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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 …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Google sucks, there I said it  —  I wonder if it's Google or me …
Discussion: Things That
Om Malik on Broadband:
GMail Gets RSS Clips
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's …
Garett Rogers / ZDNet:
More new Gmail features  —  It's only been about a week since …
Ian Youngs / BBC:
Song sites face legal crackdown  —  The music industry is to extend its copyright war by taking legal action against websites offering unlicensed song scores and lyrics.  —  The Music Publishers' Association (MPA), which represents US sheet music companies, will launch its first campaign against such sites in 2006.
Discussion: Techdirt, Guardian Unlimited and digg
Brad Burnham / Union Square Ventures:
A Delicious Eight Months  —  On April 14th, we closed an investment in Delicious.  We wrote about our initial investment here.  —  Eight months later, Delicious has been sold to Yahoo!.  The news is on the Delicious blog.  —  We are thrilled to see Joshua Schachter …
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
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Power could cost more than servers, Google warns  —  update A Google engineer has warned that if the performance per watt of today's computers doesn't improve, the electrical costs of running them could end up far greater than the initial hardware price tag.
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
MMA Releases Guidelines for Banner Ads on Phones  —  It may have an audience as tiny as its screens, but the mobile Web has just gotten its first set of banner ad guidelines.  —  The specifications (PDF), released by the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA), discuss graphical banners, text "banners" and ad units that combine the two.
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 …
USA Today:
Once-brotherly image turns Big Brotherly  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Opponents long ago painted Wal-Mart, Microsoft and a handful of other behemoths into a rogue's gallery of too-powerful corporations needing government restraint.  —  Now, a brash upstart with a "don't be evil" mantra may soon join them: online search giant Google.
Discussion: RatcliffeBlog and Jaffe Juice
Matt Casamassina /
Nintendo's Official Stance  —  What does the Big N have to say about Revolution's tech specs?  Click to find out.  —  December 8, 2005 - Online reports are shedding new light on the horsepower for Nintendo's next-generation console, codenamed Revolution, and gamers are reacting.
Discussion: Joystiq
Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Windows Live Local debuts  —  Microsoft has released a preliminary version of a new Windows Live service that will compete with Google, Yahoo! and others in mapping, driving directions and local search.  Called Windows Live Local, it combines elements of Microsoft's Virtual Earth technology …
Mizuho loses $224m on typing error  —  TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) — Japanese brokerage Mizuho Securities scrambled on Friday to clean up the mess left by a trader who mistakenly offered tens of thousands of shares for 1 yen apiece, costing the firm at least $224 million.
Discussion: Techdirt
The Citizen's extended Q&A with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer  —  Thirty years after Bill Gates founded Microsoft Corp., some observers say the company is going through a midlife crisis.  —  Its stock price has stagnated since the technology bubble burst, and nimble Web-based competitors …
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.

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