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9:30 AM ET, December 3, 2006


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Ben Harrington / Telegraph:
Hitwise eyes up £180m sale  —  Website monitoring firm Hitwise, founded by two Australian internet entrepreneurs, is the latest dotcom business to put itself on the auction block for around £180m.  —  Hitwise is understood to have appointed investment Deutsche Bank to advise on a potential sale.
Joe Duck:   $350,000,000 for Hitwise? …
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Traffic Monitoring Firm Hitwise On The Block; Asking $350 Million: Report
Dan Mitchell / New York Times:
A Bubble Watcher Watches Google  —  COULD Web 2.0 be fast becoming Bubble 2.0?  It's hard to say, mainly because of the lack of a yardstick to measure the value of most Internet companies.  —  Compared with the late-'90s technology boom, there are few initial public offerings and thus …
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
The Economics of Disaggregation  —  Peter Brantley pointed on a private email list to "a nice article in slate on the disaggregation of content in newspapers, with several nice insights, including a remark on the lack of novelty of some of the problems facing the industry."  He quoted:
Discussion: Publishing 2.0
Nick / Rough Type:
The semantics web  —  A few days ago, Kathy Sierra wrote about the usefulness of jargon, in a post titled "Web 2.0 is more than a buzzword."  She pointed out that jargon - good jargon - forms a kind of shorthand for specialists.  A complicated idea in a particular domain can be boiled down to a simple term …
Think Secret:
With Photoshop CS3 just months away, new details emerge  —  More than one year after Think Secret first reported details of Adobe Photoshop CS3, sources recently disclosed that as development enters its final months features have remained true to what Adobe originally planned.
Discussion: Apple Gazette and digg
Ryan / CyberNet Technology News:
Pixelotto: From The Creator Of The Million Dollar Homepage  —  Bookmark This: CyberMark - - Furl - reddit - StumbleUpon - Yahoo  —  The creator of the Million Dollar Homepage is at it again with a whole new venture.  Previously Alex Tew sold 1 pixel for $1 and in the end he sold all 1 million pixels on his site.
Paperghost / The SpywareGuide Greynets Blog:
Myspace Phish Attack Leads Users to Zango Content  —  A while ago on the Spywareguide Blog, I covered a technique being used in Peer to Peer land involving URLs being embedded in Quicktime movies, which would then pop open a website.  This has now been taken to the next level …
John Gartner / Marketing Blog Bent …:
Podcasting's 15 Minutes Almost Up  —  Podcasting probably will never become an "impact media" like online video or satellite radio, and deservedly so.  —  According to the most recent survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, only 1 percent of Internet users download a podcast on a given day.
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
LG debuts "ebook" concept laptop with OLED screen, liquid fuel  —  As much as we like to write about the play-by-play of gadgetry innovation, it's a sad truth that some devices, like laptops, really haven't changed much since their debut in the 1980s.  LCDs, a mainstay of all laptops since that period …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Gets Trashed By Users  —  Yahoo took a beating by users angry over the new Yahoo TV product in the comments to their own blog post announcing it.  Even a former head of Yahoo Entertainment, Erik Schwartz, chimed in with his own bashing and suggesting that Yahoo has lost its way.
Discussion: Scripting News and Web Strategy
MediaPost Publications:
Bad News for Old News  —  by Susan Stellin, December 2006 issue And Seven More Things to Look Forward to in 2007  —  With so much doom and gloom in the media business — at least in the print media business — you'd think it would be tough to find anyone who thinks optimistically about the future.
Dick / Burning Questions:
Headline Animator Overhaul, Part I  —  Historians believe that our Headline Animator service was the last known use of brushed metal backgrounds in a public web service.  For a couple years now, FeedBurner publishers have courageously placed the one-size-fits-all Headline Animator widget in their sites …
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
WikiMatrix Allows Side-By-Side Wiki Comparison  —  Like it or not, wikis are a dime a dozen these days.  So when (and if) it comes time to choose one, WikiMatrix is a good place to start.  It's a site that allows you to compare any and all wikis on the market in a side-by-side grid.
Discussion: iPlot
Question of the Week: Does Size Matter?  —  Gamasutra's latest Question of the Week asked our esteemed audience of game industry professionals, educators and students for feedback on the importance of a game's play length, particularly in terms of monetary value.
Discussion: Joystiq and Slashdot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ok, Now I Get JPG Magazine  —  JPG Magazine relaunched last month with a new business model: Get users to upload photos to their website, and then have the community vote on and rank photos.  The winners are published in a bi-monthly print magazine and get $100 plus a free one-year subscription.
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Yahoo's Deal With Current TV In Jeopardy, Two Months After Launch  —  This is a surprise, but not really, considering the troubles Yahoo is going through now: Current TV's distribution/joint venture deal with Yahoo is in peril, reports  "Current is exploring better opportunities …
Elinor Mills / CNET
Current TV and Yahoo on the outs?
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