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1:20 AM ET, December 17, 2007


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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft in Denial: Google Threat is Classic Disruption  —  To understand why Google is such a threat to Microsoft—and why Microsoft's pooh-poohing of this threat is, at best, a smokescreen—you need to understand how technology disruption works.  —  Disruptive technologies do not destroy existing market leaders overnight.
Discussion: Clickety Clack
New York Times:
Google Gets Ready to Rumble With Microsoft  —  A CEREBRAL computer-scientist-turned-executive, Eric E. Schmidt has spent much of his career competing uphill against Microsoft, quietly watching it outflank, outmaneuver or simply outgun most of its rivals.  —  At Sun Microsystems …
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:   Google vs. Microsoft = Microsoft vs IBM 30 years ago
Nick / Rough Type:
Falling walls  —  The tipping point approaches.
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Dash Express finally shipping  —  I've been following the Dash Express — the "flocking" GPS device that tells other Dash devices in its vicinity about traffic problems and can connect to WiFi to look up addresses — for over a year now and every time I've met with them they've been pushing back the ship date.
Discussion: Gizmodo, GigaOM and Ubergizmo
Stephanie Rosenbloom / New York Times:
On Facebook, Scholars Link Up With Data  —  Each day about 1,700 juniors at an East Coast college log on to to accumulate "friends," compare movie preferences, share videos and exchange cybercocktails and kisses.  Unwittingly, these students have become the subjects of academic research.
Mike Gunderloy / Web Worker Daily:
Google Sneaks up on Identity Management  —  Another part of Google's master plan has quietly debuted on a couple of their sites: Google Profiles.  Most easily accessed at the moment through Google Maps (look for the "My Profile" link in the top menubar if you're logged in to a Google account) …
Gregory Bonnell / Canadian Press:
Facebook suing Ontario porn firm  —  Alleges firm hacked into its system to get personal data  —  A Canadian company specializing in Internet porn is being sued by Facebook amid allegations it hacked the popular social networking website's computers and tried to access the personal information of users, court documents show.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Is All About Large Amounts of Data  —  In a very interesting interview from October, Google's VP Marissa Mayer confessed that having access to large amounts of data is in many instances more important than creating great algorithms. … Marissa Mayer admitted that the main reason …
Caroline McCarthy /
IDEELI: IT'S WOOT.COM MEETS 'THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA'  —  If you read that chick-lit classic Bergdorf Blondes (I'm proud to admit that I did), you'll probably recall the scene in which the shopaholic female protagonists hold a military-style planning session in advance of the legendary Chanel sample sale …
Discussion: New York Times, GigaOM and Mashable!
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Wikia's Got A Truck Full of Servers — 1,000 To Be Exact!  —  Over the past week, one of the messages on the Wikia search mailing list I am on asked for an update on the Wikia search project.  To which Jimmy Wales replied with, "On track, we are hard at work right now..." and displayed the image below.
Jorn Barger / Wired News:
Top 10 Tips for New Bloggers From Original Blogger Jorn Barger  —  Jorn Barger of Robot Wisdom coined the term "weblog" Dec. 17, 1997 — 10 years ago Monday — to describe the daily list of links that "logged" his travels across the web.  —  In the decade hence, Barger feels that he's gained some wisdom of his own about blogging.
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Celebrating seven years of blogging
Will it fly?  How to Evaluate a New Product Idea  —  I've been thinking about a number of new product ideas lately.  In doing so, I've been trying to come up with a way more structured way of evaluating them.  Here's a first attempt at defining that.  It's not as clear as I'd like it to be.
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Teen's weed usage nets dad $9,000 for Guitar Hero III  —  You come home from work to find your teenaged son smoking pot with his loser friends in your back yard.  Do you a) Lecture him about how marijuana's a gateway drug and will turn him into a smelly hippy? b) Dismiss the dope usage to teenage experimentation?
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Woz Wants YOU to Play Segway Polo  —  We tuned in for Woz's grand Segway polo match today.  Aside from the simultaneously eerie and warm feeling we got from Steve Wozniak's shirt bearing a striking resemblance to our old high school's band booster wear, we weren't able enjoy much of the very short broadcast of the match.
Discussion: Out of the Box
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Find Your Gmail Contacts in orkut  —  It's not clear whether the fact that Gmail automatically adds to the address book all the people you've ever sent messages makes it irrelevant or comprehensive.  It's not clear whether orkut will ever become a respected social network in other places than Brazil and India.
Discussion: orkut Blog
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Battle of the next-gen: FireWire S3200 versus USB 3  —  The IEEE 1394 Trade Association has announced a new FireWire specification that the group claims is capable of delivering up to 3.2Gb per second of throughput.  The new interface (officially known as S3200) is directly based upon …
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Xbox 360 wireless radiations jam your Bluetooth
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