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6:15 PM ET, December 28, 2007

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Tom Drapeau / The Netscape Blog:
End of Support for Netscape web browsers  —  › tags: AOL, Mozilla, Netscape, Netscape Navigator, NetscapeNavigator, Web Browsers, WebBrowsers  —  AOL has a long history on the internet, being one of the first companies to really get people online.  Throughout its lifetime …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
A Sad Milestone: AOL To Discontinue Netscape Browser Development  —  Please observe a moment of silence for the Netscape browser.  Netscape Navigator, the browser that launched the commercial Internet in October 1994, will die on February 1, 2008.  AOL, which acquired Netscape in November 1998 …
BBC:
Web icon set to be discontinued  —  The browser that helped kick-start the commercial web is to cease development because of lack of users.  —  Netscape Navigator, now owned by AOL, will no longer be supported after 1 February 2008, the company has said.  —  In the mid-1990s the browser …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Wait... AOL Was Still Making A Netscape Browser?  —  from the those-7-users-must-be-upset dept  —  While AOL's purchase of Time Warner is often considered one of the biggest M&A blunders of all time (and I'd still argue that the problem was in the execution, not the concept) …
Security Watch:
Netscape Death Is Long Overdue, Good for Security
PC World:
The 25 Most Innovative Products of the Year  —  Web apps that transcend the Web.  PCs that redefine what a PC can do.  And oh yeah, a certain cell phone you may have heard of.  We pick 25 breakthroughs that you can get your hands on right now.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Yes  —  No
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google in 2008  —  There's no all-knowing glass bowl in reach …
Discussion: Valleywag
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:   Google Predicitons, 2008  —  Tis the season for everyone …
Mark Frauenfelder / Boing Boing:
TSA's new forbidden item: >2 gm lithium batteries  —  The TSA has discovered that on January 1st, 2008 lithium batteries are going to become more dangerous than they were on December 31, 2007.  Thankfully, they've taken action by forbidding them beginning in 2008.
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Associated Press:
Baggage Ban on Batteries Begins
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Optimus Tactus Touch Keyboard Should Be Called Optimus Retardus  —  While we love touch surfaces, as people who type hundreds of thousands a word each week we know that there is a limit to them: keyboards.  Like this Optimus Tactus, an extruded shape/touch surface/keyboard concept by Art.Lebedev.
Discussion: Electronista
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Art Lebedev kills us with Optimus Tactus keyboard concept
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Digg
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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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Amazon's Best of 2007 Is Part Duh, Part Huh?  —  When you read Amazon's Best of 2007 sales, ratings and wishlist figures straight down the line, they look pretty plain, but when you compare, say, Bestselling with Most Loved, though, you learn some funny stuff.
Discussion: Gearlog
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Intel's newest gaming platform, Skulltrail  —  Intel seems like it's going to be making a bigger push at gamers with the launch of Penryn, and HotHardware managed to score some deets on the company's upcoming “Skulltrail” platform, which is built-around server-class hardware reconfigured for gaming.
Discussion: SlashGear
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HotHardware.com News:
Intel Skulltrail Motherboard Sneak Peek
Discussion: Electronista and Ubergizmo
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
What can we learn from Wal-Mart?  —  As more than one person has already pointed out, the demise of Wal-Mart's video download service comes as no real surprise.  In many ways, it was stillborn to begin with.  Why?  Simple.  Even when it was launched, it was obvious (to everyone but Wal-Mart …
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Wal-Mart's online movie failure: DRM, high prices to blame
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
Apple readying HD Radio push for Macworld  —  iLounge has learned that Apple plans a push for iTunes Tagging-ready, HD Radio-equipped boomboxes with iPod docks during the mid-January Macworld Expo event in San Francisco, California.  Announced in September, iTunes Tagging is a new HD Radio feature designed …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
GPS baby Jesus stolen again, found across the street  —  Maybe next year they can just spring for an RFID baby Jesus.  The folks in Florida noticed that their GPS-equipped baby Jesus we mentioned the other day was missing from his nativity, and fired up the old GPS tracker.
Mayee Corpin / TrendLabs:
Bhutto Assassination: JavaScripted  —  Cybercriminals wasted no time riding on the tragic and shocking news of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination, as Websense discovered a number of malicious Web sites that came up on Google search results using the simple search term “benazir".
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
Download Uproar: Record Industry Goes After Personal Use  —  Despite more than 20,000 lawsuits filed against music fans in the years since they started finding free tunes online rather than buying CDs from record companies, the recording industry has utterly failed to halt the decline …
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
More Americans Creating Content Online  —  Thirty-Two Percent Call Themselves Broadcasters  —  Close to 40 percent (38%) of Americans are watching TV shows online, 36 percent use their cell phones for entertainment and 45 percent are creating Web sites, music, videos and blogs, according to a survey from Deloitte & Touche.
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Obama Girl, Britney Boy Top YouTube Videos  —  YouTube uses sharing metrics to determine popularity rankings.  —  NEW YORK (Reuters)—Videos by a self-styled Obama Girl, a fan's tearful defense of Britney Spears and an attack by a herd of buffaloes on a pride of lions, were among the most popular clips on YouTube.com in 2007.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and WebProNews
 
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