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12:45 AM ET, December 18, 2006

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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.
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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.
Nick / Rough Type:
You da man!  —  Time magazine's issue of May 6, 1946, featured famed horse-breeder and makeup-magnate 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 …
Discussion: Between the Lines
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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.
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.
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Web Boom 2.0 is Okay: Wrong  —  Josh Quittner is wrong in his Time magazine hymn to all thing Web 2.0.  Far from being different from the prior dot-com boom, this boom is achingly similar in many ways, with the main difference being that it is cheaper this time to get yourself in just as deep …
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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.
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.
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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.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Time's Person of the Year: You(Tube)
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 …
International Herald Tribune:
YouTube brings out media giants' competitive claws  —  NEW YORK: When YouTube emerged as one of the Internet's most popular Web sites last year, many TV executives dismissed it as a flash in the pan — and a largely illegal one at that.  But after Google agreed to pay $1.65 billion for YouTube in October …
Discussion: PaidContent and Mashable!
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.
Erick Schonfeld / The Next Net:
Jajah Offers Free Regular Calls with Ads (Exclusive Video)  —  Skype might be trying to charge you for calls to regular phones these days, but startup Jajah is taking the opposite tack.  In partnership with three large media companies in Germany and Austria (the Axel Springer Group's Bild.T-Online …
T3:
Dragonfly robot filmed  —  Video exclusive: Witness the world's first winged robot in action.  It's flappin' brilliant.  —  Robots are taking to the skies... but luckily we've nabbed the controls.  See, the robo gurus over at WowWee, famed for the Robosapien series, have given us exclusive access to their new FlyTech Dragonfly 'bot.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Engadget
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 …
 
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