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12:35 PM ET, January 20, 2007

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Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Google Moving Into In-Game Advertising; In Talks To Buy AdScape Media  —  We had been working on this story for more than a week, and now WSJ beats us to it (darn it): Google is about to buy its way into in-game advertising, paidContent.org has learned, and WSJ is also reporting the same.
Discussion: Mark Evans and StartupSquad
Valleywag:
AOL: A warning to niche blogs  —  The wizardry of contextual advertising and blog publishing platforms will allow internet publications to flourish in a thousand niches.  Well, that was the theory.  The practice?  AOL, under new and unsentimental management, is closing down a slew …
Discussion: SYNTAGMA and Bloggers Blog
Mike / Techdirt:
Zune Not So Social When Record Labels Get Involved  —  from the welcome-to-the-what?  dept  —  Microsoft's Zune, supposedly their iPod killer has had plenty of problems.  Beyond ignoring Microsoft's own (ironically named) "Plays for Sure" DRM and making the WiFi on the device effectively useless …
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zunerama.com:
Wireless sharing - 58% of top songs are sharable?
Helen Chernikoff / Reuters:
Desk of the future will charge electronic devices  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - In the office of the future, desk jockeys who cannot live without cell phones, BlackBerrys and iPods will be able to charge up such devices just by putting them on their desks.  —  Office furniture maker Herman Miller Inc. …
Discussion: CrunchGear
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Herman Miller planning "desk of the future"
Discussion: Mark Evans
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
I don't disagree  —  Jeremy Toeman asks if I agree with his piece about the Apple iPhone and how its appeal is dropping daily.  My response.  —  I don't disagree, but that's not the same as agreeing.  I didn't like the iPod at first, now I've owned three and use my current one and leave the others at home for various reasons.
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Computer to TV ? .  Shouldn't it be the Other Way ?  —  Internet video is going to take over the world.  We want unlimited choice.  We want user generated content.  We want our TV shows streamed to us.  Give us the long tail.  Please.  —  Because we want all of this magnificent video …
Discussion: PVR Wire
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
802.11n spec moves closer to completion  —  By a unanimous vote, the IEEE's 802.11 working group has sent Draft 2.0 of the 802.11n WiFi spec out to the entire membership of the IEEE for approval.  If it is approved by the membership, Draft 2.0 wil then become the basis for the final 802.11n spec.
Dan Frakes / Macworld:
Up close with AirPort Extreme  —  We take an inside look at Apple's newly updated wireless base station  —  Although Apple's iPhone and Apple TV unveilings dominated coverage of last week's Macworld Expo, they weren't the only products the Cupertino-based company announced that week.
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
iPhone interface analysis from an actual usability expert.  Gasp!  —  Bruce Tognazzini is probably not a name that most of you are familiar with, but his associations might ring a bell.  Tognazzini (nicknamed "Tog," kind of like Woz) is a member of the Nielsen Norman Group—that's Nielsen …
Chris / LiveSide:
Windows Live Maps imagery update  —  Windows Live Maps has updated some of its imagery, adding Miami to the list of cities you can explore in 3D, as well as updating to high-res imagery for numerous other locations.  —  To show the difference between high-res and the standard imaging …
Business Week:
Yahoo's Unlikely Amigos  —  Why the portal and newspapers find they're joined at the hip  —  Evidently the newspapers are going to try to partner their way out of it.  In this case, "it" is whatever disadvantages the medium faces in the online world.  And sliding revenues …
Discussion: Screenwerk
Stowe Boyd / Message:
Enough Already: Getting Social Media All Wrong  —  I attended the Third Thursday event last night, which was held in SF instead of the usual Palo Alto.  About 25 people attended, mostly young, impressionable PR and communications folks eager to learn all about social media: specifically …
Brian / Copyblogger:
Link Building Strategies That Work  —  We've seen that the real secret to SEO Copywriting 2.0 is creating compelling content that naturally attracts links, rather than begging for links to our keyword-stuffed "optimized" web page.  In other words, SEO copywriting is now all about response-oriented copy …
Discussion: ProBlogger Blog Tips
Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog:
Courage is Relative  —  I sat down with my friend Mr. Scoble last week.  If you want to know why the train accident to which I alluded in my last entry changed my life, watch here (that section's at around 35:00, the iPhone discussion is about 8 minutes in):
Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
Judge Rules in Favor of Record Companies  —  NEW YORK - A lawsuit in which record companies allege XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. is cheating them by letting consumers store songs can proceed toward trial, a judge ruled Friday after finding merit to the companies' claims.
Discussion: Orbitcast, Gizmodo and Engadget
Valleywag:
PAYPAL: An alternate history according to Elon Musk  —  The appearance of Elon Musk in the hall of fame on Sequoia Capital's website, and rapid disappearance, gave us the excuse to write about the colorful entrepreneur.  The South African entrepreneur is now off the Silicon Valley scene …
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog
Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
Web4  —  The web changed my life.  I can't live without wikipedia or Google.  But ultimately, I'm disappointed.  Almost every day, the web lets me down.  —  What do web users do for a living?  What do we get paid to do that makes it worth giving us a web browser?  Me, I make connections.
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
Open letter to Hugh Forrest  —  What am I?  Chopped Liver?  —  Imagine how I felt when a) you came to SF to throw a party and didn't invite me - and you know why?  Cause b) you dissed me and didn't invite me to dspeak at SXSW this year.  —  Yah - I know all about the voting and the panel pickers …
Discussion: Scripting News
 
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Mike Pegg / Google Maps Mania:
Google Maps Australia is now live
Phone Scoop:
FCC Approves Stripped-Down Sidekick
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Torley Linden / Official Linden Blog:
The Linden Answers forum has closed
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Associated Press:
Google Plans N.C. Data Center
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Bitpass croaks — is this the end of micropayments?
Discussion: GigaOM
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Zoho, Omnidrive Partner For Office Document Storage
Luke Smith / 1up.com:
MICROSOFT EXPANDS XBLA FILE SIZE TO 250 MB
Pete Mortensen / Cult of Mac:
Steve Ballmer Still Largely Incoherent
Jessie Ho / asiamedia.ucla.edu:
CHINA: Google teams up with publisher of Chinese books
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Wiki Vendors Wrangle Over Wiki.com Domain
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