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8:35 AM ET, December 12, 2006


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Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
Google Blatantly Copies Yahoo!?  —  I'm not sure if this is stupidity, laziness, or a mix of both, but check this out.  —  Back when IE7 launched, Yahoo! created a customized version and began to market it to our existing IE users.  The "splash page" looked like this:
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
IE7 promo page  —  I was going to read some Penny Arcade, but Robert Scoble invoked me.  Jeremy points out that Google had an IE7 promo page that looked remarkably similar to a Yahoo! IE7 promo page.  —  I can only speak for me personally on this.  If Jeremy looked into it and says that …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
"Small" PR headache for Google ahead...
Dan Farber / Between the Lines: prepping AppStore and Apex commerce engine  — is pre-announcing AppStore Checkout, a commerce engine for the company's AppExchange marketplace, which will include ordering, billing, invoicing, collection and renewal services through a single interface …
Dawn Kawamoto / ZDNet: AppStore to go shopping
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Windows development chief: 'I would buy a Mac if I didn't work for Microsoft'  —  Microsoft's James Allchin made the comment in a 2004 e-mail to colleagues  —  Longtime Windows development chief James Allchin wrote in a January 2004 e-mail to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and company co-founder Bill Gates …
Jim Allchin / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Setting The Record Straight  —  As part of one of Microsoft's on-going lawsuits, a piece of email that I sent to Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates recently became public.  It was a rant encouraging a change to the way we were building Windows at the time.  In the email, I made a comment for effect …
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
iTunes sales 'collapsing'  —  Digital flatline looks ominous for music labels  —  The leading DRM digital download service, Apple's iTunes, has experienced a collapse in sales revenues this year according to analyst company Forrester Research.  —  Secretive Apple doesn't break out revenues from iTunes …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
By Some Measures, Blogging May Be Peaking  —  At two separate events over the past week I expressed that blogging may be peaking.  Now before you run to the phone booth to call your editor, I don't mean that it has peaked in influence.  Hardly.  But if you read the tea leaves behind some key statistics …
Discussion: The Zone Read and 901am
Chris Taylor / Business 2.0:
Google's copyright fix  —  Barely two months ago pundits were predicting a litigation explosion for Google and its new YouTube video-sharing unit.  But look what's happening instead.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) — YouTube might just be the best thing that ever happened to old media.
Discussion: Lunch over IP and iMedia Law Blog
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
2006 Web Technology Trends  —  It's December already and so it's about that time to reflect on what has happened in Web Technology during 2006 - and ponder what 2007 may bring.  Over the next few weeks Read/WriteWeb is going to publish some in-depth posts analyzing the trends and new products we've seen …
Discussion: Dan Blank and digg
Anil Dash:
How Matt Haughey Beat Google  —  Summary: In 2002, Google launched one of their few pay services, Google Answers.  The service attracted only 800 responders in the past 4 years, and was shut down a few weeks ago.  Three years ago, Matt Haughey created Ask MetaFilter, pays no money …
Discussion: Voidstar: blog
Rachael King / Business Week:
Outsourcing: Beyond Bangalore  —  Companies are increasingly sending IT work to hubs outside India.  They're saving money but facing a whole new raft of challenges  —  After 10 months of working with software developers in Bangalore, India, Bill Wood was ready to call it quits.
Discussion: Gadgetopia, digg and Slashdot
Q&A with Microsoft about Windows Vista  —  Just got back from a weekend visit to the Microsoft campus up in Redmond, Washington where I got the chance to hear about Windows Vista and other new MS creations, like the Xbox 360 and Zune music player.  —  There were 'softies from all different parts …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Federal judge: Making files available for download = distribution  —  The RIAA's argument that making files available for download constitutes copyright infringement received an important boost from a federal judge.  In an decision delivered in October and first reported over the weekend …
Discussion: Technically Speaking and digg
Congress and tech: Little to show  —  Politicians in Washington, D.C., spent the last two years promising new laws on everything from Net neutrality to computer security and social networking Web sites.  —  But when the 109th Congress finally adjourned over the weekend …
Discussion: IP Democracy
Everybody Relax, Sony Says All PS3 Manufacturing Problems Fixed  —  Good news everyone!  Sony's communications boss David Karraker says the company is on track to ship 1 million consoles by Year end—that's three weeks from now—since all their manufacturing problems have been fixed.
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Gotuit SceneMaker Lets Users Tag And Cut Online Video  —  Gotuit will launch a social video tagging service on Tuesday that allows users to cut and tag any online video from any source.  Gotuit is a video host for online video, mobile video, and cable TV.  But unless you're YouTube …
Roughly Drafted:
Newton Lessons for Apple's New Platform  —  Apple's press releases all end with the phrase "Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh."  Today, Apple is building a new platform, and applying lessons it learned from the 90s.
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
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Kris Wagner / Wired News:
Gadgets Built to Fail
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Making Cisco a household name
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Authorize your iTunes library on more than 5 computers
Google Blogoscoped:
The Anti-Google FAQ  —  The year 2006 is nearing its inevitable end …
Mike / Techdirt:
Record Labels Looking For Ways To Squeeze More Money Out Musicians …
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