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2:25 PM ET, December 12, 2006

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Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
IE7 promo page  —  I was going to read some Penny Arcade, but Robert Scoble invoked me.  Jeremy points out that Google had an IE7 promo page that looked remarkably similar to a Yahoo! IE7 promo page.  —  I can only speak for me personally on this.  If Jeremy looked into it and says that …
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Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
Google Blatantly Copies Yahoo!?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's "Project Fraternity" Docs Leaked  —  Rumors about the possible acquisition of Facebook, usually with Yahoo as buyer, have been around for most of this year.  Not that Yahoo or Facebook have asked for this attention, but the media is getting antsy.  Robert Young put it best last week …
Jim Allchin / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Setting The Record Straight  —  As part of one of Microsoft's on-going lawsuits, a piece of email that I sent to Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates recently became public.  It was a rant encouraging a change to the way we were building Windows at the time.  In the email, I made a comment for effect …
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Mike / Techdirt:
RIM's Legal Strategy Over Samsung's BlackJack Is A Bust  —  from the would-you-like-to-buy-some-insurance?&n bsp; dept  —  Research in Motion (RIM) is no stranger to silly intellectual property lawsuits.  A few years back they started suing lots of other companies over patents they held on wireless email devices.
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
RIM sues Samsung over BlackJack name  —  Research In Motion is suing Samsung, claiming that the name of the company's new BlackJack smart phone is too similar to that of RIM's own BlackBerry devices.  —  The suit was filed Friday in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
digg users are getting paid—just not by digg  —  Update: If you know of someone doing this let me know and get a C-Note.  —  Update2: The first tip is in, and *if* it is correct someone paid off the number five digg user this week.  —  I know these reports have been going around …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
2006 Web Technology Trends  —  It's December already and so it's about that time to reflect on what has happened in Web Technology during 2006 - and ponder what 2007 may bring.  Over the next few weeks Read/WriteWeb is going to publish some in-depth posts analyzing the trends and new products we've seen …
Discussion: Web Strategy and digg
PR Newswire:
Yoqoo.com Receives US$12 Million in Funding from Sutter Hill, Farallon Capital and Chengwei Ventures  —  BEIJING, Dec. 12 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ — Yoqoo.com, a leading online video sharing and distribution platform in China, today announced it has completed a US$12 million round of private equity funding …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Bruce Johnson / Google Web Toolkit Blog:
GWT 1.3 Release Candidate is 100% Open Source  —  Today is quite a milestone for Google Web Toolkit: with the GWT 1.3 Release Candidate, our team is very happy to announce that all of GWT is open source under the Apache 2.0 license.  There's a lot to say, but let's start with our mission:
Microsoft:
Customers Strongly Endorse New Microsoft-Novell Deal  —  Just-released survey shows more than 90 percent favor vendor cooperation on interoperability.  —  A survey of technology decision-makers shows very strong customer support for the recent agreement between Microsoft Corp. and Novell Inc. designed …
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Chris Taylor / Business 2.0:
Google's copyright fix  —  Barely two months ago pundits were predicting a litigation explosion for Google and its new YouTube video-sharing unit.  But look what's happening instead.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) — YouTube might just be the best thing that ever happened to old media.
Discussion: Lunch over IP and iMedia Law Blog
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Gotuit SceneMaker Lets Users Tag And Cut Online Video  —  Gotuit will launch a social video tagging service on Tuesday that allows users to cut and tag any online video from any source.  Gotuit is a video host for online video, mobile video, and cable TV.  But unless you're YouTube …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Puts Clickfraud Rate At Under 2 Percent  —  Andy Beal over at MarketingPilgrim has a nice article on how Google's click fraud rate is less than two percent, at least according to Google's own figures.  This is based off the "invalid" click rate that Google gave him …
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 …
Microsoft:
Q&A: Microsoft Delivers Voice Technologies in Unified Communications Platform  —  The head of Microsoft's Unified Communications Group tells how the company is simplifying the ways in which people work by bringing voice technologies to Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 and Exchange Server 2007
Discussion: 21talks
 
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If You Think The NY Times 'Gets' Social Media, Digg This!
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