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11:35 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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Google's Death Knol For Some?
Nick / Rough Type:   Google Knol takes aim at Wikipedia
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Preparing To Launch Game Changing Wikipedia Meets Squidoo Project
Discussion: WinExtra
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Knols Project: Google Experimenting With User Generated Encyclopedic Pages
Discussion: TechBlog, bytes|genes and Digg
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.
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
eMarketer:
The Promise of Social Network Advertising  —  How much can social networks net?  —  Social networking is an Internet success story.  —  This year, 37% of the US adult Internet population used online social networking at least once a month.  That figure will rise to 49% in 2011.
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BBC:   Hi-tech tools divide social sites
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 …
James Sherwood / The Register:
Test your liver... with your phone  —  If you're worried that your liver could be in for some punishment this Christmas, then don't.  Just reach for your mobile phone and check its health on the fly.  —  The mobile phone liver sensor  —  Boffins from the Korean Institute of Bioscience …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
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.
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
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
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nokia's N-Gage hits the N81 next week in pre-release form  —  It's a good time to be an N81 or N81 8GB user, since Nokia's got some pre-release versions of full N-Gage titles just for you as of next week.  Nokia's hoping for some feedback with this "N-Gage First Access" setup, since the full service isn't quite ready to go yet.
 
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Karl / DSLreports:
Singapore To Build National 100Mbps Network - Open access, completed by 2015...
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / eWEEK.com:
Novell's Linux Income Increases
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
Johnny Vulkan / Business Week:
The Year in Advertising
Discussion: PSFK and Advertising Lab
Globe and Mail:
How did copyright become cool?
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Google LatLong:
Confessions of a search box
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Palm lays off 10% of work force
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Clint Boulton / eWEEK.com:
Google Adds Blogs to Universal Search
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
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