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11:45 AM ET, December 9, 2007

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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why Valleywag is only right 17.3% of the time and why we like it  —  I'm having a good laugh all the way over here in London thanks to Fake Steve Jobs.  —  Oh, my.  Turns out that Valleywag printed a rumor about Facebook's founder that turned out not to be true.
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Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Valleywag confession: We're frigtards  —  Nick Denton, who still claims he's the world's greatest investigative journalist even though he twice incorrectly identified Fake Steve and swore both times he had me dead to rights, is determined to make a go of this Valleywag gossip blog.
Discussion: All Facebook and broadstuff
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook's Zuckerberg Doesn't Take $40 Million Off Table  —  UPDATE: Valleywag's Owen Wilson now says that his earlier report was wrong, and that Zuck hasn't cashed out at all.  —  [Valleywag reports more evidence that Mark Zuckerberg is no dummy: $40 million of the $300 million of stock sold …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Facebook founder faces shareholder revolt [Followup]
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Success without ads  —  It makes no sense for publications to charge readers on the Web—at least, that's the conventional wisdom.  But conventional wisdom does not carry much weight at Consumer Reports, that detailed guide to buying everything from prescription drugs to pickup trucks.
Discussion: Slashdot and broadstuff
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Bill Gates, Mix n Mash, and the future of Microsoft  —  Being in the same room with Bill Gates, while it wasn't breathtakingly nerve-wracking (he is, after all, a geek, and we weren't there for a performance review, we were just lucky enough to be able to ask him a few questions), we were all still a little keyed up.
Discussion: Insider Chatter and Scobleizer
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
50 Cent: File-Sharing Doesn't Hurt Artists, Industry Should Adapt  —  Curtis James Jackson III, aka 50 Cent has been a drug dealer, he's been shot, he's a hugely successful artist - selling over 20 million albums - and he even has his own label, G-Unit Records.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Digg
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
50 Cent: File Sharing Doesn't Hurt Artists
Discussion: HipMojo.com and everybuddy.org
Patrick Seitz / Investor's Business Daily:
Apple Macintosh Computers Likely To Gain Market Share  —  Apple's (AAPL) Macintosh computers are poised to make sizable market share gains in the coming months, according to a research firm that tracks PC purchase intent.  —  ChangeWave Research says it sees continuing momentum …
Maths / Music 2.0:
Time for Luddite & Wanton Label Chiefs to go  —  It is ironic that in recent months, label chiefs have been stealing center stage from their more illustrious label acts but for all the wrong reasons.  Where Britney had teased to reveal too much of her inner self, Doug Morris …
Discussion: hypebot
Chris Ayres / Times of London:
One step from the top, Essex boy who reached Apple's core  —  The designer has come a long way — from a technophobe at a British polytechnic to being mooted as the US giant's next CEO  —  He holds one of the most powerful corporate jobs in America.  His admirers (and customers) include Bono, George W. Bush and the Queen.
Jenny Davey / Times of London:
Women are top tech shoppers  —  WOMEN will overtake men as the primary buyers of electronic gadgets for the first time this Christmas, according to department-store chain John Lewis.  —  Helen Keppel Compton at the company told The Sunday Times that a "tipping point" had been reached …
Discussion: Technovia and IntoMobile
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Starts to Index Images Uploaded to Blogger  —  Even if this sounds hard to believe, Google Image Search started to index images uploaded to Blogger in December 2007.  Until this month, all the images were prevented from being indexed by search engines for unknown reasons.
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and Mashable!
Darren Murph / Engadget:
eBayer wants $15000 for Darth Vader Wii  —  Yeah, just about anything gets ratcheted up a couple levels on the fantasmical scale if Darth Vader makes a cameo, but seriously, $15,000 for a Dark Side Wii?  To be frank, this auction has spoof written all over it, but whatever the case …
Discussion: technabob and Gizmodo
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Wikia looking to topple Google, but will fail miserably  —  The CEO of Wikia, a search engine launching soon with an open algorithm, has been talking big for a long time now.  Unfortunately for Gil Penchina, not much scares Google — they will just get more aggressive.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Social Websites As Games - How to Win at Digg, YouTube, Facebook  —  In a comment on our recent post The Digg Effect, C. Weng pointed to an e-book he has written called The Web: Hidden Games.  It is available for free on Lulu.com.  Weng commented that his book reveals "how websites such as Digg …
Discussion: Fast Wonder Blog and broadstuff
 
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