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8:15 AM ET, November 29, 2007


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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Straight Out Of Left Field: Google Experimenting With Digg Style Voting On Search Results  —  If you saw this one coming, give yourself a very large prize.  Google is experimenting with Digg style voting features on search results that allow users to vote up or bury search results they see.
Discussion: /Message, O'Flaherty and Digg
Haochi / Googlified:
Google Digg-Style Experiment  —  Google Experimental is currently running an experiment that allows some selected users to "influence [the] search experience by adding, moving, and removing search results."  —  On a result page, you can choose move a search result to the top by clicking …
Elinor Mills / CNET
Yahoo, Adobe team on PDF ads  —  Yahoo and Adobe are bringing pay-per-click ads to Adobe's Portable Document Format so that publishers can serve up ads inside PDFs distributed on Web sites and over e-mail that are contextually relevant to the content.  —  The text advertisements appear …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Offers Contextual Advertising In PDFs; Yes, PDFs  —  Yahoo and Adobe have teamed up to give publishers the ability to offer contextual advertising as part of their PDF document downloads.  —  Users upload their PDFs to Yahoo's ad network and then Yahoo hosts the document for download …
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Facebook May Revamp Beacon  —  After pressure from MoveOn and members, the social network may change a policy on sharing info on users' Web buying and activities  —  In the wake of mounting criticism, Facebook executives are discussing changes to a controversial advertising tool …
Wendy Davis / MediaPost Publications:
Privacy Groups Ready FTC Complaint Against Facebook
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
New Google Maps feature could simulate GPS on iPhones  —  A new version of Google Maps introduced this week includes a beta feature dubbed My Location that was designed to simulate the GPS experience on mobile phones and handheld devices that do not include GPS hardware, like Apple's iPhone.
Discussion: Ubergizmo, GigaOM and Slashdot
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google rolls out mobile phone locator
Discussion: Engadget and
Crayton Harrison / Bloomberg:
Apple to Unveil Faster IPhone, AT&T's Stephenson Says  —  Nov. 28 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. will introduce a version of the iPhone next year that can download from the Internet at a faster rate, AT&T Inc. Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson said.  —  The device will operate …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
P2P Traffic Is Booming, BitTorrent The Dominant Protocol  —  Ipoque, a German based company that specializes in developing bandwidth managing solutions for Universities and ISPs concludes this from data they gathered between August and September 2007.  In total, over 3 Petabytes …
Discussion: The Register and WinBeta
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:   EFF study confirms Comcast's BitTorrent interference
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Yahoo! concocts a spicier new version of Widgets and Konfabulator  —  Yahoo! has launched an updated version of the Yahoo! Widget Engine and gallery.  Yahoo! Widget Engine 4.5 has the same look and feel on your desktop as version 4.0, but there are some changes in the way widgets are created and organized.
David Pogue / New York Times:
Microsoft Challenges the iPod (Again)  —  Don't look now, but Microsoft might finally be getting the hang of hardware.  —  The company's overall track record for designing gadgets is pretty awful.  Remember the Smart Display?  The Spot Watch?  The Ultra-Mobile PC?  The original Zune?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Social Site Rankings (October, 2007)  —  Last month, I asked comScore to run some numbers on traffic to social sites (comScore calls them social networking sites, but they are not all social networks).  This month, I asked them to do the same run again for October, 2007.
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Tim Berners-Lee dream for Facebook five years hence  —  Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee visited Silicon Valley to speak with scientists and tech executives at HP Labs in Palo Alto, Calif. this week.  In this video clip he offers his view, which he previously expressed in this blog post …
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog and CNET
Lewis Page / The Register:
Google wants to make renewable power cheaper than coal  —  Plans to spend several thousandths of ad revenue  —  Watch online now - The findings of The Register's Virtualization Study  —, "the philanthropic arm of Google", plans to sink some of the company's billions in ad fees into advancing renewable energy technology.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Verizon's "Open" Network Will Really Be Two-Tiered  —  Verizon's newfound openness when it comes to its wireless network is not all that open after all.  As I reported yesterday, Verizon Wireless announced that it would allow "any device" and "any app" to operate on its existing network.
Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
How Does Bruce Schneier Protect His Laptop Data?  With His Fists — and PGP  —  Computer security is hard.  Software, computer and network security are all ongoing battles between attacker and defender.  And in many cases the attacker has an inherent advantage: He only has to find one network flaw …
Charl Norman / Bandwidth Blog:
Afrigator beta launched  —  I attended the 27 Geek Dinner last night at Melrose Arch and witnessed the unveiling of Afrigator beta by one of the founders, Justin Hartman.  Afrigator launched earlier this year in Alpha and has now emerged with the 'beta tag' and a host of new functionality.
Discussion: Blogcosm and Vincent Maher
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Afrigator: The Best of African Social Media, in Real Time
Discussion: White African
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Tom Espiner / ZDNet:
Lawyers: Vista branding confused even Microsoft
Discussion: The Mac Observer and Techdirt
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Geni Clone Growing A Lot Faster Than Geni
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
MTV to offer all South Park clips online
Discussion: Mashable! and
Steve Bass / PC World:
Eleven Questions for a Warez Site Owner
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
MSFT: Setting Up Facebook For Failure?
Discussion: Web Strategy
Richard Monson-Haefel / Application Platform …:
Why Microsoft Loves Google's Android
Telefonica Invests In Mobile Advertising's Amobee Media Systems
Daniel Berninger / GigaOM:
Here Comes Trouble: Infocom vs. Telecom
Discussion: Changing Way
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Jim Kukral / Marketing Ideas Online:
I Love Twitter, But I Have To Quit It
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Gregg Keizer / PC World:
Office 2008 for Macs Adds iPhone, iPod Sync
Holly M. Sanders / New York Post:
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Microsoft Must Pay $140 Million For Using Multiple Passwords …
Discussion: InfoWorld and Mashable!