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4:50 PM ET, January 22, 2007

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Google Blogoscoped:
Wikipedia Nofollows Links  —  Wikipedia now adds the "nofollow" attribute to all external links.  The reason given for this is to battle spam links, like those of blackhat search engine optimizers.  The change is already active, as you can see by checking outgoing links on Wikipedia's articles.
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Randfish / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
Wikipedia Finally Makes the Right Decision  —  It may seem odd coming from someone who practices link building and whose clients require the service, but I'm gald to see that Wikipedia has shifted back to nofollow on all outbound links.  What surprises me is that a relatively small …
Ashton Mills / APC:
10 reasons not to get Vista  —  It's all too easy to get caught up in the million dollar marketing engine as we approach the consumer release of Windows Vista, so lets not forget that it isn't the second coming, and by all counts is an upgrade you can do without.
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Steve Wiseman / IntelliAdmin.com:
The 5 sins of Vista  —  Since Vista was released to MSDN subscribers back in November I have started using it on my primary development laptop.  I would love to run it in a VMWare session while I am developing, but it is still not possible to get Areo Glass to run this way …
Discussion: All about Microsoft and digg
Dan Warne / APC:   10 reasons you should get Vista  —  My colleague Ashton Mills published …
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
A new crop of kids: Generation We  —  When Amy Jo Kim's son Gabriel says he wants to "watch videos," she knows he doesn't mean DVDs or television.  He wants YouTube.  —  Gabriel, an intensely curious kid who's about to turn 8, has been fascinated by everything from skateboarding and basketball …
Discussion: GigaOM, Screenwerk and Lost Remote
David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
Windows on the Mac changes everything  —  The kind of software sold by the formidable Parallels is transforming computing and challenging Steve Jobs, says Fortune's David Kirkpatrick.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — The lines between the Mac OS and Windows are starting to blur.
New York Times:
Gambling Subpoenas on Wall St.  —  The Justice Department has issued subpoenas to at least four Wall Street investment banks as part of a widening investigation into the multibillion-dollar online gambling industry, according to people briefed on the investigation.
Discussion: Seeking Alpha and Techdirt
Tom Coates / plasticbag.org:
On Space Art in Sebastopol...  This is so much fun.  Where to start?  Okay.  So in September last year a few of us went to the O'Reilly FOO Camp.  It's an invitation-only event in Sebastopol in California where everyone's expected to present what they're thinking about or working on and where lots of fascinating conversations happen.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Group Formed to Support Linux as Rival to Windows  —  Linux, the free operating system, has gone from an intriguing experiment to a mainstream technology in corporate data centers, helped by the backing of major technology companies like I.B.M., Intel and Hewlett-Packard, which sponsored industry consortiums to promote its adoption.
Bill Slawski / Search Engine Land:
Google's OneBox Patent Application  —  One of my favorite search related articles is one that Danny wrote a few years back titled Searching With Invisible Tabs.  It stands out because it describes one of the major difficulties involving how search engines work - making a user interface as simple as possible …
Discussion: Shoemoney
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Next-gen MacBook Pro to shine brighter  —  A forthcoming update to Apple's MacBook Pro line will usher in a generation of more vibrant and uniformly-colored notebook displays thanks to some new underlying backlight technology, AppleInsider has learned.  —  Confirming an earlier …
Bink / Bink.nu:
Microsoft is now accepting nominations for the Windows Vista Service Pack 1 TAP  —  Brief Summary  —  Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) will be a standard service pack that will include security updates, hotfixes, as well as limited other changes focused on improving quality.
 
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Silicon Valley Watcher:
IBM and top Silicon Valley companies could become targets for private equity firms
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Cyberthreat experts to meet at secretive conference
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
A Real Music Store Sprouts Online
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
XM: Pacific Crest Cuts Rating; Sees Merger With Sirius As Unlikely …
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Finjan Reconfirms Google's Anti-Phishing BlackList Exposed
Guy Kawasaki / How to Change the World:
Is a Business Plan Necessary?
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Universal exec - say goodbye to the old record co.
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Mike / Techdirt:
Indie Music Labels Team Up To Get Their Own Cut Of Money Being …
Discussion: Reuters
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Geraldine Fabrikant / New York Times:
Once Given Up for Dead, Comcast Defies Its Obits
Discussion: Mary's Blog
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
An Internet Video Partnership From 2 Lions of Old Media (Eisner and Jann Wenner)
Discussion: HipMojo.com and PaidContent
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Adds Sponsored Links To Your Search History
Eric Ward / Search Engine Land:
Are You In The Circle Of Link Trust?
Google Blogoscoped:
Google and the Web Democracy
Discussion: WebProBlog
Ars Technica:
AmigaOS 4  —  An exercise in computing, not nostalgia
Discussion: MacUser, JD on EP and digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SmugMug: The (Anti) Web 2.0 Company
Aaron Brazell / Technosailor:
10 Things You should Know About WordPress 2.1