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10:35 AM ET, December 24, 2007

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Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
When non-technologists write about technology  —  They're so CUTE!  —  The Economist puts random words in random order: … First, 1994 is calling and wants its metaphors back.  —  Second, got any data to support that? … OK, that's simply not true.
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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: Hightouch and HipMojo.com
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.
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
E-Greetings Gain Ground at Businesses This Season  —  Have you sent out your holiday cards this year?  What about your e-cards?  —  If your second answer was yes, you are in good company.  Once seen as the tacky, last-minute substitute for pen and paper, e-cards have become more acceptable …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Sarah Lacy / MSNBC:
Paris Is No Silicon Valley — Yet  —  The missing piece is finally falling into place: the development of a startup “working class” of smart techies and ambitious entrepreneurs  —  My trip to Paris last week did not go smoothly.  For starters, I could never quite adjust to the time change.
Discussion: TechCrunch UK and Mashable!
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Christmas eve: Apple MacBook is Amazon's No. 1 top-selling computer  —  Despite fierce competition from machines with more than twice the memory and price points hundreds of dollars lower, Apple's (AAPL) white 120 GB MacBook has captured the top spot on Amazon's (AMZN) list of bestselling computers this Christmas eve.
DigiTimes:
Asustek Eee PC shipments beat expectations  —  In less than one quarter, accumulated worldwide shipments of Asustek Computer's Eee PC have reached nearly 350,000 units, exceeding the estimated 300,000 units made by industry watchers, according to the company.
Discussion: Engadget, I4U News and Gadgetell
Jeff Bertolucci / PC World:
When to Buy a Camera, MP3 Player, or Cell Phone  —  If it's Presidents Day, it must be time to get serious about buying a new digital camera.  For this and other advice about buying mobile electronic devices, read on.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Cameras
Discussion: Gizmodo
Kina / Two Weeks For Kina:
Day 6: Gotta Digg!  —  Welcome Diggers!!  Hope you enjoy watching this as much as I did making it :)  —  Don't forget to go to www.crashthesuperbowl.com to vote for me!  (You have to login to MySpace to vote...urk...but it's worth it!)  There's just one week left!  Leave a comment if you vote so I know who to thank! :)
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Macs are even more expensive than I thought  —  When I got back from Europe my black MacBook wouldn't boot, it just sat there with a disk icon and a flashing question mark.  So I made an appointment at the Apple store in Emeryville to have it looked at.  —  When I got there, there was no wait, they were calling my name.
Farhad Manjoo / Salon:
The year in technology  —  The iPhone was great, except for its restrictions.  And guess who's dialing up a better mobile Web now?  —  You'll balk if I label 2007 “The Year of the iPhone."  True, news of Apple's new device hit the world within two weeks of New Year's 2007 …
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
SO WHAT'S ALL THIS NEW MARKETING STUFF, ANYWAY?  —  Some people call it “The New Marketing".  Some people call it “Marketing 2.0".  Whatever name you care to give it, I get asked about it a lot.  Here are some random thoughts, in no particular order.  —  1. “The New Marketing” …
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 …
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.
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.
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ACMA:
New rules for age-restricted internet and mobile content
Discussion: Ars Technica and Mashable!
Wolfgang Hansson / DailyTech:
Toshiba and Sharp Form LCD Pact
Discussion: Gizmodo
Ellen Lee / San Francisco Chronicle:
Faces of Business 2007: Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook
Discussion: Web Strategy …
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MediaDefender Stock Plunges Due to Leaked Emails
Discussion: Mashable! and Digg
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
2007 In Numbers: The Year AOL Killed Netscape's Traffic
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Digg
Richard Gray / Telegraph Connected:
Apple to turn down the volume on iPod
 

 
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