Daily Reading from December 27, 2007

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  • The Google Enigma — Nick Carr on Google’s success and whether companies should try and emulate it.
  • Airlines take another look at inflight Internet - CNN.com
  • Applied note-taking taken to a whole new level — "Marc Andreessen points to an interesting note-taking method. But not many men wear coats any more, as H.C. Witwer did. Reaching into your pants pocket and scribbling a note in there might not be inconspicuous—it might even get ..."
  • Encouraging Statistics — "Number of “Big Four” labels offering DRM-free music on April 1, 2007: 0. Number of “Big Four” labels offering DRM-free music on December 27, 2007: 3. Percentage of “Big Four” labels not offering DRM-free music on December 27, 2007 and ..."
  • When Good Companies Go Bad — When Good Companies Go Bad This post could just as easily be entitled, "When Small Companies Go Big."I know risk management is an important part of business, but I have run into several examples in the past few months ...

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  • Rounded corners in CSS There lots of ways to create rounded corners with CSS, but they always require lots of complex HTML and CSS. This is simpler.
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