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6:20 PM 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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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.
Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
TIME Wins Linkbaiter of the Year Award  —  Time Magazine have pulled off the Link Bait of the year with their Person of the Year Award.  They've named 'You' (and me) as the winner of the award.  —  By 'You' they give the award to anyone involved in user generated content - that's social media, blogging, video sharing etc etc etc.
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.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
It has always been us  —  So the Time person of the year is you.  Otherwise know as us.  —  Well, I suppose I should give Time some credit for recognizing the power of the people.  Only thing is, there's no news here.  This is nothing new.  We have always been in charge.
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 …
Nick / Rough Type:
You da man!  —  Time magazine's issue of May 6, 1946, featured acclaimed horse-breeder Elizabeth Arden Graham on its cover.  The day the magazine hit the newsstands, Graham's stable burned to the ground, killing 22 thoroughbreds.  The tragedy confirmed what the public had suspected since the early 1930s …
Richard Stengel / Time:
Now It's Your Turn  —  The other day I listened to a reader named Tom, age 59, make a pitch for the American Voter as TIME's Person of the Year.  Tom wasn't sitting in my office but was home in Stamford, Conn., where he recorded his video and uploaded it to YouTube.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Web Boom 2.0 - Is it different this time?  —  Time Magazine's "Person of the Year" is You, meaning the you in user generated content.  Translation?  YouTube.  The cover story, Web Boom 2.0 says there are five reasons it is different this time.  I agree the situation is different today, but the end result will be the same.
Josh Hallett / hyku | blog:
'You' Named Time's Person of the Year
Discussion: Micro Persuasion
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Time's Person of the Year: You(Tube)
Discussion: Data Mining
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.
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Phone?  —  The Observer reports that Google is in talks …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
How Ev, Dave, The Trotts & Matt Changed My Life  —  Last week, Robert Scoble stopped by at the True Ventures office to do a little video recording of SplashCast.  Somehow he roped me into talking about the blog, the company, and of course the new properties we are adding to the network.
Discussion: PaidContent
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
The end of blogger conferences  —  Dear Participants, Speakers and Partners  —  I would first like to thank all the participants who came from all around the world and invested their time and money to join LeWeb3.  —  Above all, I thank the speakers and moderators who accepted to share …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Paper, Pen and Blackberry  —  In these days of Internet busy-ness, it is difficult to keep track of things.  Over on Web Worker Daily Judi Sohn is talking about tools that help you take notes, and keep on top of things.  I typically use Bare Bones Software's YoJimbo and Aquaminds' Notetaker …
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Let's Try This Again: If It's Not CRYSTAL CLEAR That Something Is An Ad, It's DECEPTION  —  PayPerPost finally caved under pressure from the FTC and every blogger with an ounce of ethics — they now require "some" form of disclosure, which can include a "site" disclosure, i.e. you can bury a link to your "disclosure" in your sidebar.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
PayPerPost Does Something Right
 
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