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7:20 PM ET, December 14, 2007

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Amazon Takes on Oracle and IBM With SimpleDB  —  Companies can now go ahead and fire their expensive database administrators—those engineers who keep the Oracle or IBM databases humming.  Amazon has just added an enterprise-class database called SimpleDB to its suite of cloud-based IT infrastructure …
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Cying / inside looking out:
What You Need To Know About Amazon SimpleDB  —  Well after being under NDA for so long, I'm glad to be able to say that Amazon SimpleDB has gone into limited beta.  Congratulations to everyone on the SDS / SimpleDB team; their several years of work on SimpleDB (formerly called SDS) is a brilliant piece of engineering.
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Economics that are impossible to stop  —  A few days ago, Jeff Barr, Amazon's Web services (AWS) evangelist visited my class and got a report of what we'd built over the course of the last semester on top of AWS.  Each student had built part of a project that eventually used 25-30 independent machines.
Steve Gillmor / Steve Gillmor's GestureLab:   Overnight Success  —  It may come as a surprise to many of us …
Nick / Rough Type:
Googlepedia  —  Just to underscore the impetus behind the launch of Googlepedia - er, Knol - I went back to rerun a test I first ran over a year ago to see how high Wikipedia pages rank in a random set of Google searches.  Here were the results on August 10, 2006:  —  World War II: #1  —  Israel: #1
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Knol - Google's Play To Aggregate Knowledge Pages
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
What's Wrong With Windows Mobile and How WM7 and WM8 Are Going to Fix It [What's Wrong With Windows Mobile]  —  We just got the scoop from Microsoft on Windows Mobile 7 and Windows Mobile 8, the two upcoming platforms that will fix what is undeniably broken about the Windows Mobile platform to date.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Windows Mobile: more of what's going on in the next two versions
Discussion: Phone Scoop and Engadget Mobile
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
A Year Later, the Same Scene: Long Lines for the Elusive Wii  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Linda Beattie is trying desperately to pay Nintendo $250, but the company is not cooperating.  —  Two weeks ago, Ms. Beattie went to a video game retailer in the Bay Area in search of a Wii, Nintendo's intensely popular video game machine.
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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Nintendo's Wii Rainchecks Mean You Get the Console Plus the …
Yiwyn / Techland:
Nintendo offers a raincheck for Wii shortage
Discussion: ParisLemon and Digital Trends
Federal Trade Commission:
Petition Seeking My Recusal from Review of Proposed Acquisition of Hellman & Friedman Capital Partners V, LP (DoubleClick Inc.)  —  This statement responds to the "Complaint Requesting Recusal of the Federal Trade Commission Chairman From the Pending Review of the Proposed Google-Doubleclick Merger" …
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
FTC chairman won't recuse self in Google-DoubleClick
Bill Gates / BBC:
The skills you need to succeed  —  One of the most important changes of the last 30 years is that digital technology has transformed almost everyone into an information worker.  —  In almost every job now, people use software and work with information to enable their organisation to operate more effectively.
Apple:
How to create custom ringtones in GarageBand 4.1.1  —  With GarageBand 4.1.1 you can export your original song, your original audio recordings, or use Apple Loops and iLife jingles to create a custom ringtone for your iPhone.  —  Here's what you need to do it:  — GarageBand 4.1.1 or later
eMarketer:
The Promise of Social Network Advertising  —  How much can social networks net?  —  Social networking is an Internet success story.  —  This year, 37% of the US adult Internet population used online social networking at least once a month.  That figure will rise to 49% in 2011.
Anne Zelenka / GigaOM:
Webkinz Advertises, and Parents Say That's OK  —  Kids' plush toy social network Webkinz.com has started running advertising, a move that, if recent articles in New York Times and Silicon Alley Insider are to be believed, has greatly upset parents.  In fact, whatever controversy exists seems …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Greedy Webkinz Infuriates Parents, Trashes Own Brand
Mike / CrunchNotes:
The Fact And Fiction Of Sam Sethi  —  So Sam Sethi, former TechCrunch UK editor, announced the closing of his Blognation blog network today.  Hey lays 100% of the blame for the failure on me personally.  And while I agree with Mathew Ingram, Techfold and others that it isn't appropriate to lay blame on others for your own failure.
Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
Officially unlocked iPhones not really unlocked  —  It turns out that the officially (Apple-sanctioned) unlocked iPhone you bought for 649 Euros (about US$965) from Orange in France — which, according to some reports, accounts for up to 20% of total iPhone sales in France — is not really unlocked.
Kate Kelly / Wall Street Journal:
How Goldman Won Big On Mortgage Meltdown  —  A Team's Bearish Bets Netted Firm Billions; A Nudge From the CFO  —  The subprime-mortgage crisis has been a financial catastrophe for much of Wall Street.  At Goldman Sachs Group Inc., thanks to a tiny group of traders, it has generated …
Danny Mendez / Download Squad:
YouTube adds cool visualization for browsing related videos  —  For a while, YouTube was just, well, YouTube.  Now under Google's wing, the popular video sharing site receives the random, occasional upgrade.  Here's a new one: You can now browse videos related to the one you're watching through an interactive web-like interface.
 
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Electronista:
Fujitsu ReRAM leads to fast mobile devices
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Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
Cracking open the cybercrime economy
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Clearview gets official with Infinity miPC
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Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Twitter from your Blackberry with TwitterBerry
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First Russian BitTorrent User Sentenced, Activists Call For Support
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Annotating the Web with Google Toolbar
The Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Treo 755p coming December 17th
Discussion: Gadgetell and Engadget Mobile
Michael Tolosa / The Commute from Hell:
CNET Sweeps  —  A couple weeks ago, Natalie Del Conte announced …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and CenterNetworks
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Eee PC Running Vista Make Us Go Eeek [Asus Eee PC]
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Huge Phone Bills And Unsuspecting Customers; When Will Mobile …
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