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8:50 AM ET, January 6, 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:
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Saddest Sight in the World: HD DVD Sponsored Bags at CES  —  Oh, poor HD DVD.  Toshiba pays big bucks to stamp its name and the HD DVD logo on every journo bag they hand out at CES.  But Warner's bitchslap has sent them home to cut their wrists and cry in the corner, so they're not even here!
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Diane Garrett / Variety:
Warner Bros. backs Blu-ray
Discussion: RSS, Engadget HD, Gizmodo and Kotaku
Arn / MacRumors:
HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray Battle Over? Warner Switches to Blu-Ray
Discussion: Digg
The Boy Genius Report:
Vodafone Roadmap: Palm Drucker!  —  Been a Palm fan forever but feel you're getting quite shafted lately?  We'd agree.  So let's see if the Palm Drucker can change any of that!  To start it off, the Palm Drucker is going to rock quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE with a tri-band UMTS/HSDPA radio!
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and PalmAddicts
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Vodafone Roadmap: BlackBerry 8xxx
Amit / Digital Inspiration:
How Techmeme Homepage Changes Over Time - Video  —  It's amazing to see how blog stories make it to the Techmeme homepage, stay there for a couple of minutes (or hours) and then get replaced by fresh news.  —  The following video clip captures 50 hours of Techmeme activity and replays it in 50 seconds.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Fujitsu intros a handful of concept designs at CES 2008  —  Fujitsu isn't just updating old laptops, you know.  The company currently has scores of mad geniuses sweating away on new, bizarre, and possibly unnecessary concepts, too.  For your viewing pleasure we present the “Card Viewer,” …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Is the Apple MacBook Touch a Realistic Possibility?  —  Some Apple fan mixed the real iMac-like dock patent and the fabled MacBook touch, getting a very nice rendition of how both concepts may look together (even when I had to move the Apple logo in the screen-dock mock-up because the original was off-center.)
Discussion: ParisLemon, SlashGear, Tech Blog and Digg
Christopher Grant / Engadget:
Magellan and Google buddy up for Maestro Elite 5340+GPRS  —  The GPS magicians at Magellan and the search wizards at Google have combined their relative (and also fantastical) talents to deliver the Maestro Elite 5340+GPRS, a GPS unit rocking some GPRS cellular capabilities.
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Associated Press:   Magellan Partners With Google On GPS Device
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Data And The Future Of The Web  —  After I asserted several times that data is the key to the future of the web, Umair Haque gave my head a good spin by asserting that data is in fact a commodity.  Umair is half right — we are increasingly overrun by data, and SOME of it is a commodity.
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
What This Gadget Can Do Is Up to You  —  “HACKERS, welcome!  Here are detailed circuit diagrams of our products — modify them as you wish."  —  That's not an announcement you'll find on the Web sites of most consumer electronics manufacturers, who tend to keep information on the innards of their machines as private as possible.
Discussion: Slashdot
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
@twitcrit: instareviews  —  So here's what I'm trying — and I'm grateful for any help in doing it better:  —  The idea is that Twitter users can share instant reviews of what they're watching — TV shows, movies, concerts, anything — by twittering (is the verb form tweeting?) to @twitcrit.
Discussion: /Message
David Leblanc / David LeBlanc's Web Log:
Office SP3 and File formats  —  In Office 2007, we changed the default to disable a number of older file formats where we saw very low usage and a high security risk in our code that loads these formats.  From the security standpoint, this is the right thing to do.
Ariana Eunjung Cha / Washington Post:
Telecom Firm in China Sets Sights on U.S. Market  —  ‘Opaqueness’ in Firm's Ownership and State Ties Raises Security Concerns  —  SHENZHEN, China — From a fortress-like corporate campus in this southern city, retired army officer Ren Zhengfei is building one of China's most successful experiments in capitalism.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
CES Unveiled: We're here  —  We're here at CES Unveiled, the pre-pre-pre CES event that debuts some new products before the actual show starts.  We're in line and already being hassled by people to get us to view their goods.  The actual Unveiled opens at 4PM PST (7PM EST) …
Discussion: Valleywag
Howard Owens:
Journalists doing their jobs better is a competitive advantage  —  In a piece about data portability, John Battelle shifts into a discussion about the difference between a business that competes on price vs. a business that competes on service.  He says:
 
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David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
Negroponte on Intel's $100 laptop pullout
The Boy Genius Report:
Vodafone Roadmap: HP Oak!
Discussion: Engadget and Gadget Lab
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Quartics Mobile2Display connects phone and PC wirelessly
Discussion: IntoMobile
UMPCPortal feed.:
Lenovo / Aigo MID video leaked.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
WowWee introduces Mr. Personality, Rovio, and Flytech Bladestar
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Tao of Mac
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Whirlpool Plug-and-Play Refrigerator Has Docks for iPod …
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 Earlier Items: 
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Hot Off The Press: Leaked Nokia E71 picture
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
New Mahalo toolbar and user created stubs
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
When Pirates Pay, They Pay Good  —  Steal This Film 2 is produced by …
Discussion: DSLreports and Digg
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Put Buyers First? What a Concept
Kim Zetter / Wired News:
FAA: Boeing's New 787 May Be Vulnerable to Hacker Attack
Clive Thompson / New York Times:
Can You Count on Voting Machines?
Discussion: RSS, Techmamas and Slashdot