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2:40 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.
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 …
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
The Big Picture  —  A review of Dreaming in Code, by Scott Rosenberg.  —  Eyes work using a page fault mechanism.  They're so good at it that you don't even notice.  —  You can only see at a high-resolution in a fairly small area, and even that has a big fat blind spot right exactly in the middle …
Discussion: Social Media
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 …
Times of India:
Nimbus gets Rs 550-cr foreign feed  —  MUMBAI: A clutch of foreign investors including 3i, Cisco and Oman International Fund (OIF) have invested Rs 552 crore in Nimbus Communications in what could be one of the largest-ever private equity investments in the Indian media and entertainment sector.
Discussion: GigaOM and VC Circle
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
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, CrunchGear and
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:
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
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" …
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 …
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
Chris Heuer / Social Media Release:
The Social Media Release is about getting the facts right  —  So Stowe Boyd in his infinite wisdom decided to attack the idea of the Social Media Release, in a one sided telling of our conversation at Third Thursday earlier this week.  Rather than take into account anything that anyone else …
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NYT: NO, NO, NO!!!  —  The approach the NYT takes, editorially …
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