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5:55 PM ET, December 25, 2007

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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
2008 Web Predictions  —  What Web applications and trends will make it big in 2008?  In this post the RWW authors ruminate on the current trends in Web technology and look forward to what 2008 might bring us.  Topics include Google, semantic web, online advertising, recommendation systems …
Maggie Reardon / CNET News.com:
Apple and Google, telecom's new stars  —  It was Apple and Google—not the traditional phone companies AT&T and Verizon Communications—that took center stage in the telephony market in 2007.  —  In January, Apple announced the iPhone and named AT&T its exclusive carrier in the U.S. For almost six months …
Discussion: ParisLemon and Slashdot
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Best Buy Still Using Secret In-Store Website With Higher Pricing  —  Even after being slapped in the face with a suit by a Connecticut attorney general, Best Buy is still having an internal bestbuy.com website that offers higher prices than the actual bestbuy.com.
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Send email attachments up to 5GB with AOL's Xdrive  —  While most web-based email services have file attachment size limits, there are plenty of ways around those limitations.  MailBigFile, YouSendIt, Driveway, and other services all let you “park” large files temporarily online and send …
Discussion: Mashable! and ParisLemon
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Facebook is so last year - welcome to the hit websites of 2008  —  Virtual pets, video diaries and travellers' logs could be the next stars of cyberspace  —  For many in the dotcom world, 2007 was dominated by one story: the rise of Facebook.  The success of the social networking service …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Christmas Present For Apple Bulls: Mac Cleared for Takeoff  —  As hard as it is to believe, many Apple (AAPL) bulls are still missing the best part of the company's growth story: The improving opportunity for Apple's computer business.  Unlike the last go-round, when Apple got clobbered …
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Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Airborne Internet might bring turbulence  —  NEW YORK - Seat 17D is yapping endlessly on an Internet phone call.  Seat 16F is flaming Seat 16D with expletive-laden chats.  Seat 16E is too busy surfing porn sites to care.  Seat 17C just wants to sleep.  —  Welcome to the promise of the Internet …
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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Skype, Porn May Not Fly In Friendly Skies
Discussion: VoIP Blog and VoIP Watch
Mark Walsh / MediaPost Publications:
Consumers Who Watch TV Online More Engaged Than TV-Set Watchers, Simmons Finds  —  CONSUMERS ARE 47% MORE ENGAGED in ads that run with television programs that they view online than those watched on a TV set, according to new research findings.  —  A cross-media study by Simmons …
Discussion: Podcasting News and TechCrunch
Russ McRee / HolisticInfoSec.org:
Storm-Bot stripshow analysis  —  Merry Christmas from the RBN.  Now on a PC near you, a stripshow from Santa's helpers.  Or not.  —  The ISC reported the expected Storm surge Christmas eve at 0000 GMT.  —  hxxp://merrychristmas.com/stripshow.exe (modified to protect the innocent) yields a hash of 2BBA62FBC3B9AF85C3C7D64A82E1237C.
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Quiet year for tech on Capitol Hill  —  Democrats in 2007 controlled both chambers of Congress for the first time in a dozen years—and with the power shift came a scattershot year for technology policy.  —  Sweeping initiatives like elevating minimum wage and lowering prescription drug prices …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
2007: The Year in RSS  —  This past year was a big one for RSS.  RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, was the backbone of all early developments in the new era of the internet.  It made blogs readable, podcasts subscribable, wikis trackable and search persistent.
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Quoted in the News?  Post a Comment, Please  —  THE days when the journalist had the last say about a subject are long gone.  This thought is usually expressed by repeating — and then dismissing as outdated — the words of A. J. Liebling: “Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.”
Discussion: Valleywag
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
2007 In Numbers: The Ask Mouse Squeaked A Little Louder This Year  —  IAC got serious about its Ask property this year, investing $100 million in the United States alone on a bizarre “Ask the Algorithm” campaign that even sunk to the depths of using the Unabomber as a marketing tool.
Todd R. Weiss / Computerworld:
Q&A: Craig Newmark, of ‘Craigslist’ fame, looks back — and ahead  —  Computerworld) Twelve years ago, Craigslist.org founder Craig Newmark was still a software programmer at Charles Schwab & Co. But that changed after he began sending out self-composed e-mails to a small group of friends …
 
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Paul Sims / Daily Mail:
Apple to launch iPod with automatic volume control that can protect your hearing
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
ComScore: Last Week Saw Strong Online Shopping
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Toshiba and Sharp to join forces on LCD panels
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Newsflash: Tech Executives Are Not Hurting For Cash
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