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9:00 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
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Opera:
Opera Introduces Fraud Protection, Powered by GeoTrust and PhishTank …
Discussion: Gadgetell and digg
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, Video Search Also Begins Testing  —  Note from Gary:  —  After spotting a Richard MacManus Read/WriteWeb blog post about a new UI test prototype at Ask.com, a couple of people have sent along notes asking me to chime in about the new test.
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.
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 …
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
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!
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.
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" …
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
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.
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
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.
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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Seeking Alpha:
2007 May Be Rough For Video Game Stocks
Discussion: Joystiq and Go Nintendo
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Working Anywhere: Video And Planning
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
NetSuite's Going Public, Looking for $1 Billion Valuation
Discussion: Valleywag
Kim / Weatherall's Law:
Reactions to the Cooper decision
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
LinkedIn Hits a Tipping Point: Annoying distraction turns essential business tool
Discussion: GigaOM
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Tropicaljantie / Watching, Testing, Digesting:
As predicted here is the first Skype worm on the loose...
Nick / Rough Type:
Sharecropping the long tail
Discussion: Compete Blog and TeleRead
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Peerflix Swaps One Problem For Another
Riva Richmond / Wall Street Journal:
Software to Spot 'Phishers' Irks Small Concerns
Discussion: Kevin Maney and Slashdot
Samsung:
SAMSUNG Launches the World's First 'Optical Joystick' Phone
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Polar Rose: Europe's Entrant Into Facial Recognition
Bruce Houghton / hypebot:
Amazon To Enter Crowded Download Market With MP3 Only Store
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AOL Chief Has a View, a Long One
 

 
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