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Dan Sabbagh / Times of London:
Google in court over refusal to let US examine search requests  —  GOOGLE users will face US government monitoring if the American authorities win a court case aimed at getting the website to hand over copies of every search conducted.  —  The world's most popular search engine …
Discussion: Smart Mobs
Declan McCullagh / CNET
FAQ: What does the Google subpoena mean?  —  FAQ Preparing to defend a controversial Internet pornography law in court, the Justice Department has demanded search logs from Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and America Online.  —  The department asked the search giants to hand over millions …
Discussion: Darwinian Web
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
How to Fix RSS  —  RSS sucks.  I'm with Paul Kedrosky.  Let the technodweebospehere rain fire and brimstone.  I could add to Paul's rant, but instead here's a Really Simple three-step Solution (of course, the real first step is admitting that you have a problem):  —  1. Call it "subscribing"
Business Week:
AOL: MySpace Invader  —  Launching a social network off its instant messenger  —  Did you think MySpace (NWS ) could blow up this big, this fast without anyone else noticing?  Time Warner's (TWX ) AOL is readying its bid for the, um, space.  —  It won't be a site per se.
Ina Fried / CNET
Microsoft looks beyond Vista, sees Vienna  —  update Although Microsoft is hard at work trying to ship Windows Vista this year, the company is beginning to set its sights on the next horizon, Vienna.  —  Vienna, once labeled Blackcomb, is the new code name for the successor to Vista.
Google Blogoscoped:
Google News Adds Most Popular, Recommended  —  Google News has two new sections to the left; Recommended, and Most Popular.  It's interesting to see Google work on improving their news homepage, even though its lack of ads make it a site with no direct revenues.  —  Most Popular
Discussion: Geeking with Greg
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Google News Adds Recommended, Popular Stories
Seth Finkelstein / Infothought:
Google, Subpoena, and Privacy  —  [I wrote this as a contribution to the discussion on Dave Farber's mailing list, but I might as well shout to the wind here, as it may not make the moderation cut.  The best documentation I've seen is Gary Price's summary at, and their coverage]
MSN Search's WebLog:
Privacy and MSN Search  —  There's been quite a frenzy of speculation over the past 24 hours regarding the request by the government for some data in relation to a child online protection lawsuit.  Obviously both privacy and child protection are both super important topics - so I'm glad this discussion is happening.
Burtonator / Kevin Burton's Feed Blog:
RSS came from the publishing industry?  —  Dave's a smart guy so I'm sure I'm not following here: … If wouldn't have eventually come unless it was pushed.  —  If the MSM was left to their own accord there would never be feeds.  There would be forced registration, robots.txt which blocks everything …
Diego / d2r: diego's weblog:
nothing like a trashing to get the day started  —  Picture this: it's a Friday, early in the morning.  The office is quiet, there's a smell of fresh coffee in the air.  You're still a bit sleepy, and as you're booting up your brain for the day ahead you end up reading a blog post where the writer …
Chris Seibold / Apple Matters:
Want to Marginalize the iPod?  Ask Steve Jobs How!  —  There are a million iPod killers floating around.  Some feature more capapcity, some feature more gizmos, and some feature lower price points.  None of the iPod killers are actually doing any iPod killing because they're too busy trying to be more iPodish than the iPod.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
Mathew /
No gatekeepers — just a bunch of turnstiles  —  First of all, I want to make it clear that I'm not linking to Scott Karp of Publishing 2.0 again just because he linked to me and mentioned my name right after using the term "great bloggers" — although I can't deny that I was flattered .
Discussion: Newsome.Org, Message and Matt McAlister
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Surveys show open source popularity on the rise in industry  —  A survey conducted by IT consulting firm Optaros and InformationWeek magazine shows that American companies and government organizations are saving millions of dollars with open source software.
Google Blogoscoped:
In Google vs Government, It's Not About Child Porn  —  It's interesting to see how many news sources mistakenly report that the current government vs Google case is about child porn.  It's not.  If anything, it's about children looking at pornography - i.e. webmasters not ensuring their sites …
Erick Schonfeld / CNN:
Spy on yourself online  —  Forget spyware.  Here comes myware.  Soon you'll collect data on your own Web use for fun and profit.  —  NEW YORK (Business 2.0) - For a nice dose of paranoia, open up your Web browser preferences and take a look at your cookies.
New Wi-Fi 802.11n Standard Promise Speeds Up To 600Mbps  —  The IEEE Task Group "N" voted to confirm the proposal for the 802.11n Wi-Fi standard.  Submitted by the Joint Proposal team, this specification was developed by the Enhanced Wireless Consortium (EWC) and included several elements developed within the Joint Proposal team.

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