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5:20 AM ET, December 12, 2006

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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...
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
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Jim Allchin / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Setting The Record Straight
Mike / Techdirt:
Record Labels Looking For Ways To Squeeze More Money Out Musicians — But They're Too Late  —  from the squeeze-away dept  —  For years, many people have been pointing out that the real problem with the recording industry is that they didn't seem to understand their own market.
Discussion: Technically Speaking
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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 …
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
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Wikia Announces Free Wiki Hosting  —  Wikia founder Jimmy Wales believes in "free content for all."  That is why the company launched OpenServing today, a service that is giving away complete Web hosting support to any wiki developer - for free!  —  OpenServing allows anyone to setup and maintain their own collaborative site.
Discussion: Mashable! and Bloggers Blog
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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
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 …
Google Blogoscoped:
The Anti-Google FAQ  —  The year 2006 is nearing its inevitable end, but a lot of unanswered questions remain - I hope to answer some of them in this little Anti-FAQ.  —  How can I get banned from Google's web index?  —  There's a variety of methods to get "googleaxed."
Discussion: Technically Speaking
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
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
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 …
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 …
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
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 …
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
Barry Briggs Resigns As CNET Networks President & COO  —  Another top exec change at CNET Networks as the ripple effects from Shelby Bonnie's departure continue ... Barry Briggs, president and COO, is leaving the company Jan. 12, "to pursue personal and other business interests."
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
The Xing Thing  —  Xing, a business social network that's best described as the European LinkedIn, raised 35.7 million Euros in its IPO in Frankfurt late last week.  For those who like the figures, the three year old German company has a market cap of 157M Euros and 6M Euros in revenues this past year.
Discussion: PaidContent and StartupSquad
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
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Startup Cries Foul at Google's New Radio Ads Product
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Xcavator joins race in visual search
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