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Om Malik on Broadband:
Wholesale Blog Plagiarism ... Alert  —  Update: Thanks to reader suggestions, some aggressive reporting by Dave Burstein and Andy Abramson, along with a quick response by the said site's host, the has been shut down.  Thank you all for moral and technical support.
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Blogs Being Ripped Off  —  We're all being ripped off.  Om.  Me.  Tom and a host of others.  It's called plagarism.  Read Om's post first though, then read the comments.  —  While I can't go into Kinkos and copy a page in the newspaper about a friend's daughter (who is also an agency client of mine) …
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
Jim Fitzgerald / Associated Press:
Mom Fights Downloading Suit on Her Own  —  WHITE PLAINS, New York - It was Easter Sunday, and Patricia Santangelo was in church with her kids when she says the music recording industry peeked into her computer and decided to take her to court.  —  Santangelo says she has never downloaded …
Discussion:, IP Democracy and Channel 9
Kevin Poulsen / Wired News:
Best Tech Moments of 2005  —  In the tech world, 2005 was a period of bold ideas and exciting breakthroughs — shadowed, at times, by devastating reversals.  —  New software apps changed the way we looked at the world, while hardware got smaller, faster and more fun.
Discussion: ben barren
Red Herring:
Yahoo Revamps Search Ad Plans  —  The media giant's search marketing business wants to be numero uno in the field it helped create.  —  Yahoo Search Marketing's getting an extreme makeover.  —  Earlier this year, Yahoo re-branded its online marketing unit.
Ken Belson / New York Times:
Fiddling With Format While DVD's Burn  —  The war for control of the next-generation DVD is approaching a critical juncture: next week in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show, companies championing the two competing high-definition DVD standards - Blu-ray and HD-DVD - will unveil their lineups of new players and movie titles.
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
What Looks Like Graffiti Could Really Be an Ad  —  The images are painted directly onto building walls in urban areas, graffiti-style.  Wide-eyed kids, portrayed in a stylized, comic-book rendering, pose with a mysterious, hand-size gadget.  One licks his like a lollipop.  Another is playing paddleball with the thing.
Discussion: Kotaku
Om Malik on Broadband:
One Remote Fits All  —  Florida-based OpenPeak is about to introduce a brand new remote (most likely at CES) that can do it all.  According to their PR firm, "Simple Remote, is part movie/IM command screen, part electronic program guide, part VoIP phone, and an all-in-one remote that controls appliances, TVs, garage doors, and stereos.
Discussion: Engadget
A Man and His Vision for the Browser  —  Q&A: Tim Berners-Lee invented the world's first Web client in 1990 and fifteen years later he's still plugging for smarter browsing technologies that give end users more ability to create and interact with online data.
Duncan Riley / The Blog Herald:
The Top 10 interesting people in the Blogosphere in 2005  —  Before making our predictions for 2006, we revisit 2005 in a list of the Top 10 interesting people in the Blogosphere in 2005.  —  1. Matt Mullenweg, WordPress  —  The rising star of the blogosphere took a few blows …
Discussion: Newsome.Org
Tampa Airport, I salute you*: TPA, the airport serving the Tampa Bay area does what all airports should do: They provide free wireless connectivity to the Internet for passengers using the airport.  They are wise and considerate to do that.  On the other hand, Nashville's Airport (BNA) …
Paul / Paul Thurrott's Internet Nexus:
iTunes: Easy to use, or not?  —  OK, I never expected to post anything on Christmas, but my wife is putting the kids to bed, so I turned on the PowerBook and found an interesting debate.  First, Dave Winer posted a fairly accurate criticism of Apple iTunes, which he berated for being inscrutable.
Discussion: Scripting News and Preoccupations
Thomas Mennecke /
File-Sharing Winners and Losers of 2005  —  The year 2005 was an excellent year, depending of course on your point of view.  For the tech industry, BitTorrent soared to new heights while Steve Jobs enjoyed record breaking iPod sales.  Yet not everyone shared this success.

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