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11:35 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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Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Breakfast with an Apple lawyer  —  So the Ones Who Must Be Obeyed accepted my offer to fly out here but they pushed the schedule up a bit.  The guy who talked to my lawyer on the phone last night got on a red-eye to the East Coast and I went to see him this morning in a suite at the Four Seasons …
Discussion: Dan Blank
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
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
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.
Discussion: blog.pmarca.com and Darren Herman
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 …
Kina / Two Weeks For Kina:
Day 6: Gotta Digg!  —  Welcome Diggers!!  Thanks for putting me on the front page!  —  Oh the things that go down in the Grannis household...  “Gotta Digg"  —  When I'm feeling lazy, at school or when I work  —  I sneak to my computer, and then I like to shirk  —  I don't go online shopping, I don't email with my mom
Discussion: TechCrunch and Digg
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.
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wikia Search Launches Private Beta; Public Launch On January 7  —  Well, the waiting appears to be over, and the promised 2007 launch date was technically achieved.  Wikipedia/Wikia Founder Jimmy Wales has publicly announced the private beta for Wikia Search - right now.  And the public launch is set for January 7.
Discussion: Search Wikia's Un …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Best New Google Features that Don't Require Login  —  This post is for those who think Google is still a search engine and wonder why news sites constantly talk about new Google features while Google's homepage still looks the same.  Here's a list of my favorite Google updates from this year …
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
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
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 …
 
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