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11:35 PM ET, November 21, 2006

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Andy Fixmer / Bloomberg:
Sony May Have Missed PlayStation 3 Goal, Analysts Say (Update2)  —  Nov. 20 (Bloomberg) — Sony Corp. may have missed its goal of having 400,000 PlayStation 3 consoles in U.S. stores for the video-game player's Nov. 17 debut, analysts said.  —  The number of machines available was ``even lower than expected,'' Kaufman Bros.
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
In Web World, Rich Now Envy the Superrich  —  James Hong, a co-founder of the dating site Hotornot.com, said that for him, the site's success meant "freedom money."  He is making a symbolic switch in cars, from a Porsche Boxster, right, to a Toyota Prius.  —  Almost anywhere else, Reid Hoffman would be considered a major success.
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Choices = Headaches  —  I'm sure there's a whole team of UI designers, programmers, and testers who worked very hard on the OFF button in Windows Vista, but seriously, is this the best you could come up with?  —  Every time you want to leave your computer, you have to choose between nine …
Gizmodo:
PSP Firmware 3.0 User's Guide Online  —  At work and itching to see what kind of interfacing the PSP can do with the PS3?.  Check out this video.  What?  Your work blocks YouTube?  Then take a look at Sony's online manual for version 3.0 of the PSP firmware.
Google:
Google Checkout Makes Holiday Shopping Even Faster and Easier This Year  —  New Survey Says Forty Percent of Americans Expected to Shop Online From Work This Holiday Season  —  The Monday after Thanksgiving - Cyber Monday - is expected to draw another record crowd of online shoppers this year …
Jordan Running / Download Squad:
Trillian Astra sneak preview  —  At long last, Cerulean Studios has released some more information on Trillian Astra, the long-awaited next version of its popular multi-protocol instant messaging client.  Apart from a sparse few screenshots, until now we've seen very little of Astra.
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Berggi, Mobile Messaging for the Masses  —  Now that the average cell phone user is coming to terms with text messaging (last I checked around 36% have texted in the U.S.) startups and carriers are hoping that more people will start using mobile email and mobile IM.
Discussion: VentureBeat and MobileCrunch
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Flickr Blows up Market Research Biz  —  My friends at Flickr have just rolled out something very, very smart — and potentially game-changing.  They have released live meta-data about trends in the camera market based on what they are seeing in pictures uploaded at that popular photo-sharing site.
SecurityFocus:
Vista's EULA Product Activation Worries  —  Mark Rasch looks at the license agreement for Windows Vista and how its product activation component, which can disable operation of the computer, may be like walking on thin ice.  —  The terms of Microsoft's End User License Agreement (EULA) …
Discussion: Neowin.net and Slashdot
New York Times:
Google Mapping an Offline Course  —  Major Internet sites are showing a strong and growing interest in the advertising business, and traditional ad firms are starting to get worried.  —  Google has been leading the way, building on its online ad strength by striking deals to sell advertising …
Discussion: Blogging Stocks
mobile-review.com:
Review of Windows Mobile 6.0 for PPC (Crossbow) operating system  —  Before starting the review, we have to make a short note in order to prevent an avalanche of letters similar to what we experienced after publishing the article on Windows Mobile 5.0.  The crew working for Mobile-Review.com …
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Google vs. Microsoft Market Cap Game  —  Interesting seeing how Google's market capitalization has chased Microsoft's since Google's IPO.  We have seemingly plateaued at a little under 60% for a year now, but any takers on bets with respect to how long that holds?
Davis / Davis Freeberg's Digital Connection:
Why Is Netflix Supporting A Penny Stock Touter?  —  Last year, I saw that Steve Swasey, Netflix's Director of Corporate Communications, granted an interview with an investment website named WallSt.net.  At the time, the site had erroneously claimed that Netflix was planning on unveiling …
Andy Golding / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Introducing Sitemaps for Google News  —  Good news for webmasters of English-language news sites: If your site is currently included in Google News, you can now create News Sitemaps that tell us exactly which articles to crawl for inclusion in Google News.  In addition, you can access crawl errors …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Google Pulls Click-to-Call  —  Update: Some time after I made this post it appears the feature is available again, apparently with no more safeguards than before.  —  Just five days after adding a new click-to-call function to local map search, Google appears to have removed the feature …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Missing From Internet: Avid Shoppers' Sharp Elbows  —  How do you get to be first in line when there is no line?  —  That Internet-era conundrum flummoxed many hopeful buyers of the new Nintendo Wii video game system over the weekend.  The e-commerce giant Amazon.com had said it would begin selling …
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