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1:40 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
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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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:
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.
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.
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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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
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."
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
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 …
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.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Installing Zune firmware v1.2... also sucked
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" …
Bruce Houghton / hypebot:
Amazon To Enter Crowded Download Market With MP3 Only Store  —  Late last week Amazon began circulating contracts to labels aiming for a late 1st Q '07 music download store launch.  Rumors of an Amazon entry have been circulating all year, but died down as attention shifted first to the URGE launch and then to Microsoft's ZUNE.
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Bob Caswell / Computers.net:
Amazon Soon Opening DRM-free MP3 Store
Discussion: digg
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 …
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?
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.
Seeking Alpha:
2007 May Be Rough For Video Game Stocks  —  Eric Savitz (Barron's) submits: Very interesting commentary today from DFC Intelligence on the current state of the video game business.  The research firm notes that the current market, with new consoles from Sony (SNE) and Nintendo …
Discussion: You NEWB, Joystiq and Go Nintendo
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Scoop: TicketMaster Pours $13.3 Million Into iLike
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Vibe Journal Launches Rich Media Blogging Platform
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