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4:35 AM ET, December 18, 2006


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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 …
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.
Keith Schneider / New York Times:
Brands for the Chattering Masses  —  FOR many, many decades, successful branding — one of the corporate world's holy grails — involved a clear set of rules.  Produce quality goods at the right price.  Frame the value in memorable messages seen by millions on television and in print.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
iPhone is out, just not THAT iPhone  —  A couple of days ago, Brain Lam of Gizmodo played a cruel joke on the world, promising details of an iPhone, which he hinted would be launched on Monday, December 18th.  —  We considered it for a few seconds, and decided that it was unlikely, and said so.
Discussion: Engadget and
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: Mashable! and PaidContent
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Sony to enter video download market  —  Sony is to gatecrash the fledgling market in handheld devices to play downloaded video content early next year when it launches a service for the PlayStation Portable.  —  The decision, which could threaten Apple Computer's grip on the video download market …
Discussion: PaidContent and NewTeeVee
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 …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Microsoft knocked out by mother Nature  —  Buzz Bruggeman just called from Seattle.  He says that Microsoft's main campus is without power and trees are down all over the place due to a major windstorm there.  Tons of trees down.  He says he's talked with several Microsoft employees …
Discussion: Things That
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
PACKAGED GOODS MEDIA V. CONVERSATIONAL MEDIA: PART TWO  —  I started my last missive on Packaged Goods Media (PGM) v. Conversational Media (CM) with an overview of the tectonic changes in leadership at the digital units of major media companies.  One day later, Yahoo announced …
Discussion: media blog
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: Susan Mernit's Blog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
I Spent Sunday Evening Playing kdice  —  kdice is a free multiplayer online game that is similar to Risk, and I've just wasted an entire evening playing it (and mostly losing).  It was created by Ryan Dewsbury using the Google Web Toolkit and has a Flash interface.
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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ID and id  —  In honor of me being the Time "Person of The Year" …
Discussion: Digital Markets
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
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John Cloud / Time:
The YouTube Gurus  —  How a couple of regular guys built …