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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Flock Says "Enough"  —  Flock has gotten a lot of criticism lately.  —  The reason for this particular round of naysaying is the launch of the impressive Performancing Firefox plugin that allows extremely easy blogging, from Firefox, for Wordpress, MovableType or Blogger.
Mathew /
It's not Flock vs. Performancing  —  It's too bad that the popularity of's blogging extension for Firefox seems to have turned into an anti-Flock thing, because I don't think it has to be that way.  I know people tend to see things in a kind of binary way — Performancing is great …
Om Malik on Broadband:
People Power Vs Google  —  Will a people's collective be able to beat Google at the search game?  —  That's the proverbial $64,000 question, and venture investors are trying to answer that by funding start-ups such as Wink, that plans to go live perhaps as soon as Thursday, according to Silicon Valley sources.
Discussion: Traffick
Disney site lets customers design products  —  Disney's online shopping site on Wednesday launched its first "You design it" feature in a move aimed at riding the fast-growing trend toward giving choosy Internet shoppers exactly what they want.  —  Disney partnered with online customization site …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Busted, explained  —  How many noodles can fit on the head of an angel?  We're still talking about it, believe it or not.  Fred has an opinion about Web 2.0.  It turns out so do I. Read on.  —  There's two schools on "Web 2.0."  —  1. Tim O'Reilly and John Battelle and their VC friends.
Microsoft may face daily EU fine  —  The European Commission has threatened to fine Microsoft up to 2m euros (£1.36m; $2.4m) a day until it gives rivals more access to its systems.  —  Brussels said the software giant had failed to supply adequate information about its server programs.
2005 Search Engine Blogs Awards : Blog Search, Search Marketing Blogs  —  2005 Search Engine Blogs Awards : Blog Search, Search Marketing Blogs  —  The Search Engine Journal 2005 Search Blog Awards votes have been tallied and I'd like to thank our readers who nominated their favorite search blogs …
Discussion: JenSense
New spyware claim against Sony BMG  —  The Texas attorney general said on Wednesday that he added a new claim to a lawsuit charging Sony BMG Music Entertainment with violating the state's laws on deceptive trade practices by hiding "spyware" on its compact discs.
Discussion: The Blackfriars Blog
Jed Brown /
HOW TO: Using Performancing for Firefox  —  Nick keeps bugging me to blog, so here it is, direct from the PFF extension.  —  Keeping track of all the support posts in the forums, comments made on other blogs and emails regarding PPF is not an easy task.  —  Fortunately for me …
French Parliament Votes to Allow Web File Sharing (Update1)  —  Dec. 22 (Bloomberg) — The French Parliament voted last night to allow free sharing of music and movies on the Internet, setting up a conflict with both the French government and with media companies.
Discussion: Techdirt
Elizabeth Biddlecombe / BBC:
Women tempted by gadget gifts  —  When it comes to gadgets, American women are most likely to get a digital camera or an iPod for Christmas this year.  —  So expects Jeremy Clay, a personal shopping assistant at a Best Buy store in Walnut Creek, California.  —  He is in a position to know.
Discussion: Popgadget
Andy Hagans /
Buying Blogs: The Blog Buying Checklist  —  Today I bought a Poker blog from SitePoint.  Blog auctions are becoming more and more common, and they can be a great way to get a head start on turning a profit.  But there's a lot of snake oil out there.  So I thought for today's post I could walk …
Discussion: Darwinian Web
Tracy Staedter /
Robot Demonstrates Self Awareness  —  Dec. 21, 2005— A new robot can recognize the difference between a mirror image of itself and another robot that looks just like it.  —  This so-called mirror image cognition is based on artificial nerve cell groups built into the robot's computer brain …
Best Web Companies and Innovators of 2005  —  Last year about this time I did a post celebrating the best Web companies of 2004.  I was planning on doing a mega version of that this year, extending it to software and services.  But then Dion came up with his excellent list of best Web software of '05 …

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