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2:35 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
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Owen / Business 2.0 Beta:
Searching for Google's Real Search List
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.
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.
Discussion: Digital Alchemy
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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.
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
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Edit images online
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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.
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."
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.
Discussion: Between the Lines
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 …
Skrentablog:
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.
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: Digital Music News and 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: SplashCast and TechCrunch
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.
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" …
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?
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
 
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Opera hits the OLPC XO
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
Blake Snow / Joystiq:
Reassessing Nintendo's "no game drought" policy
Discussion: Kotaku and Go Nintendo
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
iLike nabs $13.3M from Ticketmaster, a marriage of reason
Discussion: PaidContent
Jon Udell:
Video knowledge  —  Sean McCown is a professional database …
Seeking Alpha:
2007 May Be Rough For Video Game Stocks
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
NetSuite's Going Public, Looking for $1 Billion Valuation
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
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SlingPlayer Mobile Now Works With the Dash and BlackJack
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
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Nick / Rough Type:
Sharecropping the long tail
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