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2:15 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.
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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 and Download Squad
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  —  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.
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
NBC Veteran To Replace AOL Chief In Shake-Up  —  Miller Out After 4 Years, Switch to Ad-Driven Model  —  AOL chairman and chief executive Jonathan F. Miller will be replaced by Randy Falco, a top NBC Universal executive, in a surprise high-level shake-up announced last evening by AOL parent Time Warner Inc.
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
About Jon Miller
Discussion: Glass House
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
It's Official: Jon Miller Out, Randy Falco In As Chairman and CEO, AOL
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
Discussion: Slashdot and Digital Music News
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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Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
Second Life Shop Owners Threaten Suit Against Virtual World's Creator  —  Scores of Second Life shop owners on Wednesday closed their stores in protest against Linden Lab, saying the company was responsible for the release of an in-world tool that could be used to copy their virtual wares.
Steve Hall / Adrants:
NEWSFLASH! TIMES SQUARE ENTERS SECOND LIFE
Discussion: PaidContent and Gawker
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.
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.
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 …
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
How To Obtain Techmeme Blog Coverage  —  Techmeme usually sends thousands of unique users per month to Search Engine Journal, dependent upon our percentage of breaking news stories and coverage.  —  Like other news aggregation sites out there on the web, Techmeme has its own special …
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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
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AranWorld:
Zune Fails to Import All Music Files
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Universal Desktop Daily - Thursday, November 16, 2006
Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
Five simple rules for keeping an empty inbox
Discussion: digg
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Top Microsoft Ad-Sales Exec to Head MSN
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So Much Music, So Few Choices
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The Online Advertising Quandry
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
More Navigators at Netscape (or What our paid bookmarkers are really doing.
Tim Lee / The Technology Liberation Front:
Mr. BlackFriday, Take Down Those Prices!
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Office Live exits beta
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Steven Zeitchik / Variety:
IGN pact Drives content
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Reuters:
Orb aims to beat YouTube at wireless Web video
Discussion: CinemaTech and ResourceShelf