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11:55 AM ET, December 17, 2006

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Lev Grossman / Time:
Person of the Year: You  —  Yes, you.  You control the Information Age.  Welcome to your world.  —  The "Great Man" theory of history is usually attributed to the Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle, who wrote that "the history of the world is but the biography of great men."
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Time's Person of the Year: You(Tube)  —  Time Magazine has gotten all smart with us this year.  When naming their Person of the Year, they turned down dignitaries and celebrities in favor of the average man: you.  More specifically, they've decided that social sites like MySpace, Facebook and …
Discussion: Data Mining
Josh Hallett / hyku | blog:
'You' Named Time's Person of the Year  —  You, me, us...we're all Time's Person of the Year.  Well, technically speaking not all of us (more on that in a bit).  Time has selected, 'You' as Person of the Year because of the revolution in user-generated-content that is increasingly influencing society.
Discussion: Micro Persuasion
David Smith / Observer:
The future for Orange could soon be Google in your pocket  —  Google is on the move.  The internet giant has held talks with Orange, the mobile phone operator, about a multi-billion-dollar partnership to create a 'Google phone' which makes it easy to search the web wherever you are.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Forget iPhone, Think Google Phone  —  The Observer of London is reporting that Google might be working with HTC and mobile/telecom giant Orange to build a Google Mobile Phone, which could possibly have Google software inside the device, and would be able to do many of the web tasks smartly.
Discussion: UNEASYsilence
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Phone?  —  The Observer reports that Google is in talks …
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Web Boom 2.0 is Okay: Wrong  —  Josh Quittner is wrong in his Time magazine paean to all thing Web 2.0.  Far from being different from the prior dot-com boom, this boom is achingly similar, with the main difference being that it is cheaper this time to get yourself in just as deep …
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Josh Quittner / Time:
Web Boom 2.0  —  Dotcoms are hot again.  But this bubble is different from the last one.  Here's how  —  Technology, San Francisco Bay Area old-timers tell me, blooms in four-year cycles.  When I first moved here in 2002 to edit a biz-tech magazine, that was still open to debate.
John Cloud / Time:
The YouTube Gurus  —  How a couple of regular guys built a company that changed the way we see ourselves  —  Let's say you're in your 20s and you start your first Internet company.  Let's say 21 months later you sell it for $1.65 billion.  What happens next?  —  At first, not much.
Lev Grossman / Time:   Power to the People  —  Meet 15 citizens—including a French rapper …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
From the Lips of Children, Tips to the Ears of Investors  —  Wanted: investment adviser, the younger the better.  —  In a nod to the wisdom of youth, many wealthy, highly connected and well-educated technology investors are taking counsel and investment tips from their children, summer interns and twentysomething receptionists.
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's …
ARRL Amateur Radio News:
End of an Era: FCC to Drop Morse Testing for All Amateur License Classes  —  In an historic move, the FCC has acted to drop the Morse code requirement for all Amateur Radio license classes.  The Commission today adopted, but hasn't yet released, the long-awaited Report and Order (R&O) in WT Docket 05-235, the "Morse code" proceeding.
Discussion: The Jeff Pulver Blog, Slashdot and digg
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Hackers Selling Vista Zero-Day Exploit  —  Underground hackers are hawking zero-day exploits for Microsoft's new Windows Vista operating system at $50,000 a pop, according to computer security researchers at Trend Micro.  —  The Windows Vista exploit—which has not been independently verified …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Goodbye to the embargo  —  I read on Frank Shaw's blog that Nick Denton thinks that embargoes will soon be a thing of the past.  I think this is a good thing, even though I fully understand why big companies like Microsoft (Shaw's client) have attempted to orchestrate product rollouts in the past.
Discussion: Scobleizer
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
PayPerPost Does Something Right  —  PayPerPost, a marketplace for advertisers to pay bloggers to write about their products, will make a significant policy change on Monday: Bloggers will now be required to disclose that they are being paid for their posts.  This looks to be at least partially due …
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
Tech t-shirts aren't sexy enough  —  I've been to seven JavaOne conferences.  I've paid more than $10,000 of my own money, just for the attendance fee.  You'd think—just once—they'd give me a show shirt that didn't hide the fact that I have, say, breasts.
Discussion: Scobleizer and apophenia
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Sam Sethi  —  I would like to address this issue immediately before I post my feelings about the conference.  Please also read Michael Arringon explanations.  —exhausted after the conference, I saw Sam's post, I also notice it was posted on the first day of the conference …
 
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BBC:
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