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6:45 AM ET, December 29, 2006


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LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
Google Blog Search Surpasses Technorati  —  When Google Blog Search launched last year, I wondered if it would surpass Technorati in market share of visits.  This week Hitwise data show that the market share of visits to Google Blog Search surpassed visits to Technorati for the week ending 12/23/06.
Ben Charny / MarketWatch:
Google's blog search engine takes over top slot  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Given Google Inc.'s dominance of the Internet search and advertising market, it's difficult to think of the company ever needing to pull off an underdog, "Rocky"-style comeback.
LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
Yahoo! Answers Captures 96% of Q and A Market Share
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:   Yahoo Answers Dominates Q & A - No Wonder Google Gave Up
Erick Schonfeld / The Next Net:
Google Eats Technorati For Lunch
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:   Google Blog Search overtakes Technorati's market share according to Hitwise
John Dunbar / Associated Press:
AT&T compromise may get merger approved  —  WASHINGTON - AT&T Inc. has offered a new set of concessions that are expected to satisfy the two Democrats on the Federal Communications Commission and lead to approval of the company's $85 billion buyout of BellSouth Corp. Approval by the full commission could happen as soon as Friday.
Mike / Techdirt:
AT&T Agrees To Keep The Net Neutral For 30 Months To Get BellSouth  —  from the punting-until-later dept  —  With FCC chair Kevin Martin unable to push through an approval for the AT&T BellSouth merger due to an (no, seriously, don't laugh) ethical stance from a fellow commissioner …
Discussion: GigaOM, The 463 and
Scott Leith / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BellSouth-AT&T deal may be wrapping up  —  AT&T appears to be edging closer to completing the company's $86 billion buyout of BellSouth, with Federal Communications Commission approval possible as soon as today.  —  The timing of the vote still could change, given that the FCC was once expected to sign off on the deal in October.
AT&T Offers New Concessions to FCC in BellSouth Deal (Update2)  —  Dec. 28 (Bloomberg) — AT&T Inc., the largest U.S. phone company, agreed to new concessions including some price controls to win regulatory approval for its $86 billion purchase of BellSouth Corp.
Mike / Techdirt:
And By The Time Anyone Reads The Sneaky Fine Print On AT&T's …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gmail Disaster: Reports Of Mass Email Deletions  —  Just a week after I wrote "Uh Oh, Gmail Just Got Perfect" a number of users started complaining that all of their Gmail emails and contacts were auto deleted.  —  The first message, posted on the Google Groups forum on December 19, stated …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Mom, Google Ate My GMail!
Discussion: Web Worker Daily
Artem Boytsov / Official Google Blog:
How we came up with year-end Zeitgeist data  —  The Zeitgeist is "the spirit of time."  This is why when we come up with the lists of top searches on for 2006, we do not simply retrieve the most frequently-searched terms for the period — the truth is, they don't change that much from year to year.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Google Top Searches: Based on Everything and Nothing
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   Google Explains Wack Zeitgest Criteria
Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:
Windows Vista Laptop on eBay, Proceeds Going To EFF  —  So regarding my infamous Acer Ferrari 1000 Windows Vista laptop (one of several sent to bloggers which are stirring up a quite a bit of controversy), I think the best thing to do at this point is auction it off on eBay and donate …
Wendy Tanaka / Red Herring:
Digg Raises $8.5 Million  —  New funding might suggest that the news site will remain independent.  —  Digg, the San Francisco-based site that lets users rank news stories, raised $8.5 million from two of its existing investors, according to a report from VentureWire.
Mars Sucks - Can Games Fly on Google Earth?  —  As part of an Intel team focused on pushing the limits of PC gaming, we decided to investigate whether Google* Earth could be used as the foundation of a video game.  Of course the best way to find out was to try it, which we did with a small prototype we call "Mars Sucks."
Discussion: Joystiq, reBang weblog and GameSetWatch
The Bad Astronomer / Bad Astronomy Blog:
The Top Ten Astronomy Images of 2006  —  This past year has been — like most are — up and down for science in general and astronomy in particular.  We've had stunning successes and heartbreaking setbacks, all of which seem huge when dealing with them at the time.
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
Top ten Apple rumours of all time  —  What do you get when you cross a notoriously tight-lipped computer company with rabidly fanatical users?  A whole lot of gossip, speculation and hearsay, that's what.  Thirty years of Apple Computer has seen the company rise, fall and rise again like a kind …
Discussion: MacUser, Joystiq, Slashdot and Infinite Loop
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Apple faked files in Steve Jobs stock options scandal
Discussion: Seeking Alpha and Legal Pad
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Bribing Bloggers  —  There's an interesting debate going on about whether bloggers should accept gifts from vendors.  —  Lately Microsoft, working through their PR agency, Edelman, has been getting rather aggressive about trying to buy good coverage from bloggers.
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Marketers Flout Craigslist Rules to Promote Wares  —  A syndicated article providing guidance on marketing via free classifieds site Craigslist has been making the rounds on various business-oriented Web sites lately.  Still, there's no doubt the practice is controversial …
Discussion: MarketingVOX, Greg Boser and Screenwerk
Gerald Traufetter / Spiegel Online:
The Whole Planet on a Hard Drive  —  Google and Microsoft are racing to provide computer users with a virtual world tour.  Who will be the first to offer its readers a 3-D map of the globe?  —  Early in his life, John Hanke was fond of running his finger across the pages of his National Geographic atlas …
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