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3:15 PM ET, December 23, 2007

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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 …
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:
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
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 …
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.
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:
2007 In Numbers: The Year AOL Killed Netscape's Traffic  —  Social voting remained a popular past time in 2007 with sites such as Digg more than tripling their audience, but some sites fared better than others according to data from comScore.  —  One name with a long history is the AOL owned Netscape.com.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
FBI Prepares Vast Database Of Biometrics  —  $1 Billion Project to Include Images of Irises and Faces  —  CLARKSBURG, W. Va. — The FBI is embarking on a $1 billion effort to build the world's largest computer database of peoples' physical characteristics, a project that would give …
Discussion: Dvorak Uncensored, Mashable! and Digg
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
Christopher Caldwell / New York Times:
Intimate Shopping  —  “Information,” the apostles of cyberspace have been singing for more than a decade, “wants to be free."  Well, maybe your information does.  But in late November, the social networking Web site Facebook discovered that many of its 58 million members don't feel that way.
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft quietly combines TV efforts  —  Microsoft has quietly folded its Internet Protocol television, Media Center, and HD DVD efforts into a single organization, known as the Connected TV business group.  —  The unit, which is part of Robbie Bach's Entertainment and Devices division …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and paidContent.org
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Media Predictions for 2008: Everything Changes...or Not.  Ponders Business Week's Jon Fine  —  This has been quite a year in our industry.  What's ahead in 2008?  Will things change as much we might expect?  I caught up with Business Week's media columnist Jon Fine a couple …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Online Video Watch
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
We're launching a blogger amnesty program  —  In the wake of our devastating loss to Nick dePlume of Think Secret (photo) we are considering rolling out an amnesty program to other Apple bloggers in which they would accept a cash payment in return for a promise never to write another word about Apple for as long as they live.
 
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