Winner-Take-All: Google and the Third Age of Computing … Google has won both the online search and advertising markets. They hold a considerable technological lead, both with algorithms as well as their astonishing web-scale computing platform. Beyond this, however …
Discussion: John Battelle's Searchblog, Rational rants and media blog
Melanie Colburn / John Battelle's Searchblog: IT'S NOT YOUR COMPETITION, IT'S THE ENVIRONMENT
Mitch Ratcliffe / Rational rants: Google's run is more than half done
Howard Owens / media blog: Google's growing strength
Mathew Ingram / mathewingram.com/work:
Is it a "real blog"? Wrong question — Zoli Erdos has touched off the latest round in the omnipresent "what is a blog" wars, with a recent post looking at Google's official "blog" and noting that it isn't really a blog because it doesn't allow readers to comment.
Discussion: IR Web Report Blog, Journalistopia, unnecessary and Smart Mobs
Danny Sanchez / Journalistopia: A blog, by any other name...
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
Costly gift from Microsoft becomes invite to blog — In Microsoft's latest attempt to reach out to bloggers, the company recently gave away expensive laptops loaded with its new Windows Vista operating system. — But the gifts generated controversy as well as goodwill …
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft, The Blogging Journalist and Channel 9
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft: Ironic: Free Vista PC Arrives Broken; Plus, The Last Word
Munir Umrani / The Blogging Journalist: Nathan Weinberg Defends Bloggers Involved in Microsoft's Laptop Fiasco
Rjdohnert / Channel 9: Anyone from C9 get a laptop ?
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Disney Plans to Introduce a Sleek Makeover of Disney.com Site — LOS ANGELES, Dec. 31 — When the Walt Disney Company's chief executive, Robert A. Iger, takes the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 8, he is expected to introduce the new Disney.com Web site that has taken more than a year to redesign.
Discussion: PaidContent, HipMojo.com and Lost Remote
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent: Disney's Internet Strategy Comes Under Scrutiny As Disney.com …
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote: Finally, Disney.com to launch new look
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Nokia's Gizmo Project: Phone-to-Phone VoIP — Written by Rudy De Waele from m-trends.org and edited by Richard MacManus. — We are entering an era of broadband being available anywhere, on any device - and this will happen all 'over IP' (Internet Protocol).
Discussion: GigaOM, m-trends.org and Smart Mobs
Om Malik / GigaOM: Truphone, E-Series' best friend
Rudy De Waele / m-trends.org: Nokia Nseries: Leaps Ahead!
Marshall Sponder / Smart Mobs: Mobile VoIP looking good for '07 - Nokia, Skype
Arn / MacRumors:
Macworld San Francisco 2007 Rumor Roundup — With Macworld San Francisco (MWSF) quickly approaching, MacRumors provides this Rumor Roundup as a summary of major rumors circulating around the Mac Web before the big event. (Previous MacRumors MWSF roundups: 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, and 2002.)
Discussion: Alice Hill's Real Tech News and digg
Michael Rose / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple web site features teaser shot — Is it a sunrise? A monolith? The light from an oncoming train? Whatever it is, it's now decorating the website of everyone's favorite fruit-flavored company. — Presumably we may expect big things this year from AAPL. — [via MacRumors]
Google Calculator Gone? — Google way back (with a working calculator) — This isn't a good start for Google in 2007: the Google Calculator and currency converter doesn't work anymore, as Ionut Alex. Chitu notes... at least I can reproduce this when I try from here.
Haochi / Googlified: Google Calculator is Broken
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
PREDICTIONS 2007 — Yes, I'm at it again, but this year I promise to be a bit more pared down, a bit more to the point. I had nearly 20 predictions last year, I'm hoping that by the time I lift my fingers from the keyboard I'll have a few less. So Happy New Year, and to business:
Discussion: The RSS Blog
Randy Charles Morin / The RSS Blog: Web 2.0 Predictions for 2007 — Yes, I know, up to one million …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
EroShare - User Generated Porn — What better way to ring in the new year than with a site that is most definitely not work safe. Eroshare is to Flickr what PornoTube is to YouTube - user generated porn. The site, which launched an hour ago, encourages users to upload their home made erotic photos …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer: There's some porn on my link blog
Paul / Paul Thurrott's Internet Nexus:
We call it "The Hurd Defense" — I'm not sure what's funnier, what Apple actually did this week or the way Mac-friendly bloggers and Web sites lapped it up and declared that Apple CEO Steve Jobs had been "cleared" of wrongdoing. I'm pretty sure that Apple actually announced that Jobs knew …
Discussion: The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs and Waffle
Wall Street Journal:
Jobs Helped Pick 'Favorable' Dates For Option Grants — Apple Report Clears the CEO — Of Wrongdoing, Blames — Ex-Executives in Backdating — Apple Computer Inc. acknowledged that it backdated stock options and that Steve Jobs recommended "favorable" dates for some options awards.
Dion Hinchcliffe's Web 2.0 Blog:
THE BEST WEB 2.0 SOFTWARE OF 2006 — Looking back over 2006 it's clear that we've experienced one of the most remarkable growth surges in Web application history. Literally hundreds of Web sites and applications were launched this year and brought to our attention via the popular review sites …
Discussion: Web Worker Daily and Zoho Blogs
Anne Zelenka / Web Worker Daily: THE BEST WEB 2.0 SOFTWARE OF 2006: GMAIL
Raju Vegesna / Zoho Blogs: Dion Names Zoho as the Best Office Suite of 2006
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Windows screwup forces Ubuntu shift — A match made in hell — YOU NEVER QUITE wrap your head around how anti-consumer Microsoft's policies are until they bite you in the bum. Add in the customer antagonistic policies of its patsies, HP in this case, and vendors like Promise, and you have quite a recipe for pain.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Gmail bug exposes your mail account to spammers — Like your Gmail account? Consider it a sacred place which must be protected from spammers at all cost? Yeah, us too. Well, we hate to break the bad news at the dawn of the new year but there's a weakness in Gmail which exposes …
Discussion: Joe Walker's Blog, Office Evolution and digg
Why do people want the Applephone so much? — It's true, rumors of the long-awaited Applephone (that took me a couple tries — I kept typing "iPhone") are at a fever pitch. Not that it's necessarily a barometer, but Mac fanboy haven Digg has seen no less than 39 "iPhone" …