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9:05 AM ET, November 16, 2006

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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Search Engines Unite On Unified Sitemaps System  —  In alphabetical order, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have agreed to all support a unified system of submitting web pages through feeds to their crawlers.  Called Sitemaps, taking its name from the precursor system that Google launched last year …
Discussion: GigaOM
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Live Search's WebLog:
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.
Discussion: WebProBlog
Yahoo! Search blog:
Yahoo, Google and Microsoft join forces (really !!) behind Sitemaps  —  The best part about to-do lists is when you get to cross something off, and today we can cross one more from the list of feedback we have collected from webmasters.  You have asked us to support a single format for submission …
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 …
Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Joint support for the Sitemap Protocol
New York Times:
Memo: Valleywag Gets Down to Business  —  Gawker Media, the collection of gossipy blogs that includes the New York-based, media-centric Gawker and its Los Angeles-based sibling Defamer, relies on the online public's thirst for cattiness.  But a third Gawker Media blog, Valleywag …
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Jeff Diehl / 10 Zen Monkeys:
Sorry 'Bout That, Nick!  —  We like Nick Douglas.  A lot.  He's funny, playful, unafraid to say crazy s**t.  So we naturally stayed as up-to-date as we could with the situation surrounding his departure from Valleywag.  Little did we know the role we played in his exodus.
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
It's Official: Jon Miller Out, Randy Falco In As Chairman and CEO, AOL  —  Randy Falco is the new chairman and CEO of AOL, leaving Jon Miller on the outs after four intense years leading the challenged Time Warner unit.  According to the announcement by TW Chairman and CEO Dick Parsons and COO Jeff Bewkes …
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TimeWarner:
Randy Falco Named Chairman and CEO of AOL LLC  —  NEW YORK - Randy Falco, President and COO of the NBC Universal Television Group, has been named Chairman and CEO of AOL LLC, it was announced today by Time Warner Inc.'s Chairman and CEO Dick Parsons and President and COO Jeff Bewkes.
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:   About Jon Miller
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  —  Taiwanese contract manufacturer called on to build Apple cell phones, report says.  —  Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs may actually be able to pull off a splashy iPhone announcement at Macworld by January.  —  The Mac maker has placed an order for 12 million iPhones …
Discussion: Slashdot and TechBlog
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
Microsoft:
Microsoft and Sprint Collaborate on Mobile Search  —  Sprint, Microsoft form strategic alliance to drive new services; first offering is Windows Live Search for mobile.  —  Microsoft Corp. and Sprint Corp. today announced a strategic alliance through which the companies will develop and deliver …
Discussion: Screenwerk, LiveSide and StartupSquad
blog.memeorandum.com:
How do I get my blog to show up?  —  To the majority of my readers who aren't publishers, please excuse the interruption.  —  Selectivity is important for the four sites I run, namely Techmeme, memeorandum, WeSmirch, and Ballbug.  Thousands of items are published to the web each day so the trick …
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.
Discussion: The Mu Life
Tim Lee / The Technology Liberation Front:
Mr. BlackFriday, Take Down Those Prices!  —  Best Buy has forced BlackFriday to take down information about its upcoming sale prices.  I agree with Matt: … Best Buy (ab)used the DMCA's notice-and-takedown provisions to force the prices off the web.  Alas, this is not the first time this sort of thing has happened.
 
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