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1:05 AM ET, January 4, 2007

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Mihai Parparita / Official Google Reader Blog:
I like big charts and I cannot lie  —  I've always been a big fan of charts, tables and other ways of analyzing and visualizing data.  On my own blog I will often plot things just to get a handle on them.  Even here I've posted some analyses that I've done of the data that the Reader team has on hand.
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Google Reader Tracks Personal Attention Metadata  —  Googlified says the Google RSS Reader has added a feature that shows just where your attention goes.  Reading trends displays the items you read, starred, shared in the past 30 days.  Subscription trends identifies the blogs that update the most and which blogs are inactive.
Discussion: Scobleizer
Andrew Hampp / AdAge:
'Web 2.0' Proves Most Popular Wikipedia Entry  —  Phrase Beats Out 'Blog' in BuzzMetrics' List of Most-Linked-to Topics  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Still not entirely sure how to explain Web 2.0 to your friends?  You weren't alone in 2006.  In a fitting marriage of context and content …
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MediaShift:
DIGGING DEEPER Nielsen BuzzMetrics Tries to Measure Buzz in Social Media
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
"Web 2.0″ is Most Popular Wikipedia Entry of 2006
Discussion: Tinfinger and Quick Online Tips
Business Wire:
Ground Breaking Web Site Combines Social Networking with Stock Investment Ideas  —  TheStreet.com and A.R. Media To Create Joint Venture  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—TheStreet.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: TSCM), a leading provider of financial commentary, analysis , research, news and ratings today announced …
Discussion: HipMojo.com, PaidContent and TechCrunch
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James Altucher / TheStreet.com:
Picking Better Stocks With Stockpickr
Discussion: The Blogging Times
earthlink.net:
EARTHLINK'S GARRY BETTY PASSES AWAY  —  Mike Lunsford to Continue as Interim CEO  —  EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK) today announced that EarthLink President and CEO Garry Betty passed away on Tuesday, January 2 due to complications from cancer.  He was 49.
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CNNMoney.com:
EarthLink CEO passes away at age 49
Peter Marsh / Financial Times:
Plastic may spell the end of the silicon microchip  —  The list of achievements of Cambridge University's Cavendish Laboratory - one of the world's most prestigious centres for physics research - is about to get a little longer.  —  Responsible over the past 136 years for a stunning series of discoveries …
Discussion: The Tech Report
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Don Box / Don Box's Spoutlet:
Tim Bray on JSON and XML  —  Tim has an interesting post comparing JSON and XML that has me wondering about several things.  —  Here are some specific questions I have with the piece:  —  1. I don't see any reason why JSON has different streaming characteristics than XML.
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Embattled Chief Executive Resigns at Home Depot  —  Robert L. Nardelli, the chief executive of Home Depot, who came under heavy criticism for his pay package and failure to lift the chain's stagnant stock price, has abruptly resigned, the company said today.
Brian / Caydel's SEO Blog:
Google is Beta-Testing Keyword-based Ad Filtering  —  About a week and a half ago, I wrote a post 'Adsense Should Allow Contextual Ad Filtering by Keyword'.  In it, I made the suggestion based upon an article posted by EGOL at SEOmoz that in order to prevent certain types of ads from showing …
Jessica Guynn / The Technology Chronicles:
The true E-Hollywood story behind Valeriewag  —  Watch out Valleywag.  Here comes Valeriewag.com.  As in Podtech Network's magnetic and popular personality, Valerie Cunningham.  —  When we called to unravel the oblique mention of Valeriewag on blogging pioneer Dave Winer's blockbuster blog …
Mary Hayes Weier / TechWeb:
Toyota Adds MySpace-Like Features To Hybrid Owners' Web Site  —  Toyota's redesigned Web site for hybrid vehicle owners, launched Tuesday, lets owners create profiles of themselves that can include their age group, vehicle color, and reasons why they drive a hybrid.  Profiles can be searched and viewed in a variety of ways.
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Joe / Techdirt:   So, Who Isn't Doing A MySpace Clone?
VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
Digium releases AsteriskNOW  —  Digium today released AsteriskNOW, a turnkey easy-to-use version of Asterisk with a web-based GUI that they claim can get a working version of Asterisk up-and-running in 30 minutes.  AsteriskNOW is Digium's answer to the popular trixbox "plug and play" Asterisk distro.
Scott Guelich / Theobroma Cacao:
The Reasons for Leopard-Only Apps  —  TUAW talks about the growing swell of upcoming apps which will use Leopard APIs, and therefore, will require Leopard to run.  I'm sure some users are wondering why developers are doing this, and some developers are wondering if they should do the same.
Richard Mitchell / Xbox 360 Fanboy:
Announcing two new gateways to Halo 3 beta  —  Microsoft today announced two new ways for gamers to gain access to the Halo 3 beta.  The first wave of the beta registration took place in December, and these two additional ways seem to be the only remaining methods for hopeful players to register.
Discussion: Joystiq, Gamerscore Blog and digg
Tricia Duryee / Seattle Times:
Patent suit filed against cellphone makers over Bluetooth  —  Research conducted by a University of Washington undergraduate more than a decade ago has become the subject of a lawsuit filed against some of the largest cellphone manufacturers in the world.  —  The suit claims that consumer …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News and Slashdot
Luke Smith / 1up.com:
RARE FOUNDERS LEAVE TO 'PURSUE OTHER OPPORTUNITIES'  —  Chris and Tim Stamper left the company at the end of 2006.  —  Chris and Tim Stamper, two of Rare Ltd.'s (Goldeneye 007, Perfect Dark and Viva Pinata) three founders have left the studio.  While the news surfaces in the wake …
Tom Simonite / NewScientistTech:
Vibrating vest could send alerts to soldiers  —  A vibrating vest that writes messages on its wearer's back is being tested by researchers in the US.  In future, it could be used to send important commands to soldiers or fire-fighters, warning them of imminent danger when ordinary radios cannot be used, for example.
Paul Mooney:
WINDOWS LIVE FOR TV  —  Welcome to the Windows Live for TV "Orbit" team blog  —  Windows Live for TV is an early beta 3D browser application that makes it easy to connect to your social network as well as friends and family from within Vista Media Center or IE7.0.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
What exactly does BackupHDDVD do?  Oh, and version 1.0 is released.  —  We know that AACS, the DRM shared by HD DVD and Blu-ray, is touted as being practically unbreakable and impenetrable — much like its predecessor CSS (and we all know how well that went).
Discussion: Engadget HD
Dean Takahashi / AEI:
Moral Kombat: Spencer Halpin's Documentary On Game Violence  —  Spencer Halpin has been working on Moral Kombat, a documentary on video game violence, for a long time.  He's finished the film and has posted this trailer for it on YouTube.  Spence, the brother of Entertainment Consumers …
Discussion: Joystiq, Kotaku and Cathode Tan
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
GPS navigator to include Yahoo search  —  A GPS start-up plans to include Yahoo's local-search data in its navigation device for cars.  —  Other GPS (Global Positioning System) navigators also have built-in business directories, but Dash Navigation will be the first to integrate Yahoo Local Search into its device.
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wiki.com - No Longer the $3 million Wikipedia Killer
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Two more executives depart Guba
Discussion: Mashable! and NewTeeVee
International Herald Tribune:
Germany quits search engine project
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Asterisk an under-appreciated Open Source Success Story
Discussion: Ring Nokia
Ben Charny / MarketWatch:
Google near deal to build SF-wide wireless network
Mikko / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
How to locate new phishing sites
Alex Zaharov-Reutt / ITWire:
Seagate to offer 300 TB hard drive by 2010
Randy Komisar / VentureBeat:
With Web 2.0, it's easy to get muddled
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Widgetbox offers free analytics for widgets
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Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Five Hackers Who Left a Mark on 2006
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Smaran / Torrentfreak:
BitTyrant: The "Selfish" BitTorrent Client
Marty Graham / Wired News:
Where to Catch Some Wi-Fi Waves
PR Newswire:
SIRIUS Exceeds 6 Million Subscribers and Achieves First Cash Flow …
New York Times:
Protecting Internet Democracy