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Yahoo! Search blog:
Great Tastes That Go Great Together  —  I've been a big fan of, the social bookmarking service Joshua Schachter created, for quite a while now.  So much so that when Dave Taylor recently asked for "experts" to help explain What's so cool about, I was glad to masquerade as an expert.
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:  - Yahoo Acquires  —  I just got off an instant message conversation with Joshua Schachter, the founder of  I was asking him for any comment on the Yahoo acquisition rumors and he pointed me to the blog.  —  Yahoo has acquired
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Yahoo! buys  —  Yahoo! has bought social bookmarking site for an undisclosed amount.  Joshua Schachter posted an announcement to the blog and mentions Yahoo!'s ability to help scale and keep pace with it's growing user base and site usage.
Om Malik on Broadband:
Yahoo! buys
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
Heather Green / Blogspotting:   Yahoo Snaps Up
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 …
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
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.
Philip Ball / Nature:
Does rivalry rewire the rapping web?  —  Social networks of rappers differ from all other human networks.  —  The rivalry and feuds for which rap music is notorious may mean that in contrast to other human social networks, like does not attract like.  —  All the same, says Reginald Smith …
Discussion: collision detection
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.
Sony says PS3 still on track for spring launch  —  Sony on Thursday said it remained on track to roll out its PlayStation 3 game console by spring 2006 despite industry speculation that the scheduled launch could face delays.  —  The timing of the release of Sony's updated PlayStation console …
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

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