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1:45 PM ET, December 29, 2006

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Mike / Techdirt:
And By The Time Anyone Reads The Sneaky Fine Print On AT&T's Concessions, The Merger Will Be Done  —  from the fooled-ya dept  —  A few hours ago, we wrote about the concessions AT&T agreed to in order to get their merger with BellSouth approved — possibly today.
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Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
AT&T Knows When to Fold 'em  —  Updated, Friday 9 AM.  Look, we told you the AT&T-BellSouth deal would get done.  And with all its lawyers and lobbyists, it's no surprise that AT&T made the smart political move, suggesting a few minor concessions that should grease the wheels at the FCC and help make Ma Bell bigger, sooner.
Discussion: Reuters and The Next Net
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.
Steve Dowling / Apple:
Apple Files 10-Q and 10-K  —  Apple to Record Non-Cash Charge of $84 Million  —  Apple® today filed its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 1, 2006 and its Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2006 with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").
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New York Times:
Apple Filing to Tell All on Options
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Guba CEO steps down, says more execs may follow  —  Guba CEO Thomas McInerney has stepped down from the video-sharing site, marking the second executive shuffle within the sector in a week.  —  McInerney told CNET News.com that two other Guba executives are likely to follow him.
Discussion: NewTeeVee, GigaOM and Valleywag
Paul Hampel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cartographers hit the road to bring updated online maps  —  In an SUV crammed with high-tech gear, Dan Donovan and Ben Woodley trolled last week through a new and virtually treeless subdivision in Troy, Ill.  —  A green arrow on a dashboard monitor connected to a roof-mounted Global Positioning …
Google:
More about the Google Zeitgeist  —  Pulling together interesting search trends and patterns requires Google's human and computing power together.  Search statistics are automatically generated based on the millions of searches conducted on Google over a given period of time - weekly, monthly, and annually.
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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.
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PJ Doland / The Frosty Mug Revolution:
Genius Grant Please, or The NSFW HTML Attribute  —  UPDATE: The idea expressed below has been significantly improved and a brief spec document and example is now available.  You might, however, still want to read what follows before proceeding to the aforementioned link.
Discussion: Technically Speaking, digg and Slashdot
Walter S. Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
The HDTV Dilemma: Pay for TiVo's Recorder Or Settle for Cable's?  —  If you just got a high-definition television, one of the best things you can buy to complement it is a digital video recorder, or DVR, the tapeless gadgets that save programs so you can watch them when you choose.
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
Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:
First John Edwards announces on YouTube.  What Happens Next?  —  During my flight back to the States yesterday, a Washington, D.C. policy reporter who was covering the John Edwards YouTube announcement emailed me a request to do an interview.  While I would have been happy to talk using Skype …
Discussion: The 463
Gizmodo:
DIY Wii Media Center  —  Wii owners listen up.  The developers at Red Kawa are giving you (and a few PS3 owners) a reason to rejoice.  They've created an app that lets you stream pictures, music, and videos from your Mac or PC straight to your Wii.  The software is in alpha and only certain files …
Discussion: PVR Wire, OhGizmo! and digg
Siva Vaidhyanathan / MSNBC:
Me, 'Person of the Year'?  No thanks  —  For some reason I just don't feel as empowered as you think I feel  —  Consider this: the flagship publication of one of the most powerful media conglomerates in the world declares that flagship publications and powerful media conglomerates …
Arwen Hann / Stuff.co.nz:
World Wide Web-famous in Christchurch?  —  Start your search engines - a mysterious plane on the tarmac at Christchurch Airport may have ferried Google internet kings Sergey Brin and Larry Page to New Zealand.  —  A Boeing 767 reportedly linked to billionaire Google co-owners Brin and Page …
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 …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Mom, Google Ate My GMail!
Discussion: Web Worker Daily
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Social Media is No Mo  —  As we conclude 2006 and head into the new year it is my conviction that the phrase "social media" is moot.  —  Social media, according to Wikipedia, includes "the online tools and platforms that people use to share opinions, insights, experiences and perspectives with each other."
 
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Frank Gruber / Somewhat Frank:
VIDEOJUG: THE ONLINE 'HOW TO' VIDEO SITE
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Kenji Hall / Business Week:
The PlayStation 2 Still Rocks
Discussion: Kotaku and Joystiq
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Bebo Launching Ad Widgets
Paul Lancour / PodTech.net:
Scoble and Blogging on the Campaign Trail
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divShare: Park Unlimited Files for Free
Kevin Lee / ClickZ:
SEM and SEO, Rocket Science, or Just Plain Science? (Part 1)
Discussion: Search Engine Land and SEL
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
What's inside Microsoft's new Windows Home Server?
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Get Disorganized with Google Desktop?
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Bot-infected PCs get a refresh
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Government may not need warrant to search your e-mail
Peter Pachal / SCI FI Tech:
Solar-powered GPS finds your place in the sun
Discussion: InstaGPS and Newlaunches.com
Dennis O'Reilly / Washington Post:
New UMPCs Hit Closer to the Mark
Valleywag:
SILICON VALLEY USERS GUIDE: SVUG #14: How do I cash in on the 2007 bubble?
Los Angeles Times:
What will they think of next?
Discussion: Download Squad and Mashable!
Computerworld:
Five fantastic free phone tricks
Discussion: The Raw Feed
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Yahoo! Answers Captures 96% of Q and A Market Share
 

 
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