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3:45 PM 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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Agence France Presse:
Quake cuts off much of Asia Internet  —  Internet and phone services have been disrupted across much of Asia after an earthquake damaged undersea cables, leaving one of the world's most tech-savvy regions in a virtual blackout.  —  From frustrated traders seeking in vain for stock quotes …
Wikinews:
Strong earthquake strikes off the coast of Taiwan  —  From Wikinews, the free news source you can write! … A strong earthquake struck off the southern tip of Taiwan at 12:26 UTC, triggering a warning from Japan's Meterological Agency that a 3.3 foot tsunami could be heading towards Basco, in the Philippines.
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 …
Reuters:   Asia Quakes Damage Cables; Internet, Banks Affected
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.
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Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:   WSJ Does Some Link Trolling on Web 2.0
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: Gizmodo, Kotaku, CrunchGear and Slashdot
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Michael Calore / Wired News:
Vaporware '06: Return of the King  —  2. TiVoToGo for Mac  —  Got a show on your TiVo you want to watch on your computer or a mobile device?  Great!  Just fire up TiVoToGo and take Grey's Anatomy with you on your commute.  Oh, you're a Mac user?  Nevermind.
Discussion: PVR Wire and TiVo Lovers
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, on December 20th I received an email from Edelman …
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BetaNews:
Is Vista Really Bug-Plagued as the NY Times Claims?
Discussion: All about Microsoft and digg
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
How to Save Online Videos  —  Converting, transcoding, re-encoding — these are just some of the words to learn when it comes to collecting and viewing your favorite videos.  Want a YouTube clip on your Xbox?  Convert and re-encode.  How about DVD video on an iPod?  Convert and transcode.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hey! Watch Is A Seriously Cool Online Video Converter
Discussion: CrunchGear
Valleywag:
SECOND LIFE: A debunking, in five acts  —  At Valleywag, we'd long had an inchoate irritation with Second Life and, more specifically, with the uncritical press coverage that the virtual world enjoyed.  Often, a company's publicity can get ahead of mundane reality; it's often more the fault …
Business Wire:
Fox Sports Announces First-Ever Digital Distribution of Full-Length Bowl Championship Series™ Games  —  Full-Length and Condensed BCS Games; Highlight Packages and Exclusive Preview Shows Available Online Beginning December 28  —  LOS ANGELES—(BUSINESS WIRE)—FOX Sports today announced that …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and PaidContent
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.
Fred / A VC:
2007: The End Of The Page View  —  Recently there was 'big news', Myspace had passed Yahoo! in monthly page views.  I put the words big news in quotes because it really wasn't as big news as it was made out to be.  —  It's common wisdom that Myspace is designed to generate a ton of page reloads every session.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Ars Technica
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Jobless in Seattle?  —  Jobster, a Seattle-based job-focused vertical search engine, is mulling a big round of layoffs and may cut up to half of its 145-strong workforce, according to sources familiar with the company's plans.  —  Well known for having raised gobs of venture capital …
Discussion: VentureBeat and EXCELER8ion
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John Cook / John Cook's Venture Blog:   Facing threats, Jobster targets profitability in 2007
Valleywag:
DIGGBAIT: Cover gallery: Wii games I'd like to see  —  Cover gallery: Wii games I'd like to see  —  NICK DOUGLAS — As fantastic as the baton-controlled Nintendo Wii may be (I found it's most fun after White Russians and a tequila shot), it seems like the only game anyone plays is Wii Sports.
Discussion: kottke.org and Joystiq
Samsung:
SAMSUNG Launches the Ultra Edition 13.8 (Z720), the Thinnest HSDPA Slider  —  Samsung brings ultra HSDPA power to the palm of your hand  —  Seoul , Korea , December 27 th , 2006 - Samsung Electronics, a leading provider and innovator of mobile phones, launches the Ultra Edition 13.8 (Model: SGH-Z720).
Discussion: CrunchGear and Phone Scoop
Matthew Barakat / Associated Press:
Verizon markets services at mall stores  —  FAIRFAX, Va. - Verizon Communications Inc. has flooded mailboxes, gone door to door and even handed out free ice cream as it seeks to sell its new FiOS television, telephone and high-speed Internet service.  Now, the phone company is following Apple Computer Inc …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and PaidContent
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Google Reader a Stealth Digg Killer?  —  Steve Mermelstein wisely states that Google Reader could be a digg killer.  The catch is a) people need to be using Google's sharing features and b) they would need to add a feature that displays how many people have shared each post.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Google Reader, the next "Digg?"
Gizmodo:
Tiger Electronics is the Dr. Moreau of Interactive Pets  —  Dr. Gizmodo: What is the law?  —  Sayer of the Law: Not to buy $20 electronic monstrosities, that is the law.  Are we not men?  —  Readers (in unison): Are we not men?  —  Dr. Gizmodo: What is the law?
Discussion: Chip Chick and I4U News
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
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Trying To Slow Down BitTorrent Traffic Will Backfire, Badly
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Where to Find Good Video: Megite and Tailrank
Karen J. Bannan / New York Times:
Online Chat Is a Grapevine That Yields Precious Fruit
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