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7:40 PM ET, November 16, 2006


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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 …
Live Search's WebLog:
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.
Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Joint support for the Sitemap Protocol  —  We're thrilled to tell you that Yahoo! and Microsoft are joining us in supporting the Sitemap protocol.  —  As part of this development, we're moving the protocol to a new namespace,, and raising the version number to 0.9.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jason Calacanis Says Adios to AOL  —  We just heard from a source that Jason Calacanis has resigned from AOL.  Jason joined AOL just over a year ago when his startup, Weblogs, Inc., was acquired.  Most recently, he took over management of Netscape, which relaunched earlier this year as a Digg-like news portal.
Jason Calacanis, AOL executive, 2005-2006  —  Jason Calacanis, the energetic and annoying publishing entrepreneur who once thought he could rise to the top at AOL, is leaving the internet media company.  He's not commenting on the record, but his blog describes Jonathan Miller, ousted CEO of AOL …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
About Jon Miller  —  Update: Ted checks in with his thoughts on "Miller time."  —  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 …
AOL parent playing "sadistic little games"
Discussion: GigaOM and TimeWarner
Business 2.0 Beta Blogs:
Sony's loss is at least $240 on every PS3, triple Xbox 360's [The Utility Belt]  —  Sony (SNE) will lose $241.35 on every PlayStation 3 game console it sells at $599, and $306.85 on every console it sells with a smaller hard drive at $499, according to an analysis of the component costs conducted by iSuppli, a research firm.
Jeremy Dunham / IGN:
PS3 Downscales 720p on Incapable TVs  —  If your TV doesn't support a specific resolution, expect to go low-res.  —  As final PlayStation 3 units continue to trickle into more and more hands, additional details about how the system works and what it can and can't do are hitting the web.
Discussion: Engadget and Kotaku
PS3 a Bargain: Worth $840, Powerful as a Supercomputer
Discussion: Forever Geek and The Tech Report
Charles Ar / Guardian:
Will Nintendo's Wii whip Sony's PlayStation 3?
Discussion: Techdirt
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Google Local Adds Click to Call  —  The official Google Blog just announced the availability of a click-to-call feature in Google Local.  This has been expected for some time, but it's now official and it works well.  Businesses you find in Google Local now have a call link included in search results.
Prank calls from Google Maps
Min Zeng / Official Google Blog:   Click to call in Google Maps
Foxconn to manufacture Apple's iPhone - report  —  Foxconn Electronics, the registered trade name of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, has secured a contract with Apple Computer to manufacturer its first mobile handset that will also dual as a digital music player, according to an overseas report.
Chris Preimesberger /
Gates on the Past, the Future, and Google  —  Reporter's Notebook: Bill Gates tells Charlie Rose and Stanford University audience at TechNet conference that 'we're at the beginning of something important again' in development of technology — just as in the 1980s with the advent of the PC.
Discussion: Slashdot
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Top Microsoft Ad-Sales Exec to Head MSN  —  Joanne Bradford Move Underscores Portal's Importance to Company Future  —  NEW YORK ( — 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 …
Mike Hughlett / Chicago Tribune:
Craigslist not liable for housing ads: Judge  —  The popular Craigslist Web site is not legally liable for allegedly discriminatory housing ads posted by its users, a federal judge in Chicago ruled in a case pitting landmark internet and fair housing laws against each other.
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 …
Sean Cooper / Slate:
The Death of the Disc  —  WHY HD-DVD AND BLU-RAY ARE DEAD ON ARRIVAL.  —  Listen to the MP3 audio version of this story here, or sign up for Slate's free daily podcast on iTunes.  —  Until recently, the history of home entertainment was the history of encoding formats.
Discussion: Techdirt
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Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Clear Channel Agrees to Buyout
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Aaron Swartz / Raw Thought:
Office Space  —  People are always asking me how I manage to get so much done.
Discussion: Global Nerdy and ben barren
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Microsoft May Indemnify Some Red Hat Linux Users
Garrett French / Search Engine Journal:
Google's Early Efforts to Monetize Video
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OMG, it's the Launchageddon!
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Amazon's Jeff Bezos: Honey, I just shrunk the server hosting business
 Earlier Items: 
Zune Fails to Import All Music Files
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Universal Desktop Daily - Thursday, November 16, 2006
Seán Captain / New York Times:
So Much Music, So Few Choices
Discussion: Techdirt and Kevin Maney
Sequoia rocked  —  Venture capitalists often lose their investments.
David Pogue / New York Times:
Free AOL Stuff, Courtesy of Bubble 2.0
Japan to get 400,000 Wii units
Discussion: I4U News, You NEWB and digg