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9:20 PM ET, January 22, 2007

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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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John Fontana / Network World:   Lotus sets social networking tools, collaboration updates as focus for '07
Steve Borsch / Connecting the Dots:   Will corporate social networking include dating?
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 …
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:
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 …
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.
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 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: APC, All about Microsoft, Channel 9 and digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SmugMug: The (Anti) Web 2.0 Company  —  SmugMug CEO Dan MacAskill, who has said "maybe I just don't get this 'Web 2.0′ term" in the past, is proceeding to teach those of us who claim to know exactly what it means a thing or two.  The company launched a suite of stunning new features tonight.
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: NewTeeVee, Screenwerk and Mary's Blog
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
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
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 …
Doug Mellgren / Associated Press:
German, French groups want open iTunes  —  OSLO, Norway - German and French consumer groups have joined a Nordic-led drive to force Apple Inc. to make its iTunes online store compatible with digital music players made by rival companies, a Norwegian official said Monday.
Discussion: The 463, Ars Technica and MacUser
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
Mike / Techdirt:
Indie Music Labels Team Up To Get Their Own Cut Of Money Being Thrown Around From Google & Microsoft  —  from the not-such-a-good-thing dept  —  Ethan Bauley writes in to point out that a bunch of independent music labels are teaming up to act as a single entity to secure their own licensing deals with sites like MySpace and YouTube.
Discussion: Reuters and hypebot
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 …
Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog:
The World Just Changed  —  By now you've read the press release, and you know that Sun and Intel are joining forces to drive Solaris, the NetBeans development environment, Java, and the Intel Xeon platform.  You'll see ads that look like this in a few days:
Discussion: Ars Technica and theWHIR.com Blogs
 
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
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Rob Beschizza / Gadget Lab:
Blu-Ray DRM Cracked
Discussion: Techdirt
GameDaily:
WSJ: Google Looking to Join In-Game Ad Arena
Discussion: alarm:clock and Ars Technica
Carlo / Techdirt:
When Choosing Between Two Brands, Why Keep The Less Popular One?
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Zune 2.0: the Empire Strikes Back
Discussion: Neowin.net, Engadget and Slashdot
Falko / howtoforge.com:
Modify Your Partitions With GParted Without Losing Data
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Microsoft offering free Vista "test drive"
Discussion: MacUser and Neowin.net
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
IBM and top Silicon Valley companies could become targets for private equity firms
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Guy Kawasaki / How to Change the World:
Is a Business Plan Necessary?
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Group Formed to Support Linux as Rival to Windows
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
An Internet Video Partnership From 2 Lions of Old Media (Eisner and Jann Wenner)
Discussion: HipMojo.com and PaidContent
Ashton Mills / APC:
10 reasons not to get Vista  —  It's all too easy to get caught …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Next-gen MacBook Pro to shine brighter
New York Times:
Gambling Subpoenas on Wall St.
Discussion: Seeking Alpha and Techdirt
Ars Technica:
AmigaOS 4  —  An exercise in computing, not nostalgia
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