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9:15 PM ET, December 19, 2006

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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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Owen / Business 2.0 Beta:
Searching for Google's Real Search List
Greg Jarboe / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Top news searches differ from top web searches
Discussion: Mashable! and Screenwerk
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Ask X - New UI for Ask.com Secretly Launched  —  Tonight I stumbled upon what appears to be a brand new User Interface for Ask.com.  I was doing some searches on Ask.com for a local kiwi band, when I noticed a link in the top right asking me to try out something called Ask X. Screenshot below:
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ResourceShelf:   Ask.com Releases Prototype of New Results Page User Interface …
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 …
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 …
Peter Daboll / Yodel Anecdotal:
Time for a new hit  —  When banner ads started cropping up on the Internet in the mid-'90s, the term "hit" was all the rage.  A "hit" (as in, a hit to a server) was the reigning measurement of a site's popularity.  Hits attempted to show how many times a page was viewed by a user.
Gizmodo:
SlingPlayer Beta for Mac Updated, Development Plods Along Like a Plowhorse  —  The SlingPlayer software beta for the Mac continues making progress at a snail's pace, and today there's an updated client available which fixes a few bugs and supports Mac OS X version 10.3.9.
Discussion: PVR Wire and Zatz Not Funny!
Lifehacker:
Edit images online  —  Joining the ranks of online image-editors like Creating Online and PXN8, Fauxto (pronounced "photo") offers a decidedly Photoshop-like advantage: layers.  —  In addition to the usual batch of drawing and editing features, Fauxto lets you work with layers to create all kinds of impressive effects.
Discussion: Mashable!, JD on EP and Ryan Stewart
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Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Edit Pictures Online in Adobe Photoshop Style with Fauxto
Discussion: CyberNet Technology News and digg
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.
Roy Mark / internetnews.com:
FCC's McDowell Stands By Recusal on Merger Vote  —  UPDATED: Federal Communications Commission (FCC) member Robert McDowell is standing by his recusal from the agency's AT&T-BellSouth merger vote, declining an invitation to break the 2-2 deadlock over the $80 billion deal hung up on network neutrality conditions.
Gizmodo:
SlingPlayer Mobile Now Works With the Dash and BlackJack  —  With the latest update to the SlingMobile software, users of the HTC (T-Mobile) Dash and the Samsung (Cingular) BlackJack can now sling their media to and fro while on-the-go.  The Dash has been out for around two months …
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny! and Digital World
Chris Nuttall / Financial Times:
Nasa and Google reach for the stars  —  Google is extending its reach to the stars in an agreement with Nasa that will allow it to present web visualisations of the US space agency's data on the universe.  —  Nasa's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley on Monday announced a "Space Act Agreement" …
Zune Insider:
Zune Compatible with Vista: Today  —  Today (Tuesday the 19th of December) we're issuing a 22 MB update to make Zune compatible with Windows Vista.  The update also improves the Zune software installation process, addressing the issues that some of the known issues users reported.
Computerworld:
Microsoft releases first draft of PatchGuard APIs  —  They'll be offered to third-party security vendors  —  Jaikumar Vijayan Today's Top Stories or Other Security Stories  —  Microsoft Corp. today released draft application programming interfaces designed to allow third-party security products …
Karl / Techdirt:
RIAA Drops Case It Can't Make Against Mom After Bleeding Her Dry — Focuses On Suing Kids  —  from the drive-your-customers-to-bankruptcy dept  —  Few of the RIAA's estimated 20,000 lawsuits against file traders have seen the inside of a courtroom, as the majority of users, fearing legal fees or a loss, settle out of court.
Discussion: digg
Genuine VC:
Why I Like Our ExpoTV Investment  —  As I've done with others in which I've been intimately involved with a new investment here at Masthead, I wanted to write a blog post describing why I believe our most recent is a promising one for our firm (See previous posts on NewsGator, Intercasting, and Tremor Media).
Discussion: TechCrunch and SplashCast
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 …
Ernesto / Torrentfreak:
Suprnova.org: Two Years Since the Shutdown  —  Exactly two years ago today the legendary BitTorrent site Suprnova.org was taken offline.  December 19, 2004, is a milestone in the history of BitTorrent.  But how did it all start?  Who was behind this legendary site?  And what happened after is was taken down?
 
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Peerflix Swaps One Problem For Another
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Software to Spot 'Phishers' Irks Small Concerns
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