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9:10 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.
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
Discussion: bytes|genes and Digg
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Google Working On Their Own 'Accountable' Wikipedia
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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 …
Discussion: MediaVidea
Mike / CrunchNotes:
The Fact And Fiction Of Sam Sethi
Discussion: A View from the Isle
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo, The Register and LEWIS 360°
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Hi-tech tools divide social sites  —  Social network sites are moving to make it much easier for software developers to write add-ons for the hugely popular web destinations.  —  Bebo, Facebook, Meebo and Friendster have unveiled plans to help them become more than places to keep in touch.
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Kristopher Kubicki / DailyTech:
AMD Announces R680, RV620, RV635 Graphics Cores  —  Get ready to enter 2008 with a bang: AMD has a bunch of GPUs on the way  —  AMD's newest R680 graphics processor might look a whole lot like the ill-fated R600 GPU, but the reality couldn't be more bizarre.
Discussion: Engadget
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Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
AMD Has Triplets; Three New GPUs Coming Soon [Amd]
Discussion: Electronista
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
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 …
Emma Morton / The Sun:
The sell phone for shoppers  —  A CAMERA phone that lets you snap an item you want, then orders it online is set to revolutionise the way Brits shop.  —  Step 1 ... take a snap of the item you fancy  —  The futuristic technology will help buyers avoid store queues - and seek out the cheapest price for the goods they desire.
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.
Greg Sandoval / Webware.com:
MERRY CHRISTMAS MOM: USTREAM LINKS SOLDIERS WITH HOME  —  To many Americans with family members serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, the most wished-for holiday gift is simply a visit with their far-off loved ones.  —  Ustream.TV, a startup that lets users stream live video to the Web …
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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Attack On the Yahoo Vice Presidents: More Exec Departures  —  It's starting to feel like a murder mystery over at Yahoo these days, as one vice president after another drops off the senior management rolls at the Internet giant.  —  Next to go are VP of Media Engineering Bharath Kadaba …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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
 
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