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1:00 PM ET, December 27, 2008


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Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Twitter: We Need Search By Authority  —  There were more than 7000 tweets posted during the two days of LeWeb, no way anyone can read them quickly.  We need filtering and search by authority.  We're not equal on Twitter, as we're not equal on blogs and on the web.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Should Twitter Add Authority-based Search?  —  Loic Le Meur is asking Twitter to add an authority filter to their search (he also goes on a rant about Sprint, but ignore that).  He wants to sort through Twitter messages based on how many followers the person writing has, so he'll know the relative importance of what's being said.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Cuil Fail: Traffic Nearly Hits Rock Bottom  —  Remember the ill-fated Google-killer Cuil?  Named ‘Cuill’ and very much in stealth mode for the first part of the year, they finally emerged end of July 2008 with a ‘massive’ search engine that would rival the most popular search engines …
Discussion: Communications …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
IT COULD GET CONDé NASTY  —  WEB, DOMINO, DETAILS COULD BE ‘JANUARY SURPRISE’ VICTIMS  —  Condé Nast Chairman S.I. Newhouse Jr. is slated to return from his extended annual European vacation next week and already insiders are growing nervous ahead of his “January surprise.”
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Gawker
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Google, WalMart, and The Power of the Real Time Enterprise  —  What do Google, WalMart, and have in common, besides their extraordinary success?  They are organizations that are infused with IT in such a way that it leads to a qualitative change in their entire business.
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
My Software Is Being Pirated  —  If you're at all familiar with computer history, you might have heard of Bill Gates' famous 1976 letter to the Homebrew Computer Club.  The letter was written to address rampant piracy of Bill's earliest product, Altair BASIC, which was being passed around quite freely …
Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Lalawag hopes to get tongues wagging about L.A. technology  —  It might be the final sign that the L.A. tech scene is something to be reckoned with.  Months after Gawker Media laid off much of the staff of Silicon Valley news and gossip site Valleywag, an independent news and gossip site …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Party Gets Massive Support in Sweden  —  When the Swedish Pirate Party was launched three years ago, the majority of the mainstream press viewed them with skepticism, with some simply laughing them away.  Times have changed though.  As the government works to introduce harsher copyright laws …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Lala may lead bid for Facebook music service, but questions loom  —  Facebook wants to let its users freely listen to and share music — and it's considering a partnership with music site Lala to help it do so, industry sources tell us.  Lala's model, though, doesn't exactly fit what Facebook has had in mind.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Firefox and Chrome Run Gmail Twice as Fast as IE, Says Google  —  Google has taken a more aggressive approach to moving users away from Internet Explorer, recommending that Gmail users install Firefox or Chrome if they want to see Gmail run “an average of twice as fast.”
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Google Now Features WordPress Blog Thumbnails  —  Twice this week when I searched for a blogger's name and some other related keywords, I noticed that Google is running a little thumbnail alongside the first links.  I have verified that this is not an experiment but rather a new mini feature.
Discussion: Sean Percival's Blog
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Yes, My Face is On Your Google Blog Search Results
Associated Press:
UK Minister: Internet age ratings may be needed  —  LONDON: An age-rating system for Internet Web sites may be needed to prevent children from being exposed to unacceptable images, Britain's culture secretary was quoted as saying Saturday.  —  Andy Burnham, the Culture, Media and Sports Secretary …
Discussion: Telegraph, p2pnet and Guardian
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
The 10 Best Android Apps of 2008  —  Following only two months behind iPhone 2.0 (but at a significant installed-base disadvantage), Android still has a long way to go.  But there is definitely some early potential.  Here are our favorite apps of the year.
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