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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
AOL Deal May Omit Stake Sale  —  Time Warner may not be selling a piece of America Online after all.  —  Time Warner is still in negotiations with Microsoft and Google over a variety of potential deals involving its AOL unit.  But most of the possibilities under discussion …
Business Week:
Can Google Go Glossy?  —  Why its plan to resell print ads to its army of advertisers may be off to a slow start  —  It was a babystep that sent tremors through the media establishment.  Seeking ways to expand its advertising juggernaut beyond the Internet, Google Inc. (GOOG ) …
James Moore / Jim Moore's Journal:
Why we invested $5 million in Attensa: RSS Investors Fund  —  News is out on the RSSI investment in Attensa, announced today.  —  KBCafe,  —  Red Herring  —  When John Palfrey, Richard Fishman and I founded the RSS Investors Fund, our aim was not simply to make money.
Discussion: Northern Telecom and Attensa
Red Herring:
RSS Fund Makes 1st Investment  —  The fund set up to invest in web technologies leads $9-million investment in RSS startup Attensa.  —  RSS Investors, a private equity fund focused on information aggregation and other cutting-edge web technologies, said Monday it led a $9-million investment round …
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Randy Charles Morin / The RSS Blog:   Interview w/ Jim Moore of RSSI
PR Newswire:
'Podcast' Is the Word of the Year  —  NEW YORK, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ — Only a year ago, podcasting was an arcane activity, the domain of a few techies and self-admitted "geeks."  Now you can hear everything from NASCAR coverage to NPR's All Things Considered in downloadable audio files called "podcasts".
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Talking-Head Video Is Boring Online … As broadband connectivity has grown, websites have increased their use of video clips.  Unfortunately, many of these videos are produced for television broadcast and are thus unsuitable for the online environment.  —  In 1997, I wrote an analysis …
Shankar Gupta / MediaPost Publications: Plans Expansion  —  DIGG.COM, A COLLABORATIVELY EDITED TECHNOLOGY news site that some on the Web are touting as the next Slashdot, intends to branch out from tech stories and move into other news categories as well as media such as video and audio, said CEO Jay Adelson.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
At Google, Cube Culture Has New Rules  —  Google, like I.B.M., says that it is forging a corporate culture in which success depends on performance.  —  But while I.B.M. is an old company that has revamped the social contract with its workers, Google is writing a new one from scratch.
Matt Casamassina /
Revolution Launch  —  What exactly does "2006" really mean?  We narrow down the launch date.  —  December 5, 2005 - Asking a Nintendo executive for Revolution's official launch date will always yield exactly the same response, which is, simply, "2006."  In the past, the Big N's president …
Discussion: Engadget, Joystiq and Kotaku
Martin LaMonica / ZDNet:
IBM to support OpenDocument early next year … IBM plans to support early next year the OpenDocument standard in its desktop software, a product the company intends to market aggressively in developing countries.  —  At a press conference in Delhi, India, IBM executives plan to announce Monday …
Gavin Clarke /
IBM goes open with office suite
Yahoo! News:
Google Fixes Desktop Search Loophole  —  Google (Nasdaq: GOOG - news) has strengthened its Desktop Search tool so that it cannot be used any longer by hackers who are exploiting an unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT - news) Internet Explorer software.
Discussion: TechSpot
Xeni Jardin / Wired News:
Thinking Outside the Box Office  —  When Steven Soderbergh releases his next film on January 27, it will have not only the critics squawking, but Hollywood studio execs, too.  Bubble, an all-digital thriller, is set in an Ohio doll factory, and all of the actors are completely unknown.
Discussion: Techdirt
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The last presses  —  Last month, I went to Europe for a session at the Guardian's management offsite.  They were just about finished converting the Guardian and the Observer print editions to the Berliner format (halfway between a broadsheet and a tabloid) at great effort and expense and at no small risk.
Darren Rowse / Blog Tips at ProBlogger:
Blog Stats - Page Views  —  Stuart left a comment on a previous post pointing to some traffic graphs of a few of Weblogs Incs that he was interested that none of the WIN blogs seem to have an average of more than 2 page views per visitor.  —  I replied to Stuart's comment that I'd be interested …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and Conversion Rater
Jeneane Sessum / ALLIED:
Well Blow Me a Bubble!  —  You know that I come to you first with all of the exciting news of my life, which thankfully doesn'?t happen too often, leaving me plenty of time to write about hamsters and PR and strep throat and Jenna.  —  But today is one of those big news days—?  OH BOY!
Discussion: Joho the Blog

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