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9:50 AM ET, December 28, 2007

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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 …
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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.
Dennis Howlett / Irregular Enterprise:
Benazir Bhutto assassinated: Twitter's utility  —  If anyone needed convincing of Twitter's business utility, today is that day.  —  As I write this post, the Twittersphere is going nuts over the assassination of Benazir Bhutto which occurred around 5.15am Pacific Time.
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websense.com:
Malicious Web Site / Malicious Code: Attackers Exploiting News of Benazir Bhutto Assassination  —  Websense Security Labs has discovered malicious Web sites attempting to capitalize on the breaking news of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.  These sites attempt to infect users seeking more information about the event.
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.
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
New product release today
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
A Flickr-powered screensaver? Incredible
Discussion: GigaOM and The Last Podcast
Podcasting News:   Dave Winer Intros FlickrFan & Turns Your HDTV Into The Next Internet Platform
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.
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: HipMojo.com, Beet.TV and Social Media
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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Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:
This Is What a Nokia E90 Blasted With a Shotgun Looks Like  —  Someone blasted their Nokia E90 with a 12-bore shotgun.  And then decided to put the bent and twisted piece of telephony up for sale on eBay “for parts."  Or for laughs, because then someone decided to buy the remains of the smartphone for $20.50.
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.
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 …
PR Newswire:
SCO Receives Nasdaq Notice Letter  —  The SCO Group, Inc. ("SCO") (Nasdaq: SCOX - News), a leading provider of UNIX® software technology and mobile services, today announced that it received a Nasdaq Staff Determination letter on December 21, 2007 indicating that as a result of having filed …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
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Google's privacy faux pas with Reader
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 Earlier Items: 
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Will Apple Blow Past Netflix, Amazon, and Microsoft With A Fox Deal?
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
$40K to fill an iPod? One third of PCs use LimeWire instead
Noah Bierman / Boston Globe:
'I M ON THE T': Tunnels ready for cellphones
Georges Yared / BloggingStocks:
Apple's new price target: $300
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Once Again: The Great Inventors Often Were Neither Great, Nor Inventors
Center for Democracy & Technology:
Music Download Warning List
Discussion: Mashable!