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11:35 PM ET, December 13, 2006

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Yahoo! Search blog:
Enterprise search made easy - and free - from IBM and Yahoo!  —  Earlier this year Yahoo! and IBM got together to ask a simple question —  how can we make enterprise search easier to install, use, and maintain.  The result of that question is IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition which we believe …
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CIO.com:
IBM, Yahoo Launch Free Enterprise Search Tool  —  IBM and Yahoo have developed a free, entry-level, enterprise search application that at least one analyst believes will seriously disrupt the low-end segment of this market where Google has been selling many of its Mini search devices.
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
IBM and Yahoo Offer Free Enterprise Search Software
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Hardware costs make IBM-Yahoo's enterprise search less free
Mike / CrunchNotes:
Putting TechCrunch UK On Hold  —  TechCrunch UK, just a few months old, has been tremendously successful in creating a community for local UK & Ireland Entrepreneurs.  However, today I put the blog on hold and terminated our relationship with editor Sam Sethi.
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Robotics Studio Now Available to Provide Common Development Platform  —  More than 30 vendors offer support for creating broad range of innovative robotics applications.  —  Among the many remarkable innovations emerging out of the robotics industry, from surveillance robots …
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Microsoft unveils public robotics software  —  Microsoft on Wednesday took the wraps off its first commercial operating system for robots, with hopes of paving the way for a broader robotics industry and taking a central role in its development.  —  The technology, called Microsoft Robotics Studio …
Josh Bernoff / Devices, Media …:
iTunes sales are NOT plummeting!  Press credibility, on the other hand . . .  What an interesting couple of days it's been.  What follows is a case study in how information — and misinformation — spreads on the Net.  —  We put out a simple little report about iPods and iTunes based …
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BBC:
Apple denies download sales fall  —  Apple has denied a report which claims US sales at its iTunes Music Store fell by 65% in the first half of 2006.  —  Research group Forrester said it was too soon to say whether its findings showed that buyers were "reaching their saturation level for digital music".
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
WHAT WOULD RADICAL TRANSPARENCY MEAN FOR WIRED?  (PART 2)  —  In the previous post, I described how the media landscape is changing, starting with reader expectations.  In this post I'll describe what that might imply for a media organization like ours.  If the key word is "participation", how could we encourage that to the fullest?
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Rex Hammock / Rex Hammock's weblog:
What if magazines were were published using radical transparency?  —  Wired magazine editor Chris Anderson asks, "What would radical transparency mean for Wired?"  (In the spirit of things, let me guess transparently that "radical transparency" will be the title of his next book).
Discussion: Mathew Ingram and The Long Tail
About Skype:
Skype Announces New Skype Unlimited Calling Plan  —  Offers 12 Months of Unlimited Skype Calls to Any Phone Within the US and Canada for a Flat Annual Rate  —  Skype, the global Internet communications company, is now offering U.S. and Canadian consumers the new Skype Unlimited Calling plan …
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Skype's Free Phone Call Plan Will Soon Have Annual Fee
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
LE WEB 3  —  Got back to London from Paris at lunchtime.  —  I had a superb time at Le Web 3.  Thank you, Loic and Geraldine Le Meur, for putting on such a good show.  And thanks also to Jeff Clavier for helping out.  Always a pleasure to see you guys.  —  Here are my thoughts, in no particular order:
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Google's reign of terror over Valley workforce coming to end?  —  For two years, Google has brutalized its competition and other start-ups by grabbing the best talent with two sexy pieces of bait: the stock option, and its fun brand.  —  However, the first piece of bait, the stock option …
Discussion: Mercury News
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TDavid / Things That:
Amanda Congdon on ABC News, Amanda UnRSSed  —  I wasn't among those who sang Amanda Congdon praises when she parted ways with Rocketboom.  With her looks and resume she was destined to land another gig.  Her first stop was a boring trip across America interviewing different marginally interesting people …
Discussion: Technically Speaking
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Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Apple May Be Carrier for IPod Phone, Analyst Says (Update1)  —  Dec. 12 (Bloomberg) — Apple Computer Inc. may serve as its own wireless carrier if it delivers an iPod-based cell phone next year and rely on the company's network of retail stores to sell service contracts for the device, UBS AG said.
Discussion: The Apple Blog, TechEffect and digg
Valleywag:
SECOND LIFE: The avatar has no clothes  —  CLAY SHIRKY — I got a pre-launch demo of Second Life, straight from Mitch Kapor and the Second Life team, several years ago at PC Forum, so I'm well aware of Mitch's bullishness on the subject.  Mitch has done more to advance the state …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
A first look at Firefox 3.0  —  Mozilla has officially released the first public alpha build of Firefox 3.0.  Codenamed Gran Paradiso, Firefox 3 includes the new Gecko 1.9 rendering engine which leverages the open-source Cairo rendering framework and features heavily refactored reflow algorithms …
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Interview: Wil Shipley of Delicious Monster  —  With the hit that is Delicious Library making its rounds around Mac software land and Delicious Library 2 on the way, Delicious Monster and Omni founder Wil Shipley has been, to put it lightly, a busy guy.  We were able to catch him for a few words …
Valleywag:
AOL: The purge goes high  —  The purge goes high  —  AOL's new boss, Randy Falco, may not know how to use IM, but The TV industry veteran is an impressively bloody hatchetman.  Among the rumored casualties from today's layoffs at Time Warner's AOL online unit, four senior managers …
Discussion: PaidContent and Frank Barnako
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Skype 2.2 adds Smartphone support, new features!  —  Have a Smartphone Edition Windows Mobile device and feel left out of the Skype party?  Well, get your dancin' shoes on because your Skype hosts have just invited your device to join in!  Skype just released the beta of Skype for Windows Mobile 2.2 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and Download Squad
 
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Karl / Techdirt:
Laptops vs. Desktops: Who Cares, It's All Evolution
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Aoife White / Associated Press:
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Release of ACCESS Linux Platform for Smartphones Pushed Back
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
IBM to give birth to 'Second Life' business group
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PR Newswire:
Scanbuy, Inc. Hires Industry Veteran Jonathan Bulkeley as CEO
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I Get To Meet Bill Gates Today
Lifehacker:
Pluck, tag and save the good stuff from YouTube videos
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
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Yahoo! Search Marketing Platform Opens Online Sign-up for New Customers