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10:20 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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Google's Death Knol For Some?
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Google Preparing To Launch Game Changing Wikipedia Meets Squidoo Project
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 …
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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.
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.
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BBC:   Computer skills 'undervalued'
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 …
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
BBC:
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Greedy Webkinz Infuriates Parents, Trashes Own Brand  —  One of the greatest online success stories of the past two years, Webkinz, has suddenly threatened its brand and annoyed its most important constituency (parents) by bombarding kids with ads.  —  The Webkinz model was simple and brilliant …
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