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4:05 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.
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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Discussion: Dan Blank
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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
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! :)
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
ACMA:
New rules for age-restricted internet and mobile content  —  The Australian Communications and Media Authority has determined new rules that for the first time implement a uniform approach for restricting access to MA15+ and R18+ content accessed through the internet or by mobile phones.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Mashable!
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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” …
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
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 …
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
 
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