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1:45 PM ET, November 30, 2006


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Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Huffington Post Will Add Original Reporting to Its Blog  —  The Huffington Post, which started about 18 months ago as a political Web site for celebrity bloggers, is preparing to venture into original reporting, with plans to cover Congress and, already, the 2008 presidential campaign.
John Markoff / New York Times:
For $150, Third-World Laptop Stirs a Big Debate  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — When computer industry executives heard about a plan to build a $100 laptop for the developing world's children, they generally ridiculed the idea.  How could you build such a computer, they asked, when screens alone cost about $100?
Real life crashes into Second Life's digital idyll  —  Aleks Krotoski  —  It was three weeks ago that my virtual world disintegrated.  I had been struggling with a digital littering problem in my Social Simulation Research Lab and I wanted to automate the cleanup process.
Discussion: Rough Type
Mike / Techdirt:   Will Second Life Be The AOL Of Online Virtual Worlds?
Masaki Kondo / Bloomberg:
Namco Bandai's Takasu Says PS3 Game Titles Must Sell 500,000  —  Nov. 30 (Bloomberg) — Namco Bandai Holdings Inc., Japan's second-biggest maker of video-game software, must sell at least half a million copies of a game for Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 3 console to make money on the title, said President Takeo Takasu.
Discussion: Joystiq, Kotaku and I4U News
Ryan Block / Engadget:
HP IQ770 "Crossfire" 19-inch touchscreen Media PC revealed!  —  Looks like AMD has a sweet new rig they're readying for January launch, and word on the street is Bill Gates wants to launch it personally.  It's the IQ770 "Crossfire," the first mass market touchscreen desktop PC we've seen …
Discussion: and Microsoft 10
Anna Jane Grossman / New York Times:
Here's My Number (for Today)  —  THERE is no shortage of ways to reach Airin McClain, a singer who lives in Philadelphia.  She has a Web site, an instant messenger account, a MySpace page, four e-mail addresses and two mobile phones.  —  Good luck getting one of those phone numbers, though.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Goodbye Search Engine Watch & Best Wishes!  —  Today is my last day with Search Engine Watch, with me heading to my new digs at Search Engine Land tomorrow.  I wanted to wish Search Engine Watch all the best going forward, plus help readers understand some of the changes that are happening.
Joshua Jaffe / VC Ratings:
Lucky YouTube investor to buy Andre Agassi's estate for $20 million  —  That was fast.  The trickle down effect from YouTube's sale to Google is already being felt.  —  Stuart Peterson, president of San Francisco hedge fund Artis Capital Management, has purchased one of the San Francisco Bay Area's …
Discussion: Valleywag and Blogging Stocks
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Why Yahoo is Backing Away from RSS  —  Has anyone noticed that Yahoo's love affair with RSS seems to be withering?  In 2004 and 2005 Yahoo was all over feeds.  It was an early leader in driving adoption, as a matter of fact.  But in recent months I question whether they remain committed to RSS as a platform.
Nick / Rough Type:
SAP's mixed-up confusion  —  Thomas Otter, a smart technology blogger who works for the corporate software giant SAP in Germany, finds himself baffled and befuddled these days.  He can't figure out what "software-as-a-service" means.  "For ages," he writes, rhetorically scratching his head …
This Is London:
ANGER AT YOUTUBE VIDEOS THAT SHOW HOW TO BREAK INTO HOUSES  —  Householders were warned today to check their security in an alert sparked by video website YouTube.  —  Hundreds of videos are available on the site showing users how to pick locks, which experts fear will result in a spate of burglaries.
Discussion: Techdirt and
Ellen Lee / The Technology Chronicles:
iPod vs. Zune Update  —  So how is the Zune, Microsoft's MP3 player, doing so far?  —  The Zune debuted just before the frenzied holiday shopping season, and so far, it's ranked No. 2 behind rival Apple's iPod, according to statistics released by the NPD Group today.
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Tech Report
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
YouTube's Doppelganger  —  It's getting tougher and tougher to break copyright law on YouTube these days.  The site now performs frequent purges of television shows and other proprietary content uploaded by users.  But those forbidden files can still be had.
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim: Offers SEO Project Management Tools  —  I'm excited to bring you news of the launch of SoloSEO, a brand new project management solution for search engine optimization.  I've been working with founder, Michael Jensen over the last few months - consulting on the development and launch …
Wired News:
Virtual Console Stuff: Controller Get  —  Golden Axe was pretty bad.  Luckily — considering I just dropped eight lousy bucks on it — it's one of those games that's bad in a good way.  I can enjoy it ironically.  If you've never played it, imagine Double Dragon except your guy has a sword and can't hit anything.
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Google Invests in Meraki  —  We've written a few times about the startup Meraki Networks, which is building a business off of wireless mesh hardware and software based on the MIT's Roofnet project.  Google has been very interested in the Mountain View-based startup as a way to extend its WiFi network coverage indoors.
Discussion: Werblog
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Blogs and wikis, Web 2.0 platforms?  —  Application platforms are very profitable in the software business.  Platforms attract developers.  Developers build all kinds of interesting applications...which attracts users.  Millions of users mean your platform will generate revenues for a long, long time.
Review of Feedburner  —  Several months ago, b5media made the choice to move all our feeds to Feedburner.  We had actually been looking to do this for awhile, but there were a couple things holding us back.  Portable feeds and money.  Both of those things were resolved around the middle to end of September.
Discussion: Blogging Pro
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