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4:25 PM ET, December 28, 2008

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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Windows 7 beta 1 review  —  I've now had my hands on Windows 7 beta 1 build 6.1.7000.0.081212-1400 (the build that is widely expected to be made available to beta testers by Microsoft early in January) and have had some time to compose my thoughts and feelings about this latest release.
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and CrunchGear
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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.
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Twitority Made It.  —  Folks first, excuse my french, I was just asking for a simple feature nothing else, yeah okay using the word authority was... my french.  Oh and yeah, you are right number of followers is in no way a measure of any authority.  I find it interesting to search through …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bloggers Lose The Plot Over Twitter Search
Buckpost / Twitterrati:
Tweetree: Twitter.com on Steroids  —  Although I'm a big Twitter fan, the company has its shortcomings.  Fortunately, there's no lack of third-parties more than happy to step into the fray.  —  Case in point is Tweetree, which has developed a better and more user-friendly online interface than Twitter.com.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Actual Conversations On Twitter Not Possible Until Twitter Lets Us
Discussion: bub.blicio.us
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Sony struggles with creation of its virtual world  —  Michael Marsh, an 18-year-old gamer from Norwalk, Conn., wanted to set up a gay/straight alliance club in PlayStation Home, Sony's new free 3-D virtual world component for the PlayStation 3.  —  The problem was that the words he was using …
Discussion: Kotaku and Destructoid
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Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:   Play Station's Virtual Home Is Less Than Hospitable
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
2008 Intel converts: Bigger flock than Apple  —  When Apple converted to Intel in 2005 that was big.  But 2008 Intel Atom converts make this look like a small-town baptism.  —  Overall, it was a good year for the Intel faithful despite the Wall Street financial crisis.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Brad Reed / PC World:
Do You Miss the AT&T Monopoly?  —  When AT&T grudgingly agreed to break itself up 25 years ago, it was seen as a truly momentous event in the history of the telecommunications industry.  Today, however, some experts question not only whether the breakup of AT&T was necessary …
Discussion: VoIP Watch
David Ho / San Francisco Chronicle:
FCC, TV, Internet set for big changes in 2009  —  From an Obama administration plan to give all Americans broadband to the nation's looming switch to digital television, the communications landscape is expected to see big shifts in 2009.  —  At the heart of much of the change …
Fred / A VC:
Correspondence Is Making A Comeback  —  I was thinking of making a broader point in my “quill pen” post yesterday but ran out of time so I decided to do that with today's post.  —  Before the telephone came along, correspondence mostly consisted of letter writing, like the Adams/Jefferson letters I mentioned in yesterday's post.
New York Times:
Bush Data Threatens to Overload Archives  —  WASHINGTON — The National Archives has put into effect an emergency plan to handle electronic records from the Bush White House amid growing doubts about whether its new $144 million computer system can cope with the vast quantities of digital data …
Discussion: Slashdot
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.
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.
 
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