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12:10 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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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 …
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.
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.
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
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
Lev Grossman / Time:   Power to the People  —  Meet 15 citizens—including a French rapper …
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 …
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
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 …
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Preparing For Apollo  —  2007 will bring the launch of the much anticipated Adobe Apollo platform, a cross platform run time that will allow developers to take rich internet applications, whether they be built on Flash, HTML, JavaScript and/or Ajax, and turn them into desktop applications.
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Michael Arrington / TalkCrunch:
Here Comes Adobe Apollo
Discussion: Adobe, The Universal Desktop and Amyloo
 
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Greg Stein / Google Code:
Happy Holidays, Open Source Developers!
Discussion: Googling Google and Googlified
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BBC:
Turning off the digital world
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
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