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6:35 PM ET, December 11, 2006


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John Cook / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
New York Times adds sharing tool  —  The New York Times unveiled a new service today that allows readers to quickly post stories that they find on the newspaper's Web site to Digg, Facebook and Newsvine.  —  It marks the first time that the country's third-largest newspaper has added …
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Exclusive: Google's Click Fraud Rate is Less than 2%  —  Back in November, Google's business product manager for trust and safety, Shuman Ghosemajumder, declared that click fraud at Google was "on average is in the single digits, quarter over quarter."  I recently sat down with Ghosemajumder …
Peter Edmonston / New York Times:
In Web Traffic Tallies, Intruders Can Say You Visited Them  —  In late May, more than five million Web users vanished.  —  The disappearing act came when Nielsen/NetRatings, a leading company in measuring Internet traffic, sharply cut its previously reported statistics for the financial Web …
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
YouTube Adds a Layer of Filtering to Be a Little Nicer  —  When the video-sharing site was sold to Google, many of its users worried that corporate ownership would restrict the content of its videos.  But now one of YouTube's corporate partners is changing the ways that users comment on those videos instead.
New York Times:
Times Sq.  Ads Spread Via Tourists' Cameras  —  Advertisers have long been drawn to Times Square as a valuable place to reach consumers, paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for space on billboards and blazing video screens.  —  But recently they have discovered that down on the ground …
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Squeezing Money From the Music  —  "Konvicted," a new CD from Akon, promised to be one of the year's big sellers when it appeared in record stores last month.  Buoyed by two of the hottest singles in the country, Akon, a silky-voiced R&B singer, even had the most-viewed page among major label acts on
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Socialtext Introducing Wiki Software That Lets You Work Offline  —  Socialtext Unplugged aims to serve the occasionally disconnected.  Users can visit a Socialtext Unplugged page, edit it, and save it only using a Web browser.  Changes can be synced to the server-based wiki later.
Ina Fried / CNET
Desperately seeking Zune  —  reporter's notebook SAN FRANCISCO—Welcome to the social.  —  That's the promise Microsoft makes with its new Zune.  Unlike the solitary iPods, the digital music player lets you make new friends and discover new music.  Using its built-in Wi-Fi …
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Disk Drives Face Challenge If New Chip Comes to Market  —  Design Touted as 500 Times  —  As Fast as Flash Memory  —  With More Usage Options  —  Researchers are reporting significant progress in perfecting a different way to store data in semiconductors, which could replace …
Discussion: The Tech Report and Slashdot
Donald Melanson / Engadget:   Goodbye flash memory, hello "phase-change" memory?
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Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
Why digg is destined for failure  —  If you've ever had the good fortune of having one of your websites or blog posts dugg to the point of showing up on digg's homepage, you've enjoyed a huge traffic boost to your site.  This is wonderful for web publishers, and I'm not going to lie …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Public beta of Adobe Creative Suite 3 may boost Mac sales  —  Exclusive: Sales of Apple Computer's professional Mac line could receive a shot in the arm later this month if Adobe Systems proceeds with plans to release an early public beta of its Creative Suite 3.0 software bundle.
Discussion: Infinite Loop
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Microsoft Rips Off Apple's Workgroup Manager Icon?
Discussion: The Apple Blog and UNEASYsilence
WIKIA UNVEILS OPENSERVING - THE MOTHER OF ALL FREEBIES  —  New Web Business Model: Get Rich Using Wikia's Services for Free!  —  Wikia, Inc., the leading provider of community resources for building free content on every topic, today announced OpenServing ( …
Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
Sales of iPods and iTunes Not Much in Sync  —  Apple's ubiquitous iPod and its iTunes music store were intended to be a kind of perpetual motion machine, with iPods helping to sell iTunes and iTunes helping to sell iPods.  —  Although both are successful, the relationship may not have worked out exactly as expected.
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Talkster Launches Presence-Based Service For The Enterprise  —  Tonight, Talkster launched a beta of a new presence-based communication platform in the VoIP market, with a focus on the enterprise and aim to connect callers by alias regardless of their device.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Metacafe Traffic Dips, Acquisition May Have Stalled  —  The rumors around a possible Metacafe acquisition continue to swirl around silicon valley, with Yahoo or Microsoft being considered the most likely acquiror, at a $300 millionish acquisition price.  Another potential acquiror …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Reel Pop and digg
Mike Rogoway / Oregonian:
Early (non)users of free Wi-Fi pay the price: frustration  —  Portland network - In some areas it works extremely well, but MetroFi clearly says an amplifier is needed indoors  —  Free.  What's not to like about that?  —  A lot, it turns out, for some Portlanders.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Understanding Mobile 2.0  —  Written by Rudy De Waele of and edited by Richard MacManus.  This kicks off a mini-series of posts on the topic of Mobile 2.0, which we will explore on R/WW this week.  —  On the eve of Le Web 3 in Paris - and one month after the Web 2.0 Summit concluded …
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Toby Sterling / Associated Press:
Dutch pull plug on free analog TV
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
More Spectrum for Sale in UK
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Scott Gilbertson / Wired News:
RSS Delivers Web's Best Deals
Iowa Update - Allchin 2004 email: I'd buy a Mac if I didn't work for MS
Discussion: Open Sources and AC/OS
Official Google Base Blog:
Plastic surgery  —  Living in Los Angeles, I see a lot of facelifts.
Microsoft Releases XNA Game Studio Express and Launches XNA …
Apple Gazette:
RUMOR: Aqua to be replaced with Illuminous
Discussion: Gizmodo and Slashdot
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPods worth $35000 go missing from Best Buy
Discussion: Infinite Loop
 Earlier Items: 
Google Blogoscoped:
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Joe McKendrick / Service-Oriented Architecture:
Why are we building 'enterprise' SOAs with 'LEGO blocks'?
David Cohn / NewAssignment.Net blogs:
You Can't Beat YouTube Without the Users
Discussion:, Coolfer and digg
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Firefox TV Commercials Go Live: Interview with Mozilla's Asa Dotzler
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Deck the halls with... WiFi blocking decorations?
Discussion: CrunchGear
Marshall Kirkpatrick:
I'm Joining Splashcast
Burtonator / Kevin Burton's Feed Blog:
Six Apart Censors My Blog in Response to Fake Michael Crook DMCA Takedown Notice
Discussion: 10 Zen Monkeys
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Aggregate Knowledge raises $5M from Kleiner, on a roll
Discussion: Mashable!