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2:20 PM ET, December 10, 2006

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Keith Teare / edgeio:
De-portalization and Internet revenues  —  This post is a little more philosophical than most that you will see here.  It provides a little bit of background as to why edgeio is in the business of bringing together, organizing and distributing listings to the edge of the network.
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Buzzword alert: De-portalization  —  Interesting post by Keith Teare on the how the Internet is moving away from mammoth, centralized portals.  Traffic, he said, is moving out toward the edges of the network, flattening out as users move from habituating portals like Yahoo to a more distributed network of content and services.
Discussion: Keith Teare's Weblog
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Platforms Are The New Portals  —  We've all become so enamored with the increasingly distributed nature of the web — or the de-portalization as Keith Teare of Edgeio puts it — and the success of user-centric platforms like YouTube and MySpace.  But we seem to be forgetting …
Discussion: Mathew Ingram
Jon Pareles / New York Times:
2006, Brought to You by You  —  IMAGINE paying $580 million for an ever-expanding heap of personal ads, random photos, private blathering, demo recordings and camcorder video clips.  That's what Rupert Murdoch did when his News Corporation bought MySpace in July.
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Nick / Rough Type:
Lost in the s**tstream  —  Jon Pareles, the New York Times rock critic, has a nicely balanced piece today surveying the various crosscurrents roiling today's media markets.  Most interesting, to me, are the questions he raises about the ultimate cultural consequences of removing the economic barriers …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Simplicity  —  Donald Norman concludes that simplicity is overrated: "But when it came time for the journalists to review the simple products they had gathered together, they complained that they lacked what they considered to be 'critical' features.  So, what do people mean when they ask for simplicity?
Lifehacker:
Read all your mail in one place with Gmail Mail Fetcher  —  Gmail has added a feature that allows you to read mail from any other non-Gmail account within the Gmail interface.  —  To say this is convenient is an understatement.  Set-up looks like a snap, and you can add up to five non-Gmail accounts.I'll …
Discussion: NevilleHobson.com and Chuqui 3.0
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GigaOM:
Can Personal Cellular Sites boost cell service?  —  By Allan Leinwand  —  Mobile operators are on the verge of asking you to help them solve one of their biggest problems - how to get more signal strength where you need or want it most.  Their plan?  Allow end users to buy personal devices …
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Virtual World Currency Deflates a Real One?  —  At a fundamental level, all money is virtual.  (If it's no longer tied to a precious physical product like gold, that is- but then, what currency is, nowadays?)  At root, its worth depends on the value a group invests in it, whether it's made of paper, metal- or binary code.
Discussion: Technically Speaking
Reuters:
TV networks reportedly discussing YouTube rival  —  News Corp.'s Fox, Viacom, CBS and NBC Universal are in talks about creating a video Web site to compete with Google's YouTube, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.  —  While a deal is still far off, the four media companies envision …
Discussion: ResourceShelf and Slashdot
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Looking for a Gambit to Win at Google's Game  —  There is a lot about the way Microsoft has run its Internet business that Steve Berkowitz wants to change.  But he is finding that redirecting such a behemoth is slow going.  —  "I'm used to being in companies where I am in a rowboat and I stick …
Chikai Ohazama / Official Google Blog:
Opening my eyes to a whole new world  —  Every once in a while you come across a piece of technology that instantly grabs you and you can't stop saying "Oh my god!"  When I bought my 12" Mac Powerbook, for instance, just opening the box was an experience.  Each item was laid out perfectly …
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Google Earth Wikipedia Layer
Discussion: TechBlog
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
The Hat Trick That Didn't Happen  —  WITH the arrival of mittens and mufflers comes the inevitable onslaught of year-in-review columns.  Certainly there have been plenty of media milestones this year — from the march of Google and the explosion in online video to the turmoil in the newspaper industry …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Mark Evans
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Google Base Becoming a Stealth Podcast Search Engine?  —  Google is running an Adwords that invites podcasters to upload their shows to Google Base.  The landing page asks podcasters to select some of their best programming to upload to Google Base.  It seems curious to me that Google Base is being marketed this way.
Discussion: Technically Speaking
Gizmodo:
Fletcher Capstan Table: Dinner Party Transformer  —  This is the first time in my life that a table has invoked feelings of carnal attraction from deep within my loins.  With a simple 30-degree rotation, the Fletcher Capstan Table expands by 73%, growing from a capacity of 6 to 12 people in seconds.
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
YouTube's Test Tube, Streams
Discussion: Technically Speaking
 
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