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2:00 PM ET, January 26, 2007


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Matt Cutts / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
A quick word about Googlebombs  —  Co-written with Ryan Moulton and Kendra Carattini  —  We wanted to give a quick update about "Googlebombs."  By improving our analysis of the link structure of the web, Google has begun minimizing the impact of many Googlebombs.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Kills Miserable Failure & Other Google Bombs  —  After just over two years, Google has finally defused the "Google Bomb" that has returned the official George W. Bush biography at the top of its results in a search on miserable failure.  The move wasn't a post-State Of The Union Address gift for Bush.
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:   Algorithm to reduce Googlebomb impact
Seclists.Org shut down by Myspace and GoDaddy  —  Many of you reported that our SecLists.Org security mailing list  —  archive was down most of yesterday (Wed), and all you really need to  —  know is that we're back up and running!  But I'm going into rant mode  —  anyway in case you care for the details.
Declan McCullagh / CNET
GoDaddy pulls security site after MySpace complaints  —  update A popular computer security Web site was abruptly yanked offline this week by and GoDaddy, the world's largest domain name registrar, raising questions about free speech and Internet governance.
Mike / Techdirt:   MySpace And GoDaddy Shut Down Huge Archive Of Security Mailing Lists
Kevin Poulsen / 27B Stroke 6:
GoDaddy Defends SecLists Takedown
AACS confirms hacks on high-definition DVD players  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A consortium of movie studios and technology companies backing the encryption system for high-definition DVDs on Thursday confirmed that hackers have stolen "title keys" and used them to decrypt high-definition DVDs through flaws in DVD player software.
Discussion: Techdirt and Engadget
Hi-def DVD security is bypassed  —  The encryption on high-definition DVDs has been bypassed, the consortium backing the copy protection system on discs has confirmed.  —  At the end of last year a hacker claimed he had defeated the protection on a number of HD-DVD titles, leading to fears the entire system was broken.
Discussion: Gizmodo and
Inside Google Book Search:
Books: Mapped  —  One of the first things I did upon moving to New York City was to buy some books about this great metropolis: guide books, historical accounts, collections of stories from famous reporters.  My excitement grew with each word I read.  However, being unfamiliar with the streets …
Rachel Sanderson / Reuters:
YouTube and Wikipedia storm to top brand ranking  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Internet firm Google has again pipped Apple to the top spot in a global brand ranking that also sees YouTube and Wikipedia debut in the top five, a survey showed on Friday.  —  The annual survey by online branding …
Rcade / Workbench:
Amapedia: The Conspicuous Consumption Community Wiki  —  While browsing Amazon.Com this evening I noticed a reference to Amapedia, a collaborative wiki the company describes as a "community for sharing information about the products you like the most."  —  The site's newly launched …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Amazon Quietly Launches Amapedia, a Wikipedia For Products
Discussion: Mathew Ingram and digg
Christy Salcido / Apple:
Starbucks Hear Music Now on the iTunes Store  —  Starbucks Entertainment Area on iTunes to Feature New & Exclusive Hear Music Releases in Addition to Critically Acclaimed Catalog Titles  —  SEATTLE, Washington and CUPERTINO, California —October 5, 2006 — Starbucks and Apple® today announced …
Mark Hachman / ExtremeTech:
Update: At Least 25 Million Americans Pirate Movies  —  Roughly 25 million Americans — or 18 percent of the U.S. online population — have illegally downloaded a full-length movie, a study released Wednesday asserts.  —  In a study of 2,600 Americans polled via telephone and online …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Windows Vista vs. Mac OSX, the two-hour definitive word  —  I remember having great discussions about Microsoft vs. Apple back in the 1980s and 1990s.  We all survived those years without too many hurt feelings.  —  So, I thought it'd be fun to do it again in 2007 now that Microsoft is shipping Windows Vista.
Elinor Mills / CNET
This Web site can name that tune  —  Do you ever find yourself humming a song whose title, to your frustration, you don't know or can't remember?  New search Web site Midomi is designed to actually identify that song for you in as little as 10 seconds.  —  Launching in beta mode on Friday …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Explay's nanoprojector gets a little face time  —  While we were able to get a little hands-on time with Microvision's own minuscule projector earlier this month at CES, the folks over at TFOT were able to snag some face time with Explay's ridiculously small nanoprojector.
Discussion: and Trends
Matt / Photo Matt:
Sun Followup  —  In the past few days since I wrote the post on my experience with Sun there has been a lot of interesting discussion spawned, and as much about Jonathan Schwartz's response as my post.  Mr Schwartz rightly got a ton of kudos in the blogosphere for his honest and personable response.
Ryan Naraine /
Microsoft Word Zero-Day Attack Discovered  —  Microsoft's security response team has launched an investigation into reports of a zero-day attack against a previously unknown vulnerability affecting its ever-present Microsoft Word program.  —  The Redmond, Wash.-based software maker said it's aware of …
Discussion: TechBlog and TechSpot
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Wireless news, views and reviews  —  APPLE WANTS TO MAKE MAC BOOK SMALLER... BY PUTTING OPTICAL DISC DRIVE AT THE BOTTOM  —  Apple may be focused on reinventing the phone with the iPhone, but that doesn't mean that it has forgot about it's notebooks.  Recent Apple's patent filings …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Ex-Yahoo Exec now Pageflakes CEO  —  Dan Cohen, till very recently Head of My Yahoo business for Sunnyvale, California-based web media and search company, has joined personalized web page start-up Pageflakes as its chief executive officer, according to our sources.
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'I Know Marketing'  —  A few years ago, I tried to give marketing advice to Marc Benioff.
Discussion: Valleywag
Modculture / Tech Digest:
HTC's UMPC-like Ameo device to launch in the UK
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Gadget Lab
Josh / Bokardo:
Hilary Clinton Uses Yahoo Answers
Blake Snow / Joystiq:
Soft PS3 sales spell trouble for EA, others
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple developing next-gen ODD module for ultra portable notebooks
Discussion: MacUser
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Japanese department stores trialing virtual makeover machines
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
New bill proposes analog TV warning
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gadget Lab
Furiro's Sexy, Sexy Skype Phones
Discussion: VoIP Blog, CrunchGear and Engadget
 Earlier Items: 
Gabriel Stricker / Google:
A look ahead at Google Video and YouTube
Tim Weber / BBC:
Criminals 'may overwhelm the web'
Discussion: JD on EP
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Hold the presses: Bill Gates is now a Hooters VIP
Ryan Carter / Download Squad:
AlZip unzips it al, um, all
Joris Evers / CNET
Apple closes another Wi-Fi hole
Microsoft Reports Record Revenue
Ina Fried / CNET
Microsoft 'not happy' with search results
Terry Semel / Yodel Anecdotal:
Off to a great start
Discussion: GigaOM, Got Ads? and CenterNetworks