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4:25 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 …
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Can Pay-For-Performance Improve The Quality Of Content On The Web?  —  Nick Denton and Gawker Media are wrestling with the problem of content quality on the web — specifically, how to give bloggers incentives to create content that drives traffic based on quality rather than quantity.
Discussion: Scobleizer
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.
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
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Artificially Promotes Recent Web Pages  —  Google paid a big price when it started to index pages faster and show them in the search results minutes after they're published.  The problem is that you can't rank a page that has just been created because it has no backlinks …
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
Zed's So F**king Awesome:
Rails Is A Ghetto  —  I've more or less kept my mouth shut about some of the dumb and plain evil stuff that goes on in the Rails community.  As things would happen though I'd take notes, collect logs, and started writing this little essay.  As soon as I was stable and didn't need Ruby …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Channel 9
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
2008: Web 2.0 Companies I Couldn't Live Without  —  This will be the third annual post on “Web 2.0 Companies I Couldn't Live Without."  The first post, for 2006, is here.  The 2007 post, written a year ago, is here.  —  This is a list of the products I tend to use daily.
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?
Shankar Ganesh / MakeUseOf.com:
5 Packs to Transform Windows to other OS  —  It's a new year, why not give your years old XP operating system a new look?  If you're bored of having to look at the same kind of icons and eyecandy everytime, you can download and install these free transformation packs, and transform XP to look like any other OS.
Discussion: Download Squad and Digg
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
A Complete List of the Many Forms of Web Marketing for 2008  —  This is an updated revision of the 2007 version, which was one of the top viewed posts for the entire year.  I've added quite a few new forms as they've emerged or come to maturity over this last year.  —  Summary and Audience
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 …
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Sub Notebook Hints: External Optical Drive, MultiTouch Trackpad?  —  MacRumors has heard reliable confirmation about some features in upcoming Apple notebook due at Macworld San Francisco 2008.  —  A Mac sub-notebook is indeed expected to be coming at the Macworld and, as rumored, will not coming with an internal optical drive.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Electronic Passports Raise Privacy Issues  —  The federal government will soon offer passport cards equipped with electronic data chips to U.S. citizens who travel frequently between the United States and Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean.  The cards can be read wirelessly from 20 feet …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and UMBC ebiquity
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.
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Mozilla launches live chat support
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