Discussion: Joystiq, Neowin.net and UNEASYsilence
VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
Apple vs. Cisco over iPhone  —  I was just on the phone with Garvin Thomas, a reporter from NBC11 News who wanted my take on the iPhone lawsuit between Apple and Cisco and to discuss what he learned.  First, when you search the US Patent and Trademark Office database for iPhone …
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Mike / Techdirt:
Does The iPhone Need Patents?  —  from the questions,-questions dept  —  A bunch of folks have noted that Steve Jobs seemed mighty excited about the 200 or so patents Apple has filed around some of the technology involved in the iPhone (or whatever it's going to be called).
John Markoff / New York Times:
Phone Shows Apple's Impact on Consumer Products  —  Apple's new iPhone appears to be the clearest statement yet of what Steve Jobs's impact has been on consumer electronics.  —  It is not that he invents new technologies.  He refines existing ones.  —  Mr. Jobs himself acknowledged …
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
Exclusive: Inside The Venice Project, Built On Mozilla  —  The Venice Project is not just another online video start-up.  The Luxembourg-based company is the latest co-production of the two-person hit factory of Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis.  The founders of Kazaa and Skype are hoping …
Discussion: 21talks, GigaOM, TechCrunch and Mark Evans
Joe Mandese / MediaPost Publications:
CBS/Google: Analysts Say Radio Ad Deal Is Imminent, Has Sticking Points  —  CITING EXPECTATIONS THAT A MAJOR ad sales agreement with Google is imminent, securities firm Merrill Lynch reaffirmed its "buy" rating for CBS stock.  In a report issued by lead broadcast analyst Jessica Reif Cohen …
Discussion: Screenwerk, TechCrunch and digg
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Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Google's Deal With CBS Radio Still Likely; TV Deal Unlikely
Discussion: AdAge and Search Engine Watch Blog
blizzard.com:
WORLD OF WARCRAFT SURPASSES 8 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS WORLDWIDE  —  Player population in North America now exceeds 2 million, while Europe and China pass the 1.5 million player and 3.5 million player marks, respectively  —  Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. announced today that World of Warcraft® …
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Exclusive - Yahoo Using Dirty Tactics to Switch Google & Firefox Users?  —  The power struggle between Yahoo and Google for your desktop just took an evil turn, with evidence that suggests Yahoo is covertly trying to switch Google search users without their explicit permission.
Discussion: SoloSEO Blog
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Firefox 3 Plans and IE8 Speculation - Browsers Heading Apart Again  —  Mozilla has published a wiki page detailing its plans for the next version of Firefox, codenamed "Gran Paradiso".  The target release date is sometime in the third quarter this year and it hopes to release a major version of Firefox every year.
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Report: Vista's business sales stronger than expected  —  update Sales of Windows Vista to businesses were stronger than expected during the operating system's debut month, according to a report from NPD Group.  —  The sales outpaced the first month's tally for Windows 2000 and only slightly trailed …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Complicated Laws = Free Calls  —  I'm still trying to figure out how this works, and by the time I do the service may be gone.  Regardless, Iowa based AllFreeCalls is letting people make phone calls to many foreign countries for free.  Or rather, for the cost of a call to Iowa.
Vishesh Kumar / TheStreet.com:
Yahoo! Holder Building a Dissident Nation  —  One Yahoo! (YHOO - news - Cramer's Take) shareholder is mad and doesn't want to take it anymore.  —  Frustrated with the Internet giant's loss of more than one-third of its value in 2006, Eric Jackson wants to use the tactics of activist hedge funds …
Scott Knaster / Official Google Mac Blog:
Taming Mac OS X File Systems  —  Google is a fantastic company to work for.  I could cite numerous reasons why.  Take the concept of "20 percent time."  Google engineers are encouraged to spend 20 percent of their time pursuing projects they're passionate about.
BBC:
Radio goes the open source route  —  A new generation of broadcasters are to join the world's airwaves after the launch of open-source software which allows people to run a radio station from a single computer for free.  —  Campcaster takes a regular PC and turns it into a tool for managing every aspect of a radio station broadcast.
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Wi-Fi VoIP and iPhone: New Competitors?  —  The unrelated announcements this week of Apple's iPhone and Vonage's plan to bundle Wi-Fi with VoIP got me thinking: Do we need some new competitive analysis to figure out what's really happening in the world of good ol' talk talk talk?
Discussion: VoIP Watch
SeekingAlpha Software Stocks:
SAP Warns, Sending Shockwaves Through Enterprise Software  —  Eric Savitz (Barron's) submits: Bad news for the enterprise software sector this afternoon, as SAP (SAP) just warned that fourth quarter software revenue growth came in short of previous guidance.  This is a bit confusing, so bear with me.
Discussion: Between the Lines and AccMan
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 More Items: 
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Democrats take over Congress, but online presence lags
Discussion: IP Democracy
Mike / Techdirt:
Forget The Wii Porn Menace; Perhaps We Should Be Worried About …
Discussion: rklau.com
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
Microsoft's CableCARD DRM
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
The Ultimate iPhone Frequently Asked Questions
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
STEVE JOBS JUST FARTED
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:
Good thing I didn't file a trademark on iPhone back in 1995...
New York Times:
Digital Billboard Up Ahead: New-Wave Sign or Hazard?
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
To delete Wikipedia entry or not to delete?
Discussion: Business 2.0 Beta
 Earlier Items: 
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Google plans street advertising presence
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
PQI's 64GB SSD with SATA connector: a world's first, twice
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Richard Mitchell / Xbox 360 Fanboy:
Gates: PS3 will never have graphics advantage
Discussion: Joystiq and digg
Nick / Rough Type:
IT doesn't matter, part 7  —  This is the seventh installment …
Discussion: deal architect
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
New York Times Media Critic as Media Innovator — David Carr …
Inside AdSense:
Picasa referrals roll into Google Pack
Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
Apple Chief Benefited From Options, Records Indicate
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Hands-on with AOL and Haier's PMP
Discussion: Neowin.net
 

 
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Mickey Djuric / The Canadian Press:
Canadian officials won't say whether or how the new Online News Act should apply to AI companies using Canadian news for training or providing chatbot answers

Marek Miller / The Keyword:
Google launches News Showcase in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania; several publishers added a feature where Google pays for reader access to paywalled content

Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Carpenter Media told a Sound Publishing union that it plans to lay off 62 people, including over half the unionized newsroom at The Daily Herald of Everett, WA

 
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