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Jeremy / Jeremy Hermanns dot org:
Alaska Flight #536 - Rapid De-Pressurization and Panic at 30K Feet  —  Boy, what a day.  In what started as a typical flight home from a typical holiday weekend, changed drastically twenty minutes after take off.  My fiancée and I were returning from a few days in Seattle …
Hole In Fuselage Forces Emergency Landing  —  SEATTLE - A foot-long hole in the fuselage of an Alaska Airlines jet caused the plane to lose cabin pressure, forcing the crew to make an emergency descent from 26,000 feet and return to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, authorities said Tuesday.
Discussion: Scobleizer and Lost Remote TV Blog
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Witnesses report  —  Jeremy Hermanns was on the Alaska Air flight …
Sunbelt BLOG:
New exploit blows by fully patched Windows XP systems  —  We saw a new nasty exploit yesterday around 5:00 PM.  This is a totally new exploit and is not the same one posted by FrSIRT back on 11/30/05.  —  We have a number of sites that we have found with this exploit.  Different sites download different spyware.
New WMF 0-day exploit
Discussion: Security Fix
New Apple products will be ODM by Quanta and Asustek  —  Apple computer will adopt Intel processor next year.  According to the understanding, the ODM order of new Apple notebook has been obtained by Quanta and Asustek.  —  It will help increasing the total production of first quarter next year for both companies.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:   Sources: Intel developing next-generation Power Mac for Apple
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
INTERVIEW: FOR AOL/GOOGLE, THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS  —  I had a good conversation with Marissa Mayer this morning, who had the unfortunate task of clarifying the terms of Google's recent deal with AOL.  I say unfortunate for two reasons: one, I did sort of call her out after her post went up …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Revisiting The "No Banners On Google" Declaration
Om Malik on Broadband:
Why Bloggers Need Google's Help?  —  The Blog Plagiarism post has resulted in a wide ranging conversation - and well, now I can point to two that make a lot of sense and bring up different issues.  Mike over at Techdirt thinks me flipping out is a pointless.  Its a battle one cannot win perhaps?
Chris Marlowe / Hollywood Reporter:
VH1, iFilm unspooling 'Web Junk'  —  MTV Networks' VH1 is launching the first programming initiative to result from the company's $49 million purchase of online video aggregator iFilm in October.  —  "Web Junk 20" is a weekly show based on clips and shorts that will be shown on VH1 and on-demand via VH1's broadband network VSpot.
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Geek to Live: Top underrated apps of 2005  —  Last week I pointed out 2005's best apps - and most of my choices were pretty obvious.  (Flickr and Gmail, anyone?)  Today I'd like to shout out a few great desktop and webapps that you may not have heard of or taken the time to try out.
Discussion: Newsome.Org and Download Squad
Bink /
What can we expect from Microsoft in 2006  —  Just like last year I made a list of what released we can expect from Microsoft in 2006.  Last year's list turned out to be pretty accurate, the only things wrong weren't my mistake but delays or change of plans.
Dan Tynan / ABCNEWS:
Winners and Losers 2005  —  What were the best and worst tech stories of the year?  Our expert separates the good from the bad.  In some cases, they're the same.  —  It was the best of years, it was the worst of years.  In fact, 2005 was a lot like any other year, only for some reason it seemed longer than most.
Mary Jo Foley /
The 10 Biggest Microsoft Surprises of 2005  —  What were the most surprising Microsoft moments in 2005?  Here's our list.  What juicy items did we miss?  —  So many Top 10 lists, so little time.  And when your beat is Microsoft, the Top 10 options are as numerous (albeit, only sometimes as humorous) as David Letterman's.
Jonathan Skillings / CNET
Podcasts: A guy thing?  —  Chances are, if you've recorded a podcast in the last year, the people listening in were men.  —  A survey in December by Podtrac, a company that aims to connect podcasters and advertisers, showed that 78 percent of those who have ever listened to a podcast are male.
Yuki Noguchi / Washington Post:
Yahoo Showing Free CBS Sitcoms  —  CBS made two of its sitcoms available as free streaming downloads on a Yahoo Web site yesterday, marking the television network's entry into Web-based distribution under a model that differs from what its competitors are doing with their shows.
Discussion: Somewhat Frank
Keith Stuart / Guardian:
A brief John Carmack interview  —  A couple of months ago, I was contacted by the US mobile games publisher, Jamdat, now owned by EA.  Their PR person explained that John Carmack had [been contractually obliged] kindly agreed to answer a few emailed questions from selected games writers …
Discussion: Blue's News and Joystiq
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
Most Predictable Stories of 2005  —  Technology news can both surprise and dumbfound.  Take the announcement that a researcher found a way to fight cancer with carbon nanotubes.  Or the still head-scratching news that auction giant eBay paid up to $4.1 billion to acquire Skype, the mostly free internet phone service.
Discussion: All Points Blog

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