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2:55 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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Nick / Rough Type:
Googlepedia  —  Just to underscore the impetus behind the launch of Googlepedia - er, Knol - I went back to rerun a test I first ran over a year ago to see how high Wikipedia pages rank in a random set of Google searches.  Here were the results on August 10, 2006:  —  World War II: #1  —  Israel: #1
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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.
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
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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.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Amazon Takes on Oracle and IBM With SimpleDB
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Amazon rolls out beta of its cloud database
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.
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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 …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Nintendo establishes official raincheck program for Wii
Discussion: Switched and Smalltalk Tidbits …
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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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
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.
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: WebProNews and paidContent.org
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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 …
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: CenterNetworks and NewTeeVee
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
 
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
What's Wrong With Windows Mobile and How WM7 and WM8 Are Going to Fix …
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Officially unlocked iPhones not really unlocked
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Danny Mendez / Download Squad:
YouTube adds cool visualization for browsing related videos
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Verizon Treo 755p coming December 17th
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James Sherwood / The Register:
Test your liver... with your phone
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nokia's N-Gage hits the N81 next week in pre-release form
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