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Greg Yardley / Greg Yardley's Internet Blog:
Google tests out Click-to-Call AdWords  —  Google is apparently testing out click-to-call AdWords - I can't see it myself, but Seth just searched for 'refinance' and spotted some phone icons alongside the AdWords listings.  He entered his phone number and within five seconds received an automated phone call …
Gary Price / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Begins Test of "Click-to-Call" Advertising Program  —  If you wondered when Google might begin offering pay-per-call ads it looks like the time is now.  —  In a very thorough blog post, Greg Yardley reports (nice work Greg, screen caps, too) that Google has started to test a pay-per-call advertising program.
Jack Shafer / Slate:
The Great Google Wipeout  —  Chronicle of a corporate death foretold.  —  It wasn't like it had never happened before in the tech world.  At the beginning of the 1980s, an Apple computer was the only box a self-respecting user would own.  Lotus 1-2-3, WordPerfect, IBM PCs, CompuServe …
Ars Technica:
Xbox 360: shortages no joke  —  While some people insisted that the talk relating to Xbox 360 scarcity was just a veiled publicity stunt, I headed out this morning to see what the scene looked like on the ground.  In a word: chaos.  —  The shortage is very real, and it has plenty of people angry and frustrated.
Sharon Waxman / New York Times:
Web Site Agrees to Help Curb Access to Movies  —  LOS ANGELES, Nov. 22 - The creator of software used by millions of computer owners to download movies agreed on Tuesday to prevent his Web site from linking to illegally available movies online, the latest result of a bid by Hollywood to gain control of a growing piracy problem.
Discussion: Darknet
Gary Gentile / Associated Press:
Hollywood Hopes to Reduce Movie Downloads  —  LOS ANGELES - Hollywood hopes that an agreement with the creator of BitTorrent software, popular for downloading pirated movies over the Internet, will reduce illegal traffic in online films.  —  The agreement negotiated Tuesday requires 30-year …
Discussion: IP Democracy
Nick / Rough Type:
Jellybeans for breakfast  —  When my daughter was a little girl, one of her favorite books was Jellybeans for Breakfast.  (Holy crap.  I just checked Amazon, and used copies are going for hundreds of bucks!)  It's the story of a couple of cute tykes who fantasize about all the fun stuff …
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Blogging as 'intellectual hydroplaning'?
Discussion: Rough Type
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:   Why blogging matters  —  As a Web communications tool …
Margaret Kane / CNET
Microsoft opens up Office  —  Microsoft wants to make the file formats for its new Office 12 applications a standard.  —  The company said it would submit applications to the European standards body ECMA International next month, in a move to reassure customers that they will not be locked into proprietary file formats.
David Berlind / Between the Lines:   Microsoft ECMA/ISO move could give Office formats new lease on life
Brian Jones / Office XML Formats:
New approach to licensing with the Office XML formats  —  Well, as expected there is a lot of speculation out there about what the new approach we've decided to take with the license may mean.  Yesterday I posted about our move to standardize the Office XML formats and to change the license based …
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Microsoft's Red-Ink Game  —  Redmond will sell every Xbox console at a big loss, says researcher iSuppli.  Not to worry, the profit is in the associated software  —  Microsoft's newest gaming console marks an improvement on the earlier version in some decisive ways.
Discussion: GameInsider and Kotaku
Gamers Wait in Rain for Xbox 360  —  NEW YORK/SEATTLE (Reuters)—Hundreds of video game fans braved chilly temperatures on both U.S. coasts on Tuesday to be among the first to get their hands on Microsoft Corp.'s new Xbox 360 video game console, which went on sale in North America on Tuesday.
Discussion: Microsoft Watch and Gearlog
Stefanie Olsen / CNET
Search technology comes to the camera phone  —  What do MP3s have in common with dairy?  —  Milk marketing.  —  By early next year, cartons of milk sold by a European dairy manufacturer will have images of CD art printed on them.  Accompanying each image will be a message urging people …
Jennifer Granick / Wired News:
Dark Cloud Hovers Over Black Hat  —  Last week Black Hat, the Vegas security conference that was at the center of the Ciscogate controversy last summer, was purchased by CMP Media.  The sale has the internet hens clucking about whether ownership by a larger, wealthier corporation …
Barry Fox /
Invention: Landmine arrows  —  For over 30 years, Barry Fox has trawled the world's weird and wonderful patent applications each week, digging out the most exciting, intriguing and even terrifying new ideas.  His column, Invention, is now available exclusively online.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Brightcove update - AOL & IAC are on board  —  Cnet reported today that AOL, InterActiveCorp, investment bank Allen & Co., and The Hearst Corp. plan to invest $16.2 million in Brightcove.  In addition, Barry Diller, CEO of InterActiveCorp, will join Brightcove's board of directors.
Associated Press:   Online Video Service Pairs Up With AOL
Seth Jayson / Motley Fool:
Instant Gratification From Apple?  —  Someone's gotta be the one who starts the rumor, right?  So here goes.  —  I think Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL) going to be offering instant-on computers in the very near future.  Make that near-instant.  Faster than normal, anyway.
Christopher Grant / Xbox 360:
Joystiq Guide: PSP on the 360  —  Presenting the official Joystiq guide on getting your shiny toys to play nice together: your Sony PSP and your Microsoft Xbox 360.  Just like iPod integration, this seemed crazy, but we are here to announce: it works great.
Discussion: I4U News

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