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7:55 PM ET, December 25, 2007


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Maggie Reardon / CNET
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
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 …
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
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 website that offers higher prices than the actual
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 …
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 …
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Skype, Porn May Not Fly In Friendly Skies
Discussion: VoIP Blog and VoIP Watch
Anne Broache / CNET
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 …
Discussion: Tech Daily Dose
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay: Torrents and Peers Double in 2007  —  The Pirate Bay now tracks nearly 1 million torrents and over 8 million peers at any given point in time.  This is quite a change compared to last year, and there is no sign that this trend will stop anytime soon.  —  December 2006
Discussion: Digg
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
Andrew Parker / Financial Times:
iPhone take-up the key as O2 targets Europe  —  Matthew Key was in California last week, briefing Steve Jobs on the iPhone's impact in the UK.  —  The incoming chief executive of O 2 Europe, which is the exclusive mobile network for the iPhone in the UK, gave an upbeat report to Apple's chief executive.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and
Russ McRee /
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:// (modified to protect the innocent) yields a hash of 2BBA62FBC3B9AF85C3C7D64A82E1237C.
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
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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
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
2007 In Numbers: The Ask Mouse Squeaked A Little Louder This Year
Todd R. Weiss / Computerworld:
Q&A: Craig Newmark, of ‘Craigslist’ fame, looks back — and ahead
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Toshiba and Sharp to join forces on LCD panels
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Chloe Albanesius / AppScout:
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Discussion: DSLreports
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Europe's startup culture gets the Business Week treatment
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Discussion: Mobility Site
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Can NBC Do for ‘Quarterlife’ What YouTube Could Not?