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5:15 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 …
Associated Press:
Microsoft in hot water over Wikipedia edits … (AP) — Microsoft Corp. has landed in the Wikipedia doghouse after it offered to pay a blogger to change technical articles on the community-produced Web encyclopedia site.  —  While Wikipedia is known as the encyclopedia that anyone can tweak …
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.
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:   What Is The Check On Wikipedia's Power?
SecondLife: Revolutionary Virtual Market or Ponzi Scheme?  —  SecondLife: Revolutionary Virtual Market or Ponzi Scheme?  —  In 2005 I began working as a venture consultant for some entrepreneurs and investors trying to develop a fairly ambitious "real-money-trading" (RMT) business idea.
Katie Benner / Fortune:
I got my job through Second Life
Discussion: Kelsey Group Blogs, Dan Blank, VTOR and digg
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, the popular social networking site, to recruit potential employees into its National Clandestine Service.
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.
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.
PR Newswire:
SAP Announces Preliminary 2006 Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results  —  WALLDORF, Germany, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — SAP AG (NYSE: SAP - News) today announced its preliminary financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2006.  —  HIGHLIGHTS - Fourth Quarter 2006
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Beyond Google: Social Media Engines First, Other Search Engines Second  —  I've never encouraged a "Google First" or "Google Only" mentality for search marketers to follow.  This is where you focus only on Google, figuring the other major search engines don't matter.
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Yahoo Search Marketing's New Quality Ranking : Patent Info & How To's  —  On Monday February 5th, Yahoo! will be going full speed ahead with the US based relaunch of Yahoo Search Marketing and its new ranking model which will focus on advertiser quality, relevancy, bid price and performance instead …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and digg
Yahoo! To Launch New Search Marketing Ranking Model in the U.S. On February 5
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
John Markoff / New York Times:
Move Over Silicon Valley, Here Come European Start-Ups  —  A technology and media conference being held here this week provided ample evidence that Silicon Valley's dominance of Internet-style technology innovation is waning.  —  The gathering, Digital Life Design, has become a showcase …
Discussion: Valleywag and point being
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: and Listening Post
New York Times:
More Marketers Are Grabbing the Attention of Players During Online Games  —  CASUAL game sites have learned how to play the ad game.  —  The sites — which offer puzzle and strategy games — once focused on selling the actual games after the dot-com bust drove many advertisers away.
Discussion: PSFK Trend: PSFK
Josh Rubin / Cool Hunting:
Nike Considered 2007  —  Considered, the sustainable footwear line from Nike, has moved in to their All Condition Gear group and will be introducing some rather innovative product as the teams join force.  Always reliable for the scoop, Woody over at Sneaker Freaker has a great interview with Bob Mervar …
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Google Watch:
Google Sues Leo Stoller for Racketeering  —  Google filed a lawsuit last week against Central Mfg., a company owned by Leo Stoller, a Chicago-based attorney who has claimed trademark rights for the word "Google," Google Watch has learned.  —  Google's lawsuit, which comes after several years …
Discussion: Techdirt
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
Yahoo's Profit Takes a Nosedive  —  Ad Business Falters Against Rival Google  —  Yahoo reported a 61 percent drop in quarterly profit yesterday, capping a year in which the online giant lost ground to Google, its biggest rival for online advertising.  —  Yahoo executives acknowledged …
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
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Network World:
Google exec says IT 'crisis' preventing business innovation
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SeeEye2Eye Webcam Eye-Contact Gadget Hands-On
Network HDTV Quality Tested: GW's Babbling Tells Us The State of the High-Def Union
Discussion: digg
Microsoft Announces Extended Support for Windows XP Home Edition …
Greg Sandoval / CNET
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Pentium 4 overclocked to 8GHz: let's see your fancy Core 2 try that
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Paul Collins / Slate:
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Robert Levine / New York Times:
A Red Cat's Journey, Enhanced by iTunes
Pirating the 2007 Oscars
Discussion: UNEASYsilence and P2P Blog
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Let's get together  —  Online groups have become a great tool …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Job Board Bubble
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
802.11n in all but name: draft hardware in the clear
Discussion: CrunchGear, Engadget and Gizmodo
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
T-Mobile rolls out HTC Athena as "Ameo"

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