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1:55 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.
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 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.
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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   Google By Far The Leader, If You Look At Site Owner Traffic Stats
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Lies Of Top Search Terms Of The Year  —  I wanted to make some time and dive deep into the issue of why all those top search terms from the various search engines don't match.  Others have thankfully been doing that.  The short answer, as I've written before, is that they are all heavily filtered.
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
A Search for Ourselves  —  User-Generated Content Dominates Google's 2006 Hot List
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 …
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 …
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Dennis Howlett / AccMan Pro:
Sam Sethi rises from the dead
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.
PR Newswire:   BLOCKBUSTER Total Access(TM) Got Game
Declan McCullagh / CNET
Police blotter: Google searches nab wireless hacker  —  "Police blotter" is a weekly 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
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.
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog: API for URL top tags, bookmark count  —  Social bookmarking site 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 web badge …
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.
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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