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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.
Gary Price / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Part 2: Other Q&A Services, Most Available For Free!  —  Here's a short list of a few, only a few services of many services, that offer online Q&A services.  Like all answers found on the web or really anywhere, it's important to use your critical info skills and take a step back and look …
Om Malik on Broadband:
For Skype, One More Headache Called Yahoo  —  The ink on the $4.1 billion eBay-Skype deal is almost dry and already competitors are lining up to rain on Skype's parade.  If the regulatory/incumbent problems were not enough, here comes news that Yahoo will soon upgrade its Messenger's dialout/dial …
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.
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
Mena / About Six Apart:
Mena Trott Implodes Onstage.  News at 11.  —  I've just returned from Paris after attending Les Blogs, a weblogging conference organized by our European office.  I'm still a bit jet-lagged and, at this moment, I haven't the energy to write up a long post about the morning talk I gave (plus the heated Q&A).
Alfred Hermida / BBC:
Apple faces iPod patent dispute  —  Apple could be in for a bruising legal fight with rival Creative over the technology used in iPod music players.  —  Creative boss Sim Wong Hoo has told the BBC he plans to "pursue aggressively" a US patent it owns on a system used to navigate music on digital players.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and MacMinute
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
Daniel Terdiman / CNET
Is Wikipedia safe from libel liability?  —  If someone accuses you on Wikipedia of being responsible for killing a person, don't expect much relief from the courts.  —  That's a lesson that's emerging from former journalist John Seigenthaler's run-in with an article in the online …
Stowe Boyd / Get Real:
A Kinder, Gentler Blogosphere  —  Wow.  I have been traveling back and forth across the US the past two days, and completely missed this piece.  Apparently Mena Trott gave a sort of odd (to be kind) talk at Les Blogs (again, I am glad I didn't go), where she called for a "nicer" blogosphere.
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
This is my style  —  Mena Trott made a big deal about civility …
Discussion: Scripting News
Lockergnome / Chris Pirillo:
COMCAST CONNECTION BLUES  —  I woke up this morning...  connection was down.  —  Nothin' left to do  —  but to drive all over town.  —  Then I found me a hotspot,  —  and I got me online.  —  The waiter offered bread so fresh  —  to complement my whine.  —  I've got the blues.
Rachel Metz / Wired News:
Wrap Up a Holiday Hack  —  NEW YORK — Remote-control cars are so over.  If you really want to be on the edge of holiday hipness this season, try a home-hacked version that drives itself.  —  Artist Federico Muelas is a remote-control-car-hacking expert.  He cracks open the remote …
Revolution Controller: Touch It  —  Use your mouse to play with the Revolution controller, just like in your dreams.  —  December 7, 2005 - In a videogame industry focused on the latest and greatest graphics, Nintendo's new console is something of an enigma.  Revolution represents a bold new direction for the company.
Discussion: Joystiq
RIM speaking to NTP through mediator  —  TORONTO (Reuters) - Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM.TO: Quote, Profile, Research) (RIMM.O: Quote, Profile, Research) has been speaking to patent holding firm NTP Inc. through a court-appointed mediator, the maker of the BlackBerry wireless device said late on Wednesday.
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 …
Om Malik on Broadband:
Mobile WiMAX Standard Approved  —  Updated: IEEE standards body has approved the 802.16e standard and with that, what is commonly known as Wireless MAN or WiMAX has gone mobile.  (More information here.)  Obviously, I need to spend sometime reading the final draft, and get my head wrapped around this complex issue.

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