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9:12 PM ET, December 13, 2006

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Yahoo! Search blog:
Enterprise search made easy - and free - from IBM and Yahoo!  —  Earlier this year Yahoo! and IBM got together to ask a simple question —  how can we make enterprise search easier to install, use, and maintain.  The result of that question is IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition which we believe …
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CIO.com:
IBM, Yahoo Launch Free Enterprise Search Tool  —  IBM and Yahoo have developed a free, entry-level, enterprise search application that at least one analyst believes will seriously disrupt the low-end segment of this market where Google has been selling many of its Mini search devices.
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
IBM and Yahoo Offer Free Enterprise Search Software
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Hardware costs make IBM-Yahoo's enterprise search less free
Mike / CrunchNotes:
Putting TechCrunch UK On Hold  —  TechCrunch UK, just a few months old, has been tremendously successful in creating a community for local UK & Ireland Entrepreneurs.  However, today I put the blog on hold and terminated our relationship with editor Sam Sethi.
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Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
LE WEB 3  —  Got back to London from Paris at lunchtime.  —  I had a superb time at Le Web 3.  Thank you, Loic and Geraldine Le Meur, for putting on such a good show.  And thanks also to Jeff Clavier for helping out.  Always a pleasure to see you guys.  —  Here are my thoughts, in no particular order:
Josh Bernoff / Devices, Media …:
iTunes sales are NOT plummeting!  Press credibility, on the other hand . . .  What an interesting couple of days it's been.  What follows is a case study in how information — and misinformation — spreads on the Net.  —  We put out a simple little report about iPods and iTunes based …
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BBC:
Apple denies download sales fall  —  Apple has denied a report which claims US sales at its iTunes Music Store fell by 65% in the first half of 2006.  —  Research group Forrester said it was too soon to say whether its findings showed that buyers were "reaching their saturation level for digital music".
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
iTunes sales reportedly recorded in Apple Lossless
Discussion: Reuters
Microsoft:
Microsoft Robotics Studio Now Available to Provide Common Development Platform  —  More than 30 vendors offer support for creating broad range of innovative robotics applications.  —  Among the many remarkable innovations emerging out of the robotics industry, from surveillance robots …
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Microsoft unveils public robotics software  —  Microsoft on Wednesday took the wraps off its first commercial operating system for robots, with hopes of paving the way for a broader robotics industry and taking a central role in its development.  —  The technology, called Microsoft Robotics Studio …
About Skype:
Skype Announces New Skype Unlimited Calling Plan  —  Offers 12 Months of Unlimited Skype Calls to Any Phone Within the US and Canada for a Flat Annual Rate  —  Skype, the global Internet communications company, is now offering U.S. and Canadian consumers the new Skype Unlimited Calling plan …
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Skype's Free Phone Call Plan Will Soon Have Annual Fee  —  Skype, the Internet calling service owned by eBay, said Tuesday that as of Jan. 1 it would begin charging $30 a year for unlimited calls to landline and mobile phones within the United States and Canada.  Those calls had been free since last spring.
Scott Martin / Red Herring:
Yahoo Dethroned By MySpace  —  Fox Interactive Media, largely thanks to MySpace, has edged into No. 1 for Internet page views.  —  Yahoo is getting good at being No. 2.  News Corp.'s Fox Interactive Media has now edged the search giant out of its long-held perch at the top position for Internet page views.
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Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
WHAT WOULD RADICAL TRANSPARENCY MEAN FOR WIRED?  (PART 2)  —  In the previous post, I described how the media landscape is changing, starting with reader expectations.  In this post I'll describe what that might imply for a media organization like ours.  If the key word is "participation", how could we encourage that to the fullest?
Annie Sullivan / Official Google Blog:
Nifty Toolbar upgrades for Firefox  —  Ever since the latest version of the Google Toolbar for IE came out, Firefox users have been asking when they'll see the same new features in their favorite browser.  Well, we've been hard at work on a new version of the Toolbar for Firefox …
Lifehacker:
Pluck, tag and save the good stuff from YouTube videos  —  Ever wish you could show a friend the really cool part of a YouTube video without making them sit through all the rest?  That's the idea behind Scenemaker, which lets you bookmark, tag and share individual scenes within videos.
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Apple May Be Carrier for IPod Phone, Analyst Says (Update1)  —  Dec. 12 (Bloomberg) — Apple Computer Inc. may serve as its own wireless carrier if it delivers an iPod-based cell phone next year and rely on the company's network of retail stores to sell service contracts for the device, UBS AG said.
Discussion: TechEffect and digg
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon's EV-DO Rev. A network launches Friday?  —  Sprint may have beaten big ol' Red this time around, but Verizon's not about to let a little friendly rivalry get them down.  Rumor has it that the nation's largest CDMA carrier begins rolling out its EV-DO Revision A network this Friday …
Valleywag:
AOL: The purge goes high  —  The purge goes high  —  AOL's new boss, Randy Falco, may not know how to use IM, but The TV industry veteran is an impressively bloody hatchetman.  Among the rumored casualties from today's layoffs at Time Warner's AOL online unit, four senior managers …
Discussion: PaidContent and Frank Barnako
Ryan Stewart:
I Get To Meet Bill Gates Today  —  I just got home from an evening reception over in Bellevue for a Microsoft event I've been invited to tomorrow.  They invited 14 people to come to Seattle and take part in talking about the next Mix conference.  I was pleasantly surprised to be invited …
Discussion: Micro Persuasion and Frank Barnako
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Interview: Wil Shipley of Delicious Monster  —  With the hit that is Delicious Library making its rounds around Mac software land and Delicious Library 2 on the way, Delicious Monster and Omni founder Wil Shipley has been, to put it lightly, a busy guy.  We were able to catch him for a few words …
 
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Aoife White / Associated Press:
EU stalls on iPod, disc surcharge reform
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Release of ACCESS Linux Platform for Smartphones Pushed Back
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