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6:50 AM ET, December 12, 2006


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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...
Discussion: TechCrunch
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
Ludwig Kietzmann / Joystiq:
Microsoft launches XNA Creator's Club  —  Though you might envision a "creator's club" to be some sort of blunt object used to beat beautiful games out of misshapen code, it's actually the next step in Microsoft's ongoing XNA initiative.  The "community-powered arcade" is now within reach …
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
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 …
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Gotuit SceneMaker Lets Users Tag And Cut Online Video
Discussion: Monkey Bites
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Book Search Should Work Like Web Search
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Startup Cries Foul at Google's New Radio Ads Product
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Red 5 Studios Aims To Be Pixar of Online Gaming
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
StupidVideos Launches SV eCards
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Xcavator joins race in visual search
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
On Windows Live Re-Rebranding as MSN
 Earlier Items: 
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Making Cisco a household name
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Q&A with Microsoft about Windows Vista
Authorize your iTunes library on more than 5 computers
Mike / Techdirt:
Record Labels Looking For Ways To Squeeze More Money Out Musicians …
Scott Gilbertson / Wired News:
RSS Delivers Web's Best Deals
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Metacafe Traffic Dips, Acquisition May Have Stalled
Ina Fried / CNET
Desperately seeking Zune
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Exclusive: Google's Click Fraud Rate is Less than 2%