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3:50 AM ET, December 29, 2008

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
On Twitter, Followers Aren't Really Friends  —  This past weekend, we had yet another tempest in a teapot here in the blogosphere, this time over what, exactly, determines the authority of a tweet on Twitter.  Some argued that the number of followers is the best yardstick with which to measure …
Discussion: Regular Geek
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Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Twitority Made It.  —  Folks first, excuse my french, I was just asking for a simple feature nothing else, yeah okay using the word authority was... my french.  Oh and yeah, you are right number of followers is in no way a measure of any authority.  I find it interesting to search through …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Windows 7 beta 1 review  —  I've now had my hands on Windows 7 beta 1 build 6.1.7000.0.081212-1400 (the build that is widely expected to be made available to beta testers by Microsoft early in January) and have had some time to compose my thoughts and feelings about this latest release.
Arn / MacRumors:
Massive Christmas iPod Touch Sales Boost App Store Downloads  —  Apple's new iPod Touch appears to have been a huge hit this holiday season with evidence that the high end iPod has seen massive gains in marketshare.  —  The first impact was seen in early sales numbers for App Store applications on Christmas day.
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
And so it ends: AT&T users report network outages amidst Wal-Mart's iPhone 3G launch  —  Oops.  Murphy's Law may be in full swing today for the country's largest GSM carrier at the worst-possible time - iPhone 3G / Wal-Mart launch day.  We've yet to have any issues in the New York area …
Arn / MacRumors:
Snow Leopard Screenshots Show Little New  —  Over the holiday weekend, some screenshots and video of the developer release of Snow Leopard were posted to a german site.  —  Overall, the images show little new from the WWDC build originally released back in July, but may be of interest to some readers.
Discussion: Sevenmac.net
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
HP MediaSmart EX487 Server Has Remote MP3 Streaming, Time Machine Compatibility  —  HP's EX485/7 iteration of their MediaSmart Server is official, and now comes with a revamped UI, remote music and photo streaming capability, and is the first non-apple NAS product to support Time Machine.
Discussion: Computerworld and Engadget
Deborah Gage / San Francisco Chronicle:
Downturn will slow Mozilla's growth  —  (12-28) 14:34 PST — John Lilly glimpsed the World Wide Web as a graduate student back in 1992, when he saw a demonstration at Stanford University by Tim Berners-Lee, the English computer scientist who had recently invented it.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Avoid Downloading Fake Torrents and Spam with Vertor  —  It is no secret that badly moderated sites are often filled with spam, spyware and worse.  The true power behind the best torrent sites are the moderators, since they are the ones who monitor all uploads and remove the bad apples by hand.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Future Of Social Search (Or Why Google Should Buy Facebook)  —  If you could search your friends' thoughts, interests, and activities, would that be a better search experience?  In many cases, it would be.  Searching for restaurants, books, or movies, would turn up recommendations from people you actually know.
Fred / A VC:
Correspondence Is Making A Comeback  —  I was thinking of making a broader point in my “quill pen” post yesterday but ran out of time so I decided to do that with today's post.  —  Before the telephone came along, correspondence mostly consisted of letter writing, like the Adams/Jefferson letters I mentioned in yesterday's post.
Discussion: broadstuff
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy:
XDBE Project Promises to Present Global Social Graph in Early January  —  A reader has recently suggested that I review a new open-source project that is promised to completely change the way social networks work once it is actually launched.  The name of the project is XdbE and I thought …
 
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Joe Leahy / Financial Times:
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New York Times:
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Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Sony struggles with creation of its virtual world
Discussion: Kotaku, Joystiq and Destructoid
Brad Reed / PC World:
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Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
Former Marvel chairman Ike Perlmutter, who backed Nelson Peltz in a failed proxy fight for two Disney board seats, sells his stake of nearly 26M Disney shares

Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Though the UK's ICO says it's “disappointed” with Google's not deprecating third-party cookies, the regulator has only weakly enforced data protection laws

Max Goldbart / Deadline:
BBC plans to lay off 500 more staff by March 2026 and reports a £263M operating deficit in 2023/24, up from £193M in 2022/23, projected to be £492M in 2024/25

 
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