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Susan Kuchinskas /
Next Up: Google Office?  —  There's a Chinese curse: May you live in interesting times.  These times must be really interesting for Steve Ballmer.  —  Microsoft's (Quote, Chart) CEO allegedly said he'd crush Google (Quote, Chart), his company's rival in search, and the lucrative ad business it engenders.
Sun, Google Form Alliance
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
MSNBC:   Google, Sun Micro plan announcement
Dan Sabbagh / Times of London:
Music managers tackle Apple over royalty payments  —  MUSIC managers will today wade into the row over online royalties with the claim that bands and solo artists are being unfairly squeezed in the digital era.  —  The Music Managers Forum is unhappy that artists typically receive a royalty …
Discussion: MacInTouch
Tony Smith / The Register:
Artists' managers, royalty collectors turn on iTunes  —  Having lauded the arrival of legal music download services likes Apple's iTunes for saving it from online piracy, the music industry is now complaining that the digital domain is not sufficiently recompensing artists.
Discussion: . . . Copyfight
Top Ten Web Design Mistakes of 2005 … For this year's list of worst design mistakes, I decided to try something new: I asked readers of my newsletter to nominate the usability problems they found the most irritating.  —  I assumed that asking for reader input would highlight many issues that I hadn't noticed in my own user testing.
USA Today:
Video-laced websites evolve into pseudo-TV stations  —  LOS ANGELES — Don't touch that mouse.  Online news and entertainment video is booming, says market tracker Forrester Research, with video traffic doubling every six to eight months on average at websites that offer sight, sound and motion.
John Consoli /
ABC, CBS and NBC Inch Closer to Launching Entertainment VOD on Cable
Frederico Oliveira / TechCrunch:
Ning launches!  —  Ning, also known as the official name for 24 Hour Laundry's project, just launched.  I actually had to keep myself from posting early because I was excited about it.  Now that I got the word from them with the approval to post, here goes the unveiling.
Digital music revenue 'triples'  —  Digital music sale revenue tripled in the first half of 2005 compared with 2004, figures have suggested.  —  The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) estimated 6% of record industry sales were digital, worth $790m (£450m).
Discussion:, Techdirt and
Ann Harrison / Wired News:
'UnGoogleables' Hide From Search  —  Geri Agalia doesn't appear to leave less of a data trail than most Americans.  She has a phone in her name, a bank account, utility bills, a mortgage and a credit card.  But the stay-at-home mom and part-time student is among a select and ever-shrinking group …
Brian / Eventful Blog:
A Reponse to Tim O'Reilly's Web 2.0 Article  —  Tim O'Reilly's written an excellent piece attempting to define, once and for all, what the notion of "Web 2.0" means.  —  One very interesting illustration (click link or photo to see full-size), the Web 2.0 "meme map", accompanies the first page of Tim's article.
Whatshisface / The Post Money Value:
Web 2.0 != a check  —  It's great people are reading my blog before sending me a business plan.  I've gotten a bunch of business plans, podcasts, etc, that I would have otherwise never had a shot at.  I've had over 50 'no harm, no foul' meetings, participated in over 25 meetings with angels, start up groups, and various bar mitzvahs.
Bill Palmer /
How Steve Jobs snookered the entire cell phone industry  —  So Apple decides to bring an iTunes-compatible cell phone to market.  That should be fun to watch, right?  But instead we're treated to watching Apple join forces with one of the planet's least-capable companies in Motorola …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Bill Clementson / Bill Clementson's Blog:
MIT Open Sources the LispM Code  —  Brad Parker emailed me to say that he has "permission from MIT to release all the LISPM source code with a "BSD like" source license".  This is fabulous news as it means that, at long last, the key software components that made up the Lisp Machines will be publicly available.

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