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5:30 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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Search Engines Unite On Unified Sitemaps System
Discussion: Download Squad and GigaOM
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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jason Calacanis Says Adios to AOL  —  We just heard from a source that Jason Calacanis has resigned from AOL.  Jason joined AOL just over a year ago when his startup, Weblogs, Inc., was acquired.  Most recently, he took over management of Netscape, which relaunched earlier this year as a Digg-like news portal.
Discussion: Washington Post and Mark Evans
Valleywag:
AOL parent playing "sadistic little games"  —  In the inbox this morning:The folks at Time Warner have no idea what they are doing with AOL or any other business, they just enjoy playing sadistic little games with each.  No one was that impressed with Miller as a CEO, but the follks …
Discussion: GigaOM and TimeWarner
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
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
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Charles Ar / Guardian:
Will Nintendo's Wii whip Sony's PlayStation 3?
Discussion: Techdirt
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
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
Chris Preimesberger / eWEEK.com:
Gates on the Past, the Future, and Google  —  Reporter's Notebook: Bill Gates tells Charlie Rose and Stanford University audience at TechNet conference that 'we're at the beginning of something important again' in development of technology — just as in the 1980s with the advent of the PC.
Discussion: Slashdot
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 …
Garrett French / Search Engine Journal:
Google's Early Efforts to Monetize Video  —  Video.  I can't stop thinking about it.  —  Neither can Google.  A recent tour of the Google plex by Beet.tv yielded some news (to me) on Google and their efforts to monetize video.  —  I did not know that "They have done limited advertising …
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.
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.
Scott Sharkey / 1up.com:
OMG, it's the Launchageddon!  —  Careful, you could put your eye out!  —  It's not often we're graced with controllers with potential for injury above and beyond a thumb callus.  Every once in a while we hear about Guitar Hero destroying someone's knee, but an actual mainstream …
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ResourceShelf:
Another Video Metasearch Player: Pure Video & Other Video Seach Resources
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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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Zune Fails to Import All Music Files
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Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
Five simple rules for keeping an empty inbox
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Seán Captain / New York Times:
So Much Music, So Few Choices
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Watch and Control TV on a PC Anywhere with Pinnacle PCTV To Go
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
More Navigators at Netscape (or What our paid bookmarkers are really doing.
Microsoft:
Microsoft and Sprint Collaborate on Mobile Search
BBC:
Japan to get 400,000 Wii units
Discussion: I4U News, You NEWB and digg