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3:45 AM ET, December 14, 2007

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Udi Manber / Official Google Blog:
Encouraging people to contribute knowledge  —  The web contains an enormous amount of information, and Google has helped to make that information more easily accessible by providing pretty good search facilities.  But not everything is written nor is everything well organized to make it easily discoverable.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Preparing To Launch Game Changing Wikipedia Meets Squidoo Project  —  When it comes to Google, nothing should surprise us any more.  Last month it was Digg style social voting on search results, this month its a new project called "Knol" (which apparently stands for a unit of knowledge) …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Knol - Google's Play To Aggregate Knowledge Pages  —  Move over Wikipedia, Yahoo Answers, Mahalo and Squidoo.  Maybe.  That's because Google's testing its own service to let people build a repository of knowledge.  In fact, knowledge forms the core of the service's name: Google Knol.
Discussion: Mashable! and Hacking NetFlix
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Knols Project: Google Experimenting With User Generated Encyclopedic Pages  —  The official Google blog has a post tonight about a new project that's in closed, private beta.  The program is called Knols, or "units of knowledge."  Knols participants will write reference pages on any topic …
Discussion: bytes|genes and Digg
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Google Working On Their Own 'Accountable' Wikipedia
Discussion: Download Squad
Sam Sethi / blognation Updates:
Here's to You Mr(s) Arrington, Goodbye and Good Luck Startups  —  It's ironic that 1 year ago today I resigned from Techcrunch following my Le Web 3 review on TCUK.  Mike Arrington, the publisher of Techcrunch, has never forgiven me for that post and the aftermath that followed.
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Sethi: Everyone is to blame except me  —  Soap Opera 2., starring Blognation founder Sam Sethi, ended with a blockbuster today: Sam lays all the blame for the failure of the British blog network at the feet of TechCrunch editor Mike Arrington, who split with Sethi in a nasty and public …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Top 10 reasons IT won't support the iPhone  —  Wondering why your corporate Information Technology department won't buy you an Apple (AAPL) iPhone or support the one you bought yourself?  Here's your answer.  —  Or, rather, 10 answers.  Channeling the thought processes of IT managers …
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Erik Sofge / Popular Mechanics:
The Top 10 Worst Gadgets of 2007  —  To responsibly critique art, wrote W. H. Auden, requires "an inclination to praise rather than blame, and regret when a complete rejection is required...." But we've done our share of praising this year, and instead of another round-up of the products …
Jonathan Simon / Official Google Webmaster …:
New: Content analysis and Sitemap details, plus more languages  —  We're always striving to help webmasters build outstanding websites, and in our latest release we have two new features: Content analysis and Sitemap details.  We hope these features help you to build a site you could compare …
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Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Google's Webmaster Tools Adds More Diagnostic Features and Video Sitemaps
Discussion: Web Analytics World
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Opera vs. Microsoft: Didn't the fat lady already sing this one?  —  Apparently encouraged by the willingness of EU antitrust regulators to press big U.S. tech companies in a way no else will (see "It's Ballmer, Sergey — he suggests jumping straight to dinner with Neelie Kroes") …
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Tim Lee / Techdirt:
Antitrust Law Is Supposed To Protect Consumers, Not Competitors
Discussion: PC World
AppleInsider:
Briefly: More sightings of mysterious metallic grey MacBooks  —  As next month's Macworld Expo rapidly approaches, sources are reporting additional sightings of an unfamiliar MacBook model floating around Apple's Cupertino-based campus.  —  Most recently, a source described a "dark grey" …
Google:
2007 Year-End Zeitgeist  —  We're bidding adieu to 2007 with a look back at the breaking news, the big events and the must-have gadgets that captivated us this year (give or take a few weeks; we compile this list by early December).  To get a glimpse of what's been on our collective consciousness …
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's'Podfather' Now Aims to Revive A Wilting Palm  —  In mid-July, as Palm Inc. was putting the finishing touches on its new $99 Centro smart phone, the gadget's development team received a stark message: It wasn't good enough.  —  The warning was delivered by Jon Rubinstein …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   How Palm Can Beat Apple's iPhone: The Flash Phone
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
YouTube Visualization for Discovering Related Videos  —  YouTube has a very cool visualization that lets you discover related videos.  Just go to a YouTube video, click on the full-screen button and then click on the small button that shows a network.  A lot of video ballons will pop …
Discussion: ParisLemon
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Google's wireless chief, Sacca, leaves to become angel investor  —  Chris Sacca, the head of special initiatives at Google who led Google's efforts to open up the wireless spectrum to more competition, is leaving Google to invest in early-stage technology companies.  —  Sacca wielded significant clout at Google.
 
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Debunking TomTom's iPhone GPS module
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