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3:49 AM ET, January 1, 2007


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What Is The Definition Of A Blog?  —  Yesterday Google posted the yearly stats for the Official Google Blog.  Not bad - 294 posts, 7.6 million unique visitors and 15 million page views.  Technorati ranks the Google Blog as the 16th largest among all blogs, and it is by far the most popular official company blog.
Zoli Erdos / Zoli's Blog:
The Official Google Blog is NOT a Blog  —  "The definition of "googol" is a number, and Google lives by numbers.  So how else should we look back over the year but with numerical bits?"  —  That's the opening line of A year in Google blogging, then it lists the number of posts, products unveiled, acquisitions ..etc.
Discussion: Bloggers Blog and Web Strategy
Karen Wickre / Official Google Blog:
A year in Google blogging  —  The definition of "googol" is a number, and Google lives by numbers.  So how else should we look back over the year but with numerical bits?  Here goes: This post marks the 294th time this year you're reading a post from us — nearly 100 times more often than in 2005.
Discussion: Paul Mooney
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Looking for the Next Google  —  SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 29 — In brand-new offices with a still-empty game room and enough space to triple their staff of nearly 30, a trio of entrepreneurs is leading an Internet start-up with an improbable mission: to out- Google Google.
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
GOOGLE ENDS YEAR ON SOUR NOTE  —  Google has had a rash of missteps in the last few day, leaving a negative feeling going into the new year.  —  First off: Google accidently deleted the inboxes of some 60 Gmail users, leaving them with none of their stored email (and, surprisingly …
Roy Schestowitz / Boycott Novell:
Our Interview with Jeremy Allison  —  Shane and I contacted Jeremy Allison, who has answered many of the questions which we thought our readers would like to see answered.  I would like to thank Jeremy for taking the time to provide his input.  —  BN: We would like to hear about your experience …
Discussion: Open Sources and digg
Darren Murph / Engadget HD:
Millions miffed at poor quality from holiday HDTV purchase  —  It seems that all of those witty predictions claiming that HDTVs would sell like hotcakes this holiday season have apparently been proven accurate, but the consumer backlash that we all assumed would follow is now in full swing.
Discussion: Epeus' epigone and digg
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Is Google's hypocrisy evil?  —  Google's motto is "Do no evil".  TechCrunch says Google is at a tipping point.  The controversy is around Google promoting its own services in search result pages.  The argument is that the way Google promotes its services may confuse users that they are actually clicking …
Jameskyton / unnecessary:
Looking at Fiji and Vienna  —  Windows Vista has been released for a month now to business, and is going to be released to the general public in a month (January 30).  For those who haven't been following Vista's development, it is worh noting that even though Vista comes 5 years after XP, it is a rushed product.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Never mind Vista, here's Fiji and Vienna
Discussion: Teching It Easy and Slashdot
Betsy Schiffman / Associated Press:
Apple faces suit over iPod-iTunes link  —  NEW YORK - As if its options woes weren't trouble enough, Apple Computer Inc. said Friday it is facing several federal lawsuits, including one alleging the company created an illegal monopoly by tying iTunes music and video sales to its market-leading iPod portable players.
Darren / Digital Photography School:
How to Make A Inexpensive Light Tent  —  The following tutorial on constructing an Inexpensive Light Tent was Submitted by Jeffrey Bail over at our Forums.  I thought it was well worth highlighting here on the main blog too!  See Jeffrey's Flickr Account here.
Scott Schwebke / Standard-Examiner# Vermont …:
Unhappy Christmas surprise  —  —  LAYTON — Christmas became XXX-mas for a 14-year-old Layton boy who discovered hard-core pornography on a video game he received as a gift.  —  Kolton Mahoney was shocked when he put the Madden NFL 07 game in his new Xbox 360 console Christmas …
Discussion:, Joystiq and digg
Doc / Doc Searls' IT Garage:
How VRM can help CRM get past DRM  —  DRM is a solution to a problem that only appears on the supply side of the market for easily copied entertainment goods.  In the absence of a real relationship with customers, the entertainment industry characterize the problem of file copying as "piracy" …
Duncan /
Predictions for 2007  —  Alas, as 2006 ends and 2007 begins this is my first time in making predictions for the year ahead which aren't at The Blog Herald in 5 years.  Whether next years predictions will be here or at another blog of higher note is yet to be decided.
Tim Green /
First Google phone actually Samsung phone  —  It was touted as Google's first handset, but the Ultra Edition 13.8 is really just a Samsung slider with a bunch of Google apps pre-loaded.  —  Samsung's HSDPA device incorporates Google's mobile search and Gmail applications.
Discussion: Engadget, Tom Hume and 21talks
Deborah Schoeneman / New York Times:
Can Google Come Out to Play?  —  ON a Thursday afternoon before the holidays, the game room at Google's new offices in Chelsea was being put to good use.  Two engineers were taking a break from coding at the pool table.  A programmer in a purple Phish T-shirt was practicing juggling.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Saddam's Execution Video Makes it to Google Video, YouTube, Revver  —  It's a sign of the times that cameraphone footage of Saddam Hussein's execution - including the aftermath as he hangs from the noose - has made its way to video sharing sites.  While mainstream media avoided showing the whole clip …
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