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10:40 AM ET, December 27, 2006

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Channel NewsAsia:
Taiwan quake cuts off much of Asia Internet  —  HONG KONG - Internet and phone services were disrupted across much of Asia on Wednesday after an earthquake damaged undersea cables, leaving one of the world's most tech-savvy regions in a virtual blackout.  —  From frustrated traders seeking …
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Bloomberg:
Asian Internet, Phone Services Hit by Taiwan Quakes (Update2)  —  Dec. 27 (Bloomberg) — Internet and telephone services across Asia were disrupted, hampering financial transactions, after earthquakes near Taiwan damaged undersea cables.  —  ``The repairs could take two to three weeks …
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
Google Set To Expand Newspaper Ad Program  —  For some of the nation's newspapers, Google's offer was too good to pass up.  —  This fall, the search-engine company proposed to show how it could help newspapers sell print advertising to the hundreds of thousands of small merchants who buy Internet ads from Google.
Discussion: PaidContent and Lost Remote
phx.corporate-ir.net:
Amazon.com's 12th Holiday Season is Best Ever  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that the 2006 holiday season finished as its best ever, with its busiest day being December 11th.  On this day Amazon customer orders exceeded 4 million items.
Discussion: GigaGamez and digg
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Crowd Wisdom vs. Google's Genius  —  The founder of Wikipedia plans to take on the giant by offering search results that tap the knowledge of people across the Web  —  Can the wisdom of crowds trump the genius of Google?  The founder of Web encyclopedia Wikipedia believes it not only can, but it will.
Discussion: VoIP Blog
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Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
Wikipedia Founder Plans Search Engine
Wall Street Journal:
Is 'Web 2.0' Another Bubble?  —  Hundreds of Internet companies have emerged since the dot-com crash, looking to capitalize on a resurgent online advertising market.  Companies in this new wave — known as Web 2.0 — have focused on online collaboration and sharing among users.
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's …
John Cook / John Cook's Venture Blog:
Facing threats, Jobster targets profitability in 2007  —  Jobster, the job search engine that has raised $48 million in venture financing over the past two years, is undergoing an analysis of the business that could involve layoffs or other changes in the first part of 2007.
Discussion: GigaOM and EXCELER8ion
Fimoculous.com:
30 Predictions for 2007 in Media/Tech/Pop  —  The usual caveats apply: I have no inside knowledge on any of this stuff.  I talk to media+tech people about trends all the time, but nobody ever tells me anything important.  And I only have mutual funds, so don't try to play that angle.
Discussion: Fast Company Now and Lost Remote
Mike / Techdirt:
Trying To Slow Down BitTorrent Traffic Will Backfire, Badly  —  from the bad-bad-plan dept  —  Over the past couple of years, a bunch of ISPs have started (usually quietly) applying traffic shaping efforts to slow down your high bandwidth applications like BitTorrent.
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
Shoemoney:
How Hackers Are Using Google To Pwn Your Site  —  No People have had something to add to this What Do you think?  —  Tell ShoeMoney  —  As most of you know a few months back my site was hacked.  What many people dont know is that was actually the first of 2 times the box was hacked.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and digg
Clay Shirky / Many-to-Many:
Linden's Second Life numbers and the press's desire to believe  —  "Here at KingsRUs.com, we call our website our Kingdom, and any time our webservers serve up a copy of the home page, we record that as a Loyal Subject.  We're very pleased to announce that in the last two months …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Where to Find Good Video: Megite and Tailrank  —  We've said it before and we'll say it again: online video discovery can be a challenge.  Now, in the vein of Digg, StumbleUpon, and newcomers like Viral Video Chart, memetracking sites Megite and Tailrank are adding video sections.
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Megite Developing a Video Memetracker
Discussion: TechCrunch
Tony Long / Wired News:
2006 Foot-in-Mouth Awards  —  Welcome to Wired News' 2006 Foot-in-Mouth Awards program.  You, the readers, have sent us your picks for the lamest quotes from or about the world of technology during this eventful year.  We have selected the "best" of those and present them to you now.
Discussion: digg
Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:
Microsoft Sent A Free Laptop With Windows Vista  —  Ok, so yeah, I've been blogging about Microsoft quite a bit lately.  I guess their marketing people are doing their job well, since the launch of Windows Vista is next month.  Speaking of which, last week I received an email from Edelman …
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Skype Subverts T-Mobile  —  Many a writer, analyst and blogger have put the label of "disruptive" on Skype.  —  I think NOT.  —  The proper term, as I have said before is "subversive" and what the following will prove and point to that exact claim.  Now for those who don't see the fine points …
Computerworld:
How I nuked mobile spam  —  Here's how to keep spam off your phone  —  Mike Elgan Today's Top Stories or Other Mobile/Wireless Stories  —  On Jan. 24, 2004, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates famously announced that by 2006, "spam will be solved."  He was right.
Discussion: PalmAddicts and The Raw Feed
Karen J. Bannan / New York Times:
Online Chat Is a Grapevine That Yields Precious Fruit  —  When MD Moms was introduced to market baby skin-care products a year ago, it had plenty going for it.  The founders are pediatricians who are also mothers.  The company has a strong distribution strategy and the baby products are cleverly packaged.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
65nm Xbox 360 CPUs delayed until mid-2007  —  According to industry sources, plans to produce CPUs for the Microsoft Xbox 360 game console on 65nm at Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing will be pushed back until the middle of 2007, at least one quarter behind the original schedule.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
65nm Xbox 360 CPU refresh delayed until mid-2007?
Discussion: TechSpot
Joshua Freed / Associated Press:
Star Tribune to Be Sold to Private Group  —  McClatchy Co. Flagship Newspaper Star Tribune Sold to Private Equity Group for $530 Million  —  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Newspaper publisher The McClatchy Co. said on Tuesday that it will sell its flagship Star Tribune to the private equity firm Avista Capital Partners …
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Matt McKinney / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Private group buys Star Tribune
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Comscore Clings to a Page View World  —  I have no reason to pick on the fine folks at comScore Media Metrix.  However, despite some recent indications that they want to change, it seems as though they are clinging to the days of yore when hits were all that ruled.
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
comScore to take Web 2.0 seriously
Discussion: A VC, Mark Evans and HipMojo.com
 
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PC Advisor:
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Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
Where Real Money Meets Virtual Reality, The Jury Is Still Out
Ruby Huang / DigiTimes:
First large Apple reseller store opens in Taiwan
Discussion: The Apple Core
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Fujitsu unveils GPS receiver with integrated RFID tag
Fred / A VC:
2007: IPTV  —  I really wrestled with the terminology for this post headline.
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PayPal Shows Off Virtual Debit Card
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Google Reader a Stealth Digg Killer?
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Possibility Of A Yahoo-AOL Merger in 2007; Google-AOL Change of Control Clause
Discussion: Seeking Alpha and HipMojo.com
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Rush at End, but Holiday Sales Fall Short
Blake Ross / Blake Ross on Firefox:
Tip: Trust is hard to gain, easy to lose.
Smaran / Torrentfreak:
Illegal Video Downloads Surpass Legal Alternatives 5 to 1
Ernesto / Torrentfreak:
BitTorrent Tutorial Roundup
Mike / Techdirt:
Korea Doesn't Want That Virtual Currency To Be Traded For Real Money
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
HD disk format wars are over
Discussion: digg
Jeffrey Gangemi / Business Week:
Fine-Tuning Local Search