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A turning point for the web?  —  Kevin Werbach wonders if this is the moment when the Internet came apart at the seams.  Pretty dramatic thought, but I don't think so.  Let's take a look at what's going on that makes Werbach wonder about that.  —  Google wants to view printed books the same way it views websites.
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Kevin Werbach / Werblog:
BREAKING APART AT THE SEAMS  —  Major publishers have joined the legal challenge to the Google Print service, arguing that it represents wanton copyright infringement.  This as another battle in the ongoing conflict over intellectual property in the digital world, but I'm concerned …
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Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Publishers battle Google book index
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Flock has Launched  —  I just heard from Geoffrey Arone at Flock that they will be launching it to the general public within 3 hours (by 5 pm PST).  —  Feedback to their recent beta expansion has been so positive, Geoffrey tells me, that there is no reason to delay any longer.  —  Congratulations Flock!
Advanced browser gives taste of Web 2.0  —  A cutting edge Firefox-based Web browser dubbed 'Flock', which integrates next-generation Web technologies such as RSS content feeds, blogs and bookmark and photo sharing, was launched today.  —  The browser was developed in California by a small team …
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Gary Price / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Releases Q3 2005 Earnings  —  Google has just released their Q3 2005 earnings, as covered in this press release. … From The WSJ/Dow Jones … From the Google News Release  —  + GAAP net income for the third quarter was $381 million as compared to $343 million in the second quarter, an increase of 11%.
Google 3rd-Qtr Net Jumps as Advertising Sales Surge (Update2)  —  Listen  —  Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc., the No. 1 Internet search engine, said profit jumped sevenfold, surpassing analysts' estimates, as new mapping and instant messaging features attracted users and the company added advertising space.
Lawrence Lessig / Creative Commons Blog:
CC in Review: Lawrence Lessig on Interoperability  —  [This is part of a weekly series written by Lawrence Lessig and others about the history and future of Creative Commons.  Alternatively, if you know others who might find these interesting, please recommend they sign up at letter]
Dawn Anfuso /
Creating Customer Evangelists  —  "Church of the Customer" authors Ben McConnell and Jackie Huba provide tips for turning loyal customers into brand ambassadors.  —  Want more word-of-mouth marketing for your product or service?  Create customer evangelists.
Discussion: Micro Persuasion
Voters go to polls armed with mobile phones  —  Voting by text message could become the norm (Keystone)  —  The first ever SMS vote is taking place in Switzerland with the residents of Bülach using mobile phone text messages to decide on speed restrictions in the town.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Sphere pass 1  —  It's really hard to review a search engine if I can't point to results of queries.  Hmmm.  Maybe I can.  —  This morning I did a search on "Wilma" in the last day.  It's a breaking story, twenty four hours ago it was a tropical storm, since then it has become the largest storm ever observed.
Pamela Parker / ClickZ:
Changes at the Top at Yahoo! Search and Ad Sales Units  —  Ted Meisel, the head of Yahoo! Search Marketing (YSM) who came to the company with the Overture acquisition two years ago, will leave by the end of the year.  CEO Terry Semel announced his departure during Yahoo!'s Q3 earnings call on Tuesday.
Voice phone calls to be free within years: eBay CEO  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - In a few short years, users can expect to make telephone calls for free, with no per-minute charges, as part of a package of services through which carriers make money on advertising or transaction fees, eBay's chief executive said on Wednesday.
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Phone buy puts Adobe head-to-head with Microsoft  —  Flash the stealth killer platform, all along?  —  Macromedia is to acquire Mobile Innovation, a privately-held design and integration house in the UK with around 50 staff, for an undisclosed sum.  —  What makes this deal noteworthy …

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