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2:50 PM ET, December 20, 2006

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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 …
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.
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
2007 Predictions for the web and software  —  It is that time of year again.  Time for predictions for 2007.  First out of the gate is Richard MacManus of Read/Write Web with a must read opus that covers just about everything.  —  My prediction for the top 5 hot areas for 2007 should be no surprise to regular readers of my blog.
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.
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.
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
del.icio.us API for URL top tags, bookmark count  —  Social bookmarking site del.icio.us has exposed a new API providing the top tags and total number of bookmarks for any URL in its system.  Yahoo's Developer Network provided a short preview earlier tonight of a soon to be released del.icio.us web badge …
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
God bless the re-inventers  —  Gotta love em, because there's no way they're going to stop breaking what works, and fixing what don't need no fixing.  —  I've been hearing, off in the distance, about something called JSON, that proposes to solve a problem that was neatly solved by XML-RPC in 1998 …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   Google By Far The Leader, If You Look At Site Owner Traffic Stats
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 …
Google Blogoscoped:
Reactions on Discontinuation of Google API  —  Google some days ago announced they are stopping any support for the Google web search SOAP API.  While the API remains active with no plans to kill it off completely, as a Google spokesperson informed me, it is only working some of the time …
Discussion: All about Microsoft
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DeWitt Clinton / Google Code:
Beyond the SOAP Search API
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Mike / CrunchNotes:
The Truth About TechCrunch UK  —  If you've been following the events around the Le Web conference and TechCrunch UK, this might be of interest to you.  If not, it won't.  I'm not filling in all the background material to keep this as short as possible.  —  I've thought about the TechCrunch UK issue …
Gizmodo:
12-year Old Gets Pr0n-Filled Zune For the Holidays  —  Chanell Martin thought she was being a cool mom when she gave her 12-year old daughter a shiny new Zune for the Holidays.  But as it turns out, her daughter's "welcome to the social" was anything but innocent.
Discussion: Engadget, Neowin.net, CrunchGear and digg
Chris Kohler / Game|Life:
Opera's Wii Comic  —  Weird.  The Opera web browser for Wii (you know, the one that was supposed to be available at launch) will finally be ready to enter its public beta phase on December 22 — that's Friday! — and Opera chose to announce this momentous occasion by sending me a comic.  Thanks, guys!
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Police blotter: Google searches nab wireless hacker  —  "Police blotter" is a weekly News.com report on the intersection of technology and the law.  —  What: Wireless hacker pleads guilty when his Google searches are used as evidence against him.  —  When: 7th Circuit Court of Appeals rules on October 27.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Should Rich Internet Applications be cross platform by definition?  —  The RIA world is still kind of a wild west of ideas, and as a result of that people try to define what "Rich Internet Applications" are.  I think that's great, and I don't expect to be the one who creates the definition …
Discussion: JD on EP
Trollaxor / MacSlash:
Security Update 2006-008 [U] … I downloaded and installed with no problems.  I can't say I tooled around on MySpace afterward, however.  —  Update by petard: Apple's product security group did a fantastic job of responding to this.  They were notified of the general problem on 01 December.
 
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Newsmaker: Virtual magnate shares secrets of success
Market Wire:
Nielsen//NetRatings Announces November U.S. Search Share Rankings
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Pimps Own Services in Search Results
Discussion: Googlified
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why I Am Breaking Up With Netflix
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Upgrades Personals - Does This Stuff Work?
Discussion: Blogging Stocks
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
A Search for Ourselves  —  User-Generated Content Dominates Google's 2006 Hot List
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Visit Florida - Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
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 Earlier Items: 
Mike / Techdirt:
Are Sites Like Digg, YouTube And MySpace Still Exploitation …
Humphrey Cheung / TG Daily:
Iomega rolls out two Mac only drives
Discussion: CrunchGear and Engadget
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zoho Goes Wiki
Discussion: VentureBeat and ResourceShelf
Ryan Naraine / ClickZ:
Finance, Real Estate Data coming to Ask City
Wall Street Journal:
To Lure Teens to Its Latest Web Site, Conde Nast Turns to the 'Flip Squad'
Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:
Microsoft Launching Live Drive @ CES?
Jim Allchin / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows Vista and protection from malware
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