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5:00 PM ET, January 15, 2007

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Tony Hung / The Blog Herald:
SponsoredReviews.com Jumps Into the Pay-Per-Post Fray, Introduces New Ethics Quandry  —  Well, it looks like yet another pay per post service is jumping into the fray, offering to pay bloggers for their posts.  SponsoredReviews.com was publicly announced as a service for both bloggers …
Discussion: Mathew Ingram and Monkey Bites
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SponsoredReviews is Launching Soon.  —  Corporate News  —  I'm not going to give a date yet, but beta testing is going very well.  Look for updates real soon.  —  It looks like the word is out.  The blog herald just mentioned us.  —  Our official launch and press release wont …
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
MyPunchbowl Joins the eVite Gunners  —  Just in time for the SuperBowl season, Boston-based MyPunchbowl is inviting everyone to check out their new eVite competitor.  For a while eVite has been seen as a ripe target for competition as users continue to complain about constant reminder email turning the service into eSpam.
Discussion: Webware.com
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:   Mypunchbowl joins growing list of Evite rivals
Elise Ackerman / siliconvalley.com:
Hooked on Google  —  Microsoft may have been willing to spend years developing Vista, the long-delayed upgrade of its Windows operating system, but when Bill Gates was presented with a plan for finally beating Google in Internet search technology, he gave the engineers just 100 days.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / splashcastmedia.com:
Small Town News Station Heads to YouTube  —  Temecula, California's KZSW Television could be the first local TV station to take its local news beyond the station's 30,000 viewers and into the world wide audience of YouTube.  The station's local newspaper wrote tonight about the cable station's …
Webomatica:
Blog = Dog?  —  Always a fan of the half-baked analogy, I thought I'd muse a bit on David Carr's New York Times article describing his experiences blogging.  He describes a blog as a "large yellow Labrador: friendly, fun, not all that bright, but constantly demanding your attention."
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
LinkedIn and The Impending Challenge of Facebook  —  What happens to people after they graduate college?  Most of them get jobs and launch their professional careers.  So Mark Zuckerberg and his Facebook team are no doubt preparing for their user base of college students turning into professionals.
Discussion: The Social Web and Profy.Com
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Pentium M-based Intel chip at heart of Apple TV  —  Exclusive: Pop the lid off an Apple TV, the new wireless streaming media device from Apple, Inc., and you'll find that it's built around an aging Pentium M-based Intel processor and other yesteryear notebook technologies.
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear, Infinite Loop and digg
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Newspapers should own local search results  —  Newspapers have the best local content for local restaurants, movie reviews, local business, school sports, and should be the first search result for any local search.  They are not.  Greg Linden says Newspapers should own local I think they don't because they don't think globally.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Bill Gates and Steve Jobs: Keynote text analysis  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates both gave big keynote addresses last week.  So how did their messages compare?  At the suggestion of a reader, we ran the text of both speeches through the tag-cloud generator …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Will dirty talk boost VoIP start-ups?  —  It all began with an anonymous tip, about a new service called Shadow Number that allows you to make private calls from your mobile phone, while still retaining your privacy.  Their sales pitch: ShadowNumber keeps your play life private.
Discussion: Valleywag, 21talks and Roam4free
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Game search engine Wazap raises $7.9M, to launch in U.S.  —  Wazap is a search engine start-up focused exclusive on games, and is growing quickly — as you may expect, given the popularity of games.  —  It's another of those ideas that seems so obvious in hindsight, you're left wondering why it hasn't been done before.
Discussion: GigaGamez and PaidContent
New York Times:
Anywhere the Eye Can See, It's Likely to See an Ad  —  Add this to the endangered list: blank spaces.  —  Advertisers seem determined to fill every last one of them.  Supermarket eggs have been stamped with the names of CBS television shows.  Subway turnstiles bear messages from Geico auto insurance.
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
Freedom of Information, the Wiki Way  —  Site to Allow Anonymous Posts of Government Documents  —  You're a government worker in China, and you've just gotten a memo showing the true face of the regime.  Without any independent media around, how do you share what you have without landing in jail or worse?
Discussion: IP Democracy and Techdirt
Kevin Kelly / Joystiq:
Seriously impressive Ghostbusters game in the works?  —  We don't know whether this is a game in development, a mod, or just some fan's incredibly sick handiwork ... but there are some really slick looking videos on YouTube showing off what looks like a new Ghostbusters game.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What Does a Deleted Blog Post Tell Us About NBC's Social Networking Strategy?  —  We've said this before - it's always the deleted blog posts that get the most attention.  In this case it's a blog post by Sab Kanaujia, VP of Digital Innovation at NBC Digital Media.
Discussion: digg
Tom Abate / San Francisco Chronicle:
Printing gets new dimension  —  Getting it together: Redwood City startup can build 3-D objects by adding layers of materials  —  Find a need and fill it.  That's the time-honored formula for success in business.  —  In Silicon Valley, however, sometimes the formula gets reversed.
Robert Young / GigaOM:
Will MySpace Erect Tollbooths?  —  Lately, I've been thinking through an oft-discussed scenario involving MySpace... one that I have good reason to believe is now highly likely in 2007.  What if MySpace suddenly decided to put up tollbooths and all the players within the MySpace third-party ecosystem …
 
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Is News A Fundamentally Shared, Social Experience?
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Sun's Chief Doesn't Fear the Snarky
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Mike / Techdirt:
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New York Times:
As Time Inc. Cuts Jobs, One Writer on Britney May Have to Do
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Scary Drugs-in-Games Headline is Actually Company's Own Press Release
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Let's Swap Our Cell Contracts
Ben Fritz / Variety:
Yahoo! moves into online animation
PR Newswire:
AOL Announces Recommended All Cash Offer for TradeDoubler
Discussion: TechCrunch and PaidContent
Jon Udell:
Ambient video awareness and visible conversations
Rod Boothby / Innovation Creators:
Read/Write Intranet Idol
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Weebly offers free, easy Web site creation
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Hollywood Asks YouTube: Friend or Foe?
 

 
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