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8:40 PM ET, December 3, 2006

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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Content Businesses Don't Scale Anymore  —  Can anyone think of a content business — meaning a company that produces original content — that has scaled dramatically in recent years?  I can't.  Look at the businesses that have scaled — Google, MySpace, YouTube — all platforms for content, but not producers of content.
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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
The Economics of Disaggregation  —  Peter Brantley pointed on a private email list to "a nice article in slate on the disaggregation of content in newspapers, with several nice insights, including a remark on the lack of novelty of some of the problems facing the industry."  He quoted:
Clive Thompson / New York Times:
Open-Source Spying  —  When Matthew Burton arrived at the Defense Intelligence Agency in January 2003, he was excited about getting to his computer.  Burton, who was then 22, had long been interested in international relations: he had studied Russian politics and interned at the U.S. consulate in Ukraine …
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Marc Hedlund / O'Reilly Radar:
- Cory Doctorow (disclosure: Cory is an advisor to my company) has a fantastic essay in Forbes called "Giving it Away," about his experiences releasing his books for free on the Web.  While Cory points out that his genre, science fiction, may have helped match the approach with a natural audience …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Gets Trashed By Users  —  Yahoo took a beating by users angry over the new Yahoo TV product in the comments to their own blog post announcing it.  Even a former head of Yahoo Entertainment, Erik Schwartz, chimed in with his own bashing and suggesting that Yahoo has lost its way.
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Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
Don't F**k With Simple  —  Especially when "simple" is synonymous with "useful".  —  Alternative title for this post: Let Users Preview Changes!  —  If you haven't been following the uproar, Yahoo! TV recently released a new design without offering up a beta test or preview …
Discussion: Mad Techie Woman
L.M.Orchard / 0xDECAFBAD:
yahoo TV refreshed, redux and rejected  —  Okay, I'm sick of it now, like many others.  I was dazzled by the AJAX pagination technique at first, because I think it's an interesting advance in AJAX in general.  But, I've been a user of the Yahoo! TV Grid - er Listings - for years now.
Discussion: Scripting News
Froosh / HipMojo.com:
Why We Are Not in a Bubble (Again)  —  Many inside and outsiders (i.e those who work on the Web or simply write about it) have started to talk about the Web experiencing a sort of Bubble 2.0.  —  They point to things like Google's stock crossing $500 as a sign.
Discussion: CenterNetworks and The Gong Show
David Taylor / Gaming Target:
Can the Wii Save the Adventure Game?  —  In the 1980s and early nineties, the adventure genre was the king of computer games.  In the 80s, if you were a PC owner not playing King's Quest then you might as well be a communist.  However, with the rise of home console's popularity combined …
Discussion: Joystiq, Go Nintendo and digg
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Gifttagging Widget Helps You Get Gifts You Actually Want  —  Last Christmas my dad gave me "Love Smart" by Dr. Phil.  It was horrifying.  This year, I am taking the necessary steps to make sure something like that never happens again!  —  I started with UK-based Gifttagging.com.
MICHAEL VERDI:
Parallels Screencast  —  The latest beta of Parallels Desktop for Mac is out and it's super cool.  Check out this screencast of some of the new features in action.  You can download the latest build here or from a mirror setup by uneasysilence.com (I used the mirror last night because the Parallels site was getting hammered!).
Donna Bogatin / Digital Micro-Markets:
Google: $31 billion local winner?  —  Is Google destined to be the defacto leader in the $31 billion global local search and online classified advertising market opportunity?  —  Many still believe Google will dominate any opportunity it sets its sights on, and it is eyeing seemingly all of them.
Loren / Incremental Blogger:
Inkable Sidebar Gadget in Vista using WPF  —  I decided to take a break from setting up my new Vista development system and try out some coding for a bit instead.  —  Today, I played around wtih Vista Sidebar Gadgets.  I wanted to see if it was possible to leverage Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) in a sidebar.
Warner Crocker / Life On the Wicked Stage:
The Second Annual Life On The Wicked Stage Ink Blot Awards  —  In preparing for The Second Annual Wicked Stage Ink Blot Awards, I realized that it would be tough to write anything better about my motivation for creating them than I did in year one.  What I wrote then is still …
Kyle Orland / Joystiq:
The Ultimate Wii/PS3 giveaway list  —  Last year, Microsoft and PesiCo teamed up to giveaway an Xbox 360 system every ten minutes for nine weeks straight.  Nintendo and Sony have not been as extravagant in handing out free consoles, but both this season's new systems can be snagged for free …
Discussion: SuperGeek and digg
Roland Piquepaille / Roland Piquepaille's …:
A new wide-angle lens for video surveillance  —  If you're a photographer, chances are high that you bought one day a wide-angle lens, commonly called a 'fisheye' lens.  And if you're like me, you might have used it to take a dozen of pictures before putting definitively the lens into a drawer …
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
Video Visionaries Meld Traditional TV and the Web  —  Is TV moving onto the Internet or is the Internet moving onto TV?  As the lines between the two begin to blur, it's getting harder to tell.  —  Fans of Comedy Central's "South Park," for example, can still watch the latest episode by tuning in on Wednesday nights.
Discussion: i-boy and Lost Remote
 
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