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5:50 AM ET, December 20, 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
Owen / Business 2.0 Beta:
Searching for Google's Real Search List
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
2007 Web Predictions  —  Written by Richard MacManus, Ebrahim Ezzy, Emre Sokullu, Alex Iskold and Rudy De Waele.  Also John Milan wanted to contribute, but unfortunately got caught up in the Seattle storm - so best wishes to John and all our Seattle readers.
Broadcasting & Cable:
Viacom Backs Out of Web Venture Talks  —  The new Internet video Website collaboration that has been discussed by media heavy hitters including NBC Universal, News Corp., CBS, and Viacom may be on the rocks after Viacom backed out Tuesday afternoon, according to multiple sources familiar with the talks.
Dion Hinchcliffe / Enterprise Web 2.0:
Enterprise 2.0 year in review  —  Though the eponymous title of this blog refers to the application of all aspects of Web 2.0 to the enterprise both large and small, the big story this year has really been about a collaborative subset of Web 2.0, something referred to as Enterprise 2.0.
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
ResourceShelf: Releases Prototype of New Results Page User Interface, Video Search Also Begins Testing  —  Note from Gary:  —  After spotting a Richard MacManus Read/WriteWeb blog post about a new UI test prototype at, a couple of people have sent along notes asking me to chime in about the new test.
Discussion: Digital Alchemy
Google's true search market share is 70%  —  Sitting here in Palo Alto, running a web business, it's pretty clear who the winner of the search game is.  But every month I have to suffer through reading about Google's supposed 40-something percent market share.
Jessica Guynn / The Technology Chronicles:
Silicon Valley (Ahem's) Society  —  So Marc Canter blogged down memory lane yesterday.  His story goes like this: Back in the day, Stewart Alsop, Dave Winer and Canter used to hang out to kibbitz about the industry.  They decided to form a secret organization called "The Silicon Valley (Ahem's) Society."
Curt Feldman / GameSpot:
Q&A: Doug Lowenstein, going the distance  —  The news of Lowenstein's imminent departure from the ESA hit the industry like hammer today.  Here, the outgoing president talks about the future ahead for himself, as well as the organization he founded a little over a decade ago.
Discussion: Blue's News
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.
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: RSS, Digital Music News and digg
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
iLike nabs $13.3M from Ticketmaster, a marriage of reason  —, the iPod-compatible social networking and music discovery company we raved about previously has raised $13.3 million in financing from Ticketmaster.  —  Ticketmaster will own a 25 percent stake in the company.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Scoop: TicketMaster Pours $13.3 Million Into iLike
Discussion: StartupSquad
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 …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Up Close With Digg Podcasts (& Vote For The Daily SearchCast!)  —  Neil Patel covered the new podcast feature at Digg in yesterday's story, The New Digg Features Plus, A Submitter's Perspective, but I wanted to take a deeper look at how it works plus maybe entice a few votes for my own podcast, The Daily SearchCast, along the way.
Jim Allchin / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows Vista and protection from malware  —  This entry updated at 8:49 PST on Tuesday 19 December 2006.  —  On November 30, Sophos issued its monthly report on the top ten threats reported to them in November of 2006.  As a part of this, Sophos also studied Windows Vista's vulnerability to these malware threats.
Discussion: Donna's SecurityFlash
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Edit Pictures Online in Adobe Photoshop Style with Fauxto  —  Fauxto is a new player in the heavily crowded market of online photo editors but with a difference.  —  While the current breed of online image editing program provide tools to enhance or manipulate existing pictures inside the web browser …
Discussion: CyberNet Technology News and digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Pandora Goes Social  —  Pandora, which plays streaming music for free via a flash player on its site, is one of the first companies we profiled on TechCrunch, back in August 2005 during the original Bar Camp meetup.  I still listen to it most of the time I'm writing blog entries.
Alex Veiga / Business Week:
Sony BMG settles suit over CDs  —  Sony BMG Music Entertainment will pay $1.5 million and kick in thousands more in customer refunds to settle lawsuits brought by California and Texas over music CDs that installed a hidden anti-piracy program on consumers' computers.
Discussion: TechSpot and digg
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