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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
ALEXA (MAKE THAT AMAZON) LOOKS TO CHANGE THE GAME  —  (This will be updated when the service goes live, I was briefed and the embargo was 9 pm PST...)  —  Every so often an idea comes along that has the potential to change the game.  When it does, you find yourself saying - "Sheesh, of course that was going to happen.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Alexa Offers Fee-Based Vertical Search Services  —  I guess I get to be the underwhelmed one about Alexa announcing a new Alexa Web Search Platform that's available to anyone willing to pay a fee.  —  Pay a fee for what?  You can create your own search engine by tapping into the 4 billion web pages Alexa has indexed over time.
Discussion: Social Patterns
Jeff MacIntyre / Wired News:
Roll Your Own Google  —  In a move with potentially far-reaching implications for the search market, Alexa Internet is opening up its huge web crawler to any programmer who wants paid access to its rich trove of internet data.  —  Alexa, a subsidiary of that is best known …
Discussion: Internet Outsider
Phil Wainewright /   Alexa-driven search sites will test Google's Web 3.0 mettle
Dick / Burning Questions:
No Feed is an Island: Introducing FeedFlare  —  We started with a cookie recipe and a dream, but we don't bake well, so we restarted with the notion that publishers should be able to tether interesting services to their content anywhere it travels.  In a recent Feed for Thought post …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:   FeedBurner makes RSS interactive, with FeedFlare
Business Week:
Apple May Be Holding Back The Music Biz  —  Critics say iTunes-only downloads and inflexible pricing are hurting song sales  —  Once again, Apple's iPod is expected to be the hottest gift of the holiday season.  That should be great news for the recording industry, right?
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Telecoms want their products to travel on a faster Internet  —  Major site owners oppose 2-tier system  —  AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp. are lobbying Capitol Hill for the right to create a two-tiered Internet, where the telecom carriers' own Internet services would be transmitted faster …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Can Wi-Fi make it in Manhattan?  —  If Wi-Fi can make it in New York, it can make it anywhere.  —  New York City lawmakers are taking a long, hard look at using 802.11-based Wi-Fi or some other technology to get the city's roughly 8 million citizens access to broadband.
Discussion: Daily Wireless
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Hot Technology for Chilly Streets in Estonia  —  TALLINN, Estonia, Dec. 8 - Visiting the offices of Skype feels like stumbling on to a secret laboratory in a James Bond movie, where mad scientists are hatching plots for world domination.  —  The two-year-old company, which offers free calls …
Discussion: Fast Company Now and Fresh Inc.
Microsoft Xbox 360 sales start slow in Japan-study  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) sold less than half of the estimated 159,000 Xbox 360 consoles that were available in stores in Japan in its first weekend of sales, a survey showed on Tuesday.
Microsoft Sells 39% of Xbox 360s in 1st Two Days of Japan Debut
Discussion: digg
Michael / WeaKnees Blog:
WeaKnees Offers up to $25,000 for DIRECTV DVR Plus (R15) Upgrade Solution  —  With the release of the DIRECTV DVR Plus, we are looking to develop a stable, reliable upgrade solution for DIRECTV's latest DVR.  In addition to working on the problem in-house, we have decided to open the search …
Doc / Doc Searls' IT Garage:
Opening remarks  —  The Syndicate conference starts at 8am here in San Francisco.  I'm giving the opening remarks.  In the spirit of syndication itself, I decided I'd rather blog what I'm going to say, rather than prepare slides about it.  —  After the opening wisecracks …
Chris Kohler / Wired News:
Star Wars Fans Flee Net Galaxy  —  Players of the massively multiplayer online game Star Wars Galaxies are feeling a bit like the films' besieged rebel army these days.  To them, LucasArts is the evil Empire, raining down terror in their alternate universe.
Discussion: Kotaku
HarperCollins to begin digitizing books  —  U.S. publisher HarperCollins said Monday that it plans to convert some 20,000 books in its catalog into digital form in a bid to rein in potential copyright violations on the Internet.  —  The move comes as the U.S. publishing industry …
Nick Wilson /
Exclusive: Google Teaches Bloggers How To Rank  —  I recently got the chance to grill senior Google engineer and webmaster relations chappy Matt Cutts on some issues specific to bloggers.  Matt took his sweet time getting the interview done, but it was well worth the wait.
Kasper Jade /
Apple to tackle consumer electronics; iPod "boombox" planned  —  Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod division is preparing to extend its reach into the consumer electronics market with the release of several iPod-related digital audio products early next year, AppleInsider has learned.
USA Today:
Cellphone technology rings in pornography in USA  —  Quickly developing into big business overseas, cellphone pornography is a step closer to taking off in the USA.  —  Cingular Wireless, the nation's largest cellphone service provider, quietly has launched filtering devices …
Discussion: The Pondering Primate

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