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11:25 AM 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 …
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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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Ask Goes Local with AskCity  —  Will Google be the winner in the $31 billion local search and online classified advertising market, asks Donna Bogatin over at the ZD Net's Digital Micro Markets blog.  Perhaps, but it is not going to have it easy, if Jim Lanzone, CEO of Ask.com has anything to do with it.
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Ask.com unveils new local search
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AskCity Launches. It's Cool.
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 Zudeo.com 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 …
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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.
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Azureus Makes Its Commercial Bid
Discussion: PaidContent
Jack Neff / AdAge:
Marketers' Websites Outdraw Those of Major Media Players  —  P&G and Unilever Attract 9 Million Unique Visitors Monthly  —  CINCINNATI (AdAge.com) — Believe it or not, those boring corporate websites are pulling in more eyeballs — and more influencers — than the flashy prime time TV shows …
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:   Brands As Media  —  Here's a statistic to put a chill the heart …
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.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Kevin Rose confirms iPhone?
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
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 …
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 …
Fimoculous.com:
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.
Discussion: Boing Boing and Anil Dash
Variety:
Yahoo! blue over loss of exec, content deal  —  Net company faces setbacks as Katz, Current log off  —  David Katz, the top Yahoo! sports and programming exec who led the company's first consistent effort at original programming, ankled late last week, at the same time that the company abruptly lost …
Discussion: CNNMoney.com and PaidContent
Matt Craven / problogging.com:
Reflections on my time at The Blog Herald  —  It's now public that we've sold The Blog Herald to an undisclosed buyer.  —  I wanted to take a few moments to reflect on my time as Publisher at The Blog Herald.  —  Taking Over  —  When we first took over The Blog Herald on February 25th …
Discussion: Blogging Pro
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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
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.
 
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK & Ireland:
Reflections on MediaTech  —  At the risk of repeating anything Sam …
Discussion: edu.blogs.com
Brad Linder / PVR Wire:
TiVoToGo DRM cracked
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
How to Build a User Community, Part 1
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Dismantle Content Management Systems (CMS)! …
Associated Press:
CNBC moves Web content off MSN
Discussion: CenterNetworks
PR Newswire:
CNBC Launches the New CNBC.com - The Digital Destination for Real …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Another Crazy Music Model
Samsung:
The SAMSUNG Ultra Messaging i600 - Inspired Innovation for the Mobile Professional
Discussion: Engadget and I4U News
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Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
RSS - The Newspapers Revenge ?
Discussion: ben barren
Fred / A VC:
Posting And Tracking Flash Video
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
Lifehacker:
The top 30 free Windows software apps
Discussion: digg
Rexdixon / Technically Speaking:
Interview with Ross Levinsohn
Discussion: ben barren
David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
TinyURL.com: The next YouTube? Perhaps not $1.6B's worth, but...
 

 
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