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The Buzz Report
Molly's Gadget of the YearIn Buzz this week, Molly's top holiday tech gift pick, Zuckerberg is person of the year, and sorry, Web, Gawker got hacked.
Hi, I'm Molly Wood, and welcome to the Buzz Report, the show about the tech news that everyone's talking about. This week, Mark Zuckerberg takes over the world some more, the Gawker hack ruins Christmas, and Yahoo ruins it even more. But first, it's the Gadget of the Week. The Gadget of the Week is my choice for the top tech pick of the holiday season. A lot of you have asked, and I'm here to tell you. It's not an iPad or a DroidX or a new router ... if I had to buy a tech gift for everyone on my list this year, geek or not ... it would be a Roku box. It's a hundred bucks or less, offers streaming Netflix, Amazon VOD, Hulu Plus, Pandora, and more, and it's dead simple to set up. Unless someone in your family is that annoying person who refuses to watch TV ... it's the perfect tech gift for almost anyone. And there you have it. You're welcome. Happy shopping. And now for the news. Time Magazine named Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg its Person of the Year. Love him or hate him, you can't deny that he has made Facebook into a world-changing juggernaut that both terrifies and delights hundreds of millions of people. He's worth 6 billion dollars on paper, and he's done all that at the tender age of 26. Wow. That's amazing. I mean, he's only a year older than me! Ha. Ha. What have I done with my life? Also this week, Engadget reported that Android 2.2 and the Android Market might be coming to the Nook Color early next year. That would be AMAZING, and would turn the Nook into like, a full-fledged tablet without you having to root it! Awesome! Well, not to spit in your Cheerios, but CNET's own e-reader expert David Carnoy called shenanigans on the report. No, literally. He says Barnes and Noble is committed to the Nook Developer program, they're NOT going to put the Market on the Nook, and don't hold your breath on downloading the Kindle app on the Nook without some serious hacking. Buzzkill. Logical. But buzzkill. In other news this week, Gawker got hacked ... and the aftermath is seriously messing up the Interwebs. A group calling itself Gnosis says it hacked Gawker because they're arrogant jerks. Granted. But really? Taking it a little far, aren't you? Gnosis stole usernames and passwords of the entire staff and 1.5 million users, and the password breach was then used to launch a Twitter spam attack. Non-Gawker sites are sending out reminders to their customers to change their passwords, and Blizzard went one better to protect its World of Warcraft folks and did a blanket password reset. And come to think of it ... that's smart. Because one of the more interesting things to come out of this debacle is finding out the top passwords people used for the sites. The top 50 password list has, at number one, 123456, followed by ... password. And it includes gems like qwerty, letmein, and f**kyou. And also ... monkey ... cheese ... and Michelle. Seriously, WTF, people? Monkey? Really? My next CNET password is going to be monkeycheese. But don't hack me. Hey, let's do some more headlines, shall we? Yahoo laid off 4 percent of its staff this week, almost 600 people. Man, that's cold. And right before Christmas, too. Ouch. The tech community has responded with offers of free beer and jobs at sketchy startups, for Yahoovians who want to get laid off this time again next year. But enjoy the beer! Sorry, guys. Seriously. That sucks. Send me your resumes. Facebook and Twitter released a list of their top trends for the year, which are informative, and also designed to make me feel old. The fastest-growing meme on Facebook was the use of HMU, or as we old people would say it if we said such things, "Hit me up." You kids had better get the hell off my lawn... Also in top trend news, LinkedIn busted users with its Top 10 overused profile buzzwords, including "exensive experience" and "fast-paced." Really? No synergy? Weak. And Twitter put out its list of the top 10 most re-tweeted tweets, three of which were about Justin Bieber. THREE. And one was BY him. UGH. Last up in headlines, the U.S. Army wants to give its soldiers a choice of smartphone -- either iPhone or Android. Go Android! And also, man, I want to see some custom Army games for these guys. Like Angry Kurds. I know, right? So wrong. And finally, let's take a look at what's clogging the tubes. There's nothing like a good movie mashup, but when the movies in question are "Yogi Bear" and "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," well, that's just inspired. Now he's deader than the average bear. Hahaha ... no. That's messed up. Don't you people know it's Christmas? And that's the Buzz Report for this year, everyone. Don't worry, we've got our annual best of the buzz show coming up next year and after that, a nice long winter's nap before we see you back at CES. Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year. I'm Molly Wood, and thanks for watching.