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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Royal Society: rent-seeking is more important than science — UPDATED  —  Update: Man, did I ever screw up.  I confused the Royal Society with the Royal Society for the Arts (RSA).  The RSA is and continues to be a sterling organization that does good works — the Royal Society is the villain here.
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Keep science off web, says Royal Society  —  The Royal Society, Britain's national academy of science, yesterday joined the debate about so-called open access to scientific research, warning that making research freely available on the internet as it is published in scientific journals could harm scientific debate.
Discussion: Boing Boing and Open Access News
New Patent Details Virtual Console Interface?  —  Revolution Report recently came across a patent filed by Nintendo which may possibly be related to the Virtual Console function of the company's next-generation console, code-named Revolution.  —  The patent in question is rather long-winded …
Discussion: Joystiq and GamersReports
Business Week:
Googling For Gold  —  With a market cap in orbit and more cash than a small nation, Google's heft is altering the tech industry's behavior.  But when does its long-awaited shopping spree begin?  —  With the news that shares of online search giant Google Inc. (GOOG ) had crossed …
Sports in your pocket  —  ESPN is betting that its own cell phone service will bring the next big thing in sports.  Will it?  —  NEW YORK ( - The next great frontier for the business of sports is probably in your pocket right now: your cell phone.
Discussion: Phone Scoop and
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
STANDING OUT IN A COMMODITY CROWD  —  This week, as the number of RSS feeds I subscribe to crossed 150 (accounting for several hundred posts a day and at least an hour of reading time), I took a moment to look at what I've signed up for and why.  —  Aside from a few purely information feeds …
Discussion: and
Louise Story / New York Times:
As Corporate Ad Money Flows Their Way, Bloggers Risk Their Rebel Reputation  —  When Anita Campbell started her Web log about small-business trends two years ago, she thought it would simply be a service for her clients and help her consulting business grow.
Scott Adams / The Dilbert Blog:
Help Me Write Today's Comic  —  It's 8 am, Saturday, Pacific Time, and I need help writing one line of Dilbert dialog.  Dilbert is at a sales call explaining how his company's product fits with the technology of the other company.  I need one realistic sounding sentence that Dilbert would utter …
J Wynia / The Glass is Too Big:
OPML Sampling: Build a Page Showing the "Best" Item From Each RSS Feed  —  OPML files are a pretty general tool.  However, one of their most common uses is to distribute a list of RSS feeds.  I've got mine up (contains something like 200-250 feeds).  They're also popping up in blogging networks …
Mike / CrunchNotes:
Mashing up OPML and Yahoo's Search API
Discussion: Scobleizer
Mark Evans / Northern Telecom:
More Gloomy Thoughts About Skype  —  Looks like the doom and gloom about Skype's future is gaining more momentum.  After my "Skype's Losing It" post earlier week looking at the political, regulatory and business threats to Skype, Om Malik has weighed in today with a post focused on employee defections …
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG and VoIP Watch
Om Malik / On Broadband, VoIP …:
Dark Clouds over Skype?
Alex / Symplification:
Nokia N80-3 has been (partially?)  FCC approved!  —  Update 26/11/2005: Corrected some grammatical errors and added model number information - the N80 which was approved in this FCC grant is the Nokia N80-3.  Presumably the N80 with quadband + WCDMA 2100 will be the Nokia N80-1.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
Fast Company on Simple  —  Jason Nov 25  —  Fast Company's The Beauty of Simplicity talks about how companies are beginning to see that "making things simple is the new competitive advantage" (which was the whole thrust of my talk at Web 2.0 — it was even called "Less as a competitive advantage").
Discussion: Weblogs Work and
Jcorbett / EirePreneur:
Why OPML is winning  —  Dave Winer points to the anti-OPML questioning of an 'XML geek' and quotes the pro-OPML answer of an 'ordinary' user - "Because there are tools".  —  As a wannabe programming geek myself (I just never had the aptitude) I can understand, to a degree …
Discussion: and Danny Ayers, Raw Blog
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
THE EFFECT OF P2P FILE-SHARING DEPENDS ON POPULARITY  —  A fascinating paper from David Blackburn, a Harvard PhD student, on the economics of P2P file-sharing concludes that it does indeed depress music sales overall.  But the effect is not felt evenly.  The hits at the top of the charts lose sales …

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