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12:30 AM ET, November 21, 2006


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Jeffrey M. O'Brien / Fortune:
The race to create a 'smart' Google  —  Everything you buy online says a little bit about you.  And if all those bits get put into one big trove of data about you and your tastes?  Marketer's heaven.  Fortune's Jeffrey O'Brien reports.  —  The setup  —  (Fortune Magazine) …
Discussion: Geeking with Greg
Mike / Techdirt:
If You Liked This Post, Perhaps You'd Like To Look At The History Of Failed Recommendation Systems  —  from the we-recommend-you-read-this-article dept  —  For years, we've been hearing about the holy grail of the perfect recommendation system — and yet, every time these systems fail to live up to the hype.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Webshots Adds Video  —  CNet's photosharing service Webshots is adding video sharing capabilities today, something that has been expected since at least August when the service underwent a drastic redesign.  There's not a lot of information on the site yet about the new feature …
Discussion: The Tabblo Blog and Bloggers Blog
Amy McDonough / Webshots Blog:
World premiere: Webshots video
Discussion: Beet.TV
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
A Weekend Full of Quality Time With PlayStation 3  —  Howard Stringer, you have a problem.  Your company's new video game system just isn't that great.  —  Ever since Mr. Stringer took the helm last year at Sony, the struggling if still formidable electronics giant, the world has been hearing …
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
Study: iPod video yet to play big  —  Nielsen Media Research has begun gathering its first data on the audience for Apple's iPod, calling into question the popularity of its video offering.  —  Owners of Apple's ubiquitous portable media device spend far more time on it listening to music …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Yes, there is an Office 2007 'kill switch'  —  Buried in a Knowledge Base article that Microsoft published to the Web on November 14 are details of Microsoft's plans to combat Office 2007 piracy via new Office Genuine Advantage lockdowns.  —  When asked last month whether Microsoft was planning …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
The economics of Microsoft's kill switch
Ron Hovsepian /
Open Letter to the Community from Novell  —  On November 2, Novell and Microsoft announced a significant, multi-part agreement to work together to improve the interoperability between Linux and Windows and for Microsoft to redistribute more than 350,000 subscriptions for SUSE Linux Enterprise …
Elaine Peterson /
Beneath the Metadata  —  Some Philosophical Problems with Folksonomy  —  Associate Professor / Information Resources Specialist  —  Montana State University <>  —  Background  —  People have been trying to classify and organize information for thousands of years.
David Weinberger / Joho the Blog:   Beneath the Metadata - a reply
Marc Benioff browbeat Journal brass  —  The CEO was so outraged by a Wall Street Journal investigation into his mansion in Hawaii, that he had the reporter arrested and flew to New York to browbeat senior management at the newspaper, Valleywag's learned.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Enough with the Yahoo conspiracy theories
Discussion: SearchViews and Things That
Netscape: the Calacanis effect  —  Jason Calacanis said, last week, that he was leaving AOL because Jonathan Miller, AOL's ousted CEO, was one of the only business mentors he'd ever had.  Loyal, touching, but maybe also rather opportunistic.  Valleywag has obtained the internal traffic stats …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Can Yahoo! and Local Papers Save Each Other?  —  Yahoo! announced this morning a partnership with a number of large newspaper chains, controlling a total of 176 publications, to share content and functionality.  Both Yahoo! and local papers around the US are in a state of crisis …
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
FIM Sells Non-MySpace Intermix Assets, Technology To Former CEO Rosenblatt's Demand Media  —  You're reading it here first ... Richard Rosentblatt, who engineered the attention-getting sale of Intermix and its chief asset, has acquired assets of Intermix Network LLC from Fox Interactive Media for his Demand Media.
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Music labels lose MP3 search case  —  China's leading web search engine has been cleared of copyright infringement by a Beijing court.  — faced a lawsuit from music companies after posting links to sites offering illegal music downloads.  —  But the ruling said the service …
'Worm' attacks Second Life world  —  Virtual world Second Life had to close its doors for a short time on Sunday after a worm attack called grey goo.  —  The self-replicating worm planted spinning gold rings around the virtual world, which is inhabited by more than a million users.
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
The Significance of  —  One of the recurring themes on the O'Reilly Radar is that of "news from the future," the idea that, as William Gibson put it, "The future is here.  It's just not evenly distributed yet."  We look for events and people that give us signals about what is to come.
Joris Evers / CNET
'Tis the season to send spam  —  In addition to plenty of turkey, a record amount of spam will be served up this holiday season.  —  Mass e-mailers traditionally bump up their activity as the year winds down.  But this year, the amount of junk messages could be unprecedented, companies that make spam-busting tools say.
Discussion: Techdirt and VoIP Blog
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Is Google Flubbing Mobile Search?
Justin Rosenstein / Official Google Blog:
Simplicity and power  —  When we launched Google Page Creator …
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Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
The Resurgence of Flash  —  When Flash first started taking off …
Discussion: JD on EP
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Interested in learning how to develop mashups?  Welcome to Mashup U. Online
Michael Caputo / Engadget Mobile:
Verizon Wireless branded Pantech PN-820 pictures leaked
Ajit / Open Gardens:
The future is bright .. The future is 3 ..  —  Meg Whitman …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and John Furrier
Jon's Radio:
Why can't Johnny download?
Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
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