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Gary Price / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Part 1: The Birth of Yahoo Answers  —  I've been thinking about how to handle the writing this article about the introduction of the new Yahoo Answers service that just launched moments ago and is now live.  With the help of someone named Danny S., (-: I've decided to divide my comments into two posts.
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.
Michael Bazeley / SiliconBeat:
Yahoo Answers  —  We chatted with Ofer Shaked and Caterina Fake at Yahoo today about yet another service the company rolled out.  This one is called Yahoo Answers.  It's not to be confused with Google Answers, which allows people to ask a pool of experts to research questions for them for a price.
Discussion: Geeking with Greg and Mashable*
Gary Price / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Report: "Windows Live Local" Coming Soon With Cool Aerial Imagery  —  According to this unconfirmed report, the Infoworld article: Virtual Earth becomes Windows Live Local this week, Microsoft will make Virtual Earth imagery available via its new Windows Live Local service that the article is coming later this week.
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.
Official Google Blog:
Public transit via Google  —  One of the best things about working at Google is a policy known as "20 percent time," which you can read about on our jobs page or in this post.  Having the freedom to pursue projects during 20 percent of our work week means engineers can pursue a breadth …
Gary Price / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Labs Quietly Releases Travel Planner for Portland, Oregon
Discussion: All Points Blog
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: Kotaku and GameSetWatch
Matt Haughey / PVRblog:
Seven Questions with Michael Cronan, designer and creator of the name "TiVo" and the mascot  —  Through a totally random sequence of events where a friend of a friend met someone at a party, I ended up talking to Michael Cronan of Cronan Design.  Michael is noted for coming up with the name …
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%.)
Discussion: Loud Thinking … and Gadgetopia
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.
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
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
SourceTool Launches as Business Supplier Directory  —  Former executives from business-to-business search directory have launched a new supplier directory at, under the corporate moniker TradeComet.  —  The site, which is supported with contextual ads, has been in a testing phase since early fall.
Bob Sullivan / MSNBC:
Think your PC is safe online?  Think again  —  Study finds 81 percent of home PCs don't have basic security software  —  WASHINGTON -  —  Bob Sullivan  —  •Profile  —  •E-mail  —  While most Internet users think they are safe online, they're not, according …
NASA seeks help from private rocketeers  —  Entrepreneurs could take over job of sending cargo and crew into orbit  —  CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - With the space shuttles due to retire, NASA is looking for private companies interested in taking over the potentially lucrative business of flying cargo …
Xbox 360 Maniac:
Best Buy to Have Xbox 360 Console Dec 18  —  A (supposedly) leaked insider document from Best Buy shows they are stockpiling 360 consoles to go on sale on December 18th.  —  A scanned copy of this document is linked below, and it is not verified, but does seem legit.  —  Here's the juice:

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