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3:30 PM ET, January 15, 2007


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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 …
Tony Hung / The Blog Herald: 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. was publicly announced as a service for both bloggers …
Discussion: Monkey Bites
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Another PayPerPost Virus
Elise Ackerman /
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.
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.
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
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: CrunchGear, Infinite Loop and digg
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 and Roam4free
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.
10 Best Intranets of 2007 … The 10 best-designed intranets for 2007 are:  — American Electric Power (AEP), United States  — Comcast, United States  — DaimlerChrysler AG, Germany  — The Dow Chemical Company, United States  — Infosys Technologies Limited, India
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Is News A Fundamentally Shared, Social Experience?  —  Findory, a personalized news service created by Greg Linden, who worked on Amazon's groundbreaking personalization engine, will be put on autopilot as Greg steps away from the effort.  Om Malik comments:
Discussion: Mickeleh's Take
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Second Life May Also Represent New Life For Online Gambling
New York Times:
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Let's Swap Our Cell Contracts
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Project Grizzly inventor crafts real-world Halo suit for military use
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Ben Fritz / Variety:
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Discussion: TechCrunch and PaidContent
Jon Udell:
Ambient video awareness and visible conversations
Rod Boothby / Innovation Creators:
Read/Write Intranet Idol
Discussion: AccMan
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Weebly offers free, easy Web site creation
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Hollywood Asks YouTube: Friend or Foe?