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4:25 PM ET, January 5, 2008

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Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget HD:
The real reason why Warner went Blu?  —  We knew this wouldn't take long — just like when Paramount made the switch to HD DVD, rumors are swirling that a sum of $500 Million was involved in the decision to make the switch.  The rumor goes on to say that Fox's allegiance to Blu-ray was a factor as well …
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
HD DVD group cancels CES press conference in wake of Warner announcement: daaamn  —  We just got an email which stated that the HD DVD group is canceling its CES press conference; tail severely between legs over today's explosive news that Warner — the last “undecided” studio …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Noontime Web Video Revitalizes Lunch at Desk  —  In cubicles across the country, lunchtime has become the new prime time, as workers click aside their spreadsheets to watch videos on YouTube, news highlights on CNN.com or other Web offerings.  —  The trend — part of a broader phenomenon known …
Clive Thompson / New York Times:
Can You Count on Voting Machines?  —  Jane Platten gestured, bleary-eyed, into the secure room filled with voting machines.  It was 3 a.m. on Nov. 7, and she had been working for 22 hours straight.  “I guess we've seen how technology can affect an election,” she said.
Discussion: Techmamas and Slashdot
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Erased  —  OK, forget for a few minutes the debate about who owns your email addresses, birthdays, and name on social networking sites.  —  Forget for a few minutes about whether or not I was a jerk, stupid, idiotic, or worse for breaking the terms of service of one of your favorite companies.
Adrates / CPM Advisors:
Ning Firing on All Cylinders - Adult content play?  —  Ning appears to be ramping up and getting a lot of traffic from what they say.  We created a network on their platform and we reported a bug to them yesterday, as the site threw an exception while we were using it and they replied that:
Discussion: Mashable!, CenterNetworks and Valleywag
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Put Buyers First?  What a Concept  —  My Christmas story — the one I've been telling and retelling these last 10 days — began on Friday, Dec. 21.  —  It was early in the morning, and I had awoken with the sudden, sinking realization that a present I had bought for one of my sons hadn't yet arrived.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
When Pirates Pay, They Pay Good  —  Steal This Film 2 is produced by “The League of Noble Peers".  Part 2 is already a great success with over 150,000 downloads in the first 4 days.  Interestingly, people are being very generous with their donations, which have already passed $5000.
Discussion: DSLreports and jamie.com
ReadWriteWeb:
10 Ways Twitter Can Boost Your Social News Profile  —  This is guest post by Dan Zarrella, a social media marketing consultant.  You can follow him on Twitter here.  —  Building popularity on Twitter is about gaining followers, and the most fundamental and important concept to learn …
Discussion: The Social Times and innonate
Bill Ray / The Register:
Why there will never be another GSM  —  Ofcom squares up to EU over spectrum carve-up  —  Comment Ofcom is changing the way spectrum is licensed in the UK to remove usage restrictions, but the EU is calling for region-wide harmonisation of use to create economies of scale.
Chris Howard / Apple Matters:
Apple is Killing Linux on the Desktop  —  2008 is upon us and we're greeted with the news, from NetApplications, that Apple Macs running OS X account for 7.3% of computers used to access the web.  —  More than a few Mac sites have mischievously quoted this as Macs having 7.3% market share.
Discussion: Slashdot
John Markoff / New York Times:
Intel Quits Effort to Get Computers to Children  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A frail partnership between Intel and the One Laptop Per Child educational computing group was undone last month in part by an Intel saleswoman: She tried to persuade a Peruvian official to drop the country's commitment …
Kim Zetter / Wired News:
FAA: Boeing's New 787 May Be Vulnerable to Hacker Attack  —  Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner passenger jet may have a serious security vulnerability in its onboard computer networks that could allow passengers to access the plane's control systems, according to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.
Official Google Docs Blog:
New features for 2008!  —  It's been two months since we launched Google Presentations and already we've got new toys!  We've been listening to your feedback and working hard to get you new features as quickly as possible (so keep the suggestions coming).  2008 is going to be a feature packed year …
 
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Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Steal This Film II is a Must-See
Reuters:
Sony to add Skype Web phone function to PSP: Nikkei
Discussion: Engadget
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Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog:
Stumbling Into the Future  —  Listening to Mark Anderson's predictions …