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12:45 AM ET, December 19, 2007


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The Web Celeb 25  —  Things change fast on the internet —and fame is no exception.  Nearly half of the online celebrities identified in the inaugural edition of the Web Celeb 25 failed to place on the list in this second edition.  Among the casualties: YouTube star LonelyGirl15 …
Discussion: Global Neighbourhoods and 901am
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google may have finally figured out what to do with Google Apps  —  Om writes that Google has inked a deal with satellite ISP, WildBlue, that puts Google's "Office Suite" in the hands of average users — the right place for it.  There are many reasons Google Apps works much better for personal use …
Declan McCullagh / CNET
TorrentSpy loses Calif. copyright lawsuit  —  In a potentially severe blow to fans of peer-to-peer networks, a federal judge has ruled against the BitTorrent indexing service on grounds that its operators engaged in "willful" deletion of important evidence.
Nick Weininger / Official Google Blog:
Better flight stats results  —  The holiday season is upon us, and we know that many amongst you are traveling to be with family and friends.  To make sure you spend more time celebrating and less time waiting at the airport, we're introducing a new flight status feature that we hope will make your travels easier.
Martin LaMonica / CNET
Pumping DC power to the data center  —  Thomas Edison had it right, say the founders of start-up Validus DC Systems.  Direct current is the way.  —  Validus on Tuesday announced that it has raised $10 million from Oak Hill Venture Partners to further develop its data center power supplies …
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:   Going green with DC power
John Tierney / New York Times:
Why Nobody Likes a Smart Machine  —  At a Best Buy store in Midtown Manhattan, Donald Norman was previewing a scene about to be re-enacted in living rooms around the world.  —  He was playing with one of this year's hot Christmas gifts, a digital photo frame from Kodak.
Discussion: Dan Blank, Smart Mobs and Gawker
George Ou / Zero Day:
Mac versus Windows vulnerability stats for 2007  —  The year 2007 has been an interesting year that brought us improved security with Windows Vista and Mac OS X Leopard (10.5).  But to get some perspective of how many publicly known holes found in these two operating systems …
Discussion: CyberNet and Micronet's blog
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Inside iPod Touch  —  The Touch will probably set the standard for iPod iterations to come, and our teardown reveals it's more than just an iPhone you can't make calls on  —  At first glance, Apple's iPod Touch looks almost exactly like its sibling the iPhone.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Tweeterboard: Who Does That Person on Twitter Think They Are?  —  Like it or not, there's a whole lot of conversation going on via microblogging service Twitter these days and it cannot be ignored.  —  Let's say you've subscribed to a search feed for your company's name (via Terraminds) …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Apple finally fixes some MacBook keyboard issues  —  We're sure Apple had a fix in the works long before we got around to posting a poll about it, but if the response to Saturday's informal questionnaire was any indication, this update is long overdue.  Apple just posted a new software update …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
$8,000-per-gallon printer ink leads to antitrust lawsuit  —  A Boston man has filed a class-action lawsuit accusing hardware maker HP and office supply retailer Staples of colluding to inflate the price of printer ink cartridges in violation of federal antitrust law.
Google Toolbar flaw opens door for phishers  —  Google is working to fix a bug in the Google Toolbar that could allow criminals to steal data or install malicious software on a system, a security researcher warned Tuesday.  —  The flaw lies in the mechanism Google Toolbar uses to add new buttons on the browser.
Aviv Raff / Aviv Raff On .NET:
Google Toolbar Dialog Spoofing Vulnerability
Yahoo! Local & Maps Blog:
Follow your Favorite Freeway  —  Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, us insiders know that the difference between Hwy 101 and Hwy 280 is like the difference between the mall ring-road on the Saturday before Christmas and the Autobahn.  Some of us will go through some awfully long detours …
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Ebay's rising star plots revamp of 'flea market'  —  Tinkering with the core mechanisms of the world's busiest e-commerce site is not something to be undertaken lightly.  Yet John Donahoe, head of Ebay's marketplace division, is preparing an overhaul for early next year that amounts to a major revamp of Ebay's core business.
22. Pete Cashmore  —  Ever wonder just what this whole "Web 2.0" thing is really about—and how you might actually profit from it?  Look no further for an answer than Pete Cashmore, a new media expert, tech consultant and author of Mashable!, a blog about social networking.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Major Aussie ISP Telstra BigPond shafts open source OpenOffice
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Wave power to go commercial in California
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Digg
Dibya Sarkar / Associated Press:
Cell phone spending surpasses land lines
Tom Krazit / CNET
Intel spins out telecom portion of optical-networking group
Discussion: The Register
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Is this the mylo 2?  —  So we were dong some followup research …
Latitude XT Pricing
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook beta testing Platform payment system
Discussion: Lonely CEO Media
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Tafiti Search Visualization - Overview
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Facebook Faces Off Against Sex Site
Discussion: DailyTech, Digital Trends and 901am
Associated Press:
Facebook settles text-messaging suit
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Why Apple should launch iTunes movie rentals now
PC World:
Apple TV Leads Internet Video Delivery Market
Discussion: WebProNews
Tom Lee / Techdirt:
The Language Indicator: If You Want To Stay On Top Of Technology …
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Visualize Social Networks with IBM's Atlas
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why Don't DVR Owners Skip Commercials?