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5:35 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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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
Nick / Rough Type:
Google Knol takes aim at Wikipedia  —  Big news out of the Googleplex tonight: Google is launching what appears to be a head-on competitor to Wikipedia.  The company has begun beta-testing a tool, called Knol (short for "knowledge"), that will allow people to create articles about particular subjects …
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) …
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 …
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MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Google Working On Their Own 'Accountable' Wikipedia
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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" …
Ellen Messmer / Network World:
Botnet-controlled Trojan robbing online bank customers  —  Security firm says malware targeting commercial customers believed to have come from Russia  —  A new variant on the "Prg Banking Trojan" malware discovered in June is stealing funds from commercial accounts in the United States …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Google: Don't give up on OpenSocial  —  When Google unveiled its OpenSocial developer initiative at the end of October, observers hailed it as the future of the social Web.  —  But is the search king already too late to the party?  —  It's been over six weeks, and OpenSocial …
Chip Griffin / Media Bullseye:
Throwing Out the Social Media Rulebook  —  Far too many of my colleagues who share a passion for the social media space treat this new media world more as a religion than as an art.  Attending conferences, reading blogs, listening to podcasts, and talking at meetups will reveal rule after rule …
 
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