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3:50 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.
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
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.
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
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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
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: PVR Wire and Gadgetell
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 …
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.
 
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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
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Should Rich Internet Applications be cross platform by definition?
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Market Wire:
Nielsen//NetRatings Announces November U.S. Search Share Rankings
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Pimps Own Services in Search Results
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Upgrades Personals - Does This Stuff Work?
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Security Update 2006-008 [U]
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Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
A Search for Ourselves  —  User-Generated Content Dominates Google's 2006 Hot List
Josh Hallett / hyku | blog:
Visit Florida - Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Dell PC (Screenshot)
Mike / Techdirt:
Are Sites Like Digg, YouTube And MySpace Still Exploitation …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zoho Goes Wiki
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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Enterprise 2.0 year in review
 

 
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