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3:50 PM ET, December 23, 2006

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Times of London:
Founder of Wikipedia plans search engine to rival Google  —  Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia, is set to launch an internet search engine with amazon.com that he hopes will become a rival to Google and Yahoo!  —  Mr Wales has begun working on a search engine …
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Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
In-depth analysis of Microsoft content syndication platform patent application  —  On June 21, 2005 eight Microsoft employees claimed invention rights for a "content syndication platform," exemplified by Internet Explorer 7 and its support for aggregating feed content.
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Mike / Techdirt:
Because The Patent System Sucks, The Only Thing To Do Is File For More Bad Patents  —  from the promoting-innovation?  dept  —  Another day, another batch of patent lunacy.  People keep asking us to comment on yesterday's story about Microsoft applying for two patents around RSS technology.
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Page view metrics?  Bah, humbug!  —  (A personal, non-work mini-rant about page view metrics.)  —  I want to come to Yahoo's defense about something.  A recent spate of reports says that Yahoo has been surpassed by various companies in terms of page views.  Why is that relatively bogus?
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Sean Cooper / Slate:
WHY YOU CAN'T GET IPODS AT A DISCOUNT.  —  Last week, USA Today reported that online sales in November increased 25 percent over those from 2005.  If you've shopped for gadgets online this holiday season, you almost certainly found that the camcorder or DVD player you wanted was selling at a wide range of prices.
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Joe / Techdirt:   Why Prices On Gadgets (Except The iPod) Vary So Much From Site To Site
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Explaining Steve Gillmor  —  Nobody I know can understand a thing Steve Gillmor is talking about, mainly because he makes so many obscure references without explaining them.  I thought as a public service I would provide a detailed exposition of his latest blog post, Bad Sinatra.
Variety:
Business biggies wade warily into viral video  —  Can conglomerates unite to take on YouTube?  —  To really make money from putting content like "The Colbert Report" online, Hollywood needs to follow an ad-supported model.  —  The creators of YouTube had a grassroots concept that turned into a viral goldmine.
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Ryan / CyberNet Technology News:
AllofMp3.com Sued for $1.65 Trillion!  —  I haven't been able to find information on the largest lawsuit in history but I'm sure this one is right up at the top.  The RIAA (yes, I was just as shocked as you ) is suing the website AllofMP3.com on behalf of EMI, Sony BMG, Universal Music …
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
Tom Leaves GUBA  —  Tom McInerney, one of the co-founders and chief executive officer of GUBA, a San Francisco-based online video sharing and download service, has resigned and is leaving the company.  Eric Lambrecht, Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer of GUBA is going to take over as the CEO of the company.
Anil Dash:
How to kill a personality  —  About a month ago, Fortune's Jeffrey O'Brien interviewed Seagate CEO Bill Watkins, and pulled the conversation's most memorable quote for the headline: "Let's face it, we're not changing the world.  We're building a product that helps people buy more crap - and watch porn."
Carlo / Techdirt:
Panasonic's In-Flight Broadband Service Misses Its Connexion  —  from the delayed dept  —  After Boeing announced several months ago that it was shutting down its Connexion in-flight broadband service, a Panasonic unit said it would fill the gap.  It said it wouldn't take over Connexion …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Judge: music labels have to prove sharing  —  The beat goes on in the world of file-sharing litigation.  Earlier this week, the case against Patti Santangelo was dismissed without prejudice and refiled, this time naming two of her children as defendants.  In another closely followed case …
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John Leyden / The Register:
CafePress wilts under DDoS assault  —  CafePress.com, the site which allows users to open up their own online store selling customised merchandise such as t-shirts and mugs, has been hit by a denial of service attack.  —  In a statement to store owners, Jill Ambrose of CafePress.com …
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Darren / Digital Photography School:
16 Digital Photography Tips for Christmas  —  It's three days until Christmas so I thought a quick tutorial on the topic of Christmas Photography might be appropriate.  —  Here are 16 tips and ideas to try that come to mind for digital camera owners wanting to capture the big day:
 
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French court favors personal privacy over piracy searches
 

 
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter.:
Reporter quits Sun-Times, cites ‘chilling effect in the newsroom’

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Gawker posts belated retort to Gamergate campaign targeting advertisers and partners, says thousands in revenue lost

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