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Mercury News:
Top 10 tech trends for 2006  —  Once again, it's time for the Mercury News annual look into a crystal ball for technology trends in 2006.  Never mind that the smartest people in tech wouldn't dare make serious predictions about what innovations will catch fire next year.  We make a humble try anyway.
Discussion: Newsome.Org and Somewhat Frank
Tom Zeller Jr / New York Times:
For Workers, It's Face Time Over PC Time  —  IN the early hours last Tuesday, before most New Yorkers woke to learn that a transit strike had halted their subway and bus service, Judy Breck was at her computer, getting ready to work.  —  "Sitting in my home studio on the Upper East Side of Manhattan …
Spitzer's music probe said to expand  —  N.Y. Attorney General has subpoenaed at least three major record labels in ongoing probe: reports.  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Three major music labels have been subpoenaed by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer in connection …
Discussion: Between the Lines and TechBeat
Om Malik on Broadband:
Wholesale Blog Plagiarism ... Alert  —  Update: Thanks to reader suggestions, some aggressive reporting by Dave Burstein and Andy Abramson, along with a quick response by the said site's host, the has been shut down.  Thank you all for moral and technical support.
Discussion: Squash, CrunchNotes, WeBreakStuff and SFist
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Blogs Being Ripped Off  —  We're all being ripped off.  Om.  Me.  Tom and a host of others.  It's called plagarism.  Read Om's post first though, then read the comments.  —  While I can't go into Kinkos and copy a page in the newspaper about a friend's daughter (who is also an agency client of mine) …
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
What Looks Like Graffiti Could Really Be an Ad  —  The images are painted directly onto building walls in urban areas, graffiti-style.  Wide-eyed kids, portrayed in a stylized, comic-book rendering, pose with a mysterious, hand-size gadget.  One licks his like a lollipop.  Another is playing paddleball with the thing.
Discussion: Kotaku
Red Herring:
Yahoo Revamps Search Ad Plans  —  The media giant's search marketing business wants to be numero uno in the field it helped create.  —  Yahoo Search Marketing's getting an extreme makeover.  —  Earlier this year, Yahoo re-branded its online marketing unit.
Discussion: Conversion Rater
Om Malik on Broadband:
One Remote Fits All  —  Florida-based OpenPeak is about to introduce a brand new remote (most likely at CES) that can do it all.  According to their PR firm, "Simple Remote, is part movie/IM command screen, part electronic program guide, part VoIP phone, and an all-in-one remote that controls appliances, TVs, garage doors, and stereos.
Discussion: Engadget
Jim Fitzgerald / Associated Press:
Mom Fights Downloading Suit on Her Own  —  WHITE PLAINS, New York - It was Easter Sunday, and Patricia Santangelo was in church with her kids when she says the music recording industry peeked into her computer and decided to take her to court.  —  Santangelo says she has never downloaded …
Discussion:, IP Democracy and Channel 9
Schneier / Schneier on Security:
Internet Explorer Sucks  —  This study is from August, but I missed it.  The researchers tracked three browsers (MSIE, Firefox, Opera) in 2004 and counted which days they were "known unsafe."  Their definition of "known unsafe": a remotely exploitable security vulnerability had been publicly announced and no patch was yet available.
Kevin Poulsen / Wired News:
Best Tech Moments of 2005  —  In the tech world, 2005 was a period of bold ideas and exciting breakthroughs — shadowed, at times, by devastating reversals.  —  New software apps changed the way we looked at the world, while hardware got smaller, faster and more fun.
Discussion: ben barren
A Man and His Vision for the Browser  —  Q&A: Tim Berners-Lee invented the world's first Web client in 1990 and fifteen years later he's still plugging for smarter browsing technologies that give end users more ability to create and interact with online data.
Paul / Paul Thurrott's Internet Nexus:
iTunes: Easy to use, or not?  —  OK, I never expected to post anything on Christmas, but my wife is putting the kids to bed, so I turned on the PowerBook and found an interesting debate.  First, Dave Winer posted a fairly accurate criticism of Apple iTunes, which he berated for being inscrutable.
Discussion: Scripting News
Tampa Airport, I salute you*: TPA, the airport serving the Tampa Bay area does what all airports should do: They provide free wireless connectivity to the Internet for passengers using the airport.  They are wise and considerate to do that.  On the other hand, Nashville's Airport (BNA) …

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