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11:30 AM ET, December 27, 2006

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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 …
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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 …
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.
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
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
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
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Do you AOL-Yahoo?  Maybe you will, if they merge  —  AOL and Yahoo are destined to merge, or so said Merrill Lynch analyst Jessica Reif Cohen in a note entitled "Is 2007 the year AOL and Yahoo are in play?" that was sent to investors shortly before the Christmas holiday.
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Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Possibility Of A Yahoo-AOL Merger in 2007; Google-AOL Change of Control Clause
Discussion: Seeking Alpha and HipMojo.com
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
Michael Calore / Wired News:
Vaporware '06: Return of the King  —  Pull back the red curtain and dim the lights.  It's the 9th annual presentation of the Wired News Vaporware Awards, our ode to the year's top technology products promised, hyped and scheduled, but not delivered.  —  The nominees were chosen by you, our readers, in November.
Discussion: Kotaku
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
Lore Sjöberg / Wired News:
The Year in Online Video
Discussion: digg
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: AdJab
Matt McKinney / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Private group buys Star Tribune  —  The McClatchy Co. surprised observers with the $530 million sale to New York investment firm Avista Capital Partners.  —  The McClatchy Co. capped a year of dramatic changes in the newspaper industry Tuesday by announcing the surprise sale of the Star Tribune …
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Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Rush at End, but Holiday Sales Fall Short
Computerworld:
How I nuked mobile spam
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Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Skype Subverts T-Mobile
Blake Ross / Blake Ross on Firefox:
Tip: Trust is hard to gain, easy to lose.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
65nm Xbox 360 CPUs delayed until mid-2007
Smaran / Torrentfreak:
Illegal Video Downloads Surpass Legal Alternatives 5 to 1
Jeffrey Gangemi / Business Week:
Fine-Tuning Local Search