The top 10 Buzzblogs of 2007

A look back at the most popular Buzzblog stories of the past year.

Top 10 most popular stories from Buzzblog

Three of the Top 10 have Verizon to thank, but there's also room for Gates, Blackberry, Wikipedia and more.

Did Gates fib about H-1B business?

Did Bill Gates tell a big fat fib regarding what Microsoft pays the holders of H-1B visas while in Washington last year lobbying lawmakers and cajoling journalists for looser immigration policies? Read more .

How to avoid hiring an American

Watch this video and keep it in mind the next time you hear a high-tech industry titan such as Bill Gates complain that he simply cannot find qualified American employees and therefore the country needs more H-1B visas: You'll see a panel discussion that looks like a sit-down with "the families" on The Sopranos, only instead of talking about organized crime these lawyers are discussing the ins and outs of helping employers side-step immigration law. Read more .

Verizon vs. the Needham Fire Department

Let's play a game called "Who are you going believe?" The question at issue is whether - or not - there was a minor fire Aug. 8 in a house on Pine Grove Street in Needham, Mass., caused by a Verizon employee drilling through an electrical main while performing a service installation. Everyone agrees that whatever happened - or didn't happen - was indeed the fault of the Verizon employee; it's "fire or no fire" that is at issue. Read more .

First full \'Internet census\' in 25 years

No door-to-door canvassing here: This census involved the direction of some 3 billion pings toward 2.8 million allocated Internet addresses from three machines over the course of two months. Read more .

Wikipedia: On the brink? Or crying wolf?

Florence Devouard, chairwoman of the Wikimedia Foundation, touched off a tempest with her suggestion in a talk at the Lift07 conference that Wikipedia had funding for only another quarter and "might disappear" if donations didn't pick up. Read more .

Richard "Quiet Lion" Brodie

Gambling is for suckers ... and I love it anyway. But the truth of the first part is what makes this next part so unfathomable: The casino moguls at Harrah's Entertainment have barred Richard "Quiet Lion" Brodie - best known as the original author of Microsoft Word - from gambling in or entering any of its properties, including Caesar's Palace, home of the World Series of Poker. Read more .

Unlimited gall to cost Verizon $1 million

New York State has given Verizon Wireless a million new reasons to understand that the word "unlimited" when used in advertising should mean what it means elsewhere in polite society. New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that his office had beaten a $1 million "agreement" out of Verizon Wireless that will see the carrier compensate 13,000 customers it had summarily disconnected from their "unlimited" plans because they had taken the word to mean what it means. Read more .

Cell jamming a simple call for justice

The boss and I were talking about this one just Friday: How the urge to commit violence can become overwhelming when one is subjected to loud cell phone users who are oblivious to the fact that the air space around us is a shared environment. He recounted a "Curb Your Enthusiasm" episode where Larry David, not being capable of violence, counters a dining-solo cell-phone blabbermouth in a restaurant by conducting his own high-volume soliloquy ... to which the other chattering chap takes ironic offense. Read more .

BlackBerry owes this guy a girlfriend

It's just like in that series of AT&T/Cingular TV commercials where the gaps of silence created by dropped calls lead to terrible misunderstandings - only this case involves BlackBerry and real life. Read more .

Verizon smokes out another family

They're a bunch of pyromaniacs, those Verizon FiOS installers, that's all I've got left to say about it. OK, maybe not all I've got left to say. Read more .

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