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1:15 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
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google Knol: Wikipedia killer or knowledge management app?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and /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.
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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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Hype Watch: Social Media Revenues a Tiny Sliver of Online Advertising Pie
Discussion: WebProNews
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]
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
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon rolls out beta of its cloud database
Discussion: TechCrunch
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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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.
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 …
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" …
Discussion: CNET News.com and ClickZ News Blog
Mark Halper / Business and financial news:
Mobile makers shake up music biz  —  Nokia and Sony Ericsson threaten cellular carriers with their new music plans.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune Magazine) — Mobile operators are losing their grip on the mobile-music business.  The latest threats: a planned free service from handset vendor Nokia …
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Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
Sony Ericsson Patent Depicts the Auto-Cleaning Future [Patents]
Discussion: Unwired View
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
N-Trig DuoSense in Dell Tablet to Power Other "Major Brand Notebooks" [DuoSense To Power Other Major Notebooks]  —  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 …
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 …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Eee PC Running Vista Make Us Go Eeek [Asus Eee PC]  —  Eee PC Running Vista Make Us Go Eeek  —  Paul O'Brien has used vLite to lighten Microsoft Vista enough to fit into an Asus Eee PC.  He took a few things off, used a 8GB Secure Digital card for storage and got it working, running simple tasks at an acceptable speed.
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 …
Discussion: CNET News.com and Kotaku
 
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John Leyden / The Register:
Botnets linked to political hacking in Russia
Mark Ward / BBC:
Second Life lessons
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Huge Phone Bills And Unsuspecting Customers; When Will Mobile …
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Path Intelligence Monitors Foot Traffic in Retail Stores By Pinging People's Phones
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Streaming Internet radio coming soon to PSP
Discussion: Orbitcast, Ubergizmo and Hear 2.0
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Video: Santa Claus gets a Mac in latest Apple ad
Verizon:
Verizon Launches FiOS TV in Oregon, Increasing to 13 the Number …
Discussion: DSLreports
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
New Jackass film to receive web premiere
 Earlier Items: 
James Sherwood / The Register:
Test your liver... with your phone
Discussion: Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nokia's N-Gage hits the N81 next week in pre-release form
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / eWEEK.com:
Novell's Linux Income Increases
Johnny Vulkan / Business Week:
The Year in Advertising
Discussion: PSFK and Advertising Lab
Globe and Mail:
How did copyright become cool?
Discussion: p2pnet
Google LatLong:
Confessions of a search box
Clint Boulton / eWEEK.com:
Google Adds Blogs to Universal Search
Chip Griffin / Media Bullseye:
Throwing Out the Social Media Rulebook