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4:50 AM ET, January 2, 2007


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Mitch Ratcliffe / Rational rants:
Google's run is more than half done  —  Skrentablog welcomes our new insect overlords from Google, arguing that the company has won the battle for market dominance in the "third age of computing."  Google has, according to this thinking, and it is compelling, become the environment …
Winner-Take-All: Google and the Third Age of Computing … Google has won both the online search and advertising markets.  They hold a considerable technological lead, both with algorithms as well as their astonishing web-scale computing platform.  Beyond this, however …
Alex Bailey /
GMail Vulnerable To Contact List Hijacking  —  Affordable Hosting  —  Using a form of cross scripting, it becomes easy to steal a GMail user's contact list if they visit a certain type of website.  The only condition is you have to be logged in to GMail at the time of the attack.
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Ironic: Free Vista PC Arrives Broken; Plus, The Last Word  —  Long Zheng, who seems very disheartened over this Windows Vista free PC blogger fiasco, posts about the new Velocity Micro Media Center that he was sent by the PR folks.  The ironic thing: His arrived broken …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
China-based Browser Maxthon Going Global in 2007  —  Written by Gang Lu and edited by Richard MacManus.  Original version posted on Gang Lu's blog The MObilenoDE.  —  Maxthon (formerly known as MyIE) is a browser that reportedly has 30% of the browser market in its home country of China, second only to IE and ahead of Firefox.
Gang Lu / The MObinoDE {MODE} .:
Maxthon Goes to Global Market - A New Way to Surf The World in 2007  —  This post is also edited and published on Read/WriteWeb, Thank you Richard.  —  Maxthon (formerly known as MyIE), a well-known browser in China, is a powserful tabbed, fully customzable and 100% free Internet browser built …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Truth About Nokia VoIP  —  Ah, it was supposed to be the day to recover from the throbbing pain in my head, lying around and generally doing nothing.  For some odd reason, I powered up my Macbook Pro, and discovered this Nokia Gizmo Project meme.  —  The not-exactly accurate nature of all the talk …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Nokia's Gizmo Project: Phone-to-Phone VoIP
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Disney Plans to Introduce a Sleek Makeover of Site  —  LOS ANGELES, Dec. 31 — When the Walt Disney Company's chief executive, Robert A. Iger, takes the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 8, he is expected to introduce the new Web site that has taken more than a year to redesign.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
The unedited voice of a person  —  People use blogs primarily to discuss one question — what is a blog?  The discussion will continue as long as there are blogs.  —  It's no different from other media, all they ever talk about is what they are.  We got dinged by the NY Times …
Discussion: Scobleizer and Glass House
Arn / MacRumors:
Macworld San Francisco 2007 Rumor Roundup  —  With Macworld San Francisco (MWSF) quickly approaching, MacRumors provides this Rumor Roundup as a summary of major rumors circulating around the Mac Web before the big event.  (Previous MacRumors MWSF roundups: 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, and 2002.)
Ismael Ghalimi / IT|Redux:
Inferences for '07  —  Last year's inferences lead to an unexpectedly high 83% success rate.  This will be hard to beat, especially because my new batch of nine inferences will be stated in more measurable ways, leaving little room for history rewriting.  Let's give it a shot anyway …
Discussion: Open Sources
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wikipedia Bans Qatar  —  Qatar, home to nearly a million people, has been blocked from editing any entry on Wikipedia "due to a large volume of spam and vandalism."  —  Apparently Qatar has a single ISP, Qtel, with a single IP address shared by the entire country.
Discussion: The Yourdon Report
John Markoff / New York Times:
Studios' DVDs Face a Crack in Security  —  SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 31 — An anonymous computer programmer may have skewed the competition over standards for high-definition DVD discs by possibly defeating a scheme that both sides use to protect digital content.  —  The standards, HD-DVD and Blu-ray …
Michael Rose / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple web site features teaser shot  —  Is it a sunrise?  A monolith?  The light from an oncoming train?  Whatever it is, it's now decorating the website of everyone's favorite fruit-flavored company.  —  Presumably we may expect big things this year from AAPL.  —  [via MacRumors]
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Calculator Gone?  —  Google way back (with a working calculator)  —  This isn't a good start for Google in 2007: the Google Calculator and currency converter doesn't work anymore, as Ionut Alex.  Chitu notes... at least I can reproduce this when I try from here.
Discussion: InsideGoogle and Googlified
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Ryan Block:
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Paul / Paul Thurrott's Internet Nexus:
We call it "The Hurd Defense"
Discussion: Waffle
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
PREDICTIONS 2007  —  Yes, I'm at it again, but this year …
Discussion: The RSS Blog
Lev Grossman / Time:
VIDEO GAMES  —  WII SPORTS (for Wii)  —  There is no possible …
Discussion: GigaOM and digg
Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
Loaded With Personalities, Now Satellite Radio May Try a Merger
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
Abbi Adest / Seeking Alpha:
Raw Sugar is Toast; Is Digg Next?