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1:45 PM 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 …
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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:
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
"Small" PR headache for Google ahead...
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 …
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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: Web Strategy and digg
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Dan Blank:   The Year of User-Generated Content & Web 2.0
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's "Project Fraternity" Docs Leaked  —  Rumors about the possible acquisition of Facebook, usually with Yahoo as buyer, have been around for most of this year.  Not that Yahoo or Facebook have asked for this attention, but the media is getting antsy.  Robert Young put it best last week …
Dennis Howlett / AccMan:
SFDC COMING AT YOU, THROUGH THE BACK DOOR  —  Poster child for SaaS Salesforce.com is bringing commerce to its AppExchange site with AppStore Checkout.  This is the place where SFdC users can find lots of widgets and plug-ins for their SFdC.com CRM services.  I got quite excited.  Then deflated.
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Salesforce.com prepping AppStore and Apex commerce engine
Discussion: deal architect
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
digg users are getting paid—just not by digg  —  I know these reports have been going around, but I have the inside line and figured it was time to share it.  —  A PR/marketing firm confirmed with me that they had a number of the top 50 users on digg now on the payroll—and this wasn't a totally insignificant firm.
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
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 …
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 …
Microsoft:
Customers Strongly Endorse New Microsoft-Novell Deal  —  Just-released survey shows more than 90 percent favor vendor cooperation on interoperability.  —  A survey of technology decision-makers shows very strong customer support for the recent agreement between Microsoft Corp. and Novell Inc. designed …
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Puts Clickfraud Rate At Under 2 Percent  —  Andy Beal over at MarketingPilgrim has a nice article on how Google's click fraud rate is less than two percent, at least according to Google's own figures.  This is based off the "invalid" click rate that Google gave him …
CNET News.com:
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 …
Microsoft:
Q&A: Microsoft Delivers Voice Technologies in Unified Communications Platform  —  The head of Microsoft's Unified Communications Group tells how the company is simplifying the ways in which people work by bringing voice technologies to Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 and Exchange Server 2007
Discussion: 21talks
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: HipMojo.com, The Zone Read and 901am
Aaron Swartz / Raw Thought:
Seven Habits of Highly Successful Websites  —  I got a phone call from my father the other day.  "Oh," I thought immediately, "he's probably calling to finally apologize for failing to attend that basketball game I played at in fourth grade."  But no, I was once again wrong.
 
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