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9:40 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, GigaOM and Reuters
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
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 …
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 and Valleywag
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: Search Engine Land
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" …
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 …
Chris Silver Smith / Search Engine Land:
Anatomy & Optimization Of A Local Business Profile  —  Many local companies depend upon their information's presence in various directories in order to advertise themselves, and the basic instrument of these marketing efforts is the Business Profile.  The majority of businesses …
Discussion: Screenwerk
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google's Vint Cerf Interviewed  —  Google vice president and chief internet evangelist Vint Cerf was interviewed by Suisse publication Das Magazin in Zurich in late November.  Here are some of his statements (my translation):  — Asked on the semi-religious meaning of his job title …
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
 
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Faster Chips Are Leaving Programmers in Their Dust
Discussion: GigaOM
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
IDEELI: IT'S WOOT.COM MEETS 'THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA'
Stephanie Rosenbloom / New York Times:
On Facebook, Scholars Link Up With Data
Gregory Bonnell / Canadian Press:
Facebook suing Ontario porn firm
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Woz Wants YOU to Play Segway Polo
Discussion: Out of the Box
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Sixty years ago today: transistors — and modern electronics — were born
Discussion: Computerworld
 Earlier Items: 
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Xbox 360 wireless radiations jam your Bluetooth
Discussion: Gizmodo, Ubergizmo and Engadget
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!
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Find Your Gmail Contacts in orkut
evhead:
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