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10:00 AM ET, December 10, 2006


 Top Items: 
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
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 …
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Earth Wikipedia Layer
Discussion: TechBlog
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 …
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.
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Uh Oh, Gmail Just Got Perfect  —  Google quietly added a small feature to Gmail this week called Mail Fetcher.  When that feature launched, Gmail became perfect.  —  Mail Fetcher allows users to access non-Gmail email accounts from within the Gmail interface.
David Chartier / Download Squad:
Google enables POP checking for some Gmail users
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
YouTube's Test Tube, Streams
Discussion: Technically Speaking
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?
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Disgruntled Dell customer finds crafty path to lawsuit settlement  —  Pat Dori, a disgruntled Dell customer who found no resolution to the issue of a broken laptop after five long months and 19 wasted phone calls, decided to go legal and sue the company for failing to adequately address the problem.
Discussion: digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Clicks to Call In India  —  Google is offering click to call service to its Indian users.  VoIP Inc. emailed us and let us know that they are partnering with Google on this new rollout.  —  The click-to-call service is no different from a similar service that the search giant started offering in the US in November 2006.
Find a deal with WiiSeeker  —  Looking for a good Playstation 3 or Wii deal for the holidays?  Check out PS3Seeker, a nifty map mashup that helps you locate the best game system deals not only in your local brick and mortar, but also on Amazon and eBay.  —  Updated about every five minutes …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
John Dvorak is wrong again — this time about "death" of FrontPage  —  He says blogging killed FrontPage.  —  The thing that really killed FrontPage?  Microsoft's marketing team tested the name on a range of developers and Web designers/builders.  They all derided it.
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
Was I just censored by Digg?  —  After the recent discussion about companies offering bribes to Diggers, I thought it would be interesting to run a poll asking if it's time for the top users to be paid by the social news site itself.  I was interested to hear the views of the wider Digg community so I 'dugg' the post too.
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests
Search tags with TagBulb  —  Search through tags from multiple sources via TagBulb, a tag search aggregator.  —  You've got a lot of choices here: you can search through various categories such as Images, Jobs, Podcasts, etc., and within each of those categories, you've got …
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
2006 Search Blogs Awards : Nominations Now Open  —  It's December 2006 which means like last year, Search Engine Journal will be hosting and holding our annual Search Blogs Awards.  Last year was our inaugural year and the 2005 Search Blogs Awards were a grand success, with corporate …
Discussion: Matt Cutts, Quick Online Tips and 901am
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Donna Bogatin / Digital Micro-Markets:
Google on Firefox 2.0: Get it now!
Stone Lion / NewsForge:
Assessing the true cost of One Laptop Per Child
Discussion: P2P Foundation and Slashdot
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Webjam Lets Users Be Copycats
Vista Minimum Requirements Unrealistic
 Earlier Items: 
Light Reading:
Cisco to FCC: Hurry Up!
Discussion: GigaOM
Darren Murph / Engadget:
RIAA petitions to lower artist royalties, weakens piracy arguments
Kris Graft / Next Generation:
Nintendo Sued Over Controller Patent
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Do journalists want a social media news release?