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Richard MacManus / Read/Write Web:
Portals 2.0 flesh out their product lines  —  Tristan Louis has compiled some excellent comparison charts of products across the Big 4 Internet companies - Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft and AOL [nb: Tristan's site was down when I checked, but you can also access his post here on Google cache].
Scott Gatz / Scott Gatz's Blog:
Google building Yahoo 2.0?  —  Jeremy Zawodny posted (in reaction to Reading the Google Tea Leaves) his opinion that Google is building Yahoo 2.0.: … Dave Winer responded quite astutely: … I really look at the whole thing another way.  Google is replaying Yahoo's playbook circa 1996.
Michael / michael parekh on IT:
ON GOOGLE BEING YAHOO! 2.0 AND THE ROAD TO PORTAL 2.0  —  One of the most popular discussions today on tech.memeorandum is around Yahoo!'s Jeremy Zawodny's (aka Yahoo!'s "Scoble") post titled "Google is Building Yahoo! 2.0".  As Om Malik pithily summarizes it,
Om Malik / Om Malik's Broadband Blog:
Tis A Season To Copy  —  Just came back from the best Starbucks on the planet - the one outside 50 California Street.  They are all decked out already with holiday trimmings, and that put me in a jolly mood.  Hence the headline!  With enough caffeine pumping, let me take a gander at one of the most provacative headlines of the day.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:   Jeremy Zawodny, who works at Yahoo, says that Google is Yahoo 2.0.
Mobile phones making a monkey out of Japanese  —  Going bananas over mobile phones for so many years is turning Japanese into monkeys, according to Sapio (11/23).  —  Nobuo Masataka, a professor at the Kyoto University Primate Research Institute and author of the monster best seller …
Discussion: MobHappy, Gizmodo and Boing Boing
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
And the Emmy for Best Actor on iPods Goes to ...  LOS ANGELES, Nov. 11 - The newest award in broadcasting excellence gives new meaning to the line Gloria Swanson made famous in "Sunset Boulevard": "I am big.  It's the pictures that got small."  —  The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences …
Nintendo hints at coming price war  —  Revolution may lowball competitors to help attract consumer eyes.  —  Game Over is a weekly column by Chris Morris  —  NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - While the Xbox 360 is going to be dominating the media spotlight for the next few weeks (and possibly months) …
Tom Sanders /
SAP dismisses open source innovation  —  'IP socialism is the worst that can happen,' argues SAP president Shai Agassi  —  Open source will fail to deliver innovation and is more likely to break applications, according to Shai Agassi, president of the product and technology group at SAP.
Discussion: Open Source
Jeff Nolan / Venture Chronicles:
SAP Slams Open Source, Oracle
Discussion: The Silent Penguin
Riva Richmond /
UPDATE: Google Weighing Test Of Print Ads In Newspapers  —  NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- Google Inc. (GOOG) is considering testing print advertisements in Chicago newspapers, in a sign that the Internet giant, to date seen primarily as a threat to traditional media, could also become an ally.
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Man buys virtual space station for $100,000  —  NEW YORK — In one of the largest sales yet of property in an online game, a Miami resident has bought a virtual space station for $100,000 and wants to turn it into a cross between Jurassic Park and a disco.  —  Jon Jacobs, a director …
Discussion: The Gadgets Blog
Paul Thurrott /
Exclusive: Microsoft Hits Windows Vista Beta 2 Delays  —  Sources at the company told me this week that Microsoft will soon delay the release of Windows Vista Beta 2 from December 7, 2005 to sometime in January or February 2006.  However, because the Vista development schedule is extremely time constrained …
Eric Bryant / Autoblog:
A misguided attempt at macho advertising  —  I came across this ad, in the form of a multi-page booklet, while thumbing through the lastest car mag to arrive in my mailbox (I think it was Car And Driver).  OK, the cover's kind of amusing, so I thought I'd page further into it.
Discussion: SearchViews
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple's Growing Army of Converts  —  Windows users are trying Macs in increasing numbers — and it's not just a function of the iPod "halo effect  —  Nothing fires up a group of Mac users like the chance to score a convert — except maybe the chance to offer an opinion on what Mac someone should buy.
Seo Book / Aaron Wall's SEO
LINK SPAM DETECTION BASED ON MASS ESTIMATION  —  Not sure how many people believe TrustRank is in effect in the current Google algorithm, but I would be willing to bet it is.  Recently another link quality research paper came out by the name of Link Spam Detection Based on Mass Estimation [PDF].
Matt Haughey / PVRblog:
Get TiVo for only 16.95* including the box!  —  Interesting, it looks like TiVo's moving to the cellphone business model completely, offering a free TiVo box for a slightly higher monthly charge.  No word on if the monthly changes after the 1 year contract is up, but great to see TiVo trying new stuff.
Discussion: Things That, Gizmodo and eHomeUpgrade

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