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3:50 PM ET, November 20, 2006

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New York Times:
176 Newspapers to Form a Partnership With Yahoo  —  John Marshall Mantel for The New York Times, left; George Frey for The New York Times  —  Terry S. Semel, left, chief of Yahoo, which is trying to regain its luster.  Dean Singleton, the chief of MediaNews, said the deal would help newspapers earn money online.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Can Yahoo! and Local Papers Save Each Other?  —  Yahoo! announced this morning a partnership with a number of large newspaper chains, controlling a total of 176 publications, to share content and functionality.  Both Yahoo! and local papers around the US are in a state of crisis …
David Milstead / shns.com:
Scripps, newspaper publishers strike deal with Yahoo  —  E.W. Scripps is among a group of more than 150 newspapers from seven companies that have struck a wide-reaching alliance with Internet giant Yahoo.  —  The first step in the partnership, announced this morning, is designed …
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
It's Official: Yahoo HotJobs-Seven Newspaper Publishers Join Forces …
Discussion: TechEffect
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
Suddenly Newspapers Are Sexy
Discussion: Monkey Bites and WebProBlog
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
Yahoo-Newspapers: More Details: Search, Local Listings Included; Co-Branded Online
Elaine Peterson / dlib.org:
Beneath the Metadata  —  Some Philosophical Problems with Folksonomy  —  Associate Professor / Information Resources Specialist  —  Montana State University <elainep@montana.edu>  —  Background  —  People have been trying to classify and organize information for thousands of years.
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David Weinberger / Joho the Blog:
Beneath the Metadata - a reply  —  Elaine Peterson, associate professor and information resources specialist at Montana State University, has published an article called "Beneath the Metadata: Some Philosophical Problems with Folksonomy" in D-Lib Magazine (doi:10.1045/november2006-peterson).
Vanderwal / Personal InfoCloud:   Beneath the Metadata - Replies
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
Lyrics Celebrating Bank Merger Impress Only Copyright Lawyer  —  A video of two Bank of America employees singing a version of U2's "One" to commemorate their company's acquisition of MBNA recently made the rounds of the blogs, prompting amusement and some ridicule from online viewers.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Yes, there is an Office 2007 'kill switch'  —  Buried in a Knowledge Base article that Microsoft published to the Web on November 14 are details of Microsoft's plans to combat Office 2007 piracy via new Office Genuine Advantage lockdowns.  —  When asked last month whether Microsoft was planning …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
AGLOCO launches — will pay you to surf the Web  —  AGLOCO is a controversial new Stanford-based start-up that wants to pay you to surf the Web, in return for access to your online surfing information.  It launches tonight.  —  It was discovered two weeks ago by Gigaom, which blasted it as a pyramid scheme.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Web 1.0 Undead Rise: AGLOCO
Everton Blair / Connected Internet:
Microsoft Windows Comes Of Age - Happy 21st Birthday!  —  Believe it or not Windows is 21 years old on Monday.  When it was launched in 1985 the PC market was barely out of it's infancy, and whatever you may think of Microsoft it is amazing what they Bill Gates & Co have built in such a relatively short time.
Valleywag:
Netscape: the Calacanis effect  —  Jason Calacanis said, last week, that he was leaving AOL because Jonathan Miller, AOL's ousted CEO, was one of the only business mentors he'd ever had.  Loyal, touching, but maybe also rather opportunistic.  Valleywag has obtained the internal traffic stats …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Wiimote strap breaks, controller destroys TV  —  So there's this dude who was playing Wii Sports bowling, as his story goes, and his pal rolls a Lebowski and the next thing you know the strap breaks from the force of the swing; his slippery hands let loose, and the Wiimote flies like a missile and cracks his pal's TV.
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Kotaku:
Wiimote vs Television
Discussion: Gizmodo and Neowin.net
BBC:
'Worm' attacks Second Life world  —  Virtual world Second Life had to close its doors for a short time on Sunday after a worm attack called grey goo.  —  The self-replicating worm planted spinning gold rings around the virtual world, which is inhabited by more than a million users.
Discussion: ha.ckers.org web …
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
'Tis the season to send spam  —  In addition to plenty of turkey, a record amount of spam will be served up this holiday season.  —  Mass e-mailers traditionally bump up their activity as the year winds down.  But this year, the amount of junk messages could be unprecedented, companies that make spam-busting tools say.
Discussion: Techdirt
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
The Significance of Threadless.com  —  One of the recurring themes on the O'Reilly Radar is that of "news from the future," the idea that, as William Gibson put it, "The future is here.  It's just not evenly distributed yet."  We look for events and people that give us signals about what is to come.
Jon's Radio:
Why can't Johnny download?  —  Most people, to this day, prefer to convey files using email attachments rather than URLs.  Over the years I've tried, and mostly failed, to explain why and how to use the URL-oriented approach.  Programmers do this naturally, because programmers …
Suzi Turner / Spyware Confidential:
Zango's continued bad practices in light of FTC's proposed settlement terms  —  Just over two weeks ago, the FTC announced a proposed settlement with Zango for the complaint filed earlier this year.  Under terms of the settlement, Zango is required to give up $3 million in ill-gotten gains …
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Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
Click on Me Now or Visit Me Later
Ubergizmo:
Friction-free Hover Mouse
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Boston's mayor to bill Sony for mayhem at Copley Plaza
Discussion: Techdirt and Joystiq
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Replacing DRM With A Music Tax Is Incredibly Stupid
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Enough with the Yahoo conspiracy theories
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Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Microsoft Banning Sites from Live.com For Link Exchanges
Mike / Techdirt:
CBS Is The Latest To Recognize That Downloading TV Shows Leads To More TV Watching
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GigaOM:
EV-DO vs WCDMA: Who's ahead?
Discussion: CrunchGear
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Wii launch wrap-up
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
The Kid With All the News About the TV News
Popsci / Popular Science Blog:
Wii Broke It  —  It is with a heavy heart that we bring you this special weekend report.
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Cellphone as Tracker: X Marks Your Doubts
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Wii FAQ: answers to your Wii questions
Discussion: Go Nintendo, Joystiq and digg
Antonio / The Tabblo Blog:
Screw all of this Yahoo bashing