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9:40 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
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 …
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google New Year's Logo With Easter Egg  —  Today's Google logo reads “2008” to celebrate new year's, but also honors 25 years of TCP/IP.  Clicking on it leads to a search result for the query January 1 tcp/ip.  This protocol underlying the internet was fully switched to on January 1st, 1983, as Wikipedia's entry on the subject knows.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Predictions 2008  —  Has it been a whole year?  I posted my predictions for 2007 on Jan 1, 2007, and here it is, the first day of 2008, and here we go again.  This year I am going to organize my predictions by companies (just the big ones) and trends.  I'm focusing on advertising …
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.
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Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Mac OS X market share sets new record at the end of 2007  —  With the end of 2007, Apple celebrates two years of the Intel Mac, and what a two years it has been.  Web metrics firm Net Applications has just released numbers for December.  For those who care, they do it like this:
Discussion: MacDailyNews
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 …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
It's a security issue, folks  —  In 1980, I signed a deal with a company to market a product I was developing.  The contract required me to turn over the source code, which I did.  One day I went to a meeting at the office of the company, and there on the product manager's desk …
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
The State of Innovation in India  —  10 years ago, in 1997, I wrote an article called Playing Against 5 Aces for a technology magazine in India called Dataquest.  The article looked at how the deck was stacked in favor of American technology companies, because they were playing with 5 Aces in the pack:
Discussion: Startup Dunia
Wallace McLean / CopyrightWatch.ca:
Public Domain Day 2008  —  Welcome to 2008, and let's welcome into the Public Domain thousands, indeed millions, of creative works from the collective cultural past of our little planet and its many countries.  Yes, it's January 1st, Public Domain Day in most countries of the world …
Discussion: TeleRead, Librarians Matter and ACRLog
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, Engadget and Digg
Katherine Zoepf / New York Times:
Saudis Confirm Detention of Blogger  —  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — An outspoken Saudi blogger is being held for “purposes of interrogation,” the Saudi Interior Ministry confirmed Tuesday.  —  Gen. Mansour al-Turki, an Interior Ministry spokesman reached by telephone, said that the blogger …
Discussion: Mashable!
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.
 
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
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