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4:17 AM ET, December 4, 2006

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Ask Goes Local with AskCity  —  Will Google be the winner in the $31 billion local search and online classified advertising market, asks Donna Bogatin over at the ZD Net's Digital Micro Markets blog.  Perhaps, but it is not going to have it easy, if Jim Lanzone, CEO of Ask.com has anything to do with it.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AskCity Launches.  It's Cool.  —  We've previously named Yahoo Maps the top maps application on the Internet.  —  Tonight we're not so sure.  The new AskCity product, which combines Ask.com's existing maps product (overhauled last February) with deep local content (information, reviews …
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Clive Thompson / New York Times:
Open-Source Spying  —  When Matthew Burton arrived at the Defense Intelligence Agency in January 2003, he was excited about getting to his computer.  Burton, who was then 22, had long been interested in international relations: he had studied Russian politics and interned at the U.S. consulate in Ukraine …
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Andrew McAfee:
Required Reading  —  Today's New York Times Magazine's cover story is "Open Source Spying."  The teaser after the title asks "The nation's intelligence agencies are giving their cold-war-era computer systems a complete makeover.  But will blogs and wikis really help spies uncover terrorist plots?"
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Apple iPhone Details From Kevin Rose  —  I just caught this on CrunchGear: Digg's Kevin Rose told me a few weeks ago that he had some good inside information on the upcoming iPhone, but he wouldn't tell me anything.  Well, after a couple of beers he spills the beans on Diggnation, and the clip is embedded below.
Discussion: CrunchGear
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Kevin Rose confirms iPhone?  —  So apparently last night Kevin Rose, of Digg and Diggnation fame, apparently confirmed information he knew about the iPhone on his eponymous vidcast.  According to Kevin, who, to his credit, accurately predicted one of Apple's most secretive and hyped launches of 2005 …
CNET News.com:
IRS taxation of online game virtual assets inevitable  —  NEW YORK—If you are a hard-core player of virtual worlds like World of Warcraft, Second Life, EverQuest or There, IRS form 1099 may someday soon take on a new meaning for you.  —  That's because game publishers may well in the not too distant future …
Rexdixon / Technically Speaking:
Interview with Ross Levinsohn  —  Near the middle of last month, Ross Levinsohn departed from a successful run over at Fox Interactive Media.  The online world was buzzing with speculation, as well as flat out false statements.  Just the other day, I posted a link to such a video …
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Content Businesses Don't Scale Anymore  —  Can anyone think of a content business — meaning a company that produces original content — that has scaled dramatically in recent years?  I can't.  Look at the businesses that have scaled — Google, MySpace, YouTube — all platforms for content, but not producers of content.
Matt Craven / The Blog Herald:
We've sold The Blog Herald  —  It was just ten months ago that we acquired The Blog Herald from Duncan Riley, the original founder.  And now we've closed a deal to sell The Blog Herald to an undisclosed buyer.  —  It's with a whole bag of mixed feelings that I find myself writing this post.
David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
TinyURL.com: The next YouTube?  Perhaps not $1.6B's worth, but...  By now, you're laughing your ass off.  With the $1.6B of Google's money that YouTube commanded, if you've ever even visted the simplistic and somewhat basic looking TinyURL.com (most haven't), you're probably thinking …
Discussion: Things That
Marc Hedlund / O'Reilly Radar:
Engineering Management Hacks: Exupéry's Axiom … Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (attributed)  —  There are a lot of ways to build bad engineering teams, and very few ways to build great ones.  I've come to believe that the attributed quote above spells out pretty …
Froosh / HipMojo.com:
Why We Are Not in a Bubble (Again)  —  Many inside and outsiders (i.e those who work on the Web or simply write about it) have started to talk about the Web experiencing a sort of Bubble 2.0.  —  They point to things like Google's stock crossing $500 as a sign.
Kyle Orland / Joystiq:
The Ultimate Wii/PS3 giveaway list  —  Last year, Microsoft and PesiCo teamed up to giveaway an Xbox 360 system every ten minutes for nine weeks straight.  Nintendo and Sony have not been as extravagant in handing out free consoles, but both this season's new systems can be snagged for free …
Discussion: SuperGeek and digg
Ronald Heft / cavemonkey50.com:
Is Parallels Leopard's Secret Feature?  —  If you haven't heard, the Parallels team is at it again.  Earlier this week they released a new version which adds features like dragging and dropping files between operating systems, the ability to boot from a Boot Camp partition …
 
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Google: $31 billion local winner?