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Gary Price / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Rumor Mill: Acquisition Time?  Is Google Going to the Opera?  —  I'm not one for spreading rumors but sometimes...?  Feel like a hot one?  OK, we've got one or should I say Dirson has one.  What is it?  Google is going to acquire Opera.  That's right, the wonderful and powerful Opera browser from Norway …
Om Malik on Broadband:
Google Dressing Up For Opera  —  Pierre Chappaz, former head of Yahoo Europe, on his french language blog says that Google might be interested in buying Opera.  (Translation of the original post here) This would be a response to Microsoft's Internet Explorer etc etc etc.
Microsoft Team RSS Blog:
Icons: It's still orange  —  My last post shared some of our conceptual designs of the feed icon and expressed some of the criteria that we are using to select the right icon.  Several of the comments liked icon #4 simply because it looked liked the Firefox icon, and many (like this one) …
Discussion: Labnotes and Asa Dotzler
Stephen Cauchi / The Age:
Online encyclopedias put to the test  —  IT HAS proved one of the most radical yet popular ideas of the internet age: a free online encyclopedia that anybody can contribute to and edit.  But is Wikipedia a reliable source of information, or is it filled with inaccuracy and hoaxes?
Discussion: digg
Jim Giles / Nature:
Internet encyclopaedias go head to head  —  Jimmy Wales' Wikipedia comes close to Britannica in terms of the accuracy of its science entries, a Nature investigation finds.  —  One of the extraordinary stories of the Internet age is that of Wikipedia, a free online encyclopaedia that anyone can edit.
Discussion: Scobleizer
No action needed now on Net neutrality-FCC chief  —  WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - There is no immediate need for the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to adopt rules protecting consumers' ability to surf anywhere on the Internet, the agency's chairman Kevin Martin said on Wednesday.
Discussion: CNET and
Phillip Pearson / Second p0st:
Structured Blogging is official  —  It's been announced, so now Structured Blogging 1.0(pre-X) is official!  —  Doing a Technorati search for seems to be the easiest way to see what people are saying at the moment.  I'll try to respond to some of the comments here.
TDavid / Things That:
Day 365: looking back at one year with a Tablet PC  —  Still thinking about buying a Tablet PC this year?  Hey, I know the feeling, and was there a year ago.  Actually if you count the two preceding years leading up to my purchase, I've now spent three years thinking about the Tablet PC and how it fits into my computing life.
Craig Pringle:
Add Tablet PC Cred to Your Windows Forms Application
Industry Leaders Announce First Large-Scale Near Field Communication Trial in North America  —  Atlanta Spirit, Chase, Cingular, Nokia, Philips, Visa USA and VIVOtech to pilot next-generation mobile phone contactless payment and content applications  —  Atlanta, Dec. 14, 2005 …
Discussion: Geek News Central …
Marc Perton / Engadget:   Cingular to test near-field cellphone services in Atlanta
Steve Gillmor / Steve Gillmor's InfoRouter:
Now that we've got your attention  —  I was in a conversation last night where the subject turned to Office and whether it's dead or not.  You know, the good old Notes is Dead micromeme that I pushed out into the world way back when Ray Ozzie was not the Prince of Redmond.
Discussion: Scobleizer
Associated Press:
GUS Buys for $485 Million  —  Retail and financial services company GUS PLC said Wednesday it has bought, a U.S. company that offers online comparison prices for shoppers, for $485 million.  —  GUS is purchasing PriceGrabber, which provides information …
New Video Game Designed To Have No Influence On Kids' Behavior  —  Issue 41  •50  —  NEW YORK— Electronic-entertainment giant Take-Two Interactive, parent company of Grand Theft Auto series creator Rockstar Games, released Stacker Tuesday, a first-person vertical-crate-arranger guaranteed …
Discussion: Joystiq and Kotaku
Alfred Hermida / BBC:
TV glitch mars Xbox 360 Kong game  —  Fans wanting to get the best out of the King Kong video game should avoid the version for Microsoft's new Xbox 360, the game's maker Ubisoft has suggested.  —  Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot admitted that the 360 game is too dark on standard TVs, making it hard to play.
MSN Search's WebLog:
Windows Live Local: Location Finder & Your Privacy  —  A few days ago, Mike Liebhold on Geowanking expressed concern over privacy of personal information in the context of the "Locate Me" feature in Windows Live Local.  This has been discussed further on BoingBoing and O'Reilly's Radar …
David Hornik / VentureBlog:
Where's The Money In The Long Tail?  —  Six months ago there was barely a pitch I heard that didn't include a slide entitled "Long Tail" or "The Long Tail of [fill in the vertical]," with the obligatory long tail curve.  Impressively, it has taken less than a year of entrepreneurs explicitly referencing …

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