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4:20 AM ET, December 28, 2007

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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The MacMini HDTV revolution  —  Yesterday I was over talking with the team behind Retrevo, the consumer electronics search engine.  —  We all agreed that Apple TV sucks.  More on that in a minute.  —  But we all notice a trend: hooking MacMinis up to your HTDV.  I think it's a revolution.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
FlickrFan: Dave Winer's New Photo Viewing Software  —  Long-time inventor Dave Winer has released an early version of his new Mac software called FlickrFan tonight.  Though there are some kinks in it at launch, the service leverages a number of APIs to do some very cool things.
Discussion: ALLIED and A VC
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
New product release today  —  Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls...  It's with much anticipation that I say this.  —  I have a new product that may be familiar to those of you who used Radio 8, and in other ways may be completely new.  —  The idea is simple.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
A Flickr-powered screensaver?  Incredible  —  I don't want to turn this into a Dave Winer *thing,* but I have to say that the release of his newest software tool — a Mac-only screensaver/RSS widget called FlickrFan — fills me with, well... a sense of underwhelmingness.
Discussion: GigaOM and The Last Podcast
Podcasting News:
Dave Winer Intros FlickrFan & Turns Your HDTV Into The Next Internet Platform  —  RSS and podcasting pioneer Dave Winer has a new project, FlickrFan, that's a platform for uploading and downloading Flickr images.  —  Even more important, though, it's an attempt to turn your HDTV into a platform that embraces the Internet.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Wal-Mart Kills Video Download Store Before Christmas, No One Notices  —  Honestly, if we hadn't been tipped to this, we probably would've been none the wiser—same as pretty much everybody else on the planet apparently—but it looks like Wal-Mart's video download store caught pneumonia and died on Dec. 21.
Discussion: Reel Pop and ParisLemon
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Gina Keating / Reuters:
Wal-Mart cancels movie download service  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc quietly canceled its online video download service less than a year after the site went live, a company spokeswoman said on Thursday.  —  Wal-Mart shut down the download site after Hewlett Packard Co discontinued …
Discussion: Engadget
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Wal-Mart Cancels Video Download Service; HP Says Wasn't Worth Powering  —  Yet another example of bricks-and-mortar scale not translating to online sales power and of grand online video plans deflating ... Reuters reports that Wal-Mart, (NYSE: WMT) one of the largest sellers of DVDs …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and MacDailyNews
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
A Post-Google Fraternity of Investors  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Chris Sacca had a plum job as the Wi-Fi guru at Google.  But with his stock options fully vested, he left the Internet search company this month for a new career as a venture capitalist.  —  Mr. Sacca, 32, joins a growing number …
Discussion: The Open Road
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
3 down, 1 to go: Warner Music Group drops DRM  —  Warner Music has bent beneath the force of the anti-DRM winds sweeping the globe.  The label will now offer its complete catalog, DRM-free, through Amazon's new MP3 store.  —  The announcement means that EMI, Universal …
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Jeff Leeds / New York Times:   Amazon to Sell Warner Music Minus Copy Protection
Antone Gonsalves / EE Times:
Apple seeks patent for wireless order processing for cafes  —  Apple is seeking to patent a system that would make it possible for a person to use a wireless gadget to place an order at a cafe or fast-food restaurant and pickup the order without waiting in line.
Discussion: textually.org and Ars Technica
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple's Piping Hot Innovation
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Apple Tries To Patent A Way to Avoid Long Lines
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
What Is The ROI Of Requiring User Registration To Access Online Content?  —  I somehow got logged out of my NYTimes.com registration and just hit the registration wall when I tried to read an article — I almost forgot it was there.  Which made me wonder, now that the TimesSelect pay wall is gone …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
NTV Predictions: Video Advertising  —  Among the questions we've asked our panel of experts was this one: Which online video ad format will become dominant in 2008?  —  Selections from their responses are below.  We'd love to hear your take on the question or on our panelists' predictions in the comments.
Discussion: Social Media
Center for Democracy & Technology:
Music Download Warning List  — Claims to have the “Largest Music & Movie Selection,” “Over 12 million MP3 files,” and to allow users to “Find Any Song for Movie Fast!"  — Charges $34.44 for a lifetime membership  — Claims to be “legal” on the home page.
Discussion: Mashable!
 
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Yahoo to patent “smart drag-and-drop,” Ars submits prior art
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Google suffers patent blow
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