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7:00 PM ET, January 5, 2008

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Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Porn, Ning, and the Internet  —  There's been a recent flurry of commentary about Ning and porn.  While I appreciate everyone's thoughts on the topic, I wanted to post directly and tell you what we know and what we think.  —  Let's take the issues in order:
Discussion: Insider Chatter
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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
Diane Garrett / Variety:
Warner Bros. backs Blu-ray  —  Studio to support Sony high-def format  —  Warner Bros. will throw all its weight behind Blu-ray later this year, a decision that could serve as a death blow to the rival HD DVD format.  —  Studio, which had hinted it might drop one format after the holidays …
Discussion: Engadget, Engadget HD, Kotaku and SlashGear
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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 …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
HD DVD group cancels CES press conference in wake of Warner announcement: daaamn
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 …
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Hot Off The Press: Leaked Nokia E71 picture  —  Here she is, we brought you the specs yesterday, to summarize: 3.2 megapixel camera, GPS, WiFi, HSDPA, 120 grams, 57 x 112 x 10 mm, now here is the actual device:  —  [Via: Mobile Review]  —  Notice the absence of the Symbian key, similar to the E51 it is now a home key.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Ubergizmo
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia E71 in the wild?  —  Looks legit enough, doesn't it?  The supposed successor to the E61i has broken cover via this shot of the device — in prototype “EXX” form, no less — being proudly displayed in some lucky son of a gun's hand.  The “E” moniker designates a Nokia smartphone with a business slant …
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
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
New Mahalo toolbar and user created stubs  —  We have two evolutionary announcements today from Mahalo that I decided to announce on Twitter.  Yes, it's a slightly different process than we normally do at Mahalo, but since these are evolutionary steps, and since we just had the big Mahalo Social launch …
Discussion: Mashable!
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.
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.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Whirlpool Plug-and-Play Refrigerator Has Docks for iPod, Photo Frames and Tablet Computers  —  Whirlpool's latest tech for their refrigerator line is based on their “centralpark” feature, which is a essentially dock that lets you plug in a bunch of different gadgets into the big gadget that holds your food.
Discussion: VoIP Blog
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
 
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Tim Stevens / Switched:
New High-End iPod Dock/Radio from Cue
Discussion: Engadget and technabob
Chris Howard / Apple Matters:
Apple is Killing Linux on the Desktop
Discussion: Slashdot
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Steal This Film II is a Must-See
Bill Ray / The Register:
Why there will never be another GSM
 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
Sony to add Skype Web phone function to PSP: Nikkei
Discussion: Engadget
John Markoff / New York Times:
Intel Quits Effort to Get Computers to Children