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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 …
Fred / A VC:   FeedFlare  —  It's a busy day in the web services world.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
FeedBurner makes RSS interactive, with FeedFlare
Discussion: A View from the Isle
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
FeedBurner Integrates Web Services Into Feeds
Discussion: Get Real
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.
Microsoft Sells 39% of Xbox 360s in 1st Two Days of Japan Debut  —  Dec. 13 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp. sold 39 percent of its new Xbox 360 game console in the first two days it was available in Japan, the world's second-biggest market for video games, according to market researcher Enterbrain Inc.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and digg
Toshiba to delay HD DVD player launch
Discussion: TechSpot and Gizmodo
Microsoft Xbox 360 sales start slow in Japan-study
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 …
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 …
Steve Hamm / Business Week:
Java?  It's So Nineties  —  Sun's groundbreaking programming language vaulted to popularity with Web developers.  But now it's losing ground to a raft of upstarts  —  Peter Yared, CEO of software maker ActiveGrid, spent a critical chapter of his career steeped in Java, the programming language developed by Sun Microsystems (SUNW).
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
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: Fresh Inc. and Fast Company Now
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?
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 …
Pete Blackshaw / ClickZ:
The Pocket Guide to the 2005 Blogosphere  —  Type the word "blog" into Google's search box, and you'll receive a whopping 515 million search results, nearly twice as many as you receive for "sex."  —  Love 'em or hate 'em, blogs are the real deal.  Even if we deflate the hype and ignore …
Discussion: B.L. Ochman's weblog and cgm
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
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 …
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
Shankar Gupta / MediaPost Publications:
Google Turns To TV Ads  —  IN A MAJOR SHIFT IN promotional strategy, Google—which has long eschewed nearly every form of consumer-targeted brand advertising—quietly began running 15-second sponsorship spots on PBS's science program "NOVA" earlier this year.
Matt Cutts:
Text link follow-up  —  At this point, it shouldn't be a surprise what I have to say about any particular site (Hi Jeremy!) selling links.  Danny gives a good recap here, and I'm happy that Danny can channel me and say what I would say at this point.  Let's see how succinctly I can say it.

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