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12:05 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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 ( 3624097) service as part of a deliberate plan to use as "glue" for the company's wide range of content.
Business Wire:
Akamai Content Distribution Infrastructure Adopted in PLAYSTATION(R)Network  —  TOKYO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is an English translation of the original Japanese version, prepared for the convenience of our non-Japanese-speaking readers.
Robert McLaws /
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
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.
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.
Discussion: CenterNetworks and ResourceShelf
Mike / Techdirt:
Are Sites Like Digg, YouTube And MySpace Still Exploitation If People Get What They Want?  —  from the non-monetary-payments dept  —  There's a fascinating discussion going on among some bloggers today, concerning some research about how the top 10 domains online get a larger percentage …
Discussion: media blog
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
YouTube Concedes To Japanese Demands  —  You might remember that YouTube had a deadline of last Friday to respond to the demands of The Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC).  The group, which consists of 23 powerful Japanese media associations …
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Nick / Dial-a-Phone Mobile Phone Blog:
World's first official photos of LG Prada phone!
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Josh Hallett / hyku | blog:
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Dell PC (Screenshot)
What's New in Firefox  —  Security Update …
Humphrey Cheung / TG Daily:
Iomega rolls out two Mac only drives
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To Lure Teens to Its Latest Web Site, Conde Nast Turns to the 'Flip Squad'
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
It's Time for Traffic Stats to Die
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Researchers develop metamaterial with negative refractive index
Discussion: Slashdot
"HOW CUTE!"  —  Since Håkon came over to our desktop offices …
Discussion: Engadget, digg and Slashdot
Stuntdubl SEO / Stuntdubl Business Search …:
10 Reasons Digg Could be the New Google, and Suggested Improvements
Curt Feldman / GameSpot:
Q&A: Doug Lowenstein, going the distance
Alex Veiga / Business Week:
Sony BMG settles suit over CDs
Discussion: TechSpot and digg
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
iLike nabs $13.3M from Ticketmaster, a marriage of reason
Jon Udell:
Video knowledge  —  Sean McCown is a professional database …