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10:10 AM ET, December 20, 2006

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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.
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
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.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Web Strategy
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.
Ryan Naraine / ClickZ:
Finance, Real Estate Data coming to Ask City  —  Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp plans to fit financial services and real estate data into its Ask City (http://clickz.com/showPage.html?page= 3624097) service as part of a deliberate plan to use Ask.com as "glue" for the company's wide range of content.
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
It's Time for Traffic Stats to Die  —  Yahoo's Chief of Insights reflects what Evan Williams and I have been saying for awhile now: the page view is indeed dead.  He's calling on the industry to develop new metrics that measure this new world more accurately.  Amen to that.  So let's start the debate.
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Peter Daboll / Yodel Anecdotal:
Time for a new hit  —  When banner ads started cropping …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:   The Page View Can Only Be Dethroned By Innovations in Online Advertising Value
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Steps More Boldly Into PayPal's Territory  —  "I think it's fantastic," Steven Grossberg, who sells video games in Wellington, Fla., said of Checkout.  "I'm selling the product.  Google is getting tons of customers to sign up for Checkout."  —  Steven Grossberg, who sells video games online …
Discussion: Screenwerk and Search Engine Land
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.
AdAge:
10 Internet Acquisitions from 2006  —  Bubble?  What bubble?  Check Out a Few of the Year's Major Media Transactions.  —  1 YouTube by Google , $1.65 billion  —  The year's biggest valuation is also the most debated: Is YouTube going to be a steal at Google's purchase price once it becomes …
Discussion: Screenwerk and PaidContent
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: Mark Evans and Venture Chronicles
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
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
Wall Street Journal:
To Lure Teens to Its Latest Web Site, Conde Nast Turns to the 'Flip Squad'  —  One recent rainy day after classes, seven high-school girls gathered around a table piled with Twizzlers candy and Planter's peanuts to talk about their favorite celebrities, the PSAT's and the difficulties of driving school.
Consumerist:
Break Your Cingular Contract Without Fee, Thanks 2 Txt Msg $ Raise  —  Gimlet-eyed Cingular customers may have noticed the cellphne provider changing its text message rates from $.10 to $.15 and realized they can use that to escape contract without early termination fee.
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and digg
 
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Sony BMG settles suit over CDs
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iLike nabs $13.3M from Ticketmaster, a marriage of reason
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Computerworld:
Microsoft releases first draft of PatchGuard APIs
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