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11:15 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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google's Death Knol For Some?  —  In some strange twisted sort of a way, Google's foray into social content, aka Knols, is a tip of the hat to entities whose results have started to show up really high in the search results - Wikipedia and Mahalo for example.  Mathew Ingram points out this can hurt not only them, but others as well.
Nick / Rough Type:   Google Knol takes aim at Wikipedia
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Knols Project: Google Experimenting With User Generated Encyclopedic Pages
Discussion: TechBlog, bytes|genes and Digg
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Preparing To Launch Game Changing Wikipedia Meets Squidoo Project
Discussion: WinExtra
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'
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
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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
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
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 …
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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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Google: Don't give up on OpenSocial
Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
Microsoft strikes back at Opera antitrust claims  —  Microsoft on Friday denied antitrust claims by Opera Software that the software giant is abusing its dominant market position to lock users into the Internet Explorer Web browser.  —  Opera, based in Norway, announced on Thursday …
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 …
Discussion: paidContent.org and New York Times
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.
Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
Sony Ericsson Patent Depicts the Auto-Cleaning Future [Patents]  —  Those fellows at Unwired View have spotted an interesting Sony Ericsson patent application, which seems to depict an auto-cleaning function for mobile phone screens.  The concept is simple; a cleaning blade is coupled …
Discussion: Unwired View
Johnny Vulkan / Business Week:
The Year in Advertising  —  In the first in our series looking back at the best global branding and marketing of the year, Johnny Vulkan of Anomaly gives the view from the U.S.  —  "Advertising is a tax you pay for unremarkable thinking."  —  Silence.  —  In the vast chamber …
Discussion: PSFK and Advertising Lab
 
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / eWEEK.com:
Novell's Linux Income Increases
Long Tran / Yanko Design:
Portable PC Theater
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gadget Lab and Tech Blog
Flickr Blog:
Introducing the all-new Flickr Uploadr 3.0
Toby Sterling / Associated Press:
Netherlands Adopts Open-Source Software
Discussion: Engadget and TECH.BLORGE.com
Globe and Mail:
How did copyright become cool?
Discussion: p2pnet
Google LatLong:
Confessions of a search box
Business and financial news:
Palm lays off 10% of work force
Clint Boulton / eWEEK.com:
Google Adds Blogs to Universal Search
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Emma Morton / The Sun:
The sell phone for shoppers
Kristopher Kubicki / DailyTech:
AMD Announces R680, RV620, RV635 Graphics Cores
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Ellen Messmer / Network World:
Botnet-controlled Trojan robbing online bank customers
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Our first look at Office Live Workspaces
Discussion: WinBeta
Chip Griffin / Media Bullseye:
Throwing Out the Social Media Rulebook
Jonathan Simon / Official Google Webmaster …:
New: Content analysis and Sitemap details, plus more languages
AppleInsider:
Briefly: More sightings of mysterious metallic grey MacBooks
Erik Sofge / Popular Mechanics:
The Top 10 Worst Gadgets of 2007