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10:40 AM ET, December 26, 2006

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John Markoff / New York Times:
Flaws Are Detected in Microsoft's Vista  —  Microsoft is facing an early crisis of confidence in the quality of its Windows Vista operating system as computer security researchers and hackers have begun to find potentially serious flaws in the system that was released to corporate customers late last month.
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Why Yahoo's Panama Won't Be Enough  —  The Web's most visited site lags Google by billions in advertising revenue, and it's going to take more than its new ad-delivery technology to close the gap  —  Yahoo! had a rocky 2006.  In fact, it had a Rocky Balboa kind of 2006.  The pounding came from all sides.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Search Engine Land
Robert Ditcham / archive.gulfnews.com:
iPod will be model for Omniyat's new tower  —  Dubai: Real estate developer Omniyat Properties is planning to launch projects worth more than Dh3 billion in 2007, starting with a tower inspired by Apple's iPod MP3 player.  —  The company will announce at least two residential projects …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wikia To Launch Search Engine: Exclusive Screenshot  —  Update 12/25/06: Jimmy Wales says this isn't a Wikiasari screen shot.  So what is it?  —  The Times reported earlier today that Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is planning to launch a new search engine next year, to be called Wikiasari.
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Search Marketing Gurus:
Wikiasari Mania - The Facts, The Myths & Hysteria!
Discussion: SearchViews
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Wikiasari - Wikipedia Founder Launching a Google Rival
Mathew Ingram / mathewingram.com/work:
Good luck with the Google-killing, Jimbo
Discussion: Infothought and Lost Remote
Associated Press:
'Safe' Web Seal Requires Rigorous Checks  —  Beginning next month, version 7 of Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer browser will start flagging certain e-commerce and banking sites as green for "safe."  The browser will look for an extended-validation certificate issued by any number of vendors.
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Mike / Techdirt:
Latest Attempt To Catch Phishers May Make Life Difficult For Small Web Vendors
Discussion: Associated Press
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Screen Shot Of Quality Score Metric in AdWords Console  —  Early this month we reported that Google Testing Showing AdWords Quality Score Data to Advertisers, well, I finally found a screen shot.  A DigitalPoint Forums thread has a member posting a screen shot of the quality score being shown to him in the AdWords reports.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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Frank Watson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Shows Quality Scores For Christmas  —  Barry Schwartz over at SERoundtable has capture the first sighting of the Google Quality score in an AdWords campaign.He has a screenshot of the new update that I have not been upgraded to yet in our many accounts.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Social Networking Awards - The Top Social Networks of 2006 … Is it really the holiday already?  Not quite - we've still got to announce the Social Networking Awards 2006!  With thousands of votes cast, the People's Choice attracted a much bigger response than anyone expected.
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Internet Video and how the Broadcast Nets are Missing the HDTV Opportunity.  —  There is an oft repeated business saying that sales organizations should "Go after the low hanging fruit".  The meaning obviously is to close the easy sales before you have to work to climb after the more difficult sales.
Discussion: digg
Times of London:
Nintendo Wii steals the Christmas show  —  The No3 player in the games world has beaten its rivals with its must-have console, says Paul Durman  —  THE Nintendo Wii is this year's must-have games console, and should delight the lucky few who receive one tomorrow morning.
Julie Jacobson / The CE Pro Weblog:
Exclusive Details: Best Buy, Exceptional Innovation and ConnectedLife.Home  —  NOTE: This is a long story.  If you're an integrator wondering why I spent so much time on it, skip to the bottom.  Well, not the VERY bottom.  -JJ  —  Best Buy is going to sell a packaged solution of Media Center plus home automation.
Discussion: Engadget and Slashdot
Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
Forget L.C.D.; Go for Plasma, Says Maker of Both  —  What kind of company takes out ads in daily newspapers attacking one of its own type of products?  In the case of Panasonic, the answer is a company that has significant investments in a rival technology.
Discussion: Seeking Alpha and digg
Mark Ward / BBC:
Spam surge drives net crime spree  —  Technology Correspondent, BBC News website  —  The tussle between computer security companies trying to protect your PC and the bad guys that try to compromise it is often characterised as an arms race.  —  Sometimes the security companies have the upper hand …
Mike Yamamoto / Crave RSS:
Phones that can power themselves  —  It's only a matter of time before phones join the alternative-energy trend in earnest, and some companies are already trying to get out front with designs before the onslaught begins.  ModeLabs, for one, has released three concept designs for mobile phones …
Discussion: Gear Factor and Tech Digest
Neilio / BeatnikPad:
Optimized Firefox 2.0.0.1 for G5 and Intel Macs  —  Dans "apple, mac, and cupertino", dimanche, le 24 decembre 2006, à 12:56 AM EST.  —  <br>I had a bit of time between jousting with other frantic last-minute Christmas shoppers and relaxing with my family to build …
Alexandros Roussos / MacosXrumors:
Next generation of Apple Cinema Displays to include HDMI  —  Tipsters informed MacScoop that Apple is planning to use HDMI technology in its next generation of Cinema Displays, while another recent vague report claims that a larger than 30 inch model could also be on the way.
Drew / Dembot:
Abbey - The Studio  —  Ive spent quite some time investigating Podshow and Podtech.  I've watched both of them form and grow.  I've met the people behind the businesses and I've asked a lot of questions.  —  In my investigations, I have spent the most time getting to know content creators.
 
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
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Dan / UNEASYsilence:
The Legend of the Dogcow  —  Moof!  Any self respecting Mac fan …
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage and digg
Jeff Hecht / NewScientistTech:
Photons trapped by trick of the light
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
Adam Kinney / Channel 9:
Special Holiday Episode IV: Don Box and Chris Anderson
Discussion: Don Box's Spoutlet
 Earlier Items: 
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google Predictions, 2007  —  Google had an exciting year in 2006 …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Response to Sean Lyndersay
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
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Anthony Crupi / Sportico:
Diamond Sports files its bankruptcy reorg plan, which includes ending its Bally naming rights deal for RSNs, and says cord-cutting led to 22M fewer subscribers

David Bauder / Associated Press:
A look at the decline of cable TV networks like USA Network, Discovery Channel, and MTV; MTV's 2023 average prime-time audience was 256K, down from 807K in 2014

Mark Harris / New York Times:
An analysis of Hollywood's grim status in 2024, recovering from a year of downsizing and strikes; supply lines will take at least a year to flow at capacity

 
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