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9:35 PM ET, December 20, 2006

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Nielsen//NetRatings Announces November U.S. Search Share Rankings  —  Nielsen//NetRatings (NASDAQ: NTRT) reports November 2006 data for the Top U.S. Search Providers.  —  Top search providers, ranked by total searches.  Searches represent the total number of queries conducted at the provider.
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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 …
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Revver Re-organizes Executive Suite  —  Two Co-Founders Leave; Adds New COO, Ad Sales Chief  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — In what is perhaps a sign of the difficulty facing those looking to compete against YouTube, fledgling video-sharing site Revver.com has reshuffled its executive suite, with two of the three co-founders departing.
Phil Wainewright / Software as services:
Google retreats back to Web 1.0  —  The quiet deprecation of Google's original SOAP search API earlier this month, which has just come to light this week, is a revealing admission of Google's single-minded reliance on advertising as a means of funding its continued growth and profitability.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why I Am Breaking Up With Netflix  —  I was a die-hard Netflix fan.  Apart from when I lived in Canada or Europe, I've been a Netflix customer for the last five years.  There is a very tanglible tingle when a Netflix movie arrives in the mail, packaged up in its red envelope.
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zoho Goes Wiki  —  Online office suite Zoho continues to quietly, and quickly, release new products and features on a regular basis.  Last month they launched a Microsoft Office plugin that lets users save files directly to their Zoho accounts.  Today they add a Wiki product to the mix.
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Arvind / Zoho Blogs:
Introducing the Zoho Wiki!
Discussion: Monkey Bites and The 360
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Newsmaker: Virtual magnate shares secrets of success  —  newsmaker Since its public launch in 2003, the virtual world Second Life has become a haven for entrepreneurs.  And while the number of people making a considerable profit is still relatively small, it is growing rapidly.
Gamasutra:
Gamasutra's Quantum Leap Awards: Most Important Games, 2006  —  They're timeless.  They're inspirational.  They inspire us, make us question our standards, and provide a roadmap for the future of development.  They are the games that innovate and move the industry forward …
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Vote for the 2006 Search Blogs Awards!  —  Voting for the Search Engine Journal's 2006 Search Blogs Awards are now open.  —  Please take the time to rank and vote for your favorite search engine blogs and bloggers!  —  Vote Now!  —  In most of the categories, we ask voters to rank …
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 …
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.
Economist:
Work-life balance  —  Consumer technologies are invading corporate computing  —  IN OCTOBER, shortly after taking over as head of information technology (IT) at Arizona State University, Adrian Sannier gave the nod to his contact at Google, the internet giant known for its search engine …
Discussion: Computers.net, broadstuff and Slashdot
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
John Furrier on Podtech's Strategy  —  While walking the streets of San Francisco, Podtech CEO John Furrier took a few minutes after a meeting to answer some questions about Podtech's business plans.  Public announcements have been rare of late, and only hints have been made by star blogger hire Robert Scoble.
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Hands On With HAVA  —  First seen at CES last January, the HAVA place shifting device began shipping in August.  Initially Monsoon Multimedia offered one box with WiFi to stream your home television feed, but they've since changed gears and are now offering two cosmetically redesigned boxes: one with WiFi @ $249, one without @ $200.
Discussion: Gizmodo, jkOnTheRun, Gadgetell and PVR Wire
 
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
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Rachel Rosmarin / Forbes:
Why Gears Of War Costs $60
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Sony Settles Rootkit Suits
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
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Jenn Shreve / Wired News:
You've Got Mail, and Your Period
Louis Hau / Forbes:
Porn Still Dominates Video Downloads
Gizmodo:
12-year Old Gets Pr0n-Filled Zune For the Holidays
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Pimps Own Services in Search Results
Discussion: Googlified and Bloggers Blog
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Police blotter: Google searches nab wireless hacker
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Trollaxor / MacSlash:
Security Update 2006-008 [U]
BBC:
BBC moves to file-sharing sites
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Pandora Goes Social
 

 
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