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7:25 AM ET, December 28, 2008

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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
First look at Windows 7 beta 1 (build 6.1.7000.0.081212-1400)  —  I have to thank Santa for leaving me a copy of Windows 7 beta 1 in my stocking for Christmas Day.  This beta (build 6.1.7000.0.081212-1400) should be the first and only beta from Microsoft of Windows 7, and I'm pleased to report that it's a good one.
Discussion: Gizmodo, techeblog.com and digg.com
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Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Windows 7 Beta ISO leaked on torrent trackers  —  Apparently you won't even have to wait until January to get your hands on the Windows 7 Beta release as I mentioned in a previous post.  That's right, there's already been an ISO file leaked to several torrent trackers.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bloggers Lose The Plot Over Twitter Search  —  Wow.  Loic Le Meur asks for a simple feature on Twitter search - the ability to filter results by the number of followers that a user has to make sense of thousands of messages - and the blogosphere calls for his head.  —  For the record, I agree with Loic.
Discussion: Pat Phelan and Scobleizer
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Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Twitter: We Need Search By Authority  —  There were more than 7000 tweets posted during the two days of LeWeb, no way anyone can read them quickly.  We need filtering and search by authority.  We're not equal on Twitter, as we're not equal on blogs and on the web.
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:   Bitchmeme: On Twitter You Will Respect My Authori-tay
Gina Bianchini / New York Times:
The Benefits of a Network  —  I'M a child of Silicon Valley.  I grew up in Cupertino, Calif., in the 1970s and '80s, just as the area was transitioning from an agricultural center to a technological one.  —  My dad taught high school history and my mom was a homemaker, although I think of her as an entrepreneur.
Randall Stross / New York Times:
What Carriers Aren't Eager to Tell You About Texting  —  TEXT messaging is a wonderful business to be in: about 2.5 trillion messages will have been sent from cellphones worldwide this year.  The public assumes that the wireless carriers' costs are far higher than they actually are, and profit margins are concealed by a heavy curtain.
Discussion: TechSpot and digg.com
Timothy / Slashdot:
Fairpoint Pledges To Violate Net Neutrality  —  Fairpoint Communications, which has taken over Verizon's landline business in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, has announced that on February 6 'AOL, Yahoo! and MSN subscribers will continue to have access to content but will no longer be able …
Discussion: Rutland Herald
Steven Sande / TUAW:
First Look: Will It Blend? for iPhone and iPod touch  —  Apparently I'm not the only person who loves to watch the Blendtec “Will It Blend?” videos on YouTube.  The company reports that the video series has had over 100 million views so far, making it one of the more successful viral marketing campaigns.
Nikropht / WebNetta:
Hack connects T-Mobile G1 to iPod Dock  —  We received a few HTC ExtUSB connectors from PodGizmo.  —  The first thing we thought of, was making the T-Mobile G1 send the audio to an iPod Speaker set we have.  —  There is a sea of iPod accessories, so naturally the dock connector has a well known pinout.
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
Play Station's Virtual Home Is Less Than Hospitable  —  “Dude, this place is quiet,” says one avatar, a rather generic-looking 20-something guy as we lurk on one side of the Home central plaza, watching virtual people go by on what appears, on my television screen, to be a sunny day in a modern town center.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
A Christmas iFart explosion: Nearly 40,000 downloads and $30,000 net  —  A few days ago, we wrote about how an iPhone application that makes farting noises, iFart Mobile, had reached the number one paid application spot in the App Store and was making the developer nearly $10,000 a day.
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Psion's netbook trademark defense- Psion responds  —  We broke the story about Psion's trademarks of the term “netbook” and their legal team's defense of same by sending out letters to those openly using the term.  This has kicked off an interesting discussion about the defensibility of a term that Psion hasn't used for years.
Discussion: Liliputing and GottaBeMobile.com
Associated Press:
UK Minister: Internet age ratings may be needed  —  LONDON: An age-rating system for Internet Web sites may be needed to prevent children from being exposed to unacceptable images, Britain's culture secretary was quoted as saying Saturday.  —  Andy Burnham, the Culture, Media and Sports Secretary …
Discussion: p2pnet
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Robert Winnett / Telegraph:
Internet sites could be given ‘cinemastyle age ratings’ Culture Secretary says
 
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Louis Gray:
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Ray Beckerman / Recording Industry vs The People:
Defendant makes motion for proceedings to be televised over the …
Discussion: Slashdot and p2pnet
Ted Dziuba / The Register:
Fast and ‘free’ beats steady and paid on MySQL
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
F**ked Company/Adbrite Founder Philip Kaplan To Launch Kaplan Index
Discussion: Gawker
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Google, WalMart, and MyBarackObama.com: The Power of the Real Time Enterprise
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Cuil Fail: Traffic Nearly Hits Rock Bottom
Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Lalawag hopes to get tongues wagging about L.A. technology
Discussion: Sean Percival's Blog
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
IT COULD GET CONDé NASTY  —  WEB, DOMINO, DETAILS …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Gawker
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Firefox and Chrome Run Gmail Twice as Fast as IE, Says Google
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
The 10 Best Android Apps of 2008
Discussion: digg.com