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9:55 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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Should Twitter Add Authority-based Search?
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
Randall Stross / New York Times:
What Carriers Aren't Eager to Tell You About Texting  —  TEXT messaging is a wonderful business to be in: about 2.5 trillion messages will have been sent from cellphones worldwide this year.  The public assumes that the wireless carriers' costs are far higher than they actually are, and profit margins are concealed by a heavy curtain.
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, TechSpot and
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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” …
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.
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Psion's netbook trademark defense- Psion responds  —  We broke the story about Psion's trademarks of the term “netbook” and their legal team's defense of same by sending out letters to those openly using the term.  This has kicked off an interesting discussion about the defensibility of a term that Psion hasn't used for years.
Discussion: Liliputing and
Ted Dziuba / The Register:
Fast and ‘free’ beats steady and paid on MySQL  —  Sun-sized inertia  —  MySQL, the lovable little database engine that could - for reasonable values of could - is starting to feel the pain of being an open source project distributed by a large company.  —  With a slower release cycle …
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
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: p2pnet
Robert Winnett / Telegraph:
Internet sites could be given ‘cinemastyle age ratings’ Culture Secretary says
Ray Beckerman / Recording Industry vs The People:
Defendant makes motion for proceedings to be televised over the internet in SONY BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum  —  In SONY BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum, the defendant has moved for all court proceedings to be televised over the internet through Courtroom View Network.  The motion argues:
Discussion: p2pnet and Slashdot
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Sean Percival's Blog
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Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Gawker
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
My Software Is Being Pirated
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Party Gets Massive Support in Sweden
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Firefox and Chrome Run Gmail Twice as Fast as IE, Says Google
 Earlier Items: 
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 … and Mashable!