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Mena / About Six Apart:
Words You Shouldn't Say Onstage for $500, Alex.  —  After reading the posts and comments about my speech and the controversial Q&A that followed, I've questioned whether it was worth writing a post defending my onstage actions.  After much thought, I realized that it's not about the personalities involved …
Discussion: HorsePigCow
Nick / Rough Type:
Be civil, asshole  —  "The reason the battles are so bitter," someone once said about academia, "is because the stakes are so low."  It was hard not to be reminded of that famous quote when reading about Currygate and the attendant controversy over who played what role in the invention of podcasting.
David Tebbut / The Register:
Six Apart chief's 'nice' speech ends in name-calling  —  Les Blogs The second LesBlogs geekfest in Paris saw Six Apart's oh-so-nice president, Mena Trott, taking bloggers to task for incivility.  —  Having let the genie out of the bottle by providing over ten million people with the tools to blog …
Jared Jacobs / Official Google Blog:
A cure for the common inbox  —  Ever get the feeling that your email experience is a little too predictable?  I certainly have.  Over the past few months, I've been working on Gmail Clips, a new feature that can help mix things up a bit.  Starting this week, you can see headlines …
Prince McLean /
Google developing Google Earth for Mac OS X  —  Google Inc., the world's largest search engine, is developing a beta version of its fascinating Google Earth geographical satellite imagery and mapping application for Apple Computer's Mac OS X operating system, sources tell AppleInsider.
David Barboza / New York Times:
Ogre to Slay?  Outsource It to Chinese  —  FUZHOU, China - One of China's newest factories operates here in the basement of an old warehouse.  Posters of World of Warcraft and Magic Land hang above a corps of young people glued to their computer screens, pounding away at their keyboards in the latest hustle for money.
James Gattuso / The Technology Liberation Front:
Video Placebo: Is that Really HDTV You Are Watching?  —  News of the video bizarre: According to a just-released survey by Scientific-Atlanta, millions of people who have HDTV sets apparently think they are watching high definition television, but aren't.  The survey was spurred …
Dennis / Techdirt:   No Definition For Half Of HDTV Owners
Online comparison shopping nabs Web market share  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comparison shopping Web sites have seen a surge in holiday visits this year, as more consumers look to the Internet to compare prices, a research company said on Wednesday.  —  Last week, top comparison shopping sites logged …
Inside AdWords crew / Inside AdWords:
A new addition to the Quality Score  —  In August, we introduced the Quality Score along with the launch of quality-based minimum bids, letting you know that we evaluate many factors, such as your ad text and clickthrough rate (CTR) to determine the minimum bid for your keyword.
Jonathan Silverstein / ABCNEWS:
Xbox 360s in Short Supply  —  Low Supply Shaping Up as Big Problem  —  Dec. 8, 2005 — Almost immediately after Microsoft's Xbox 360 video game console hit stores late last month, gaming Web sites were inundated with reports the machines were crashing, freezing up and simply not working.
Discussion: The Blackfriars Blog and Kotaku
Jason O'Grady / The Apple Core:
FireWire not dead, but it's on life support  —  I was genuinely surprised when Apple dropped FireWire sync from the iPod nano.  So much so that I almost returned mine when I first made the gruesome discovery.  I thought for sure that FireWire would live forever in the bigger iPods …
Mitch Ratcliffe / RatcliffeBlog:
Right tool, wrong fight  —  Freedom of Anonymous Speech: Ross Mayfield writes of the Wikipedia debate....  Ross is wrong when he says "Big Deal.  It's a wiki...." The tools don't add value, the user does.  If the content of a wiki is essentially different because of the the tool used to create and edit it …
Umair / Bubblegeneration Strategy Lab:
Imitation is Not Strategy, or Why Yahoo is Living in the Uncanny Valley  —  One of Yahoo's vital points - perhaps it's definitive vital point - is that it doesn't innovate; it imitates.  Even hyperimitates, if you like; soaking up like a sponge more and more corporate versions of cool ideas floating around the Net.
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Vote : Search Engine Journal's 2005 Search Blogs Awards  —  Vote : Search Engine Journal's 2005 Search Blogs Awards  —  The Search Engine Journal's 2005 Best of Search Blogs Awards nominations are in and its time to start voting (well, really rating) your favorite search engine blogs.
Mike / Techdirt:
Message To The BSA: You Aren't Fooling Anyone  —  Every so often the Business Software Alliance comes out with a press release, based on a study they paid IDC to do, where they misrepresent the issue of illegal software copying.  They make huge claims that anyone with half a brain can see is incorrect.

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