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8:05 AM ET, December 20, 2006

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BBC:
BBC moves to file-sharing sites  —  Hundreds of episodes of BBC programmes will be made available on a file-sharing network for the first time, the corporation has announced.  —  The move follows a deal between the commercial arm of the organisation, BBC Worldwide, and technology firm Azureus.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and Channel 9
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.
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.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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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.
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.
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.
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
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
iLike nabs $13.3M from Ticketmaster, a marriage of reason  —  iLike.com, 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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Scoop: TicketMaster Pours $13.3 Million Into iLike
Discussion: pc4media
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.
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Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:
Microsoft Launching Live Drive @ CES?  —  Josh just received his CES 2007 guide, and in it was this ad from Microsoft:  —  Could this be the Windows Live Drive that we've been waiting for?  —  Share this post
Discussion: LiveSide
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
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.
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: GamePolitics.com and Blue's News
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."
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
Stuntdubl SEO / Stuntdubl Business Search …:
10 Reasons Digg Could be the New Google, and Suggested Improvements  —  Despite being incredibly sick of always hearing about "the new google", and not believing it can happen due to the extremely high barrier to entry, I think there *IS* still opportunity for someone to gain significant share of the stagnating search marketplace.
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 …
 
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