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5:00 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.
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Bitchmeme: On Twitter You Will Respect My Authori-tay  —  I'm so glad Bitchmeme is back, because it gives me the opportunity to weigh in on what is an awful idea.  Authority search in Twitter.  —  Now let me be clear, the most basic form of the idea isn't an awful one …
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.
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The “I'm Linux” Video Contest  —  If you've been alive and aware of mass media over the last twelve months, you've probably seen television commercials from Apple and Microsoft touting their operating system.  From Apple's ubiquitous “I'm a Mac” to Jerry Seinfeld to Microsoft's “I'm a PC” …
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Windows 7 Beta ISO leaked on torrent trackers  —  Apparently you won't even have to wait until January to get your hands on the Windows 7 Beta release as I mentioned in a previous post.  That's right, there's already been an ISO file leaked to several torrent trackers.
Discussion: GeekTonic and TechSpot
Timothy / Slashdot:
Fairpoint Pledges To Violate Net Neutrality  —  Fairpoint Communications, which has taken over Verizon's landline business in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, has announced that on February 6 'AOL, Yahoo! and MSN subscribers will continue to have access to content but will no longer be able …
Discussion: Rutland Herald
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
F**ked Company/Adbrite Founder Philip Kaplan To Launch Kaplan Index  —  People are urging Philip Kaplan to restart his F**kedCompany site that gathered so much attention earlier this decade.  Clone sites are popping up to fill the void during this down market, and people sort of see the world …
Discussion: Gawker
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Party Gets Massive Support in Sweden
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
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John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
The 10 Best Android Apps of 2008
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Lala may lead bid for Facebook music service, but questions loom
Discussion: TechCrunch
James Lewin / Podcasting News:
Podango Warns That The End Is Near
Discussion: Paul Colligan's …
Tom Abate / The Technology Chronicles:
Slim pickins' for IPOs could yield investor bargains
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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
The $99 iPhone lives! (Through AT&T, not Wal-Mart)