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6:35 PM 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.
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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.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
I like Matt Cutts of Google
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.
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
Costly gift from Microsoft becomes invite to blog  —  In Microsoft's latest attempt to reach out to bloggers, the company recently gave away expensive laptops loaded with its new Windows Vista operating system.  —  But the gifts generated controversy as well as goodwill …
Discussion: Channel 9, Download Squad, digg and Slashdot
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Gmail bug exposes your mail account to spammers  —  Like your Gmail account?  Consider it a sacred place which must be protected from spammers at all cost?  Yeah, us too.  Well, we hate to break the bad news at the dawn of the new year but there's a weakness in Gmail which exposes …
Discussion: Office Evolution
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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 …
Abbi Adest / Seeking Alpha:
Raw Sugar is Toast; Is Digg Next?  —  Ashkan Karbasfrooshan submits: From Haaretz, via Micropersuasions: Raw Sugar, an Israeli Del.icio.us clone, shut down.  The company was privately funded.  RIP.  —  This comes a few days after Conde Nast-owned Wired totally violated any speck …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Nokia's Gizmo Project: Phone-to-Phone VoIP  —  Written by Rudy De Waele from m-trends.org and edited by Richard MacManus.  —  We are entering an era of broadband being available anywhere, on any device - and this will happen all 'over IP' (Internet Protocol).
Discussion: m-trends.org and Smart Mobs
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Windows screwup forces Ubuntu shift  —  A match made in hell  —  YOU NEVER QUITE wrap your head around how anti-consumer Microsoft's policies are until they bite you in the bum.  Add in the customer antagonistic policies of its patsies, HP in this case, and vendors like Promise, and you have quite a recipe for pain.
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
Loaded With Personalities, Now Satellite Radio May Try a Merger  —  Last year's debut of Howard Stern's radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio put the technology on the map, raising the public's awareness of satellite radio and helping to boost significantly subscriber totals for Sirius and its larger rival, XM Satellite Radio.
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
PREDICTIONS 2007  —  Yes, I'm at it again, but this year I promise to be a bit more pared down, a bit more to the point.  I had nearly 20 predictions last year, I'm hoping that by the time I lift my fingers from the keyboard I'll have a few less.  So Happy New Year, and to business:
Lev Grossman / Time:
VIDEO GAMES  —  WII SPORTS (for Wii)  —  There is no possible way to say this enough times: great graphics don't make great games.  Perfect Dark Zero looked like a Titian, but it was a snooze.  Wii Sports—a mini-sports anthology that includes golf, boxing, tennis, baseball and bowling—looks like Colecovision.
Discussion: digg
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
iPod owners report whining sound emanating from 2G nanos  —  In a thread over at the Apple Discussions forums, dozens of iPod owners are reporting high-pitching whining and / or buzzing sounds emanating from their 2nd Generation iPod nanos.  Many of the owners cite that their units …
Discussion: digg
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
2007: Reduce, Focus, and Filtering My Inputs  —  This is the first in a short series of things I'll likely write about the coming year (2007).  The end of the year is often a good time to look back and think about what has happened and why, not to mention how they compared to my expectations and goals (assuming I had any).
Discussion: Traffick and Redeye VC
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Serious Gmail vulnerability fixed  —  After posting my last article about the contacts "JSON API", Haochi Chen discovered that by simply appending a "callback" variable in the URL, the creators of a malicious site could gain access to a visitors entire Gmail contact list without warning.
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
Duncan / duncanriley.com:
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.
Discussion: The RSS Blog
 
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