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20 Must Have Firefox Extensions (via computerworld.com)
The latest version of Web Developer Extension on Firefox 2.0+ is very useful for web designers, I highly recommend upgrading your browser and download the newest version of the Web Developer Extension.

Microsoft creates JPEG format killer
Code-named HD Photo could become a new standard for image formats that could replace old JPEG format (.jpg or .jpeg) that is used for digital formats of graphics as well as images in electronics and the web.

Are you Joosting yet?
The good people who brought Skype are now launching an online TV service called Joost. Check it out!

Yahoo’s Panama Project Takes on Google Adwords
So far Yahoo has done well with its relaunch of sponsored search results system so called Panama, in hopes to take some share of the market from it’s biggest competitor Google Adwords.

12 Quick Tips To Search Google Like An Expert
We all “Google” by just typing in words to the search box and receive basic search results with web site listings, but there is much more you can get out of Google’s searchbox… 

Vonage to pay $58 million for patent infringement
According to the court ruling Vonage infringed on two patents held by telco giant Verizon. Another setback for the young voice-over-ip company.

Five important principles for designers
A short article for designers who think design is art.

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Adobe’s New Online Video Editing Tool
Adobe came out with a new variations of Adobe Premiere and Photoshop Elements that let’s Photobucket users edit videos online through these programs. This is Adobe’s new strategy to shift it’s desktop based software to the web and make it available as a web service, just like Microsoft’s Office Live or Google’s “Office.”

Interactive online t-shirt designs.

Say Hello to Pipes – Yahoo Relaunches Online Aggregator
According to news stories, Pipes was so popular that Yahoo expereienced a melt down when it first launched its aggregator servce.

Make Room, Wikipedia: Internet-based Collaboration Could Change the Way We Do Business
Article from Knowledge@Wharton newsletter.

Web Design Contracts: Why Bother
Digital Web Magazine article that explores different aspects of web design contracts and why you should have one.

Easy to use online task management tool.

Tutorial: CSS Hack to display percentage bar

New Book: Information Architecture for the World Wide Web (3rd Ed.)

Upcoming Event: An Event Apart Boston: March 26-27, 2007

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New Jobs at Vitamin
UK firms are looking for web designers, developers and programmers.

Google, Yahoo & Microsoft Team up for Sitemaps
Three major search engines agreed to work together on using Sitemap XML protocol for ranking web sites.

Google gives $2M to Stanford Law Internet center

Web Builder 2.0 Conference – Web 2.0 Conference Designed for the Entire Team
December 4-6, 2006 at Caesars Palace Las Vegas

In Web World, Rich Now Envy The Superrich
Interesting NY Times article about web entrepreneurs and their drive to become richer.

Enterprise Information Architecture: A Semantic and Organizational Foundation
New article at Boxes and Arrows.

Record and watch your users and how they interact with your web site.

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Upcoming Events: Web Directions North
Web Directions Conference will take place in Vancouver, BC, Canada from February 6-10, 2007. Speakers will include Kelly Goto, Dan Cederholm, Joe Clark and other web super stars.

Local Start-up gets traffic
Traffic.com of Wayne, PA is acquired by Navteq for $179 million.

College Rolls out Ipod Program
At Nevada Community College iPods will be provided to all new students. This is a new trend among colleges and universities in the U.S. that encourages using iPods in classroom by students and Podcasting clasroom lectures by faculty. Now you can listen to music while in class, and its ok.

Research: You have 4 seconds to load a site
According to a research by Akamai, web users expect a site to load within 4 seconds, if it doesn’t, they leave or hit the ‘Back’ button.

New Book: Mobile Web Design
A new book by Cameron Moll worth checking out.

Blogs: Brand New
“Brand New is a Speak Up spin-off displaying opinions, and focusing solely, on corporate and brand identity work.”

Free Pixel Fonts
Enjoy free pixel fonts to your heart’s content.

100 million web sites served!
According to Necraft, the Internet now has 100 million web sites. This means in the future there will be even more demand for search engines to find what you want through clutter of millions of sites.

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Rebuilding Microsoft
A great article on changes occuring within the software giant in Redmond.

