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4:40 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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Ask Goes Local with AskCity
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.
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 …
Microsoft Introduces Expression Studio, Enhances Family of Professional Design Tools  —  Expression Web shipping, Expression Media announced; latest technology previews deliver product and new platform advancements with first CTP of WPF/E.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced significant …
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 …
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
Michael Rose / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhone details 'confirmed' by Kevin Rose
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Kevin McDigg Lets Loose on iPhone, Blogosphere Goes Nuts
Discussion: Mike Stopforth and Blogspotting
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 …
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: Torrentfreak and Slashdot
Evan Blass / Engadget:
TiVo DRM cracked, non-Windows users rejoice  —  Historically, one of the main raps against TiVo has been its lack of support for non-Windows users with respect to transferring recordings off of the set-top box; TiVoToGo is a privilege served up to Windows users only.
Nick / Rough Type:
The five Google products  —  It seems like only yesterday that a bunch of breathless articles appeared touting the brilliance of Google's innovation strategy.  That strategy was, if you recall, the spaghetti strategy: Throw a lot of stuff against the wall and see what sticks.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Michael V. Copeland / Business 2.0:
A MySpace for grown-ups  —  Social networking has been great for the kids, but not of much use to business - until now.  With Reid Hoffman's MySpace-for-grown-ups at a tipping point, these days you're either LinkedIn or left out.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) — At a Starbucks in downtown Mountain View …
Discussion: PaidContent and Mark Evans
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
VeriSign locks up .com through 2012  —  VeriSign will keep control over the .com top-level domain under terms of an agreement signed last week.  The US Department of Commerce has finally approved the deal reached last year, which will allow VeriSign to raise rates by up to 7 percent in four …
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.
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 …
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Adam Kinney / Channel 9:
Joe Stegman talks about the "WPF/E" CTP
Discussion: Jeff Sandquist and JD on EP
Mark Suster / Koral Blog:
Venture Capital  —  Can it really be a month since my last blog posting?
Discussion: Valleywag and ben barren
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
TiVoToGo Cracked?  —  I haven't been following the Wiki lately …
Discussion: Boing Boing and Slashdot
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
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK & Ireland:
Reflections on MediaTech  —  At the risk of repeating anything Sam …
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
How to Build a User Community, Part 1
Scott Kirsner / Mercury News:
As online viewing booms, the amateurs give way to big media
Discussion: CinemaTech
USA Today:
Fox News pairs up with Yahoo
Yahoo! blue over loss of exec, content deal
Discussion: and PaidContent
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Dismantle Content Management Systems (CMS)! …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Another Crazy Music Model

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