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11:10 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 …
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Wikiasari: Wikipedia success applied to social search?  —  Wikia will release a new search engine in partnership with early next year according to an interview with Jimmy Wales in today's Times of London.  The new search engine project is named Wikiasari and will apply wisdom …
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
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
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: Mickeleh's Take and digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Have Wii? Will Trade My PS3
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.
Discussion: and PaidContent
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 …
Mike / Techdirt:
France The Latest To Tell The RIAA That Privacy Is More Important Than Piracy  —  from the a-little-privacy-please dept  —  As the entertainment industry has rushed around the world assuming that no one deserves any privacy at all if the RIAA or MPAA believe they may have at one point or another accessed …
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
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
John Leyden / The Register:
CafePress wilts under DDoS assault  —, 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 …
Discussion: TechSpot and digg
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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