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4:30 AM ET, December 30, 2007

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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Updates from Your Gmail Contacts  —  One of the reasons why the chat box can no longer be disabled in the new version of Gmail is that it will include some new features: updates from your contacts.  Yes, they are the same contacts you barely know, but these updates will help you learn more about them.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Gmail source code hints at social feature  —  Ionut was digging around through the source code in Gmail when he stumbled across some pieces of text he thinks indicates “updates” for your friends could soon be part of the integrated Google Talk module.  —  The source code he found includes snippets of text including the following:
Zoli Erdos / Zoli's Blog:
Will Google Pull a Plaxo?  —  Google Operating System speculates that Gmail will soon display status updates from your contacts: … Ionut says based on reading some Google code that users will be able to delete updates - now word whether there will be a “Big Switch” to opt out globally.
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Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:
GMail: The New Social Network  —  What is the true measure of your social graph?  If you ask Google, the answer is found in your contact database.  In further moves designed to create a defacto social network, it was discovered by the source code sleuthings of Ionut Alex Chitu …
Randall Stross / New York Times:
How to Lose Your Job on Your Own Time  —  WERE Henry Ford brought back to life today, he would most likely be delighted by the Internet: the uninhibited way many people express themselves on the Web makes it easy to supervise the private lives of employees.  —  In his day, the Ford Motor …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Google is God  —  For something I'm working on, I compiled a bunch of stats on Google (sorry, I didn't intend to blog it and so I didn't capture all the links, but I found the collection so compelling I thought I'd share it):  —  • Google is the “fastest growing company in the history of the world.”
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Video of iPhone Firmware 1.1.3 in Action and Evidence Shows Update Is Real  —  Here's a video of the allegedly iPhone Firmware 1.1.3.  Update: It is very real, according to Natetrue and the evidence we have gathered from him.  Knowing that the mighty Natetrue (the author of iBrickr …
Discussion: ParisLemon and Slashdot
Desiree Everts / CNET News.com:
New security rules for batteries on planes  —  If you don't want to lose your spare lithium batteries for your camera, notebook or cell phone, you might want to pack carefully for your next flight.  —  New rules from the Transportation and Security Administration that take effect …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
WhatsOpen shows you what nearby stores are open  —  WhatsOpen, a secretive local search company that has promised an easier way to find which stores are open near you, is now in public beta.  Just type in the name of what you're looking for, and your location.
Discussion: Valleywag
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Subvert And Profit Unapologetically Targets YouTube  —  Subvert And Profit is a service that lets users pay to get their sites on Digg (and more recently StumbleUpon).  —  Unlike Pay Per Post, the company doesn't waste a lot of time trying to spin their business into something socially acceptable.
Rebecca Buckman / Wall Street Journal:
VC's New Math: Does Less = More?  —  Thiel Seeks to Change Old Habits by Investing Small on Start-Ups  —  Three years ago, Peter Thiel, who runs a small venture-capital concern called Founders Fund, plowed $500,000 into a little-known social-networking Web site called Facebook Inc. Later on, his company invested a bit more.
LinuxInsider:
Convincing the Military to Embrace Open Source  —  One common misconception about open source software is that it can be changed by anyone and is less secure; however, most open source is strictly governed.  For example, the Apache Software Foundation has tight configuration management controls for developers.
Discussion: Profy.Com and Slashdot
Ryan / WordPress › Blog Tool and Weblog Platform:
WordPress 2.3.2  —  WordPress 2.3.2 is an urgent security release that fixes a bug that can be used to expose your draft posts.  2.3.2 also suppresses some error messages that can give away information about your database table structure and limits and stops some information leaks in the XML-RPC and APP implementations.
Discussion: John Chow dot Com and T. Longren
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Become a Knowledge Management Ninja with Google Reader  —  In this era of data smog, the knowledge worker who can act like an agile ninja by consuming vast quantities of information, synthesizing it and getting it in the hands of the right people at the right time is invaluable.
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Will The iPod Kill Blockbuster?  —  Forget the cavernous big box stores that laid waste to the retail landscape a decade ago.  Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs' tiny iPod has turned his company into a category killer for the digital era—first wiping out music stores and now, potentially, the corner video store.
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