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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 …
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.
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Feeling a little bit of buyer's remorse, eh eBay?  —  The ink on eBay's $2.6+ billion acquisition of Skype isn't even dry yet (see "Skype to eBay: No, we don't accept PayPal" and "Yes, but who in their right mind wants to talk to eBay bidders on the phone?") and already it's heading for a price war.
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 …
Elinor Mills / CNET
Microsoft offers a new angle on maps  —  update Microsoft on Thursday will unveil a beta version of Windows Live Local, which is based on its Virtual Earth aerial image application and integrates local search, mapping, driving directions and yellow pages with a bird's-eye view of major U.S. cities.
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.
Best Buy holding 360 shipment for sale?  —  A (allegedly) 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 above, and it is not verified, but does seem legit.  —  Click on the photo for the hi res copy!
Discussion: Gizmodo
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).
US warns of fake net domain data  —  More than 5% of the net's most popular domains have been registered using "patently false" data, research shows.  —  A US congressional report into who owns .com, .net and .org domains found that many owners were hiding their true identity.
Discussion: SearchViews
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.
Ryan Naraine /
AIM Worm Mimics Talking IM Bots  —  A new malicious worm squirming through America Online Inc.'s AIM network has the ability to carry on an instant messaging conversation with potential victims.  —  Researchers at IMLogic Inc.'s Threat Center spotted the new threat and warned that virus writers …
Discussion: TechSpot
New Research Proves HDTV Still 'Fuzzy' for Consumers  —  Scientific-Atlanta and Cable Companies Help Consumers 'Get Connected' and 'Get Clear' on the Big Picture  —  ATLANTA, GA - December 6, 2005 - High-definition televisions (HDTVs) are available everywhere, and people are buying them.
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

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