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12:20 PM ET, December 4, 2006

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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Ask City Launches Amid High Expectations  —  Barry Diller is putting a lot of pressure on Ask.  He keeps talking about Ask's role in IAC's overall operation and local in particular.  When he acquired Ask for almost $2 billion Diller immediately touted Ask's ability to knit together …
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
The Retooling of a Search Engine  —  A replica of what looks like Han Solo of "Star Wars," frozen in carbonite, sits outside Jim Lanzone's office here.  A closer inspection, however, reveals that the frozen body is that of another fictional character: Jeeves, the English butler best known …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Ask.com unveils new local search
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Azureus Launches Zudeo For Finding And Sharing Video  —  Azureus will launch Zudeo.com Monday morning, a content indexing site for finding and sharing large video files.  The company told TechCrunch on Friday that they would be partnering with 20 major TV and film studios to provide free programs …
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Michael Calore / Wired News:
Azureus' HD Vids Trump YouTube  —  The file sharing company Azureus on Monday launched a new distribution platform for downloading high-quality video, which the company hopes will become the next YouTube — but for high definition, DVD-quality video on the internet.
Michael Calore / Wired News:
Bram Cohen on BitTorrent's Future  —  Ace programmer Bram Cohen denies he is leaving BitTorrent — and says he's busier than ever positioning the company to totally own online video downloads.  —  In an exclusive e-mail interview, Cohen responds to the rumors that he is stepping down …
Discussion: Slashdot
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Azureus Makes Its Commercial Bid
Discussion: PaidContent
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Have Camera Phone?  Yahoo and Reuters Want You to Work for Their News Service  —  Hoping to turn the millions of people with digital cameras and camera phones into photojournalists, Yahoo and Reuters are introducing a new effort to showcase photographs and video of news events submitted by the public.
Jack Neff / AdAge:
Marketers' Websites Outdraw Those of Major Media Players  —  P&G and Unilever Attract 9 Million Unique Visitors Monthly  —  CINCINNATI (AdAge.com) — Believe it or not, those boring corporate websites are pulling in more eyeballs — and more influencers — than the flashy prime time TV shows …
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
A Newspaper Chain Sees Its Future, And It's Online and Hyper-Local  —  FORT MYERS, Fla. — Could this be the future of newspapering?  —  Darkness falls on a chilly Winn-Dixie parking lot in a dodgy part of North Fort Myers just before Thanksgiving.  Chuck Myron sits in his little gray Nissan …
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: Engadget and The Next Net
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Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Kevin McDigg Lets Loose on iPhone, Blogosphere Goes Nuts
Discussion: Mike Stopforth and Blogspotting
Fimoculous.com:
Best Blogs of 2006 that You (Maybe) Aren't Reading  —  Every year around this time, I attempt to summarize what's been happening online by publishing my list of the best blogs of the year [2002, 2003, 2004].  But I abruptly stopped last year because the list had become annoyingly redundant.
Discussion: Boing Boing, Scobleizer and Anil Dash
USA Today:
Fox News pairs up with Yahoo  —  NEW YORK — CNBC isn't the only cable network trying to make a splash online: Fox News expects to announce this week a deal to provide video to Yahoo Finance, the No. 1 financial site.  —  "This is our first portal deal," says Jeremy Steinberg, Fox News head of digital sales and development.
Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
How Google handles hacked sites  —  If you've never read my blog before, welcome.  I'm the head of the webspam team at Google.  And I have a blog for days just like this.  —  Okay, first off you should go read this post.  It's entitled "Me Against Google" and the author is unhappy …
Nick / Rough Type:
The five Google products  —  It seems like only yesterday that a bunch of breathless articles appeared touting the brilliance of Google's innovation strategy.  That strategy was, if you recall, the spaghetti strategy: Throw a lot of stuff against the wall and see what sticks.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Online Wii gaming will roll out Q2 2007, sez Reggie  —  We all knew it was coming, and now Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime has given us a timetable in which to expect the first online, multiplayer Wii action: Q2 2007.  Assuming that Reggie wasn't referring to the second quarter of fiscal year 2007 …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Joystiq
Variety:
Yahoo! blue over loss of exec, content deal  —  Net company faces setbacks as Katz, Current log off  —  David Katz, the top Yahoo! sports and programming exec who led the company's first consistent effort at original programming, ankled late last week, at the same time that the company abruptly lost …
Discussion: CNNMoney.com and PaidContent
 
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Fred / A VC:
The De-Portalization of the Internet (aka What I Would Do If I Were Running Yahoo!)
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Open source projects threatened by e-learning patent
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK & Ireland:
Reflections on MediaTech  —  At the risk of repeating anything Sam …
Discussion: edu.blogs.com
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
The big Digg rig
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
How to Build a User Community, Part 1
New York Times:
The Future of Web Ads Is in Britain
Scott Kirsner / Mercury News:
As online viewing booms, the amateurs give way to big media
Discussion: CinemaTech
 Earlier Items: 
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Dismantle Content Management Systems (CMS)! …
Associated Press:
CNBC moves Web content off MSN
Discussion: CenterNetworks
PR Newswire:
CNBC Launches the New CNBC.com - The Digital Destination for Real …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Another Crazy Music Model
Samsung:
The SAMSUNG Ultra Messaging i600 - Inspired Innovation for the Mobile Professional
Discussion: Engadget and I4U News
Fred / A VC:
Posting And Tracking Flash Video
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
TinyURL.com: The next YouTube? Perhaps not $1.6B's worth, but...
 

 
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
NPR affiliate WAMU is shutting down local news site Dcist and laying off 15 employees to focus on audio and plans to add 10 new positions

Chris Thompson / Defector:
Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Brian Steinberg / Variety:
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