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5:45 PM ET, December 23, 2007

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Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
I'm weighing an offer from Apple  —  So it's a complicated situation but I want to keep everyone in the loop.  Bottom line is I've received an overture from the Mothership with a mention of a Think Secret type settlement if I'll stop impersonating Dear Leader on the Web.
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Fake Steve: Techmeme uber-troll  —  Due to a surfeit of Christmas parties, I missed much of the Fake Steve Jobs takedown frenzy, in which the writer — otherwise known as David Lyons of Forbes — claimed in a series of posts that Apple was trying to shut down his blog.
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
I'm feeling a little bit better now  —  Just got torn away from a dinner party to have a chat with my lawyer.  (It still feels weird to say “my lawyer."  I've never had a lawyer before.  Except for that peyote incident when I was in college, and that was a public defender.)  Anyway.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Insanely Great Mac
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Fake Steve Jobs hoaxes TechMeme/bloggers  —  It's all over TechMeme that Fake Steve Jobs has lawyers after him.  This is so obviously a hoax it's laughable.  I bet that not a single blogger bothered calling Apple PR to check this story out.  We are such suckers sometimes.  —  I don't even need to call.
Discussion: Mashable!
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Brilliant: Fake Steve Jobs Fakes Apple Shutdown Drama  —  I can't be 100% certain, but I'll wager that Dan Lyons, AKA Fake Steve Jobs, is staging what, if it does turn out to be fake, one of the most brilliant bits of satire since A Modest Proposal.  —  Fake Steve has been posting today …
Mozilla Labs:
Introducing Weave  —  As the Web continues to evolve and more of our lives move online, we believe that Web browsers like Firefox can and should do more to broker rich experiences while increasing user control over their data and personal information.  —  One important area for exploration …
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Mozilla floats Weave as Web platform  —  Mozilla is expanding its browser platform into new realms, creating APIs and a portable storehouse for bookmarks, customizations, passwords, histories, preferences and other metadata.  Just like Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and others, Mozilla wants its platform …
Ellen Lee / San Francisco Chronicle:
Faces of Business 2007: Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook  —  This year, the news feed belonged to Facebook.  —  Created in Mark Zuckerberg's Harvard dorm room in 2004, the Palo Alto social-networking site - or social utility, as Zuckerberg calls it - made one headline after another in 2007.
Discussion: Web Strategy …
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Christopher Caldwell / New York Times:   Intimate Shopping  —  “Information,” the apostles of cyberspace …
Richard Gray / Telegraph Connected:
Apple to turn down the volume on iPod  —  Future versions of the iPod could turn down the volume if listeners play their music at full blast for too long.  —  Fears that rock fans will deafen themselves with a highest volume setting equal to a chainsaw have led Apple to develop an automatic ­volume control.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MediaDefender Stock Plunges Due to Leaked Emails  —  With still a few days to go it is probably safe to say that MediaDefender is one of the biggest losers of 2007.  The leaked emails, published by the notorious “MediaDefender-Defenders”, gave away a lot of sensitive information and details …
Discussion: Mashable! and Digg
Economist:
Technology in 2008  —  Three fearless predictions  —  1. Surfing will slow  —  PEERING into Tech.view's crystal ball, the one thing we can predict with at least some certainty is that 2008 will be the year we stop taking access to the internet for granted.
Craig Barrett / Washington Post:
A Talent Contest We're Losing  —  The European Union took a step recently that the U.S. Congress can't seem to muster the courage to take.  By proposing a simple change in immigration policy, E.U. politicians served notice that they are serious about competing with the United States and Asia …
Discussion: The Stopped Clock
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
The Afterlife Is Expensive for Digital Movies  —  TIME was, a movie studio could pack up a picture and all of its assorted bloopers, alternate takes and other odds and ends as soon as the production staff was done with them, and ship them off to the salt mine.  Literally.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
2007 In Numbers: iGoogle Google's Homegrown Star Performer This Year  —  2007 was another big year for Google with the company growing to become America's fifth largest listed stock (by market cap) whilst continuing its march towards world domination.  —  According to figures …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Product Clash: Sort Of Digg For Product Comparisons  —  Product Clash is aiming to offer “peer reviewed product comparison in a fun way” with a site that takes Digg style voting to product grudge matches.  —  Product Clash has a broad library of products that registered users can clash …
Discussion: CenterNetworks
 
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
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