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2:00 PM ET, December 28, 2008

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Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Twitority Made It.  —  Folks first, excuse my french, I was just asking for a simple feature nothing else, yeah okay using the word authority was... my french.  Oh and yeah, you are right number of followers are in no way a measure of any authority.  I find it interesting to search through …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Thanks Mike Arrington for taking us off the rails into Twitter idiot land  —  Yesterday Mike Arrington took us off the rails and into the idiot land.  —  Listen, I'm as egotistical as the rest of them.  I can say “follow me” along with the best of them.  According to Loic Le Meur and Mike Arrington …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
First look at Windows 7 beta 1 (build 6.1.7000.0.081212-1400)  —  I have to thank Santa for leaving me a copy of Windows 7 beta 1 in my stocking for Christmas Day.  This beta (build 6.1.7000.0.081212-1400) should be the first and only beta from Microsoft of Windows 7, and I'm pleased to report that it's a good one.
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Buckpost / Twitterrati:
Tweetree: Twitter.com on Steroids  —  Although I'm a big Twitter fan, the company has its shortcomings.  Fortunately, there's no lack of third-parties more than happy to step into the fray.  —  Case in point is Tweetree, which has developed a better and more user-friendly online interface than Twitter.com.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Actual Conversations On Twitter Not Possible Until Twitter Lets Us  —  One of the big complaints about Twitter is that conversations are hard to follow.  Users can write a response to a Twitter message (or anything else), but the easy way to do this is to add an @[username] tag to the Twitter …
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Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Sony struggles with creation of its virtual world  —  Michael Marsh, an 18-year-old gamer from Norwalk, Conn., wanted to set up a gay/straight alliance club in PlayStation Home, Sony's new free 3-D virtual world component for the PlayStation 3.  —  The problem was that the words he was using …
Discussion: Destructoid
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Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:   Play Station's Virtual Home Is Less Than Hospitable
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.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
2008 Intel converts: Bigger flock than Apple  —  When Apple converted to Intel in 2005 that was big.  But 2008 Intel Atom converts make this look like a small-town baptism.  —  Overall, it was a good year for the Intel faithful despite the Wall Street financial crisis.
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Brad Reed / PC World:
Do You Miss the AT&T Monopoly?  —  When AT&T grudgingly agreed to break itself up 25 years ago, it was seen as a truly momentous event in the history of the telecommunications industry.  Today, however, some experts question not only whether the breakup of AT&T was necessary …
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Steven Sande / TUAW:
First Look: Will It Blend? for iPhone and iPod touch  —  Apparently I'm not the only person who loves to watch the Blendtec “Will It Blend?” videos on YouTube.  The company reports that the video series has had over 100 million views so far, making it one of the more successful viral marketing campaigns.
David Ho / San Francisco Chronicle:
FCC, TV, Internet set for big changes in 2009  —  From an Obama administration plan to give all Americans broadband to the nation's looming switch to digital television, the communications landscape is expected to see big shifts in 2009.  —  At the heart of much of the change …
Gina Bianchini / New York Times:
The Benefits of a Network  —  I'M a child of Silicon Valley.  I grew up in Cupertino, Calif., in the 1970s and '80s, just as the area was transitioning from an agricultural center to a technological one.  —  My dad taught high school history and my mom was a homemaker, although I think of her as an entrepreneur.
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