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1:50 PM ET, December 4, 2006


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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Ask City Launches Amid High Expectations  —  Barry Diller is putting a lot of pressure on Ask.  He keeps talking about Ask's role in IAC's overall operation and local in particular.  When he acquired Ask for almost $2 billion Diller immediately touted Ask's ability to knit together …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
The Retooling of a Search Engine  —  A replica of what looks like Han Solo of "Star Wars," frozen in carbonite, sits outside Jim Lanzone's office here.  A closer inspection, however, reveals that the frozen body is that of another fictional character: Jeeves, the English butler best known …
Elinor Mills / CNET unveils new local search
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Have Camera Phone?  Yahoo and Reuters Want You to Work for Their News Service  —  Hoping to turn the millions of people with digital cameras and camera phones into photojournalists, Yahoo and Reuters are introducing a new effort to showcase photographs and video of news events submitted by the public.
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Azureus Launches Zudeo For Finding And Sharing Video  —  Azureus will launch Monday morning, a content indexing site for finding and sharing large video files.  The company told TechCrunch on Friday that they would be partnering with 20 major TV and film studios to provide free programs …
Michael Calore / Wired News:
Azureus' HD Vids Trump YouTube  —  The file sharing company Azureus on Monday launched a new distribution platform for downloading high-quality video, which the company hopes will become the next YouTube — but for high definition, DVD-quality video on the internet.
Discussion: GigaOM and PaidContent
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
A Newspaper Chain Sees Its Future, And It's Online and Hyper-Local  —  FORT MYERS, Fla. — Could this be the future of newspapering?  —  Darkness falls on a chilly Winn-Dixie parking lot in a dodgy part of North Fort Myers just before Thanksgiving.  Chuck Myron sits in his little gray Nissan …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Apple iPhone Details From Kevin Rose  —  I just caught this on CrunchGear: Digg's Kevin Rose told me a few weeks ago that he had some good inside information on the upcoming iPhone, but he wouldn't tell me anything.  Well, after a couple of beers he spills the beans on Diggnation, and the clip is embedded below.
Discussion: The Next Net
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Kevin McDigg Lets Loose on iPhone, Blogosphere Goes Nuts
Discussion: Mike Stopforth and Blogspotting
Michael Rose / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhone details 'confirmed' by Kevin Rose
Discussion: Engadget
Jack Neff / AdAge:
Marketers' Websites Outdraw Those of Major Media Players  —  P&G and Unilever Attract 9 Million Unique Visitors Monthly  —  CINCINNATI ( — Believe it or not, those boring corporate websites are pulling in more eyeballs — and more influencers — than the flashy prime time TV shows …
Elinor Mills / CNET
The big Digg rig  —  Digg became one of the top sites for tech news because it lets Web-savvy geeks decide what's newsworthy, offer up stories they like and vote on their favorites.  —  Now, dubious Internet marketers are planting stories, paying people to promote items …
Best Blogs of 2006 that You (Maybe) Aren't Reading  —  Every year around this time, I attempt to summarize what's been happening online by publishing my list of the best blogs of the year [2002, 2003, 2004].  But I abruptly stopped last year because the list had become annoyingly redundant.
New York Times:
The Future of Web Ads Is in Britain  —  If you want a glimpse of the future of advertising, you can hire a consultant — or you can travel to Britain.  —  Online advertising is racing ahead in Britain, growing at a roughly 40 percent annual rate, and is expected to account for as much as 14 percent …
USA Today:
Fox News pairs up with Yahoo  —  NEW YORK — CNBC isn't the only cable network trying to make a splash online: Fox News expects to announce this week a deal to provide video to Yahoo Finance, the No. 1 financial site.  —  "This is our first portal deal," says Jeremy Steinberg, Fox News head of digital sales and development.
Michael Calore / Wired News:
Bram Cohen on BitTorrent's Future  —  Ace programmer Bram Cohen denies he is leaving BitTorrent — and says he's busier than ever positioning the company to totally own online video downloads.  —  In an exclusive e-mail interview, Cohen responds to the rumors that he is stepping down …
Discussion: Slashdot
Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
How Google handles hacked sites  —  If you've never read my blog before, welcome.  I'm the head of the webspam team at Google.  And I have a blog for days just like this.  —  Okay, first off you should go read this post.  It's entitled "Me Against Google" and the author is unhappy …
Scott Kirsner / Mercury News:
As online viewing booms, the amateurs give way to big media  —  Whenever a new technology makes personal expression easier — from desktop publishing in the 1980s to video sharing in 2006 — denizens of Silicon Valley leap to the same conclusion: Finally, amateurs will triumph …
Discussion: CinemaTech
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Mark Suster / Koral Blog:
Venture Capital  —  Can it really be a month since my last blog posting?
Discussion: Valleywag and ben barren
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Changing Climates for Microsoft and Google, Desktops and Webs
Discussion: Slashdot
Fred / A VC:
The De-Portalization of the Internet (aka What I Would Do If I Were Running Yahoo!)
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Online Wii gaming will roll out Q2 2007, sez Reggie
Discussion: CrunchGear and Joystiq
Nick / Rough Type:
The five Google products
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK & Ireland:
Reflections on MediaTech  —  At the risk of repeating anything Sam …
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 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: and PaidContent
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Dismantle Content Management Systems (CMS)! …
PR Newswire:
CNBC Launches the New - The Digital Destination for Real …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Another Crazy Music Model
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Discussion: Engadget and I4U News
Fred / A VC:
Posting And Tracking Flash Video
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
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