What if Google was to buy YouTube for $1.6 billion? What if? Could be. Maybe….

USB Cell
Rechargeable USB batteries…that’s cool.

Live Clipboard
What is Live Clipboard? Microsoft, please tell us…

Adobe Contribute 4
I haven’t finished using 3.0 fully, and the version 4.0 is already out.

The Future of Web Accessibility
Article on future trends and predictions for accessibility issues.

10 Things That Will Make Or Break Your Website
Something to put on your office wall so that you can read it everyday.

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Microsoft Designs High-Tech School in Philly
Kudos to Microsoft and to Philadelphia School District for pulling this off. Let’s hope that other big cities move in the same direction to rescue their failing public school systems.

Phony Web Design Company Shutdown by U.S. Court
Beware if some web design company calls you to setup your web site for free. If you accept their “no-obligation” free-trial offer, you will pay an arm and a leg at the end of the month.

Web Builder 2.0 Conference
If you want to build rich-interactive web applications or would like to learn how to start, then you might want to take a look at this conference. It will be held from December 4-6, 2006 in Las Vegas, NV.

Amigo is a new service that matches advertisers with online newsletters. Built by the same good people who brought you Drop Send.

Target.com Web Accessibility Lawsuit Gets Green Light
U.S. Judge in California upheld the lawsuit against Target.com. The lawsuit came about because Target.com was not accessible to blind users.

Crazy Egg
Very neat service that shows you where people are clicking and where they are not on your web site.

Add microformats magic to your site
Article on how and why you should incorporate microformats into your site.

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Blog Burst
New syndication service for blogs. Wanna be popular online, then you want to check them out.

Webcast My Wedding
Ok, did you ever miss a wedding of someone very close to you? I have. Webcast My Wedding is the answer. They stream the whole wedding on the web for people like me. Cool.

If a person next to you is talking loudly on his/her cellphone and you are really helpless, then Cellzone is the perfect place for these super talkers. If they only had one of these in commuter trains, the whole world would be a better place.

US to Keep Control of ICANN
US Government will continue to regulate and operate Internet’s naming authority ICANN until 2011.

How Much Blog and How Often?
Article on blogging and some basic guidelines and tips from the authors of Publish and Prosper: Blogging for Your Business.

The Quiet Death of the Major Re-Launch

Are you redesigning your (business, personal, corporate) site once a year? If yes, then you will find Jared Spool’s “The Quiet Death of the Major Re-Launch” article very useful. Jared suggests that sites should not be redesigned too often, instead they need to be “re-aligned” and “improved.” Clear examples can be seen from Ebay’s and Yahoo’s redesign of their sites that confused some of their users and making others angry. The article offers how Ebay creatively solved this problem by introducing changes and updates gradually, instead of a complete new look.

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Edit and save photos online.

Chatrooms may banned from schools
MySpace, Friendster and Facebook could be banned by the U.S. government.

Web 2.0 version of well-known logos
Collection of logos with Web 2.0 spin. Pretty cool.

I humped your Hummer
Watch out anti-SUV people are humping cars on the streets. : )

SEO and URL Structure
Great article on search engine optimization and its relationship to file structure, file names and information architecture of a web site.

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Eurid suspends more than 74,000 .eu domain names
Eurid, the nonprofit organization in charge of the .eu registry suspended more than 74,000 .eu domain names because of “domain warehousing” (buying up domain names with the intent to resell).

Google adds real-time traffic data to its mobile Maps
Also this week, Google introduced click fraud statistics report to its Google Adwords customers. Click fraud is considered fradulent when bot machines or humans keep clicking on Google advertisements multiple times in order to run up the ad costs to the advertisers.

Tantek Celik and Rohit Khare: The Progress and the Promise of Microformats
An interview with Tantek and Rohit on the start, development and the future of Microformats.

Job site partnerships with Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News
Careerbuilder.com has ended its relationship with the two local newspapers.

Samsung introduces a new digital player
Samsung Z5 plays music, videos & display photos. Its battery can last 35 hours. At the same time Microsoft is planning to launch its ‘Ipod Killer’ – Zune at the end of this year.