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7:10 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 that he hopes will become a rival to Google and Yahoo!  —  Mr Wales has begun working on a search engine …
Adam Turner / ITWire:
Wikipedia founder plans search engine to rival Google  —  Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is working with Amazon to launch a search engine to rival Google, relying on human judgement rather than algorithms.  —  Wikiasari is scheduled to launch first quarter of 2007, backed by multimillion-dollar funding …
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?
Discussion: Digital Markets and John Furrier
Jason McMaster / GigaGamez:
PS3s Being Traded For Wiis  —  So, first people camp out in front of Best Buys for days at a time to get the PS3, and then they trade them for Nintendo Wiis.  Seriously.  Tony Conrad, CEO and Founder of Sphere, pointed this out to us and we had to see it to believe it.
Discussion: digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Have Wii?  Will Trade My PS3  —  The way things stand now, the Nintendo Wii just might be the hottest gadget gift this holiday season.  Quite a few of our friends have been desperately seeking a Wii for their loved ones.  Futile visits to the stores, tracking auctions on eBay and even pleading with us to use our media contacts.
Discussion: Mickeleh's Take
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.
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.
Joe / Techdirt:   Why Prices On Gadgets (Except The iPod) Vary So Much From Site To Site
Ryan / CyberNet Technology News: 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 on behalf of EMI, Sony BMG, Universal Music …
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.
Discussion: Bloggers Blog and Dan Blank
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."
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 …
Discussion: Recording Industry vs … and digg
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 …
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XBox up on downloads  —  Amazon digital video sales are slow
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