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12:10 PM ET, January 12, 2008

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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Striking Writers to Launch Online Video Co., Seeking $30M+  —  Out of work and newly wise to the state of content being distributed online, a group of professional writers is looking to start their own production and distribution company.  Aaron Mendelsohn, writer of the Disney film Air Bud …
David Morgenstern / The Apple Core:
Apple walks on water and WiMax Mobile  —  In the days and hours before the Macworld Expo, it seems that anything is possible from Apple.  Competitors are already angry (and scared) enough by what the company can do and likely will do.  But it must be infuriating to many in the industry …
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Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
Can Apple save WiMax?  —  Our sources tell us that Apple may include WiMax, the high-speed, long-range wireless broadband technology, in an ultraportable 13" notebook computer, and possibly across the entire MacBook Pro line.  Just part of the rumor mill flying in preparation …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Big Think, the “Intellectual YouTube” backed by ex-Harvard Prez Lawrence Summers, Launches with Style and Starpower  —  Launched earlier this week, Big Think is a site with short video clips of leading thinkers in business and society.  —  The New York based start-up, founded …
Discussion: broadstuff
GigaOM:
5 Who Won't Appreciate Google Android  —  Written by Thomas Howe, co-founder and CEO of The Thomas Howe Company, winners of the 2007 O'Reilly Emerging Communications Mashup Competition.  His blog is about voice mashups and communication-enhanced business processes.
Arn / MacRumors Macworld San Francisco Blog:
“MacBook Air” Whispers...  I've heard various whispers about the new thin MacBook.  Here are a few additional tidbits and confirmations about what might be coming from Apple on Tuesday.  — A slim notebook, but not a “sub notebook"  — 13.3" screen  — Not a “Pro” machine
Discussion: ParisLemon, 9 to 5 Mac and Digg
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
CEA'S TAKE ON CES GIZMODO PRANK: BANNED!  —  In reaction to “Gizmodogate,” the gadget blog's prank of shutting down flat-screen displays on the show floor and during demos at CES (see Bloggers behaving badly), the conference's organizer, the Consumer Electronics Association, sent me this statement:
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Screw Winning The Lottery - Just Make a Facebook App and Get Your Millions Now!  —  How many times have we heard, “all it takes is a dollar and a dream"?  This phrase seems to always follow a commercial for the lottery.  Of course the odds are that there's no chance in hell of you winning …
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
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Grant Robertson / Globe and Mail:
Controversial ‘iPod tax’ struck down on appeal  —  A proposed levy on digital music players that became known this summer as the “iPod tax” has been struck down after opponents argued it was unfair to Canadians.  —  The Federal Court of Appeal has ruled that the Canadian Copyright Board …
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Austin Modine / The Register:
Canucks kill second attempt at ‘iPod tax’
Discussion: TechSpot News
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Canadian Courts Strike Down ‘You Must Be A Criminal’ iPod Tax Again
Discussion: FP Posted and EXCESS COPYRIGHT
AOL Beta Central:
AIM® 6.8 Beta  —  Our first AIM 6.8 Beta build is now available for download!  —  Welcome AIM Beta testers.  The next version of AIM is ready for your feedback, AIM 6.8.  This version includes our new Real-Time IM feature.  Please note: To test this feature, you will need to IM …
Discussion: Download Squad, CyberNet and Mashable!
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Windows Vista, Office 2007 Expelled From British Schools  —  A British educational report suggests the upgrade would increase costs and create software compatibility problems while providing little benefit.  —  The agency that governs educational technology in the United Kingdom has advised schools …
Discussion: Slashdot
BBC:
Warning on stealthy Windows virus  —  Security experts are warning about a stealthy Windows virus that steals login details for online bank accounts.  —  In the last month, the malicious program has racked up about 5,000 victims - most of whom are in Europe.
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Saul Williams Agrees That It's Way Too Early To Be Disheartened  —  Earlier this month, we wrote about Trent Reznor's disappointment in how his “free download” experiment with Saul Williams had progressed.  He wasn't completely disappointed.  He was quite happy about how much attention …
Discussion: Crave and The Globe and Mail
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Sun Plans To Close Its Data Centers  —  For a company that sells and manages servers, Sun Microsystems is in the midst of an unexpected move: getting rid of its own server farms.  —  In a blog post Thursday, Sun's (nasdaq: JAVA - news - people ) data center architect, Brian Cinque …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
LongJump's new Web database  —  LongJump, a Sunnyvale, Calif. company is the latest company offering a simple “database as a service” product, following on the heels of similar services announced by Amazon (see its S3/SimpleDB service ).  —  These services help Web companies to simplify …
 
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Economist:
From major to minor  —  Last year was terrible for the recorded-music majors.
InfoWorld:
Google denies infringing search patent
Discussion: TechSpot News
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Search, No Longer the Main Feature of Google Desktop
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Macworld Rumor: Mac Tablet Not Coming This Year, First Macworld Spyshots Appear
Discussion: I4U News
Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Security Watch:
MySpace Profile + Fake Microsoft Patch = Malware Cocktail
Discussion: The Register and CNET News.com
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
About-face: Microsoft makes new Vista SP1 test build public
Discussion: Microsoft Watch
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
iGoogle for iPhone  —  Google created a version of iGoogle optimized …
Eric Rice / My Infocalypse:
I am the most unhappy not-yet-customer of Nokia
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Under pressure from EMI, RIAA could disappear
Discussion: TechSpot News, Mashable! and Digg