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2:40 PM ET, December 19, 2006

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Opera:
The Opera browser for Wii launches just in time for the holidays  —  Opera Software today announces that a trial version of its Web browser for Nintendo's new game console, Wii, will be available on December 22, 2006.  The trial version of the Opera browser for Wii is available for download …
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Opera:
Opera Introduces Fraud Protection, Powered by GeoTrust and PhishTank: New release expands Opera's commitment to secure browsing  —  Opera Software today introduced real-time Fraud Protection in its award-winning Web browser.  Fraud Protection includes technology from GeoTrust …
Discussion: Gadgetell and digg
Susan Stellin / New York Times:
Offline Involuntarily  —  Five years ago, the main challenge for data-hungry business travelers was finding a hotel that offered high-speed Internet access.  Then came a shift to wireless and even free connections.  —  But these days, the top priority for many is simply getting consistent …
Nick / Rough Type:
Dweebs, horndogs and geezers  —  Now this is mind-boggling.  Check out how radically different the top ten search terms of 2006 were for Google, Yahoo and AOL.  —  Here's Google:  —  1. Bebo  —  2. Myspace  —  3. World Cup  —  4. Metacafe  —  5. Radioblog  —  6. Wikipedia  —  7. Video
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Greg Jarboe / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Top news searches differ from top web searches  —  When is a search term not a search term?  That's a question worth asking after looking at a year's worth of search results on Google, Yahoo and AOL.  —  Google has just released its 2006 Year-End Google Zeitgeist.
Time:
5 Things That Went From Buzz to Bust  —  The message of this page is, Beware all hype.  Here are five phenomena that captivated the media for a spell, then turned out to be less than huge.  Our bad  —  SNAKES ON A PLANE, AUDIENCE DISEMBARKS  —  When the words Snakes on a Plane hit the Internet …
Discussion: Kotaku
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Blake Snow / Joystiq:
TIME magazine deems PS3 a bust
Discussion: CrunchGear, Go Nintendo and digg
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
AOL Chief Has a View, a Long One  —  If AOL were being dressed up for a sale, as has been rumored on and off for several years, Randy Falco is an odd choice to be the new chief executive.  —  As Mr. Falco notes, he is hardly a short-term guy.  Before starting at Time Warner's AOL unit this month …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Polar Rose: Europe's Entrant Into Facial Recognition  —  Malmö, Sweden based Polar Rose is having its coming out party today and pre-announcing a product release slated for early next year.  CEO Nikolaj Nyholm gave me demo of what's coming last weekend.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Digg continues to battle phony stories  —  Digg continues to crack down on users who plant phony stories on behalf of marketers, recently deleting a user who posted a story about a company that offered to compensate him.  —  The news aggregate site, which allows users to play editor and decide …
Nick / Rough Type:
Sharecropping the long tail  —  A while back I wrote that Web 2., by putting the means of production into the hands of the masses but withholding from those same masses any ownership over the product of their work, provides an incredibly efficient mechanism to harvest the economic value …
Discussion: Compete Blog and TeleRead
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Maps With Multiple Destinations  —  Google added a feature that lets you add multiple destinations to your driving directions.  For example, I'm searching Google Maps for [from stuttgart, germany, to cologne, germany].  Then there's a link titled "Add destination..." …
Discussion: Zoli's Blog and Search Engine Land
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
YouTube myth debunked, Google phone, Endoxon, iPhone, Perkins' memoir & more  —  The latest roundup of Silicon Valley tech stuff:  —  YouTube myth debunked; idea really came from HOTorNOT — Remember the Pez dispenser story eBay fabricated to drum up a catchy media story about its founding?
Discussion: Valleywag
Rcade / Workbench:
My Battle with MGM Over Wargames.Com  —  For the past three months I've been privately engaged in a time-consuming dispute with Nathan J. Hole, a lawyer representing MGM Studios who claims that Wargames.Com, a domain that I've owned since April 16, 1998, is the rightful property of the film company …
Discussion: Techdirt and Digital Life
Carlo / Techdirt:
FCC Chairman Only Able To Help Telcos Halfway This Week  —  from the and-the-ps3-was-sold-out-too dept  —  It looks like Kevin Martin won't be able to play Santa Claus for AT&T and BellSouth and deliver the companies approval for their merger before the end of the year.
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Coming in January: "Month of Apple Bugs"  —  A pair of security researchers has picked January 2007 as the starting point for a month-long project in which each passing day will feature a previously undocumented security hole in Apple's OS X operating system or in Apple applications that run on top of it.
Discussion: Donna's SecurityFlash and Slashdot
Randfish / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
Everything in the Digg, Reddit & Netscape Algorithms  —  At work today, Matt noted that he found Digg's algorithm far more interesting than Google's.  I was shocked - after all, Digg isn't nearly as complex or widely used as Google, but with its rising popularity in the tech space, I could …
Tropicaljantie / Watching, Testing, Digesting:
As predicted here is the first Skype worm on the loose...  My eagle eyes all over the world just reported this.  I was waiting for stuff like this to happen and this is only the beginning of a probably very serious problem.  I think the worst thing that could happen is that some worm …
Jason McMaster / GigaGamez:
Double Fusion Receives New Round of Venture Capital  —  Breaking News  —  Double Fusion, an in-game advertising company, has received an infusion of 26 million dollars from a group of venture capitalists, including Norwest Venture Partners, Time Warner, Hearst Corporation and others.
Discussion: alarm:clock and PaidContent
 
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Clearwire Files for an IPO, Again
Discussion: Techdirt and Reuters
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Discussion: Gizmodo
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Copyright Tool Will Scan Web For Violations
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Peerflix Swaps One Problem For Another
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TiVo Quietly Settles Gift Certificate Class Action
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Associated Press:
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Second Life Adds Its Second Millionth Resident
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Top 10 Apps for Laptop-Toting Mac Users
Samsung:
SAMSUNG Launches the World's First 'Optical Joystick' Phone
Discussion: Engadget and CrunchGear
Bruce Houghton / hypebot:
Amazon To Enter Crowded Download Market With MP3 Only Store
EE Times:
Verizon joins Asian consortium to build $500-million U.S.-China network
Discussion: GigaOM and dailywireless.org
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Imbalance in Net speeds impedes sharing
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