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4:45 AM ET, December 24, 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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wikipedia-based Search Engine: Exclusive Screenshot  —  The Times reported earlier today that Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is planning to launch a new search engine next year, to be called Wikiasari.  —  He's clearly aiming for Google.  He says: … The new company will be the third business division …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and digg
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Wikiasari: Wikipedia success applied to social search?  —  Wikia will release a new search engine in partnership with Amazon.com 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 …
Discussion: Mathew Ingram
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Wikiasari - Wikipedia Founder Launching a Google Rival  —  Important Update: Jimmy Wales posts in the comments to say that Amazon is NOT involved with the Wikia search project.  See this page on Wikia for the details.  —  Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is set to launch a search engine early next year …
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.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   Have Wii? Will Trade My PS3
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.
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: HipMojo.com and PaidContent
Andy Abramson / Working Anywhere:
My Dinner Meeting With Bob  —  Last night I had a dinner meeting with long time friend and uber blogger Bob Cox.  Bob is best known as being the blogger who outed New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd for misquoting President George Bush and standing his ground against the Grey Lady …
Discussion: Office Evolution
Bloomberg:
Google Passes Yahoo in Tally of Visitors  —  Google, the search engine company, displaced Yahoo as the world's second-most-visited Web site in November and closed in on the leader, Microsoft, a market researcher said yesterday.  —  Visitors to Google's sites rose 9.1 percent …
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 …
 
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