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10:35 AM ET, December 17, 2007

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Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Ribbit debuts as "Silicon Valley's phone company"  —  I met with the top executives at Ribbit last week and found their strategy to be eye-opening.  The Mountain View company, which bills itself as "Silicon Valley's phone company," is making it easy to embed web phones in just about any kind of web site …
Discussion: CNET News.com and Reuters
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Can Ribbit Finally Bring Web & Voice Together?  —  For a long time, I had this belief that the worlds of web and voice would converge, unleashing upon us a whole new class of voice-web mashups.  Instead all we got were some marginal ideas and rarely-used widgets.  Voice, in particular, remained too difficult for web developers.
Discussion: Bits, InfoWorld and Computerworld Blogs
Dan Tynan / PC World:
The 15 Biggest Tech Disappointments of 2007  —  These much-ballyhooed products, sites, and services, it turned out, left much to be desired.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Five years in the making and this is the best Microsoft could do?  —  It's not that Vista is awful.
Wendy Tanaka / Forbes:
Help Wanted: A Vacancy In Google's Top Ranks  —  Everyone wants to work at Google.  It's a money machine with a stock price bouncing around $700.  The employees are brilliant and free organic meals are served every day.  —  But there is one job the search giant seems to be having a hard time filling: chief financial officer.
Discussion: WebProNews and Search Engine Land
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:   Google's Vint Cerf Interviewed
Pew Internet:
Digital Footprints: Online identity management and search in the age of transparency  —  Mary Madden Susannah Fox Aaron Smith Jessica Vitak  —  Internet users are becoming more aware of their digital footprint; 47% have searched for information about themselves online, up from just 22% five years ago.
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Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Study: Googling oneself is more popular  —  NEW YORK - More Americans are Googling themselves — and many are checking out their friends, co-workers and romantic interests, too.  —  In a report Sunday, the Pew Internet and American Life Project said 47 percent of U.S. adult Internet users …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
A Few Thoughts On Google Knol  —  News of Google most recent project, Knol, came out late last Thursday without, as far as I can tell, much in the way of press pre-briefings.  All the major publications were late to the story.  Blogs hit it fast, but had nothing to go on other than the brief blog post put …
Discussion: eWEEK.com, Techlog and Robin Good
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
A Familiar Editor for Gawker  —  Nick Denton, the entrepreneur who has built Gawker Media into a formidable blog brand, said two weeks ago that he wanted the new editor of his flagship site, Gawker.com, to oversee its evolution toward a more traditional news operation.
Discussion: Publishing 2.0, Valleywag and Gothamist
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
MacWorld rumblings: Expect a 11- to 13-inch screen on Apple ultra-portable  —  With Apple expected to deliver a new ultra-portable Mac at its Macworld conference Jan. 15 prognosticators are busy handicapping the device's features.  —  In a research note Monday, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster …
Discussion: Apple 2.0
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Start-Up to Create Market For Trade of Virtual Goods  —  A start-up plans to help game companies get a grip on the booming illicit market for virtual goods, including everything from currencies to magical swords that help players advance in online games.  —  Live Gamer Inc. is developing …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Dash Express beta hands-on  —  We recently got to take a Dash Express beta unit for a spin, and while they're still gluing all the software together behind the scenes in anticipation of launch, we did spot the makings of a few obvious and ridiculously useful features new users can expect in February.
Discussion: All Points Blog, I4U News and Tech Blog
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BBC:
Weblogs rack up a decade of posts  —  The word "weblog" celebrates the 10th anniversary of it being coined on 17 December 1997.  —  The word was created by Jorn Barger to describe what he was doing with his pioneering Robot Wisdom web page.  —  The word was an abbreviation for the "logging" …
Erik Huggers / BBC Internet Blog:
From Microsoft To The BBC  —  It has been six months since I joined the BBC as Group Controller in Future Media and Technology and while flying back from Rome to London, I figured that this was a good time to join the conversation.  —  Many people have asked me: "why on earth did you join the BBC?
Discussion: TechCrunch UK and paidContent
Electronista:
Toshiba ships first notebooks with HD DVD rewriters  —  In a late addition to its PC range, Toshiba on Monday revealed its first-ever portables to support HD DVD re-recording.  New versions of the 15.4-inch Qosmio F40 and the 17-inch G40 each sport HD DVD-RW drives that allow them to be used hundreds …
Discussion: PC World
 
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Richard Wray / Guardian:
O2 plans broadband battle in pay-TV market
Discussion: TechCrunch UK
Chris Silver Smith / Search Engine Land:
Anatomy & Optimization Of A Local Business Profile
Discussion: Screenwerk
John Markoff / New York Times:
Faster Chips Are Leaving Programmers in Their Dust
Discussion: GigaOM
Stephanie Rosenbloom / New York Times:
On Facebook, Scholars Link Up With Data
Gregory Bonnell / Canadian Press:
Facebook suing Ontario porn firm
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Teen's weed usage nets dad $9,000 for Guitar Hero III
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Woz Wants YOU to Play Segway Polo
Discussion: Out of the Box
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Sixty years ago today: transistors — and modern electronics — were born
Discussion: Computerworld
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Xbox 360 wireless radiations jam your Bluetooth
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Battle of the next-gen: FireWire S3200 versus USB 3
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Wikia's Got A Truck Full of Servers — 1,000 To Be Exact!
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Will it fly? How to Evaluate a New Product Idea
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Is All About Large Amounts of Data
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped