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9:45 PM ET, December 28, 2006

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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
News site Digg raises $8.5M more, rejects evidence it has been gamed  —  Digg, the news site that lets users rank stories by voting, has raised $8.5 million in fresh financing from existing backers, putting to rest for now speculation that it might sell to a bigger media player.
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Wendy Tanaka / Red Herring:
Digg Raises $8.5 Million  —  New funding might suggest that the news site will remain independent.  —  Digg, the San Francisco-based site that lets users rank news stories, raised $8.5 million from two of its existing investors, according to a report from VentureWire.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   No Acquisition For Digg - Raise Series B Round Instead
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Bribing Bloggers  —  There's an interesting debate going on about whether bloggers should accept gifts from vendors.  —  Lately Microsoft, working through their PR agency, Edelman, has been getting rather aggressive about trying to buy good coverage from bloggers.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
I think the Microsoft Vista giveaway is an awesome idea
LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
Google Blog Search Surpasses Technorati  —  When Google Blog Search launched last year, I wondered if it would surpass Technorati in market share of visits.  This week Hitwise data show that the market share of visits to Google Blog Search surpassed visits to Technorati for the week ending 12/23/06.
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Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:   Google Blog Search overtakes Technorati's market share according to Hitwise
CNET News.com:
Top ten Apple rumours of all time  —  What do you get when you cross a notoriously tight-lipped computer company with rabidly fanatical users?  A whole lot of gossip, speculation and hearsay, that's what.  Thirty years of Apple Computer has seen the company rise, fall and rise again like a kind …
Discussion: MacUser, Slashdot, Joystiq and Infinite Loop
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Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Apple faked files in Steve Jobs stock options scandal  —  It seems that the scandal related to Apple backdating stock options has gotten a little more serious.  According to the Financial Times, in 2001 Steve Jobs was granted 7.5 million stock options without the proper authorization …
Discussion: Seeking Alpha and Blogging Stocks
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gmail Disaster: Reports Of Mass Email Deletions  —  Just a week after I wrote "Uh Oh, Gmail Just Got Perfect" a number of users started complaining that all of their Gmail emails and contacts were auto deleted.  —  The first message, posted on the Google Groups forum on December 19, stated …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
HD-DVD AACS hacked  —  A hacker going under the alias "muslix64" has written a utility which is capable of decrypting a AACS (Advanced Access Content System) protected HD-DVD discs.  —  The decryption tool, called BackupHDDVD, is a Java-based command-line utility which decrypts …
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Google "disappears" sex blogs?  UPDATED  —  Xeni Jardin: UPDATE (Dec. 28, 12PM ET): Readers have been writing in to say that whatever happened here, the issue appears to be resolved for now — at least for the specific sex blogs cited in this post.  I haven't verified this, but if it's true, great.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch Blog and digg
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Tony / Real Talk About Making Real Sex Films:   Will Google Kill Comstock Films?
Josh Goldman / CrunchGear:
Amazon.com's Best Of 2006 List Released  —  Amazon.com released its year-end "Best of" lists, which tallies up not only the best-selling items for the site's various stores, but also the most positively reviewed, most wished-for and most frequently purchased as gifts.
Peter Pachal / SCI FI Tech:
The Eclipse: One hot cell phone, hold the extras  —  If you think cameras, video, and the Internet have no place on a cell phone, designer Rune Larsen is right there with you.  His Eclipse slider phone gets rid of any and all features besides calling, keeping the size down to just a couple of inches with the screen retracted.
Discussion: I4U News and Gizmodo
Jim Tharpe / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Busy travelers snap up iPods from Hartsfield vending machines  —  Concourse A machine sold $55,000 worth of electronics in a month  —  Anita Leopold has a little surprise for anyone who thinks vending machines were created to dispense lightly salted snack food and sugar-laced temptations.
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
How to Survive CES: 10 Practical Tips  —  The 2007 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is less than two weeks away, and (as always), I'm pretty excited about it.  This is my 7th year attending the show, and for the first time in seven years, I don't have massive amounts of responsibilities.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Korea considering gold farming regulation  —  A controversial bill proposed by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in South Korea aims to control the exchange of virtual currency.  Described by the deputy director of the mMinistry's Game Industry Division as an attempt to …
Gamasutra:
Mars Sucks - Can Games Fly on Google Earth?  —  As part of an Intel team focused on pushing the limits of PC gaming, we decided to investigate whether Google* Earth could be used as the foundation of a video game.  Of course the best way to find out was to try it, which we did with a small prototype we call "Mars Sucks."
Discussion: Joystiq
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Screenshots of Gmail's Mail Fetcher  —  Gmail added a new feature that lets you fetch mail from up to 5 POP3 accounts, but the feature is not yet enabled in all Gmail accounts.  Here's what you'll see:  —  You'll find the mail fetcher in Settings / Accounts.  —  You can add up to 5 accounts.
Stephen Wellman / InformationWeek Weblog:
Get A Second Life  —  Now that 2006 is fast slipping away, everyone has turned on their nostalgia and is eagerly looking back at the "top" stories of the last 12 months.  I usually find these kinds of pieces interesting, but instead, I want to look at what I think will turn into one of the top trends of 2007.
Gerald Traufetter / Spiegel Online:
The Whole Planet on a Hard Drive  —  Google and Microsoft are racing to provide computer users with a virtual world tour.  Who will be the first to offer its readers a 3-D map of the globe?  —  Early in his life, John Hanke was fond of running his finger across the pages of his National Geographic atlas …
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Marketers Flout Craigslist Rules to Promote Wares  —  A syndicated article providing guidance on marketing via free classifieds site Craigslist has been making the rounds on various business-oriented Web sites lately.  Still, there's no doubt the practice is controversial …
Discussion: Greg Boser and Screenwerk
 
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Artem Boytsov / Official Google Blog:
How we came up with year-end Zeitgeist data
Discussion: GigaOM
Om Malik / GigaOM:
WiFi Chip Makers vs Open Source Software
Reuters:
Gadgets seen as best way to tell white lies
Discussion: Monkey Bites and Techdirt
David Pogue / New York Times:
Brilliant Ideas That Found a Welcome
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Read the Exchange 2007 small print
Discussion: Ed Brill
Louis Hau / Forbes:
Free Music—Next Year?
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Bloggers Who Have Received Microsoft Ferrari Laptops And What …
Discussion: Valleywag and Scripting News
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Suzuki's Xbox 360-infused SXBox concept vehicle
Discussion: You NEWB and Xbox 360 Fanboy
 Earlier Items: 
PayPerPost:
PayPerPost Acquires Performancing.com
Carlo / Techdirt:
iPod's Present Popularity Brings Down iTunes Music Store
Discussion: Slashdot
The Sun:
Talk talk naked
Discussion: 21talks and Reuters
Gamasutra:
PlayStation 3 Gets Downloadable Tekken 5
Discussion: You NEWB, Joystiq and PSP Fanboy
Ars Technica:
The Mac OS X font managers review
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Mashable's 2007 Predictions  —  It's now only a few days until 2007 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
ProfileLinker Takes Meebo Approach to Social Networking
Discussion: The Next Net and Zoli's Blog