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11:05 AM ET, January 2, 2007


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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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Smaran / Torrentfreak:
BitTorrent Inc: We Don't Index Illegal Torrents
Discussion: digg
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 and AccMan
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
Costly Gift From Microsoft Is an Invitation 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 good will …
Discussion: Paul Mooney
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Ironic: Free Vista PC Arrives Broken; Plus, The Last Word
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
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
George Ou:
Critical Mac QuickTime zero-day exploit released!  —  A zero-day Apple QuickTime flaw for Mac OS X has officially kicked off the MoAB (Month of Apple Bugs).  The exploit has been "100% reliable for a current up-to-date x86-based OS X system".  Anyone wishing to confirm the vulnerability …
Discussion: and Technovia
Lmh / Apple Fun:
MOAB-01-01-2007: Apple Quicktime rtsp URL Handler Stack-based Buffer Overflow
Discussion: Spamroll, digg and Slashdot
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 …
Discussion: Ajaxian
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.
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 …
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
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
Mathew Ingram /
Is it a "real blog"? Wrong question
Discussion: IR Web Report Blog
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Windows Defender expires, fails to initialize
John Markoff / New York Times:
Studios' DVDs Face a Crack in Security
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
China-based Browser Maxthon Going Global in 2007
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Macworld San Francisco 2007 Rumor Roundup
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Disney Plans to Introduce a Sleek Makeover of Site
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Rose / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple web site features teaser shot
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Calculator Gone?
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
EroShare - User Generated Porn
Discussion: Scobleizer
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
PREDICTIONS 2007  —  Yes, I'm at it again, but this year …
Discussion: The RSS Blog