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9:40 AM ET, December 21, 2006

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Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
Record Labels Sue Web Site Operator  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Several major record labels sued the operator of the Russian music Web site AllofMP3.com on Wednesday, claiming the company has been profiting by selling copies of music without their permission.  —  The lawsuit was filed …
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Mike / Techdirt:
Record Labels Finally Sue Allofmp3.com  —  from the took-'em-long-enough dept  —  The only surprise here is that it's taken this long.  However, after tremendous efforts to influence politicians to force Allofmp3.com to shut down, it appears that a bunch of record labels have finally filed a lawsuit against the company.
Don Box / Don Box's Spoutlet:
Google Search API?  —  Several people have forwarded me pointers to Google's move from a SOAP-based access mechanism for search to an AJAX-based one.  —  The O'Reilly coverage starts to detail what's going on, but I think there's more here than meets the eye.
Discussion: Paul Mooney and Google Code
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Simon Willison / Simon Willison's Weblog:
Why JSON isn't just for JavaScript  —  Dave Winer's discovery of JSON …
Discussion: Labnotes
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Widgets Become More Important than APIs for Data Exchange on the Web
Deusx / del.icio.us:
tagometer: badges badges badges badges BOOKMARKS BOOKMARKS  —  Being a blogger, one of my long-standing wishlist items for del.icio.us has been to find some way to get more of what's going on here to show up out there.  Instead of just simple links, I've wanted to get a bit of peek through …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Del.icio.us Widget Released
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Revver Re-organizes Executive Suite  —  Two Co-Founders Leave; Adds New COO, Ad Sales Chief  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — In what is perhaps a sign of the difficulty facing those looking to compete against YouTube, fledgling video-sharing site Revver.com has reshuffled its executive suite, with two of the three co-founders departing.
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Scott Karp / The Blog Herald:
Democratizing The Economics Of Content
Discussion: The Blogging Times
Froosh / HipMojo.com:   Revver/Online Video: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times"
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Censored 'SNL' Sketch Jumps Bleepless Onto the Internet  —  The nearly three-minute digital film, shown on "Saturday Night Live" last Saturday, was a parody of two boy-band singers (including one played by the real Justin Timberlake) crooning a holiday song about making a gift to their girlfriends …
Discussion: Screenwerk and HipMojo.com
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
EFF taps e-voting security guru Ed Felten for board  —  Princeton's Ed Felten will be joining Lawrence Lessig, John Gilmore, Brewster Kahle, and other prominent technology activists, researchers, and scholars on the board of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
Michel Marriott / New York Times:
At the Heart of the Wii, Micron-Size Machines  —  EVEN before its release last month, Nintendo's latest video game console, the Wii, was getting a lot of attention for its wireless motion-sensitive controllers.  Swing the controller and — crack! — hit a virtual home run in a virtual ballpark, for example.
Discussion: Go Nintendo
Joey deVilla / Global Nerdy:
RSS is "The Next Big Thing" — and Has Been for the Past 3 Years  —  We got a sense of deja vu when we saw that the first item in Read/Write Web's Predicitions for 2007 was "RSS will go mainstream in a big way.  A quick look back to their predictions for 2006 told us why …
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0, Changing Way and digg
Gamasutra:
Gamasutra's Quantum Leap Awards: Most Important Games, 2006  —  They're timeless.  They're inspirational.  They inspire us, make us question our standards, and provide a roadmap for the future of development.  They are the games that innovate and move the industry forward …
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
OpenID on the Upswing  —  OpenID is a lightweight, decentralized identity system that has been gaining prominence.  I expect this upcoming year to be a big year for OpenID — and not just because of the Google trend chart with the recent uptake in search query share.
Discussion: digg
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Google drops beta tag from Blogger  —  The beta version of Google's popular blogging service, Blogger Beta, quietly shed its "beta" tag today.  The switch came without much fanfare, only noted by the loss of the "beta" tag and the introduction of "the new Blogger" on the main Blogger web site.
Discussion: Neowin.net
Fred / A VC:
Web 2.0 Is A Gift, Not A Threat, To VCs  —  It's Christmas time and I've been thinking about gifts.  In this case, I've been thinking about what a gift the evolution of the web from its first generation to its second generation has been to the venture capital business.
PrimeNewswire:
Business and Financial News From The Wall Street Journal Online, MarketWatch.com and Barron's Online to be Available On blinkx.tv  —  PRIME NEWSWIRE) — blinkx, a leading video search engine, today announced a content partnership with Dow Jones Online that will enable blinkx users to search …
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:   blinkx signs Dow Jones Online
WebGuerrilla / Greg Boser:
The Half-Truths of Talking Frogs  —  When David Pasternack first began running his mouth off about the death of organic SEO, I decided it was best to refrain from commenting.  I came to that decision in large part due to the amount of respect I have for Kevin Lee.  Kevin's an extremely intelligent and savvy guy.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
GoogleOS II: Starring Linus Torvalds  —  Written by Emre Sokullu and edited by Richard MacManus  —  Did the above image shock you?  No, this is not a real Google advert!  But something similar may well turn into reality.  In this sequel to our original GoogleOS blockbuster …
Discussion: loose wire blog
Mathew Ingram / mathewingram.com/work:
Google: Anti-trust case waiting to happen?  —  Depending on whom you talk to about Google's share of the Web-search market, you are likely to get estimates of anywhere from 30 per cent to the upper 40-per-cent range.  Rich Skrenta of Topix, however, says that the true number is closer to about 70 per cent …
Discussion: Bill Tancer and Market Wire
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Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
The Bad News About Google's 70% Search Share
 
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Tony Walsh / Clickable Culture:
'Second Life' Tech Roadmap for Q1, Q2, 2007
Shimon Sandler / SEO Consultant:
Google Holiday Gift
Discussion: digg
Business Week:
Entertainment: Downloading The Video Windfall
Discussion: GigaOM
Lexi Baugher / Official Google Blog:
Blogger's new bag of tricks
Discussion: TechCrunch
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
CNET interviewer assaulted by flying wang
Mike / Techdirt:
Google Misses Another Chance To Be The Web Platform
Mike / Techdirt:
More Research Showing How Musicians Are Better Off With File Sharing
Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
Blogging Wills - What happens to your Blogs When You Die?
Discussion: digg
 Earlier Items: 
Mike / Techdirt:
Is The NBA Trying To Hide Video Footage Of The Big Brawl On YouTube?
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
What is proper etiquette for VCs — fiddle with Blackberry or not?
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Veoh reboots, adds payments and cross-publishing
Economist:
Work-life balance  —  Consumer technologies are invading corporate computing
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Geek to Live: Lifehacker Zeitgeist
Discussion: Digital Markets and digg
Rachel Rosmarin / Forbes:
Why Gears Of War Costs $60
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Sony Settles Rootkit Suits