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5:35 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
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
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
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?
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:
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
 
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