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Rojo: Next Google; 2006 Wrap-Ups; YouTube Execution

Top Stories For the Week of January 1 – January 5

 Happy 2007? The NY Times started the year with a lengthy piece on who’s vying to be the next Google, showing the world that search really is everything. Well, maybe certain kinds of search, blogs Don Dodge, like mobile, local or location-based. Meanwhile Read/Write Web breaks Google challengers down into categories like better search and better looks while Silicon Valley Watcher wonders if the real dream for investors is the Silicon Valley mythology: Stanford, garage, modest start, groundswell of uptake, going public. Oh, and the money: Google owns the starting point on the Internet, writes Skrentablog, and Geeking with Greg  breaks that value down to about $0.20 per search, up from $0.10 two years earlier. Sergey Brin must think he can support a family on these tiny amounts-he’s rumored to be engaged.

Meanwhile, bloggers posted plenty of 2006 wrap-ups this week. It was the year that tech blogs muscled conservative blogs out of the Top 10 (via Bloggers Blog), where half the AP’s Top 10 news stories had a Middle East angle (via Daily Kos), where Donald Trump was the most annoying person (via Dealbreaker), and where VideoSift gave top-Web-video honors to a snippet about an autistic basketball player (via Inside Google).

Turning to 2007, Slashdot speculates about a doubling of Internet traffic and $1,000 GOOG shares. TechCrunch‘s Michael Arrington predicts he’ll continue posting linkbait like the Web 2.0 companies he can’t live without, while Web 2.0 Blog adds the best Web 2.0 apps of 2006. On a more thoughtful note, Joi Ito answers the annual EDGE question, “What are you optimistic about?” and links to other A-List bloggers’ answers.

 You already know MacWorld is January 9-12, but have you heard? LoopRumors has-like maybe new Leopard features, a lightweight Mac OS, and partnerships with Disney and Google. Meanwhile Gizmodo pants over iTV and HDMI-equipped cinema displays, while Ryan Block wonders whether the Applephone will make its desperately awaited debut. The Consumer Electronics Show is also next week; Gizmodo will be all over it starting Saturday, January 6.

 Elsewhere online, the cameraphone video of Saddam Hussein’s hanging swept video-sharing sites worldwide (via Mashable). Ironically, ABC-TV interrupted a Friday-night 20/20 segment on viral video to announce the dictator’s death, blogs Daypop. Was the execution coverage a shark-jump moment for mainstream media? asks Scripting News and was the cell phone guy part of the official coverage? Apparently death is what it takes to knock Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan off the charts, quips Jawa Report. Warning: Fake videos piggybacking on the execution’s eyeball appeal run riot on YouTube and elsewhere (via Blogs of War).

 Paul Kedrosky cites a BBC estimate that around 10 percent of TV will soon be watched on the Net. Implications for U.S. politics abound, as John Edwards announced his presidential bid on a YouTube video that mimicked his appearance before TV networks. YouTeeVee is a little disturbed by the coziness of certain celeb bloggers with the candidates, though. In contrast to the Net-savvy Edwards, Rudolph Giuliani’s campaign was blindsided by the leak of a 140-page internal strategy memo (via The News Blog), and now everyone from Coyote Gulch to The Washington Post is discussing Giuliani’s weaknesses.

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