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4:15 PM ET, November 16, 2006

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Microsoft, Google, Yahoo! Unite to Support Sitemaps  —  Today, we are excited to announce that Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! are coming together in support of the SiteMaps protocol.  The goal of this effort is to improve search results for customers around the world.
Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Joint support for the Sitemap Protocol  —  We're thrilled to tell you that Yahoo! and Microsoft are joining us in supporting the Sitemap protocol.  —  As part of this development, we're moving the protocol to a new namespace, www.sitemaps.org, and raising the version number to 0.9.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Google, Yahoo and Microsoft Agree to Standard Sitemaps Protocol  —  In an encouraging act of collaboration, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft announced tonight that they will all begin using the same Sitemaps protocol to index sites around the web.  Now based at Sitemaps.org …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Search Engines Unite On Unified Sitemaps System
Discussion: GigaOM and Download Squad
Nick / Rough Type:
The dingo stole my avatar  —  An uneasy calm hangs over Second Life this morning after two days of protests over the appearance of the CopyBot replicator.  Yesterday, as many as 600 shopkeepers closed their stores in protest, demanding that the online world's owner, Linden Lab …
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Steve Hall / Adrants:
NEWSFLASH! TIMES SQUARE ENTERS SECOND LIFE
Discussion: PaidContent and Gawker
John Liu / Bloomberg:
Hon Hai Declines to Comment on IPod Phone Report (Update4)  —  Nov. 15 (Bloomberg) — Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer, declined to confirm or deny a newspaper report that it will make mobile phones with iPod music-player functions for Apple Computer Inc.
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Red Herring:
Apple iPhones Get Call
BBC:
Japan to get 400,000 Wii units  —  Nintendo will offer four times as many machines as Sony when it launches its Wii console in Japan on 2 December.  —  The Japanese video game maker said it will ship almost 400,000 units of its Wii console, compared to 100,000 for Sony's PlayStation 3.
Discussion: I4U News, You NEWB and digg
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Charles Ar / Guardian:
Will Nintendo's Wii whip Sony's PlayStation 3?
Discussion: Techdirt
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
About Jon Miller  —  Today was a very sad day for me.  One of the few mentors I've had in my life, Jon Miller, was replaced as CEO of AOL.  —  I feel in love with the challenge of AOL 18 months ago when Jon Miller, Ted Leonsis, and Jim Bankoff courted me and my team to join their revival of the company.
Discussion: Valleywag, TechCrunch and Glass House
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Google Local Adds Click to Call  —  The official Google Blog just announced the availability of a click-to-call feature in Google Local.  This has been expected for some time, but it's now official and it works well.  Businesses you find in Google Local now have a call link included in search results.
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Min Zeng / Official Google Blog:   Click to call in Google Maps
David Pogue / New York Times:
Free AOL Stuff, Courtesy of Bubble 2.0  —  Don't look now, but the bubble is back.  —  Yes, it's 1999 all over again.  Web start-ups are cropping up with names like Bebo, Squidoo and Moblabber.  Start-ups like YouTube, less than a year old and unprofitable, are being sold for $1.65 billion.
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Top Microsoft Ad-Sales Exec to Head MSN  —  Joanne Bradford Move Underscores Portal's Importance to Company Future  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — A major executive revamp at Microsoft's advertising division moves Joanne Bradford, the company's top ad-sales and marketing executive, over to run MSN …
Jeremy Dunham / IGN:
PS3 Downscales 720p on Incapable TVs  —  If your TV doesn't support a specific resolution, expect to go low-res.  —  As final PlayStation 3 units continue to trickle into more and more hands, additional details about how the system works and what it can and can't do are hitting the web.
Discussion: Engadget and Kotaku
Valleywag:
Sequoia rocked  —  Venture capitalists often lose their investments.  But not with a single court decision.  And even less frequently over a case that was already pending when they invested.  So it's been an embarrassing day for Greg McAdoo, a partner at Sequoia Capital, Silicon Valley's premier venture capital firm.
Seán Captain / New York Times:
So Much Music, So Few Choices  —  THIS week Microsoft introduced Zune, its answer to Apple Computer's mighty pairing of the iPod portable media player and the iTunes music and video store.  Though Zune offers a new choice for customers, it also highlights how restrictive such choices can be.
Discussion: Kevin Maney
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
More Navigators at Netscape (or What our paid bookmarkers are really doing.  Hint: it's not just bookmarking)  —  We've hired another bunch of great Navigators to work at Netscape.  These are folks who are either experts in their field and/or the best social bookmarkers in the world.
 
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Steve Poland / TechCrunch:
News Corp: MySpace Worth $6 Billion
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ResourceShelf:
Another Video Metasearch Player: Pure Video & Other Video Seach Resources
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Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Is Phonezoo the Ringtone Market Disrupter?
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Amazon's Jeff Bezos: Honey, I just shrunk the server hosting business
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Thomson's mysterious Black Diamond PMP goes public
Discussion: SCI FI Tech and I4U News
AranWorld:
Zune Fails to Import All Music Files
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Universal Desktop Daily - Thursday, November 16, 2006
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Office Live exits beta
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