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9:30 PM ET, December 10, 2006

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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 …
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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.
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
mathewingram.com/work:   What the heck is a portal anyway?
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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Web 2.0 Compact Definition: Trying Again  —  A commenter on one of my previous posts about Web 2.0 wrote: … I replied, and thought that my reply might be worth publishing more widely than just in the comments.  So here is a new attempt at a brief definition:
Michael Gartenberg:
Lessons of Zune  —  So while Microsoft works to get the first million Zunes sold, here's some thoughts at what they need to do (and should have done at launch) to get to this milestone.  —  Zune lacks elegance - It's actually not bad looking device but put it next to a 30gb iPod …
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Steven / StevenLevy.com:
A Universally Bad Idea  —  So Microsoft is paying the record label Universal a dollar for each Zune sold.  (See the story here.)  Doug Morris, the CEO of the Universal Music Group, justified it quite succinctly: "These devices are just repositories for stolen music, and they all know it," he said.
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?
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jnd.org:
Simplicity Is Highly Overrated  —  Column written for Interactions.  © CACM, 2007. … "Why can't products be simpler?" cries the reviewer in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the local newspaper.  "We want simplicity" cry the people befuddled by all the features of their latest whatever.
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 …
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: A VC, HipMojo.com and Slashdot
Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:
Blog-Tag: A Game for a Virtual Cocktail Party  —  As a blogger, people may know you, but how good does anyone ever really know anyone?  During the past few weeks I've attended a number of charity events in and around New York City and I've run into people who otherwise would be total strangers …
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 …
Discussion: UMBC eBiquity
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
 
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Microsoft patents DVR application to provide targeted advertising
Rob Griffiths / Macworld:
Microsoft makes a Basic mistake with Office 2007
Discussion: JD on EP, digg and Slashdot
Dave Taylor / The Intuitive Life Business Blog:
When is a blog too personal?  —  One of the great ongoing debates …
Google Blogoscoped:
Does the Google Toolbar Index URLs?
Discussion: Matt Cutts
Michael Gartenberg:
iPhone Madness is Starting
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0, larry borsato and digg
Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:
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Discussion: Scobleizer and Chris Pirillo
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
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Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
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Discussion: Apple Gazette
Lifehacker:
Read all your mail in one place with Gmail Mail Fetcher
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Virtual World Currency Deflates a Real One?
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
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