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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
ALEXA (MAKE THAT AMAZON) LOOKS TO CHANGE THE GAME  —  (This will be updated when the service goes live, I was briefed and the embargo was 9 pm PST...)  —  Every so often an idea comes along that has the potential to change the game.  When it does, you find yourself saying - "Sheesh, of course that was going to happen.
Mylene Mangalindan / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Revs Its Search Engine  —  Alexa Unit Will Provide  —  More Specialized Data  —  For Software Developers  —  An Inc. unit plans to allow software and Web developers to request customized data searches when it scans the Web to seek new information …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Alexa turned into web service - Amazon back to its innovative best  —  John Battelle just posted that Amazon is opening up its Alexa search data and tools to the world!  According to John, Alexa has about 5 billion documents in its index, which is about 100 terabytes of data.
Discussion: Techdirt and Oliver Thylmann
Om Malik on Broadband:
Amazon's Alexa Commoditizes Search  —  About a month ago Nicholas Carr suggested that Internet search was fast becoming a commodity, because there was very little differentiation between MSN, Yahoo or Google.  That's why all the action around toolbars, desktop widgets and desktop search.
Discussion: PodTech Comments …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Alexa Totally Gets It, Opens Up API  —  John Battelle has the scoop - Alexa is making its dataI available on the Web Services platform, and it's a really big deal.  —  Amazon's Alexa is opening up its 5 billion web documents and 100 terabytes of data to anyone who wants to use it.
Discussion: Software Only
Geoffrey Mack / Alexa:
Announcing the Alexa Web Search Platform Beta  —  Today, Alexa is releasing the Alexa Web Search Platform Beta (, effectively opening up the Alexa Web Crawl and ushering in a new era where anybody can create new search services without having to invest millions of dollars in crawl …
Microsoft Sold 28% of Xbox 360s in Japanese Stores (Update1)  —  Dec. 13 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp., the second-largest maker of video game systems, sold 28 percent of Xbox 360 consoles on store shelves in Japan, according to preliminary figures from market researcher Media Create Co.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and Kotaku
Kotaku, the Gamer's Guide:
Japanese Shops Now Slashing Xbox 360 Prices
Om Malik on Broadband:
Like Yahoo, SIPphone offers Penny A Minute Calling  —  Yahoo was the first one to launch a salvo at Skype by offering a penny-a-minute calling, betting that its low price offering would help it gain market share and lure users away from Skype.  (Service will be available next year... but the press release is already out!)
Discussion: Techdirt and Rough Type
Brendon Connelly / Slacker Manager:
The Several Habits of Wildly Successful Users  —  First things first, real quick like.  At it's core, is a place where you can store your bookmarks and get to them from anywhere you can find an internet connection.  Accounts are free, get yours today.
John Leyden / The Register:
This SMS will self-destruct in 40 seconds  —  A UK developer has come up with a "self-destruct" text messaging service it hopes will prove a hit with both businessmen dealing with sensitive information and celebrity love cheats.  StealthText from Staellium UK is positioned as a means to give …
Loren / Incremental Blogger:
A Tablet search tool  —  Here's another one of those hard-hat projects I've been working on that you might want to try out.  It's a web page that contains a TIP in which you can launch a search.  I call it SearchTIP.  Here's the link.  —  If you go to the above link it'll take you to the following page:
Wall Street Journal:
HarperCollins Plans to Control Its Digital Books  —  In the latest salvo in the fight over the future of books on the Internet, one of the country's biggest publishers said it intends to produce digital copies of its books and then make them available to search services offered by such companies …
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Blog Ads, MSNBC and the Porn Valley Advertisement  —  Blog Ads, MSNBC and the Porn Valley Advertisement  —  As I'm sure many of our readers have noticed, there is currently (as of 10:09 EST 12/12/2005) an advertisement running on the left side of the Search Engine Journal which reads "Porn Valley."
Matt / Blog Network Watch:
Blog Network List launches overall Blog & Blog Network Ranks  —  We're pleased to announce the launch of new overall blog & blog network rankings over at Blog Network List!  —  We have taken each of our individual metrics for blogs and blog networks and ranked them from lowest to highest.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:   A new blog ranking takes a unique approach, it ranks networks of blogs.

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