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Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
DoJ search requests: Google said no; Yahoo, AOL, MSN yes.  —  Update: Earlier today, I asked a Justice Department spokesperson which search engines other than Google received requests to provide search records.  The answer: Yahoo, AOL, and MSN were also asked to supply search records information, and all complied.
Arshad Mohammed / Washington Post:
Google Refuses Demand for Search Information  —  Government Asked 4 Firms for Data in Effort to Revive Anti-Porn Law  —  The Justice Department said yesterday that it subpoenaed four major Internet companies for data on what people search for on the Web as part of an eight-year battle …
Gary Price / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Court Documents & Summary Of United States Versus Google Over Search Data  —  Earlier we reported in Bush Administration Demands Search Data; Google Says No, Yahoo & MSN Said Yes that the US Government seeks to force Google to hand over search data.  That story explains more about the situation …
Howard Mintz / Mercury News:
Feds after Google data
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:   Google Rebuffs Feds on Search Requests
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Is the New iMac a Cash Machine?  —  Disassembling the first fruit of the Apple-Intel alliance raises some interesting questions about the model's profit margins  —  For years the thought of an Intel (INTC) chip going into an Apple computer (AAPL) was enough to make those who love their Macs turn various shades of green.
Jason Snell / Macworld:
First Lab Tests: iMac with Intel Core Duo processor  —  Intel-based iMacs are fast, but gains don't match Apple's claims  —  Since the first rumors of an Apple switch to Intel, everyone has been wondering about the potential speed of Intel-based Macs.  Last week's announcement …
Kevin Poulsen / Wired News:
The Backhoe: A Real Cyberthreat  —  At half-past noon on Jan. 9, cable TV contractors sinking a half-mile of cable near Interstate 10 in rural Arizona pulled up something unexpected in the bucket of their backhoe: an unmarked fiber-optic cable.  "It started pulling the fiber out of the pipe …
Discussion: Tech_Space
Tesco offers free internet calls  —  Hilary Osborne and agencies  —  Tesco today entered the internet calls market, offering customers the chance to talk to friends and family via their computers for an upfront cost of less than £20.  —  The supermarket giant claims the move …
Sylvia Carr /
Tesco debuts 'VoIP for all'
Discussion: Ian Fogg and EuroTelcoblog
Fractals of Change:
Search Down Memory Lane  —  Was reading John Battelle's excellent book The Search (which I'll blog about when I finish it) and was suddenly sent hurtling down Memory Lane.  John writes about the distant antecedents of today's search engines:  —  "Enter Gerard Salton, a Harvard …
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Greg Reinacker / Greg Reinacker's Weblog:
Image aggregator prototype  —  The other night, on the way home, an idea came to I pulled up my development environment and decided to write some code.  I think my terrified development team is probably locking me out of the source control systems as we speak... ;-)  —  My thought was this.
Mark Ballard / The Register:
Crazy Frog scapegoat finds solace in porn  —  Every mobile content firm admits that all the money is in porn.  But most pin-stripe firms tend to steer clear of the genre.  They don't want to upset their respectable customers.  —  mBlox was one of those untarnished outfits until …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Six month Mac report  —  This is my sixth month primarily using the Mac.  I still use Windows, but when I travel, the Mac is what goes with me.  That goes for trips down the street to the coffee shop, or trips on BART to San Francisco, or United Airlines to Boston.
Steve Stroh / Broadband Wireless Internet Access:
WiMAX For Real REAL - at last, for 3.5 GHz  —  I'll let the press release do most of the talking, but one key point to keep in mind here.  What this announcement portends is the emergence of real WiMAX gear... finally... but only for 3.5 GHz. 3.5 GHz licensed spectrum, owned by large carriers in non-US markets.
Anne 2.0:
The Rise of the Individual on the Web: Monetizing the Blogger  —  Tech bloggers almost always blog under their real names.  One thing that made it easier to start blogging under my own name here was to change it.  My married name was a name I used anyway so it didn't feel disruptive to use it online.
Discussion: Metafilter and Darwinian Web
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
World of Warcraft passes one million European users  —  Blizzard Entertainment on Thursday announced that its online role playing game World of Warcraft has passed more than one million customers in Europe.  —  World of Warcraft brings players to the war torn fantasy world of Azeroth …
Charles Onyett / IGN:
Top Sellers on Xbox Live Arcade  —  Which game draws the most dollars?  The official top 10.  —  January 18, 2006 - In the wake of yesterday's article about which Xbox Live Arcade games you most wanted to see released, we're bound to wonder which games have fared the best so far.
Discussion: Kotaku and Xbox 360 Fanboy
Carlo Longino / MobHappy:
Will People Accept Ads In Exchange For Free Content?  —  Following Oliver's post earlier in the week about advertising and my own about mobile TV has got me wondering about a few things.  —  The ideas that some people have about mobile advertising are simply asinine (as Oliver pointed out).
Dan Dormer /
Subway Spokesman's Six Inches of Nintendo Hate  —  Jared Fogle blames NES and fatty foods for girth.  —  Try this one on for size.  The now 190lbs.  Jared "I lost a lot of weight eating only two Subway subs a day and walking a bunch, and now serve as the company's spokesperson" Fogle …
Discussion: Joystiq and Kotaku

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