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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 …
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Fred / A VC:
FeedFlare  —  It's a busy day in the web services world.  —  Two new OPEN web services were introduced today and I believe that both are game changing.  —  I just blogged about Alexa and that is certainly a big deal.  —  But the announcement that gets my juices really flowing is Feedburner's announcement of FeedFlare.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   FeedBurner Integrates Web Services Into Feeds
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
FeedBurner makes RSS interactive, with FeedFlare
Discussion: A View from the Isle
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.
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Bloomberg:
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.
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Justin Nolan / 360 Insider:
Xbox 360 not designed to play games in vertical position?
Tony Smith / The Register:
Xbox 360 file system de-coded
Discussion: Xbox 360 Fanboy
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.
Rob Fahey / gamesindustry.biz:
"The HD era really only starts when we are on the market" - Harrison  —  PlayStation development boss plays down Microsoft's high definition claims  —  Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios president Phil Harrison has claimed that Microsoft's Xbox 360 "doesn't have true HD functionality …
Discussion: Kotaku
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Reuters:
Toshiba to delay HD DVD player launch
Discussion: TechSpot and Gizmodo
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 …
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: Things That, Kotaku and Blue's News
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).
Discussion: Scobleizer
CNN:
DirecTV to pay $5.3M penalty  —  FTC says violation of 'Do Not Call' rule is largest civil assessment ever obtained.  —  NEW YORK (CNN/Money.com) - Officials announced a $5.34 million settlement Tuesday with satellite TV provider DirecTV over alleged violations of the Do Not Call rule …
Discussion: Things That and Techdirt
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.
Jeff Nolan / Venture Chronicles:
Using Social Media at SAP  —  It's been a couple of months since I moved from Ventures into my new role at SAP.  One of the projects I have been leading is our move to embrace social media insofar as our Oracle competitive efforts are concerned.  I don't imagine that the challenges I have faced …
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
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Microsoft Tightens IE 7's Security  —  Browser's default security settings will change to match common home, business setups.  —  Microsoft has detailed several changes in the way its upcoming Internet Explorer (IE) 7 browser will classify Web sites for security, aiming to reduce the likelihood …
Discussion: TechSpot and Windows Vista Weblog

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