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1:15 AM ET, January 22, 2007


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Darren /
My Project Du Jour:  —  Hey you, get a first life, eh?  —  First off, I am not a Second Life hater.  Let me say that again: I am not a Second Life hater.  I'm on record as saying that there's something important going on inside the game.
Discussion: Change Is Good, You NEWB and digg
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
First Life: SL parody with zero sympathy whatsoever.  —  Scott Beale says, … Link.  Thanks to everyone who suggested this.  —  Update: "Get a First Life" creator Darren got a "Proceed and Permitted" letter (the opposite of a "cease and decist") from Linden Labs: … Link.
Dave Barnes / MacScoop:
Apple to charge Mac OS X Tiger users for final Boot Camp release?  —  According to a report MacScoop has obtained, Apple will charge current users of Mac OS X Tiger for the final version of Boot Camp that will be released at the same time as Mac OS X Leopard, this Spring.
Dominic Rushe / Times of London:
Google plots e-books coup  —  GOOGLE and some of the world's top publishers are working on plans that they hope could do for books what Apple's iPod has done for music.  —  The internet search giant is working on a system that would allow readers to download entire books to their computers …
Discussion: TeleRead, and Slashdot
Shel / a shel of my former self:
Throwing out the tool with the blogwater  —  Warning!  Long post follows.  —  For me, one of the great frustrations of working in the PR profession is the number of people who think they understand it without the benefit of any background in it.  Public relations is a field in which scholars devote …
Tony / Deep Jive Interests:   Why Social Media Press Releases "Matter"
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
An Insurance Policy for Low Airfares  —  FARECAST, the Internet start-up that made waves last year by predicting ticket prices for air travelers, is putting its money where its mouth is.  —  Sort of.  —  The company planned on Monday to announce Fare Guard, a service that guarantees …
David Pogue / New York Times:
Office 2007: From bloated to sleek  —  Life has a funny symmetry, don't you think?  When you're born, you're short, toothless and bald.  You spend the first part of your life gaining height, teeth and hair—and the last part losing them again.  —  Believe it or not, Microsoft Office is following the same trajectory.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
It begins: black market Vista copies already on Chinese shelves  —  Screw the limited edition signed collector's Vista plate set with matching flatware and signed Bill Gates lithograph, China's already rocking it black market style with Vista knocks on the shelves in two CD sets.
Discussion: digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
booBox To Help Bloggers Sell Stuff  —  Brazil-based booBox is preparing to launch a set of tools for bloggers and other website owners that will help them sell items they are writing about.  They've submitted some basic information to us, but there is clearly a language barrier and we are still digging into the details.
Discussion: Bloggers Blog, Go2web2 and digg
LG Super Multi Blue Player: Order Now  —  We just got tipped off that Best Buy now has the LG Blu-ray HD-DVD Combo Player available for order online.  Brian Lam, being the investigative journalist that he is, insisted on [ordering one for himself] testing the link before we reported this exciting news to the world.
Discussion: Gadgetell and
On Linking  —  In a recent ongoing piece, I mentioned the "Canada Line", a huge construction project currently disrupting Vancouver.  Motivated in part by the 2010 Winter Olympics, it's a subway/elevated train connecting the city core, the airport, and everything on the path between them …
Todd Zeigler / The Bivings Report:
Campaigns are Conversations  —  Hillary Clinton formally announced her entry into the 2008 Presidential race today.  And like Tom Vilsack, Senator Clinton appears to have spent some time with the Cluetrain Manifesto ("markets are conversations").  —  The tagline "Let the Conversation Begin" …
CarstenCumbrowski / Search Engine Journal:
All Wikipedia Links Are Now NOFOLLOW  —  I blogged about the Wikipedia Issues with SPAM and the discussions about the use of NOFOLLOW for ALL external Links from Wikipedia.  It was done, finally.  —  As of now are all outbound links from the english Wikipedia Site using the NOFOLLOW attribute, no exceptions.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Blacklist Contained Confidential Information  —  Internet security firm Finjan will confirm on Monday that Google's much-discussed anti-phishing blacklist contained confidential usernames and passwords of individuals, including credentials for accounts at banks and other financial institutions.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and digg
Michael / michael parekh on IT:
ON RSS READER AGIDA  —  Dave Winer, who Time Magazine describes as having "Helped popularize blogging, podcasting and RSS", hits the nail on the head with this post on what's wrong with today's RSS readers like Bloglines or Google Reader (the two I use currently): … He's right.
Google may buy video game ad firm  —  No. 1 Internet search firm is seeking ways to broker advertising across all forms of media worldwide.  —  NEW YORK ( — Google Inc. is in talks to acquire Adscape Media Inc. in a move to expand beyond its traditional Internet search advertising business …
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