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Jeff Clavier / Software Only:
Syndicate Conference: is officially launched  —  Marc Canter is on stage to announce the launch of, a non-profit initiative supporting the development and deployment of micro-formats in blog posts.  The idea is pretty simple …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and Second p0st
Nick / Rough Type:
Monster mash  —  The free-for-all continues. has opened up its Alexa search engine to all comers.  Just as Amazon's affiliates can tap into the company's merchandise catalog to build their own stores, so entrepreneurs and tinkerers can now tap into Alexa's vast catalog of web content …
Michael Nguyen / Social Patterns:
Alexa Web Search Platform
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Alexa Offers Fee-Based Vertical Search Services
David /
Rails 1.0: Party like it's one oh oh!  —  15 months after the first public release, Rails has arrived at the big 1.0.  What a journey!  We've gone through thousands of revisions, tickets, and patches from hundreds of contributors to get here.  I'm incredibly proud at the core committer team …
Discussion: Signal vs. Noise
Stephen Bryant /
Year in Review: AJAX Desktops and Homepages  —  Review: Home pages are making a comeback, thanks to AJAX and Flash-powered "desktop" applications.  Inside, a look at seven desktop and homepage apps vying for your news feeds, bookmarks, and sticky notes.  —  The homepage is making a comeback.
Associated Press:
Regulators warn of text message stock scam  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Securities regulators are warning investors about a new twist on the "pump and dump" stock-fraud scam that uses text messaging on cell phones to tout stocks.  —  The National Association of Securities Dealers …
Enid Burns / ClickZ:
Search Volumes Rise as Market Matures  —  Internet search volume rose 15 percent in the five months between June and October of this year, according to Nielsen//NetRatings.  Ask Jeeves emerged as the highest-gaining search engine in the period.  —  Over 5.1 billion searches were conducted in October.
New Yorker:
CYBER CITY  —  Typically, video games are set in places with names like Myst, Zanarkand, and, slightly less fantastically, Vice City.  True Crime: New York City, which was released last month by Activision and is being advertised on billboards around town, is set in Manhattan.
Discussion: Joystiq and Kotaku
Dave Girard / Ars Technica:
Aperture  —  Because of the popularity of our not-so-glowing Aperture review, we've prepared an addendum to our review to address some questions, concerns and misconceptions people had.  There were three main streams of feedback about our initial review of Aperture.
Xbox 360 sold out on some major Web sites  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp.'s new Xbox 360 video game console remained sold out at some major Web retailers on Tuesday and one analyst said he expected holiday shipments at the lower end of his previous forecast.
Discussion: Joystiq
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Technorati Kitchen: it's what's cooking  —  Technorati just introduced the Technorati Kitchen, an area where we can post projects we have been working on that we do not feel are ready for integration on the main site.  The first project available in the Technorati Kitchen is Explore …
Joan Anderman / Boston Globe:
Study: Online music sharing can spur sales  —  The record industry has long considered online file sharing a serious threat to its livelihood.  But a new study scheduled to be released today suggests that consumer-to-consumer music recommendations — a growing feature of online music stores and websites …
Discussion: TeleRead and
David Newberger / The Geek Guy Rants:
10 Questions with Doc Searls  —  It's time for another 10 questions segment and today I have a wonderful interview with Doc Searls.  I have got to say the more interviews I do the more I am getting something out of each of them.  And the interview with Doc Searls is no exception to this.
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Brooklyn Photographer Don Wiss Threatened if He Doesn't Leave the Country He Will Be Killed  —  PriceRitePhoto's store, photo by Brooklyn Photographer Don Wiss  —  I received a troubling email earlier today from Don Wiss saying that he received a phone call today from someone telling …
Discussion: Boing Boing and Techdirt
Eliot Phillips / Engadget:
How-To: Control iTunes from any web browser  —  For today's how-to we're going to set up a simple web server in XP so that we can control iTunes remotely.  Engadget reader Jordan Parker was tired of having to walk into the other room to change tracks so he put together the PHP script we'll be using.
Discussion: Download Squad
Justin Nolan / 360 Insider:
Xbox 360 not designed to play games in vertical position?  —  I just had a revelation.  The Xbox 360 "Ring of Light" logo pictured right could actually respresent the circular scratches left on Xbox 360 games across the world.  When Matt's Xbox 360 stopped playing games …
Tony Smith / The Register:
Xbox 360 file system de-coded
Discussion: Xbox 360 Fanboy

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