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12:30 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.
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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.
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:   Google Runs Out of Content to Monetize; Wants You to Build More
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Google's Death Knol For Some?
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.
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
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Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
iPhone Users Get GarageBand Ringtones [Apple]
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
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.
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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 …
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 …
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.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
N-Trig DuoSense in Dell Tablet to Power Other "Major Brand Notebooks" [Exclusive]  —  N-Trig makes the DuoSense technology that powers the Dell Latitude XT's touch-sensitive and pen-enabled display.  This is the only input device in the market that combines a pressure-sensitive pen with multitouch …
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, rc3.org and GigaOM
Verizon:
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
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
New Jackass film to receive web premiere  —  'Jackass 2.5', the third in the 'laddish' series of movies featuring Johnny Knoxville and copious amounts of nudity, is to become the first studio-backed feature film to receive its premiere on the web.  —  Paramount Pictures is hoping that it can open …
Discussion: Contentinople, WebProNews and last100
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
 
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Path Intelligence Monitors Foot Traffic in Retail Stores By Pinging People's Phones
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Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
Sony Ericsson Patent Depicts the Auto-Cleaning Future [Patents]
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Google Adds Blogs to Universal Search
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