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10:15 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 …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google, the King & the King Maker  —  This past weekend a series of posts from some of the more influential bloggers prompted me to ask the question: do we trust Google?  Results of our spot poll indicated that at least our readers were almost evenly split into three camps …
Discussion: digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
2007: Web 2.0 Companies I Couldn't Live Without  —  A year ago I wrote a post called "Web 2.0 Companies I Couldn't Live Without" and listed thirteen startups who's products made a real impact in my life.  Those were the products that I loved, and used every day.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Using Web Cams but Few Inhibitions, the Young Turn to Risky Social Sites  —  Popular Web sites like YouTube and MySpace have hired the equivalent of school hallway monitors to police what visitors to their sites can see and do by cracking down on piracy and depictions of nudity and violence.
InfoWorld:
P-to-P goes Hollywood  —  BitTorrent co-founder talks up business plans and death of DRM  —  With all the legal disputes arising from P-to-P (peer to peer) file sharing networks such as Napster, Gnutella, and KaZaa in recent years, it's easy to forget that the concept of P-to-P networks is almost as old as the Internet itself.
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
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Smaran / Torrentfreak:
BitTorrent Inc: We Don't Index Illegal Torrents
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Alex Bailey / cyber-knowledge.net:
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.
Susan Mernit / Susan Mernit's Blog:
Placeblogger, local blog/comunity aggregator, goes live  —  My friend Lisa Williams has just launched Placeblogger, a (long-awaited) web service that aggregates and highlights content and feeds hyperlocal sites—not only news sites, but community sites, enhanced directories (like …
Discussion: Placeblogger
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Christopher Elliott / New York Times:
Wi-Fi Is Hitting the Road in Cars From Avis, but Technical and Legal Bumps Lie Ahead  —  Try connecting to a high-speed wireless network from a car, and you are pretty much limited to one method: rigging your laptop computer with a special modem and subscribing to a costly, and sometimes temperamental, wireless service.
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Mozilla Does Microformats: Firefox 3 as Information Broker  —  Just before Christmas, Mozilla designer Alex Faaborg published some introductory posts on his blog about where Mozilla is headed with microformats.  Quick background: Mozilla is of course the developer of the popular open source browser Firefox …
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.
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Disney Plans to Introduce a Sleek Makeover of Disney.com 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 Disney.com Web site that has taken more than a year to redesign.
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
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 …
Discussion: m-trends.org
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.
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Gang Lu / The MObinoDE {MODE} .:   Maxthon Goes to Global Market - A New Way to Surf The World in 2007
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
David Carr / New York Times:
The Lonely Newspaper Reader  —  In the house where I grew up, everybody ate breakfast at the same time.  The younger ones would sit at the table elbowing one another for toast while my dad stood, drinking coffee and reading The Minneapolis Star Tribune.  —  He would mumble and curse at the headlines …
Discussion: Screenwerk and BuzzMachine
Dan Blank:
Does Discourse, Commenting and Community Define a Blog?  —  Zoli Erdos and Mike Arrington are debating what a real blog is, and whether Google's official blog is one or not.  The focus revolves around commenting:  —  "The Google Blog does not allow commenting... Whatever happened to "conversation"? "
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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Mathew Ingram / mathewingram.com/work:
Is it a "real blog"? Wrong question
Discussion: IR Web Report Blog
 
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Maria Aspan / New York Times:
Costly Gift From Microsoft Is an Invitation to Blog
George Ou:
Critical Mac QuickTime zero-day exploit released!
Discussion: Technovia and Apple Fun
John Markoff / New York Times:
Studios' DVDs Face a Crack in Security
Arn / MacRumors:
Macworld San Francisco 2007 Rumor Roundup
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Apple web site features teaser shot
 Earlier Items: 
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Calculator Gone?
Discussion: InsideGoogle and Googlified
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
EroShare - User Generated Porn
Discussion: Scobleizer
Dion Hinchcliffe's Web 2.0 Blog:
THE BEST WEB 2.0 SOFTWARE OF 2006
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
 

 
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