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2:10 PM ET, January 2, 2007

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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
14 "Is Google Evil?"  Tipping Points Since 2001  —  Earlier I wrote how Google seems to have had a bad week, with some recent negative publicity making it seem like the tipping point of Google becoming the big bad company they don't want to be happening — at least perhaps in the eyes of many opinion makers on the web.
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Jimmy Guterman / PaidContent:
Google Under Fire; May Rule Forever Nonetheless  —  The press/blogosphere pendulum, rarely stable, is swinging to an extreme anti-Google position as we start the new year.  The discovery of another contact-list hack inside GMail has led to the usual complaints about the company's dominance.
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: Rational rants and digg
Mitch Ratcliffe / Rational rants:   Google's run is more than half done
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.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Autonet Mobile, the first ISP for your car
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Is it a bargain or obsolete?  —  It's getting harder to know when to buy  —  The day after Christmas, prices on big-screen TVs went down and Raul Axtle pounced.  —  Axtle and his 16-year-old son, Shaheen, headed to a Best Buy electronics store in Emeryville, Calif., to buy the TV that Shaheen …
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Mike / Techdirt:
Product Improvements Outpacing Even Planned Obsolescence?  —  from the perhaps dept  —  We've written a few times in the past about how your memory isn't fooling if you if you think today's gadgets and gizmos are built with lower quality than consumer electronics from years gone by.
Discussion: robhyndman.com
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.
Antony Bruno / Reuters:
Ailing music biz set to relax digital restrictions  —  LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - The anti-digital rights management (DRM) bandwagon is getting more crowded by the day.  Even some major-label executives are pushing for the right to sell digital downloads as unprotected MP3s.
Kyle Orland / Joystiq:
Preliminary: Xbox 360 wins holiday sales battle  —  The console sales horse race is more of a marathon than a sprint, but a Register report shows Microsoft edging out the competition in the all important holiday season.  The report quotes preliminary NPD numbers mentioned on CNBC to show …
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft and You NEWB
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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.
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.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
The Race to Beat Google  —  Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus  —  In an article in the January 1st 2007 issue of NYTimes, reporter Miguel Helft writes about the race in Silicon Valley to beat Google.  Certainly the future of search has been much talked about lately.
Discussion: blackrimglasses.com and digg
Katherine Conrad / Mercury News:
Google, Apple, Yahoo boost valley market in real estate  —  Commercial real estate in Silicon Valley turned a corner in 2006 that it had been approaching for three years, thanks largely to property purchased by high-tech behemoths Google, Apple Computer and Yahoo.
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
Discussion: digg
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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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 …
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Music Industry Changes Its Tune on Podcasting  —  After two years of hesitancy, the music industry is finally taking its first steps toward embracing podcasting.  —  When podcasts attained prominence in 2004, amateurs and advertisers alike heralded the downloadable audio programs as the next step in the evolution of broadcasting.
Discussion: Tech_Space and Frank Barnako
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Apple trying to avoid a train wreck  —  Like many companies are under the gun in the ongoing stock options trading scandal Apple is playing a dangerous game Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. attorney corps.  Many companies, which make a similar claim to Apple's that executives involved …
Discussion: GigaOM, AccMan and Blogging Stocks
Chris Brogan / lifehack.org:
Six Improvements to Your Blog  —  I've done a lot of blog surfing lately, in search of new (best) blogs.  What I found often, however, was that there are things people could do to improve the relationship and interaction value of their blogs, which would in turn build a better bridge between blogs and their readers.
 
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Rob Beschizza / Wired News:
Inside Seagate's R&D Labs
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Mike / Techdirt:
Kevin Martin To AT&T: Okay, Now Feel Free To Ignore Those Concessions …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Video retrenchment begins, Juice Wireless going for broke
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Windows Defender expires, fails to initialize
David Carr / New York Times:
The Lonely Newspaper Reader
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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!
 Earlier Items: 
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Mozilla Does Microformats: Firefox 3 as Information Broker
Discussion: Channel 9 and Ajaxian
John Markoff / New York Times:
Studios' DVDs Face a Crack in Security
Ismael Ghalimi / IT|Redux:
Inferences for '07  —  Last year's inferences lead …
Discussion: Open Sources
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Truth About Nokia VoIP
Discussion: m-trends.org
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wikipedia Bans Qatar
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
China-based Browser Maxthon Going Global in 2007
Arn / MacRumors:
Macworld San Francisco 2007 Rumor Roundup
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Disney Plans to Introduce a Sleek Makeover of Disney.com Site
 

 
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