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12:40 PM ET, November 16, 2006

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Microsoft, Google, Yahoo! Unite to Support Sitemaps  —  Today, we are excited to announce that Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! are coming together in support of the SiteMaps protocol.  The goal of this effort is to improve search results for customers around the world.
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Yahoo! Search blog:
Yahoo, Google and Microsoft join forces (really !!) behind Sitemaps  —  The best part about to-do lists is when you get to cross something off, and today we can cross one more from the list of feedback we have collected from webmasters.  You have asked us to support a single format for submission …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Search Engines Unite On Unified Sitemaps System  —  In alphabetical order, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have agreed to all support a unified system of submitting web pages through feeds to their crawlers.  Called Sitemaps, taking its name from the precursor system that Google launched last year …
Discussion: GigaOM and Download Squad
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Google, Yahoo and Microsoft Agree to Standard Sitemaps Protocol  —  In an encouraging act of collaboration, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft announced tonight that they will all begin using the same Sitemaps protocol to index sites around the web.  Now based at Sitemaps.org …
Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Joint support for the Sitemap Protocol
TimeWarner:
Randy Falco Named Chairman and CEO of AOL LLC  —  NEW YORK - Randy Falco, President and COO of the NBC Universal Television Group, has been named Chairman and CEO of AOL LLC, it was announced today by Time Warner Inc.'s Chairman and CEO Dick Parsons and President and COO Jeff Bewkes.
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
About Jon Miller  —  Today was a very sad day for me.  One of the few mentors I've had in my life, Jon Miller, was replaced as CEO of AOL.  —  I feel in love with the challenge of AOL 18 months ago when Jon Miller, Ted Leonsis, and Jim Bankoff courted me and my team to join their revival of the company.
Discussion: Glass House
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
NBC Veteran To Replace AOL Chief In Shake-Up  —  Miller Out After 4 Years, Switch to Ad-Driven Model  —  AOL chairman and chief executive Jonathan F. Miller will be replaced by Randy Falco, a top NBC Universal executive, in a surprise high-level shake-up announced last evening by AOL parent Time Warner Inc.
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
It's Official: Jon Miller Out, Randy Falco In As Chairman and CEO, AOL
John Liu / Bloomberg:
Hon Hai Declines to Comment on IPod Phone Report (Update4)  —  Nov. 15 (Bloomberg) — Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer, declined to confirm or deny a newspaper report that it will make mobile phones with iPod music-player functions for Apple Computer Inc.
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Red Herring:
Apple iPhones Get Call
Carl Howe / Blackfriars' Marketing:
Apple thinks different about marketing iPhones
Discussion: GigaOM and digg
Nick / Rough Type:
The dingo stole my avatar  —  An uneasy calm hangs over Second Life this morning after two days of protests over the appearance of the CopyBot replicator.  Yesterday, as many as 600 shopkeepers closed their stores in protest, demanding that the online world's owner, Linden Lab …
Discussion: New World Notes
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Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
Second Life Shop Owners Threaten Suit Against Virtual World's Creator
Discussion: Boing Boing
Business Week:
Palmisano Gets A Second Life
Discussion: IR Daily
New York Times:
Memo: Valleywag Gets Down to Business  —  Gawker Media, the collection of gossipy blogs that includes the New York-based, media-centric Gawker and its Los Angeles-based sibling Defamer, relies on the online public's thirst for cattiness.  But a third Gawker Media blog, Valleywag …
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David Pogue / New York Times:
Free AOL Stuff, Courtesy of Bubble 2.0  —  Don't look now, but the bubble is back.  —  Yes, it's 1999 all over again.  Web start-ups are cropping up with names like Bebo, Squidoo and Moblabber.  Start-ups like YouTube, less than a year old and unprofitable, are being sold for $1.65 billion.
Microsoft:
Microsoft and Sprint Collaborate on Mobile Search  —  Sprint, Microsoft form strategic alliance to drive new services; first offering is Windows Live Search for mobile.  —  Microsoft Corp. and Sprint Corp. today announced a strategic alliance through which the companies will develop and deliver …
BBC:
Japan to get 400,000 Wii units  —  Nintendo will offer four times as many machines as Sony when it launches its Wii console in Japan on 2 December.  —  The Japanese video game maker said it will ship almost 400,000 units of its Wii console, compared to 100,000 for Sony's PlayStation 3.
Discussion: I4U News, You NEWB and digg
Seán Captain / New York Times:
So Much Music, So Few Choices  —  THIS week Microsoft introduced Zune, its answer to Apple Computer's mighty pairing of the iPod portable media player and the iTunes music and video store.  Though Zune offers a new choice for customers, it also highlights how restrictive such choices can be.
Discussion: Kevin Maney
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Top Microsoft Ad-Sales Exec to Head MSN  —  Joanne Bradford Move Underscores Portal's Importance to Company Future  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — A major executive revamp at Microsoft's advertising division moves Joanne Bradford, the company's top ad-sales and marketing executive, over to run MSN …
Discussion: PaidContent and VentureBeat
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Online Advertising Quandry
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Office Live exits beta
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Steven Zeitchik / Variety:
IGN pact Drives content
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Reuters:
Orb aims to beat YouTube at wireless Web video
Discussion: CinemaTech and ResourceShelf
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Hot New Video, Calendar and Map Widgets
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System76, Linux Hardware for Everyone
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Zune review  —  Ok, we had a bit of a rough start after getting open …
 

 
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Paying ransom for kidnapped journalists is not a crime, and calling them reckless blames the victims

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Journalist Peter Theo Curtis, held hostage in Syria for 22 months, arrives in US

 
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