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11:50 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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Prof. Andrew McAfee / Andrew McAfee:   Required Reading  —  Today's New York Times Magazine's cover story is …
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 …
L.M.Orchard / 0xDECAFBAD:
yahoo TV refreshed, redux and rejected
Rexdixon / Technically Speaking:
Interview with Ross Levinsohn*  —  Near the middle of last month, Ross Levinsohn departed from a successful run over at Fox Interactive Media.  The online world was buzzing with speculation, as well as flat out false statements.  Just the other day, I posted a link to such a video …
Ronald Heft / cavemonkey50.com:
Is Parallels Leopard's Secret Feature?  —  If you haven't heard, the Parallels team is at it again.  Earlier this week they released a new version which adds features like dragging and dropping files between operating systems, the ability to boot from a Boot Camp partition …
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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.
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CNET News.com:
IRS taxation of online game virtual assets inevitable  —  NEW YORK—If you are a hard-core player of virtual worlds like World of Warcraft, Second Life, EverQuest or There, IRS form 1099 may someday soon take on a new meaning for you.  —  That's because game publishers may well in the not too distant future …
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.
David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
TinyURL.com: The next YouTube?  Perhaps not $1.6B's worth, but...  By now, you're laughing your ass off.  With the $1.6B of Google's money that YouTube commanded, if you've ever even visted the simplistic and somewhat basic looking TinyURL.com (most haven't), you're probably thinking …
Discussion: Things That
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.
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
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.
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
ClickStar ready for movie download retake  —  The concept of downloading movies from the Internet sounds so easy and convenient, but it's been a tale of woe.  Start-up ClickStar, however, hopes to start rewriting the script for this in about two weeks.  —  Founded by actor Morgan Freeman …
Discussion: Download Squad
 
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Katu Web / Associated Press:
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Marc Hedlund / O'Reilly Radar:
Engineering Management Hacks: Exupéry's Axiom
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Gmail finally shows images for Word attachments
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David Segal / Washington Post:
Look Me Up Under 'Missing Link'
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Acer's AT3705 becomes first LCD TV to receive Viiv certification
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David Taylor / Gaming Target:
Can the Wii Save the Adventure Game?
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Warner Crocker / Life On the Wicked Stage:
The Second Annual Life On The Wicked Stage Ink Blot Awards
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
Video Visionaries Meld Traditional TV and the Web
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Roland Piquepaille / Roland Piquepaille's …:
A new wide-angle lens for video surveillance
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
LG debuts "ebook" concept laptop with OLED screen, liquid fuel
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A Round Trip To Google
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