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12:20 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:
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
Mike / Techdirt:   Record Labels Looking For Ways To Squeeze More Money Out Musicians …
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 …
Research Study Outlines U.S. Economic Impact of Windows Vista  —  New Microsoft operating system to generate $70 billion in revenue for IT industry and increase jobs in tech industry.  —  A research study released today by International Data Corporation (IDC) and commissioned by Microsoft Corp. shows …
Lifehacker:   Q&A with Microsoft about Windows Vista
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 …
Discussion: Macsimum News
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 ( …
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Wikia Announces Free Wiki Hosting
Discussion: Mashable!
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?
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
More Spectrum for Sale in UK  —  British carriers might have spent over 20 billion pounds on 3G wireless auctions several years ago, but they will soon get a chance to spend even more for "the UK's largest single release of radio spectrum", says British regulator Ofcom.
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 …
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 …
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."
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 …
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.
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
On Windows Live Re-Rebranding as MSN  —  I've had a number of people mention the article about Steve Berkowitz and MSN/Windows Live in the New York Times entitled Looking for a Gambit to Win at Google's Game which contains a bunch of choice negative quotes about our products supposedly from Steve Berkowitz.
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Social Networking Interconnects
Toby Sterling / Associated Press:
Dutch pull plug on free analog TV
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Socialtext Introducing Wiki Software That Lets You Work Offline
Scott Gilbertson / Wired News:
RSS Delivers Web's Best Deals
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Mike Rogoway / Oregonian:
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