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6:55 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.
symantec.com:
When PDFs Attack!  —  We have received reports of a significant problem relating to Adobe Acrobat files and Cross Site Scripting (XSS).  A weakness was discovered in the way that the Adobe Reader browser plugin can be made to execute JavaScript code on the client side.
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Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Acrobat Reader plugin vulnerable to attacks  —  Code could run malicious attack on PCs  —  Security researchers are poring over what one vendor has called a "breathtaking" weakness in the Web browser plugin for Adobe Systems Inc.'s Acrobat Reader program, used to open the popular ".pdf" file format.
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:   Acrobat flaw could spawn Web attacks
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 …
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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
Discussion: IR Web Report Blog and cgm
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
"Web 2.0″ is Most Popular Wikipedia Entry of 2006
Discussion: Tinfinger and Quick Online Tips
Steven Zeitchik / Variety:
Scannell gets Next New post  —  Ex-Nick exec links to new Web vid net  —  Former MTV Networks and Nickelodeon exec Herb Scannell has landed at Next New Networks, a collection of video-based community Web sites that is expected to launch this year.  —  Scannell, who helped found …
Discussion: PaidContent and NewTeeVee
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Next New Networks gets funding — for another niche video play
Discussion: GigaOM
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, Cathode Tan, Kotaku and digg
Marshall Kirkpatrick / splashcastmedia.com:
Search Every Word Said on YouTube With Podzinger  —  Speech-to-text video and audio search engine Podzinger just announced this afternoon that users can now search inside YouTube videos with a tab on the front page of Podzinger.  The functionality appears to have been added in late December …
Gizmodo:
Dreams Do Come True!  LG's Makes World's First Blu-ray/HD DVD Dual-Format Player  —  The day we've dreamed of has finally come.  No, our parents aren't getting un-divorced, nor is Timmy coming back from that "dog farm" he got sent to—LG's just announced the world's first dual-format Blu-ray/HD DVD player to be unveiled at CES.
Discussion: Gadgetell and digg
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
USuggest - Social Shopping That Pays  —  Time to add USuggest to our list of social sites that pay.  The service, which launched yesterday, makes it easy (in theory) to earn money from affiliate links.  After signing up for an account, you can search the database of 2 million products …
Discussion: Webware.com and CenterNetworks
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
OpenID vs the Identity Systems of Yahoo, Google and MSN  —  Written by Emre Sokullu and edited by Richard MacManus  —  You may've heard of OpenID - it's a distributed identity management system, a.k.a. a decentralized single sign-on platform.  We prepared a screencast to better explain the idea (see Flash movie below).
Discussion: Raw
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
Plane Crashes on a Google Map  —  For a while now, the FAA and NTSB have been recording the GPS coordinates of aviation accidents.  So it was probably just a matter of time before someone made a mashup using the data, right?  —  Wait no longer.  The folks at Aviation Marine Insurance have done just that with their AVCRASH map.
Joe / Techdirt:
So, Who Isn't Doing A MySpace Clone?  —  from the hybridization dept  —  These days it's becoming almost a joke when a company say it's going to offer social networking services.  Most of the time these attempts seem to fizzle out and go nowhere, or they're just simply dumb ideas.
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Mary Hayes Weier / TechWeb:   Toyota Adds MySpace-Like Features To Hybrid Owners' Web Site
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.
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Asterisk an under-appreciated Open Source Success Story  —  Sparked by a recent posting to Dave Farber's IP list about a Texas university dumping Cisco's VoIP solution for Asterisk, and Asterisk-maker Digium's new round of financing, I wrote to Farber's list myself, extolling O'Reilly's own switch to Asterisk.
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.
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.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Counting the real 'Second Life' population  —  Last month, the virtual world Second Life reached 2 million registered accounts, an impressive number considering it hit 1 million accounts just eight weeks earlier.  —  But critics argue that the eye-popping, seven-figure total is, at best, misleading.
Discussion: GigaGamez, TJ's Weblog and CNNMoney.com
LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
Google Calendar Up Threefold Since June  —  As you resolve to get your schedule more organized in the new year, do what more and more people are doing - use Google Calendar.  A few weeks ago, Google Calendar overtook MSN Calendar in market share of US visits, and is quickly approaching Yahoo! Calendar.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Two more executives depart Guba  —  Two more executives have left Guba, a video-sharing site grappling with declining traffic and the recent departure of its chief executive.  —  Roman Arzhintar, Guba's former general counsel and vice president of strategy, said Wednesday that he and Bart Myers …
Discussion: Mashable! and NewTeeVee
 
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Schneier / Schneier on Security:
U.S. Government to Encrypt All Laptops
Associated Press:
Toyota Developing Drunken Driving System
Discussion: Engadget and The Raw Feed
Ludwig Kietzmann / Joystiq:
Play Halo 2, get invited to Halo 3 beta
Karl / Techdirt:
Why Shut Down Child Porn Sites When You Can Just Tell ISPs To Block Them?
Discussion: agi.it and Reuters
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wiki.com - No Longer the $3 million Wikipedia Killer
Discussion: rebelutionary
Tricia Duryee / Seattle Times:
Patent suit filed against cellphone makers over Bluetooth
earthlink.net:
EARTHLINK'S GARRY BETTY PASSES AWAY
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
GPS navigator to include Yahoo search
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
What exactly does BackupHDDVD do? Oh, and version 1.0 is released.
Jessica Guynn / The Technology Chronicles:
The true E-Hollywood story behind Valeriewag
Peter Marsh / Financial Times:
Plastic may spell the end of the silicon microchip
Discussion: The Tech Report
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
Tom Simonite / NewScientistTech:
Vibrating vest could send alerts to soldiers
Brian / Caydel's SEO Blog:
Google is Beta-Testing Keyword-based Ad Filtering