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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.
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 …
Sarah Boxer / New York Times:
SwarmSketch taps Web's 'collective consciousness'  —  About three months ago, Peter Edmunds, a 22-year-old communications student at the University of Canberra, in Australia, began a Web site called SwarmSketch with the idea of producing a sketch of "the collective consciousness" every week.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and SearchViews
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 …
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.
Davis D. Janowski / PC Magazine:
Windows Live Local
Dave Caolo / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Google Earth in the works for Mac OS X?
Lisa Baertlein / Reuters:
UPDATE 2-Electronic Arts to buy Jamdat in $680 mln deal  —  LOS ANGELES, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Electronic Arts Inc. (ERTS.O: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Thursday it would buy Jamdat Mobile Inc. (JMDT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) in a $680 million deal to increase its share …
Where Did You Get That Phone?  —  Wal-Mart and Radio Shack accounted for three-quarters of mobile phone handset purchases made in major US retail stores in the last 6 months.  However, smaller stores also account for a large percentage of sales, according to Telephia.
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.
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
Being Microsoft CEO for One Day  —  As part of the reality TV show "Three Wishes," a 10-year-old from Simi Valley is able to realize his greatest wish.  —  REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 7, 2005 — On Friday, Dec. 9, there' will be an extra CEO at Microsoft - just for the day.  His name is Kiyaan Vazirzadeh.
Discussion: Major and John Porcaro
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: IT Facts, HD Beat and Techdirt

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