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Davis D. Janowski / PC Magazine:
Yahoo! Messenger Phones Home  —  Yahoo! is rolling out two new fee-based services, under the overall name of Yahoo! Messenger with Voice, that deviate a bit in their structure from the unlimited calling plans of many voice over IP (VoIP) services such as AT&T Callvantage, VoicePulse, and Vonage.
Michael Bazeley /
Yahoo's new online phone calls near  —  Yahoo is expanding its reach in the fast-growing Internet calling market, offering a service that will allow people to make and receive low-cost computer calls to and from regular phones.  —  The long-expected move could make the Sunnyvale company …
Bruce Meyerson / Associated Press:
Yahoo adds Skype-like ability to IM service  —  NEW YORK — Yahoo Inc. is entering a suddenly crowded field, offering Skype-like capabilities through its instant-messaging service that will let people dial regular phone numbers using their computers or receive calls from conventional phones.
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Michael Bazeley on The New Yahoo Messenger  —  Earlier this week I was part of a group of bloggers who were briefed after the journalists were informed about the upcoming—no official date-release of the next phase of the Diallpad acquisitions integration into Yahoo Messenger and what it means.
Brad Stone / Newsweek:
IM's New Calling  —  How the marriage of instant messenger services and traditional phone networks will change the telecom universe-and simplify our lives.  —  Dec. 7, 2005 - A colleague had an interesting question last week.  Her family is already overloaded with media and communications service plans.
Ben / Ben Metcalfe Blog:
Les Blogs: Me + Mena  —  (Health Warning: this is a rant)  —  Mena Trott (co-founder and president of Six Apart) gave, in my opinion, a badly toned and way-off-base speech at the Les Blogs conference in which she requested for more civility in the blogosphere.
David Kushner / Wired News:
The Neopets Addiction … Every day after school, 11-year-old Tyler Gagen hurries home down the country roads of Hastings, Minnesota, to play with Buddy.  "He likes hot dogs and cake," Tyler says of his pet.  "I haven't brought him to the grooming parlor yet, but I will.  He gets the royal treatment!"
Discussion: GameSetWatch and Metafilter
Dan Goodin / Wired News:
The Digital Audiophile's Toolbox  —  So you want to be an audiophile?  Great, but you need to realize this is an elite designation and that joining the ranks will take work.  The key is having the right tools, and not all of those listed here are easy to figure out, at least not the first time you use them.
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Ruby Book Sales Surpass Python  —  I was just looking at our BookScan data mart to update a reporter on Java vs. C# adoption.  (The answer to his query: in the last twelve weeks, Java book sales are off 4% vs. the same period last year, while C# book sales are up 16%.)
Quinn Norton / Wired News:
Music Man Cracks DRM Schemes  —  The ongoing saga of Sony BMG's sneaky, lawsuit-inducing copy-protection software opened a new chapter Monday when the music company released an uninstaller program to allow customers to remove the offending code from their PCs.
How to stop filesharers from stealing hotel bandwidth  —  Starts out with some geeky stuff, keep reading, the funny part is later on.  —  So, I'm in Milwaukee at ye olde Holiday Inn Express.  They have a wireless internet connection here and it's been suckin' all night, like I couldn't even do anything on it.
Mike Antonucci / A+E Interactive:
Best Buy's new outreach over the Xbox 360 launch controversy  —  I'll also add this to the previous post about Best Buy, but this deserved a separate headline.  Here's a new letter to consumers from Best Buy's President of Retail in North America, Brian Dunn:  —  TO: Open Letter to Customers
fiXXXer /
Best Buy President Apologizes For Xbox 360 Launch
Discussion: Joystiq
Simon Taylor / InfoWorld: tops list of domain name requests  — was the most sought after domain name using the European Union's own TLD (top-level domain) on the opening day for registrations.  According to data supplied by EURid, the body responsible for registering .eu domain names, received the highest number of applications.
Discussion: Techdirt and The Stalwart
Charlene Li / Charlene Li's Blog:
Windows Live Local debuts - get ready for cool bird's eye views  —  I just got out of a briefing with Erik Jorgensen, GM of Microsoft's new Search & Mapping group.  MSFT announced that it will launch Windows Live Local at tomorrow (slated to go live at 9am PST).
Yahoo! Search blog:
Asking the Internet  —  The popularity of web search has changed the way we think about the Internet in some pretty odd ways.  I've heard more than a few people struggling to answer a question who turn to their keyboard and proclaim, "I'll just ask the Internet..." while typing something into a search box.
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Search Engine Journal's 2005 Search Engine Blogs Awards  —  Search Engine Journal's 2005 Search Engine Blogs Awards  —  The Search Engine Journal is proud to announce that we are now taking nominations for the First Annual Best of Search Engine Blogs Competition.
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Starbucks: Using Confrontational Marketing to Build Brand Awareness in a Saturated Market  —  Today as I was crossing the Embarcadero I noticed that this gentleman had left his coffee on the roof of his car.  Midway through the cross walk I turned and pointed at him and he just waved at me.
Erick Schonfeld / business2blog:
Gotcha Marketing From Starbucks

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