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12:00 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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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  —  So, in contrast to many bloggers I know, I don't use Apple.  I use Microsoft.  I like it for a variety of reasons.  I have even described myself as a bit of a fan.  But when I heard about Microsof's latest PR astroturfing blunder …
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.
Brian Bergstein / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Microsoft lands in hot water for offer to pay for Wikipedia edits
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
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, Message, John Furrier and JD on EP
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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Ben Charny / MarketWatch:
Yahoo profit drops 61% on costs; sales up 13%
Reuters:   Yahoo says ad system on track for early release
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Image Results Redesign  —  I'm not sure when exactly this happened, but Google seems to have gone live with the redesigned Google Image search results they've been experimenting with for some time.  Now instead of seeing the file name, dimensions, size and URL, you'll only be getting some "context-aware" snippet below the image.
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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 and IP Democracy
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
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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.
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
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.
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 …
Joshua Jaffe / VC Ratings:
Sun raises $700 million but won't say why  —  File this in the "I don't get it Big Dan" category.  KKR is investing $700 million into the computer maker for what Sun says are "strategic opportunities for growth."  If a company announces plans to raise cash worth 2.8% of its entire market capitalization …
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Smaran / TorrentFreak:
Mark Cuban: BitTorrent is Doomed  —  So, here's Cuban's argument.  He believes that from the business standpoint, BitTorrent and other peer-to-peer technologies are great.  They save massive amounts of bandwidth and help efficiently distribute large media files, possibly even speeding up transfers.
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Groups Redesign Live  —  Google Groups has a new design now which Google tested out as a Beta for some time.  The design looks sleek but there were some problems with the redesign, too.  —  [Thanks Max!]  —  Google Groups Redesign Live by Philipp Lenssen |
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Karen / Official Google Blog:
Let's get together  —  Online groups have become a great tool …
Discussion: Googling Google
Paul Collins / Slate:
jTunes  —  THE INSANELY GREAT SONGS APPLE WON'T LET YOU HEAR.  —  "Killer Tune" is just that: It sounds like the Killers, and it is killer.  It's one of the most popular iTunes downloads for the band Straightener—but you haven't heard it.  —  You can't hear it.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Furdlog and digg
 
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Katie Benner / Fortune:
I got my job through Second Life
Seamusmccauley / Virtual Economics:
How the Internet has lengthened our attention span
Discussion: Glass House and media blog
Chris Gilmer / Web Worker Daily:
BACKING UP IMPORTANT PHYSICAL DATA
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Kotaku:
Japanese Teen Idol Tries To Destroy SNES Carts
Discussion: DS Fanboy, Go Nintendo and digg
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Pirating the 2007 Oscars
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
T-Mobile rolls out HTC Athena as "Ameo"
Cindy Skrzycki / Washington Post:
Safety Group Wants Automakers to Steer Clear of Hands-Free Devices
AMD:
AMD Reports Fourth Quarter and Annual Results
Discussion: The Tech Report
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Feds: Details of ISP snooping haven't been decided
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Apple updates Xserve RAID to 10.5 Terabytes
Mike / Techdirt:
Court Doesn't Have A Problem With Opt-Out Copyrights; Tells Kahle, Lessig To Go Home
Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
Judge Dismisses Online Phone Suit
Discussion: Techdirt and 21talks
Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 Released