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10:35 PM ET, December 11, 2006

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Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
Google Blatantly Copies Yahoo!?  —  I'm not sure if this is stupidity, laziness, or a mix of both, but check this out.  —  Back when IE7 launched, Yahoo! created a customized version and began to market it to our existing IE users.  The "splash page" looked like this:
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Squeezing Money From the Music  —  "Konvicted," a new CD from Akon, promised to be one of the year's big sellers when it appeared in record stores last month.  Buoyed by two of the hottest singles in the country, Akon, a silky-voiced R&B singer, even had the most-viewed page among major label acts on MySpace.com.
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Mike / Techdirt:   Record Labels Looking For Ways To Squeeze More Money Out Musicians …
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Exclusive: Google's Click Fraud Rate is Less than 2%  —  Back in November, Google's business product manager for trust and safety, Shuman Ghosemajumder, declared that click fraud at Google was "on average is in the single digits, quarter over quarter."  I recently sat down with Ghosemajumder …
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
iTunes sales 'collapsing'  —  Digital flatline looks ominous for music labels  —  The leading DRM digital download service, Apple's iTunes, has experienced a collapse in sales revenues this year according to analyst company Forrester Research.  —  Secretive Apple doesn't break out revenues from iTunes …
Discussion: Macsimum News
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Peter Edmonston / New York Times:
In Web Traffic Tallies, Intruders Can Say You Visited Them  —  In late May, more than five million Web users vanished.  —  The disappearing act came when Nielsen/NetRatings, a leading company in measuring Internet traffic, sharply cut its previously reported statistics for the financial Web …
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
On Windows Live Re-Rebranding as MSN  —  I've had a number of people mention the article about Steve Berkowitz and MSN/Windows Live in the New York Times entitled Looking for a Gambit to Win at Google's Game which contains a bunch of choice negative quotes about our products supposedly from Steve Berkowitz.
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Desperately seeking Zune  —  reporter's notebook SAN FRANCISCO—Welcome to the social.  —  That's the promise Microsoft makes with its new Zune.  Unlike the solitary iPods, the digital music player lets you make new friends and discover new music.  Using its built-in Wi-Fi …
wikia.com:
WIKIA UNVEILS OPENSERVING - THE MOTHER OF ALL FREEBIES  —  New Web Business Model: Get Rich Using Wikia's Services for Free!  —  Wikia, Inc., the leading provider of community resources for building free content on every topic, today announced OpenServing (http://www.OpenServing.com) …
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Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Wikia Announces Free Wiki Hosting
Discussion: Mashable!
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Goodbye flash memory, hello "phase-change" memory?  —  If IBM, Macronix, and Qimond have their way, the now ubiquitous flash memory could soon be on its way out, replaced by the new-and-improved "phase-change" memory developed by the trio of companies.  While complete details on this catchily-named …
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Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Disk Drives Face Challenge If New Chip Comes to Market
Discussion: The Tech Report and Slashdot
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
YouTube Adds a Layer of Filtering to Be a Little Nicer  —  When the video-sharing site YouTube.com was sold to Google, many of its users worried that corporate ownership would restrict the content of its videos.  But now one of YouTube's corporate partners is changing the ways that users comment on those videos instead.
New York Times:
Times Sq.  Ads Spread Via Tourists' Cameras  —  Advertisers have long been drawn to Times Square as a valuable place to reach consumers, paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for space on billboards and blazing video screens.  —  But recently they have discovered that down on the ground …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Federal judge: Making files available for download = distribution  —  The RIAA's argument that making files available for download constitutes copyright infringement received an important boost from a federal judge.  In an decision delivered in October and first reported over the weekend …
Discussion: digg
Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
Why digg is destined for failure  —  If you've ever had the good fortune of having one of your websites or blog posts dugg to the point of showing up on digg's homepage, you've enjoyed a huge traffic boost to your site.  This is wonderful for web publishers, and I'm not going to lie …
Google Blogoscoped:
The Anti-Google FAQ  —  The year 2006 is nearing its inevitable end, but a lot of unanswered questions remain - I hope to answer some of them in this little Anti-FAQ.  —  How can I get banned from Google's web index?  —  There's a variety of methods to get "googleaxed."
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Metacafe Traffic Dips, Acquisition May Have Stalled  —  The rumors around a possible Metacafe acquisition continue to swirl around silicon valley, with Yahoo or Microsoft being considered the most likely acquiror, at a $300 millionish acquisition price.  Another potential acquiror …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Reel Pop, GigaOM and digg
Mike Rogoway / Oregonian:
Early (non)users of free Wi-Fi pay the price: frustration  —  Portland network - In some areas it works extremely well, but MetroFi clearly says an amplifier is needed indoors  —  Free.  What's not to like about that?  —  A lot, it turns out, for some Portlanders.
 
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Making Cisco a household name
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Lifehacker:
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Authorize your iTunes library on more than 5 computers
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Attack on Girlfriend Proves Fatal to Boyfriend's Wii Privileges
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Singelringen Advertises Your Loneliness
LXer Linux News:
Microsoft answers IP questions posed in LXer open letter
Discussion: Channel 9
San Francisco Chronicle:
A FAMILY'S TRAGEDY  —  Fumbles, missteps hindered search
Discussion: Techdirt and textually.org
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Heelys: Hot Trend or IPO Interest
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Social Networking Interconnects
Toby Sterling / Associated Press:
Dutch pull plug on free analog TV
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Socialtext Introducing Wiki Software That Lets You Work Offline
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Pushing Branded IE7
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Understanding Mobile 2.0  —  Written by Rudy De Waele …
 

 
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Venu Sports, the Fox/WBD/Disney streaming venture, announces more hires, including Chief Business Officer Tim Connolly, who had led Apple TV+ subscriber growth

 
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