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2:50 PM 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.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Google Knol: A Step Too Far?
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Google Runs Out of Content to Monetize; Wants You to Build More
Discussion: /Message
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.
Cying / inside looking out:
What You Need To Know About Amazon SimpleDB  —  Well after being under NDA for so long, I'm glad to be able to say that Amazon SimpleDB has gone into limited beta.  Congratulations to everyone on the SDS / SimpleDB team; their several years of work on SimpleDB (formerly called SDS) is a brilliant piece of engineering.
Discussion: Rough Type, and GigaOM
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon rolls out beta of its cloud database
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Nintendo's Wii Rainchecks Mean You Get the Console Plus the Agonizing Wait [Nintendo]  —  Nintendo's Wii Rainchecks Mean You Get the Console Plus the Agonizing Wait  —  Kotaku's Brian Crecente is liveblogging a chat with Nintendo US honcho Reggie Fils-Aime, where the first order of business …
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.
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan /
Hype Watch: Social Media Revenues a Tiny Sliver of Online Advertising Pie
Discussion: WebProNews
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.
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
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: WebProNews and
Tom Espiner / CNET
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 …
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 …
Michael Tolosa / The Commute from Hell:
CNET Sweeps  —  A couple weeks ago, Natalie Del Conte announced that she was leaving the Textra podcast (and PodShow in general) to join the New York branch of CNET.  This seemed like a blow to Adam Curry's PodShow company (where my DC Derby iTunes stream is hosted), since it appeared …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and CenterNetworks
Verizon Launches FiOS TV in Oregon, Increasing to 13 the Number of States Where Verizon Now Competes Head-to-Head With Big Cable for Television Viewers  —  Only TV Service Delivered Over Nation's Most Advanced, All-Fiber-Optic Network Straight to Consumers' Homes  —  Kevin Laverty, 425-261-5855 (o), 425-359-7598 (cell)
Discussion: DSLreports
Federal Trade Commission:
Petition Seeking My Recusal from Review of Proposed Acquisition of Hellman & Friedman Capital Partners V, LP (DoubleClick Inc.)  —  This statement responds to the "Complaint Requesting Recusal of the Federal Trade Commission Chairman From the Pending Review of the Proposed Google-Doubleclick Merger" …
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Officially unlocked iPhones not really unlocked
Darren Murph / Engadget:
iPhone integral part of Land Rover LRX concept
Discussion: Gizmodo
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Annotating the Web with Google Toolbar
Danny Mendez / Download Squad:
YouTube adds cool visualization for browsing related videos
The Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Treo 755p coming December 17th
Discussion: Gadgetell and Engadget Mobile
Gateway CEO to resign in early 2008
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Google Analytics Adds Graphing, E-Commerce
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Eee PC Running Vista Make Us Go Eeek [Asus Eee PC]
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Video: Santa Claus gets a Mac in latest Apple ad
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
New Jackass film to receive web premiere
Discussion: Contentinople and WebProNews
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
N-Trig DuoSense in Dell Tablet to Power Other "Major Brand Notebooks" [Exclusive]
James Sherwood / The Register:
Test your liver... with your phone
Discussion: Gizmodo
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nokia's N-Gage hits the N81 next week in pre-release form
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