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1:55 PM ET, January 24, 2007

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The Age:
Microsoft 'tried to doctor Wikipedia'  —  Microsoft has landed in the Wikipedia doghouse today after it offered to pay an Australian blogger to change technical articles on the community-produced web encyclopedia site.  —  While Wikipedia is known as the encyclopedia that anyone can tweak …
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Dmahugh / Slashdot:
hi, I'm the guy you're bashing today  —  The premise of this thread is a lie.  Nobody ever contacted Rick and asked him to "make edits and corrections favorable to" Microsoft.  Also, nobody from Microsoft PR contacted him.  I am the person who contacted Rick, and I am a technical evangelist specializing in the Open XML file formats.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Battleground Wikipedia  —  There's been a discussion over the last few days over a Microsoft employee offering to pay an Australian blogger named Rick Jelliffe to edit certain Wikipedia pages relating to Open Office standards, including this page.  Jelliffe writes about the offer here.
Tony / Deep Jive Interests:
Microsoft: If You're Going to Game Wikipedia? Do It Right
Discussion: Mathew Ingram and JD on EP
Brian Bergstein / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Microsoft lands in hot water for offer to pay for Wikipedia edits
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Chaddus Bruce / Wired News:
CIA Gets in Your Face(book)  —  If you're a Facebook member, a career as a government spook is only a click away.  —  Since December 2006, the Central Intelligence Agency has been using Facebook.com, the popular social networking site, to recruit potential employees into its National Clandestine Service.
Discussion: Profy.Com, Valleywag and IP Democracy
Yahoo!:
Yahoo! To Launch New Search Marketing Ranking Model in the U.S. On February 5  —  New Marketplace Values Ad Quality, Rewards Relevancy  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan 23, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO), a leading global Internet brand and one of the most trafficked Internet …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Adobe and its P2P Ambitions  —  Adobe Systems, now the owner of Flash multimedia technology, seems to be getting pretty serious about spreading its tentacles into new product categories - from VoIP to peer-to-peer networking.  But it is P2P that is at the heart of San Jose, Calif.-based company's grand design.
Discussion: Reel Pop, John Furrier, JD on EP and Message
Nick Wilson / Performancing.com:
Wow, what a start to the year  —  Well it's been quite a ride so far for Performancing.  We've had to close down Metrics, but have promised to help release it as open source this year, we've just announced the closure of our blog advertising program, though behind the scenes some interesting discussions …
SeekingAlpha Internet Stocks:
Yahoo! Q4 2006 Earnings Call Transcript  —  Executives  —  Terry Semel - Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer  —  Sue Decker - Chief Financial Officer; Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration  —  Analysts  —  Christa Quarles - Thomas Weisel Partners  —  Presentation
Valleywag:
SECOND LIFE: Virtual world's supposed economy is 'a pyramid scheme'  —  Linden Lab's virtual world — a much-hyped online amusement arcade of cartoon porn, avatars of IBM executives and frog bands — has an annual GDP of about $220m, according to Fortune Magazine's David Kirkpatrick.
Gizmodo:
ESA To Debut Satellite-Based Multimedia Radio  —  Radio listeners in Europe may need to thank the European Space Agency if all goes according to plan.  The ESA is set to debut a new type of multimedia radio tomorrow that makes use of currently existing satellites and a low profile antenna affixed to cars' roofs (seen here).
Discussion: Newlaunches.com and Listening Post
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Let's get together  —  Online groups have become a great tool for managing and sharing activities and ideas for a defined group of people.  Back in October we introduced a new version of Google Groups (in beta) in the hopes that it would help people work together better.
Discussion: Googling Google and Monkey Bites
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Seamusmccauley / Virtual Economics:
How the Internet has lengthened our attention span  —  Tim O'Reilly talks today about the web training our minds to prefer snippets or "short form" culture (HT: Nick Carr).  "The web," he says, "has put a premium on short-form content, both because it's easier to read in the ADD style …
Discussion: Glass House and media blog
out-law.com:
Apple DRM is illegal in Norway, says Ombudsman  —  Apple's digital rights management lock on its iPod device and iTunes software is illegal, the Consumer Ombudsman in Norway has ruled.  The blow follows the news that consumer groups in Germany and France are joining Norway's action against Apple.
Discussion: Techdirt and MacUser
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
802.11n in all but name: draft hardware in the clear  —  Late last week, we reported that the IEEE's 802.11 working group signed off on Draft 2.0 and sent it out to the rest of the IEEE membership for approval.  More details have emerged from the working group's meetings in London and it's …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Engadget and Gizmodo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Job Board Bubble  —  The world has changed since I wrote about the need for a decentralized job board service last August.  Just not quite in the way I had hoped.  —  Job Boards are the product du jour of tech blogs.  We have one, and countless others have sprung up as well.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Rising Dead Pool Indicates Web 2.0 Bubble is Popping  —  The Web 2.0 "bubble" - where a thousand ventures can bloom and thrive - is starting to pop. In the last few weeks the number of startups to go belly up or teter on the brink has increased.  TechCrunch is my yardstick for all things Web 2.0.
Discussion: Valleywag, Message and CrunchNotes
Intel:
New Intel Wireless Product for Laptops Extends Networking Speed and Range  —  New Compatibility Program for Intel® Centrino Users with Wireless-N  —  Intel Corporation today introduced the Intel® Next-Gen Wireless-N network connection, an upgrade to the wireless component found …
Robert Levine / New York Times:
A Red Cat's Journey, Enhanced by iTunes  —  Over the course of his career that has spanned four decades, the guitarist and producer Ry Cooder has recorded with groups from the Rolling Stones to the Buena Vista Social Club.  But he hasn't been prolific as a solo artist recently …
AMD:
AMD Reports Fourth Quarter and Annual Results  — Fourth Quarter Microprocessor Unit Shipments Set New Record, Increasing 26 Percent Year-Over-Year and 19 Percent Sequentially -  — Fourth Quarter Mobile Processor Revenue Increased 85 Percent Year-Over-Year and 41 Percent Sequentially-
 
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Pentium 4 overclocked to 8GHz: let's see your fancy Core 2 try that
Tara Conlan / Guardian:
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Paul Collins / Slate:
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ResourceShelf:
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Sun raises $700 million but won't say why
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T-Mobile rolls out HTC Athena as "Ameo"
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Safety Group Wants Automakers to Steer Clear of Hands-Free Devices
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