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7:20 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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Nick / Rough Type:
Is Wikipedia a black hole?
Shelley / Just Shelley:
Wikipedia and nofollow  —  That bastard Google warp-around …
Steve Hamm / Business Week:
IBM's Social Networking Push  —  With collaboration software called Lotus Connections, Big Blue competes with Microsoft as Web 2.0 expands into the business world  —  In the earlier days of computing, innovations that were created for corporations gradually seeped into consumer products.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Germany Gone Kaput?  —  Reader Michiel Ouwerkerk just dropped an email to say that Google Germany has disappeared.  Sure enough, when I go there, I get a holding page from what looks to be hosting company Goneo:  —  The message reads (umlauts and other German punctuation omitted, sorry!)
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Phillip Torrone / MAKE Magazine:
The complete guide to PDFs in iTunes  —  There are a small but growing number of PDFs appearing in iTunes, users can subscribe to podcasts to automatically receive audio and video - and recently - PDFs.  At MAKE & CRAFT we have experimented with this from the start - we have also cataloged …
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, Channel 9 and digg
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: WebProBlog
Matt / WordPress Development Blog:
WordPress 2.1 "Ella"  —  On behalf of the WordPress.org community of commiters, contributers, and volunteers, I'm very proud to announce the immediate availability of WordPress 2.1 "Ella", named for jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald.  Here's a sampling of what's in the new version:
Discussion: Technosailor and The Gong Show
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Making a Ruckus in the Music Business  —  An upstart run by a former Napster executive aims to change how people get songs online—and give Apple a run for its iTunes money  —  Mike Bebel has a plan for inducing young people to pay for downloaded music: Give them all the songs they want for free …
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.
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 …
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.
Geraldine Fabrikant / New York Times:
Once Given Up for Dead, Comcast Defies Its Obits  —  THREE years ago, with the cable television industry in the doldrums, the Comcast Corporation's chairman, Brian L. Roberts, approached Mel Karmazin, then the president of Viacom, with a modest proposal: give Comcast the right to show programming …
Discussion: Screenwerk and Mary's Blog
Inside AdSense:
This is a test: Video content on AdSense  —  There are many things in life that go hand in hand — peanut butter & jelly, wine & cheese, milk & cookies — and for publishers, AdSense & great content sites.  We hope that the next perfect pairing will be "great video content & your audience."
Discussion: PaidContent and Screenwerk
 
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An Internet Video Partnership From 2 Lions of Old Media (Eisner and Jann Wenner)
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Google Adds Sponsored Links To Your Search History
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Gambling Subpoenas on Wall St.
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