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3:30 AM ET, December 26, 2007


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Felipe Hoffa / Felipe Hoffa's Journal:
Google Reader shares private data, ruins Christmas  —  Update: Got posted to /. homepage.  The discussion continues there.  —  As each day Google hoards more of your data there is an implicit deal that makes this possible: You give Google your private data, while they keep it private.
Discussion: Scobleizer, Mashable! and ParisLemon
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
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
What Would Paul Allen Do With Spectrum?  Who Knows!  —  Among the applicants to bid in next month's FCC wireless spectrum auction: Vulcan Spectrum LLC, a firm controlled by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.  Allen already owns some 700 megahertz spectrum — the same flavor being auctioned off next year — in Washington and Oregon.
Discussion: FCC and Wall Street Journal
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 …
Matthew Hurst / Data Mining:
IceRocket Relaunch?  —  I'm sure I'm very late in noticing this, but just after I saw Technorati's relaunch as a memetracker, I noticed that IceRocket is starting to look different, with a new (to me) looking front page, ranked video, movies and news.  According to Compete …
Stewart Maclean /
Worker runs up £27k mobile bill  —  EXCLUSIVE: Factory worker runs up £27,000 mobile bill in a month  —  It's good to talk... unless you fail to read the smallprint on your new mobile phone contract and end up with a bill for £27,322.  —  Ian Simpson, 29 …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
HoHoHo: Digg Might Be Acquiring Menéame and CoRank  —  Spanish tech site Techtear is reporting that Digg may have acquired Spanish social voting site Menéame and possibly coRank as well.  —  A sort of translation of what Techtear is saying
Discussion: Mashable!
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
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: ParisLemon and Mashable!
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
A focused family business  —  Picture this: an online photo-sharing site with a loyal customer base and no corporate ties run by a close-knit clan out of Silicon Valley.  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. — Ever the proud father, Chris MacAskill screens 20-year-old home movies of his sons …
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
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Christmas lights synced with Guitar Hero axe  —  While we already knew Sony's mysterious Rolly got down to holiday tunes, this installation managed to capture our attention just a wee bit more.  Rivaled only by the famed TSO project from 2005, this guitar-controlled setup transforms …
Discussion: The Register, Go Nintendo, Slashdot and Digg
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 …
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 Watch and VoIP Blog
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 …
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Andrew Parker / Financial Times:
iPhone take-up the key as O2 targets Europe
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
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Discussion: Valleywag
Mark Walsh / MediaPost Publications:
Consumers Who Watch TV Online More Engaged Than TV-Set Watchers, Simmons Finds
Discussion: Podcasting News and TechCrunch
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
2007: The Year in RSS  —  This past year was a big one for RSS.
 Earlier Items: 
Todd R. Weiss / Computerworld:
Q&A: Craig Newmark, of ‘Craigslist’ fame, looks back — and ahead
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Christmas Present For Apple Bulls: Mac Cleared for Takeoff
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Toshiba and Sharp to join forces on LCD panels
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Europe's startup culture gets the Business Week treatment