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5:25 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.
Discussion: Bruce Clay, Inc. Blog
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:   What Is The Check On Wikipedia's Power?
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Like Richard Stallman never edits the Wikipedia entry on the GPL ...
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Valleywag:   MICROSOFT: Why Microsoft PR got accused of cutting up the Bible
Rex Hammock / Rex Hammock's weblog:
Jimmy Wales reveals Wikipedia white-hat optimization hack
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
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Profit Down, Outlook Up at Yahoo  —  Yahoo closed the books on a tough year yesterday, reporting that its sales rebounded in the fourth quarter from an especially sluggish third quarter and promising investors that it would soon turn on technology that it hoped would close the widening gap with Google.
Discussion: The Next Net and ContentBlogger
Business Wire:
eBay Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2006 Financial Results  —  Reports Record Q4 Net Revenues of $1.7 Billion  —  Delivers Q4 GAAP Diluted EPS of $0.25 and Non-GAAP Diluted EPS of $0.31  —  Repurchases $1.0 Billion of Common Stock During Q4 and Expands Program for Additional $2.0 Billion
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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.
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.
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
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
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
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Time to Reboot the Internet Again
Network World:
Google exec says IT 'crisis' preventing business innovation
Discussion: Rough Type and Slashdot
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
Yahoo's Profit Takes a Nosedive
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 …
Josh Rubin / Cool Hunting:
Nike Considered 2007  —  Considered, the sustainable footwear line …
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Yahoo Search Marketing's New Quality Ranking : Patent Info & How To's
Discussion: Search Engine Land and digg
ESA To Debut Satellite-Based Multimedia Radio
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Pentium 4 overclocked to 8GHz: let's see your fancy Core 2 try that
New Intel Wireless Product for Laptops Extends Networking Speed and Range
Sunshine Mugrabi / Red Herring:
YouTube—Censored?  —  Offending Paula Abdul clips are abruptly taken down.
Paul Collins / Slate:
Discussion: Gizmodo, Furdlog and digg
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 …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
802.11n in all but name: draft hardware in the clear
Discussion: CrunchGear, Engadget and Gizmodo