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2:25 PM ET, January 1, 2008

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Paul Boutin / Valleywag:
Denton to pay bloggers based on traffic  —  Gawker Media dark overlord Nick Denton (pictured) has launched a new pay system for all Gawker Media blogs, after testing it at four of his leading sites.  Denton's goal is to discourage “self indulgent” posts and “mind-numbing frequency” in favor of …
Discussion: CenterNetworks and WebMetricsGuru
Sydney Morning Herald:
Ten things that will change your future  —  So Google and Wikipedia took you by surprise?  Nick Galvin looks into his crystal ball and explains what you need to know to survive the next decade.  —  Think back to the days before the network we call the internet existed.
Discussion: Insider Chatter and O'Reilly Radar
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Survey: Mac OS hit record 7.3% share in December; iPhone up 33%  —  Reflecting strong holiday sales of both MacBooks and iPhones, Apple's (AAPL) market share grew sharply in December, as measured by a Net Applications survey released today.  —  The Mac hit a record 7.3% share, up from 6.8% last month.
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Predictions for 2008?  —  Engadgetdamus bids you greetings.  With MMVII in the can, we can only direct our ponderations to what fantastical gadgets and events await in the new year.  We beseech you, foretell the year's events and present your predictions.  Will Android be an out of the gate success, or a slow starter?
Casey McNerthney / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Computer glitch interrupts Needle fireworks  —  A computer glitch led to a delayed fireworks show at the Seattle Center on Monday night as partiers waited to ring in the new year.  —  The show started on time at 11:59, said Mary Bacarella, spokeswoman for the Space Needle …
Ben Edelman:
The Sears “Community” Installation of ComScore  —  Late last month, Benjamin Googins (a senior researcher in the Anti-Spyware unit at Computer Associates) critiqued a ComScore installation performed by Sears' “Sears Holdings Community” ("My SHC Community" or “SHC").
Discussion: Zero Day and InfoWorld
Jason Striegel / Hackszine.com:
Eavesdropping on Bluetooth headsets  —  Here's a short video in which Joshua Wright demonstrates how a Bluetooth headset can be hijacked, allowing audio to be captured or sent to the device: … All that is necessary is knowing the device address, which can be easily sniffed, and the secret pin, which defaults to 0000.
Discussion: Digg
Christopher Price / PhoneNews.com:
Not a Rumor, the LG Rumor has Issues  —  Sprint has halted shipping new LG LX260 Rumor units to stores.  The LG Rumor has a known issue where certain sets of key presses during startup can trigger a complete erasure of the phone's firmware.  —  Sprint has isolated the issue to a specific debugging menu …
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Public and private spaces, and why YouTube comments are so awful  —  Why do Reddit and YouTube comment areas suck so bad?  —  Have any of you guys read YouTube comments lately?  They are just really awful - just click through to the YouTube site and read them.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Five Ways You Can Fall in Love With Tagging Again  —  Tagging content online is something that doesn't seem to have taken off the way some people expected it to.  —  Is it too complicated for widespread adoption?  Is it too arbitrary to have the impact that formal taxonomies offer?
Ian Dumych / Download Squad:
Mozilla launches live chat support  —  Mozilla, the company responsible for the Firefox web browser, recently unveiled a live chat feature on their support page.  The service is staffed by a handful of volunteers, and is currently only open for a few hours a day.
Discussion: TechBlog, Lifehacker and Mashable!
Jim Courtney / Skype Journal:
Eight 2007 “Non-Skype” Technology Recognitions  —  ...or how to use up all those IP addresses available on a cable/DSL router.  —  While our focus has been on Skype, there are other products and services that we have had access to over the course of the year.
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Karl / DSLreports:
$20 AT&T Naked DSL Arrives - Merger condition required it before year's end....  In order to gain government approval for its acquisition of BellSouth, AT&T was allowed to conveniently author their own merger conditions (pdf), which the FCC boldly stated they probably wouldn't enforce anyway.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Exec Souders To Google; Yahoo to Zero?  —  Steve Souders, Chief Performance Yahoo, is jumping to Google as of Jan. 7.  From the outside, hard to see this as anything other than yet another long-term exec (2000) fleeing a sinking ship.  Any insights appreciated.  Steve's bio below.
 
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