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3:22 AM ET, December 24, 2007

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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.
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
Discussion: Dan Blank
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: I4U News, Engadget, Gadgetell and Krunker
Kina / Two Weeks For Kina:
Day 6: Gotta Digg!  —  Welcome Diggers!!  Hope you enjoy this as much as I did making it :)  —  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
Wolfgang Hansson / DailyTech:
Toshiba and Sharp Form LCD Pact  —  Toshiba and Sharp agree to buy LCD TV related components from each other  —  With the LCD flat panel HDTV market currently booming, competition is fierce between rival manufacturers and the need to drive manufacturing costs down is highlighted.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Reuters
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
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
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
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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” …
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
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.
Discussion: Scobleizer and WinExtra
 
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Nick / Rough Type:
He with the most data wins
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Serious Flash vulns menace at least 10,000 websites
Discussion: Slashdot
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
I'm feeling a little bit better now
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