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Krishna Bharat / Official Google Blog:
And now, News  —  We're taking Google News out of beta!  When we launched the English-language edition in September 2002, we entered untested waters with a grand experiment in news browsing - using computers to organize the world's news in real time and providing a bird's eye view of what's being reported on virtually any topic.
Gary Price / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Bye Bye Beta: Google News is a Beta No More  —  And you thought that Google News would always be in beta. (-: Well, that's no longer the case.  As of today, approximently 1219 days (29,256 hours) after the Google News that we know today launched in beta, Google has gone ahead and removed …
Discussion: Between the Lines and GoogleRumors
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
U.S. Supreme Court rejects RIM's appeal  —  update The prospect of a wide-scale shutdown of the BlackBerry mobile e-mail service is closer to becoming reality, as the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down a request to review a major patent infringement ruling against BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion.
Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Tello; the Skype, Vonage, GoToMyPC, Cellular Mashup  —  Tello, the San Mateo Startup with a laundry list of stars including founder Jeff Pulver (Vonage), Wireless Mogul, Craig McCaw, Former Apple CEO John Sculley, Doug Renert of Oracle Corp and Telecom Dealmaker Michael Price promises big things.
Michael Bazeley / SiliconBeat:
Sculley, Pulver, McCaw and Price team up on communications start-up
Jenstar / JenSense:
Yahoo Answers to integrate YPN for contributors  —  Yahoo Answer accounts have something new in the control panel, namely a section for contributors to include their YPN login information, which is currently labelled as coming soon.  You need to signup for Yahoo Answers, which is currently in beta …
Isen /
Internet: Freedom or Privilege?  —  [I wrote this as an Op-Ed or Letter to the Editor, but why wait for a gatekeeper who is laboring under the influence of scarce column inches?  — David I]  —  The battle for Internet freedom has been joined.  Recently a Google spokesman responded …
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day:
Pay Attention  —  Last Friday I dropped in on a meeting at Root Markets, a New York City-based company I wrote about earlier that helps you record and analyze your clickstream.  It was an interesting crowd of beta users, bloggers and advisors, including Amazon's former chief scientist Andreas Weigand …
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Advertising Is Obsolete.  Everyone Says So.  —  AS advertising conferences go, the take-home message at the Word-of-Mouth Marketing Association meeting was a little unusual: Don't advertise.  —  But at the conference, held here last Thursday and Friday, more than 450 advertising …
The Tale of the Beached XBox  —  Ladies and Gentlemen, look what the wild and uncontrolled urbanization of our nation's shores hath wrought!  Every day millions—or one or two—XBoxes wash up onto our beaches where they die an excruciating and horrible death.
Discussion: Gamerscore Blog
David Kline /
What's Holding Back Corporate Blogging?  —  Why did the much-predicted 2005 stampede by corporate America into the blogosphere fail to materialize?  —  The number of Fortune 500 companies with strategic public blogging initiatives, after all, is still quite small — somewhere between 3-4%, depending on how you figure it.
Will Sturgeon / CNET
Kaspersky boss debunks security myths  —  Russian antivirus guru Eugene Kaspersky has hit out at some of the myths that cloud what he sees as the real issues facing the IT security industry.  —  Speaking in Moscow, the head of Kaspersky Lab said companies' own agendas and some well-worn stereotypes …
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
The Long Snout  —  Chris Anderson famously named the long tail— the idea that in the internet era, success belongs to companies that can address the end of the demand curve that is populated by millions of low-volume products, rather than a small number of high-volume products.
Joyzelle Davis / Rocky Mountain News:
Dish heaps on HD servings  —  New channels, new markets on the menu  —  After waiting on the sidelines the past few years, EchoStar Communications' Dish Network has jumped into the high-definition programming market with the intention of taking the lead.  —  Douglas County-based EchoStar …
Discussion: HD Beat
Canon Phone Camera?  —  We're not totally convinced of the legitimacy of this story, or why on earth Canon is going down this development path (if indeed it is), but the company has managed to combine a digital SLR (DSLR) with mobile phone technology.  —  From now on, you will always have a phone handy, no matter where you are.
Discussion: Gizmodo
IT Facts:
Top global brands: Google, Apple, Skype  —  Google, Apple, Skype, Starbucks, Ikea, Nokia, Yahoo!, Firefox, eBay and Sony were named the top global brands in 2005 annual survey by  Nokia, Ikea and Skype were the most recognized brands in Europe.
Sunbelt BLOG:
Broadside against adware: CDT files two complaints against 180Solutions  —  "180solutions and its affiliates have caused immeasurable harm, not just to individual Internet users, but to the Internet itself."  — Ari Schwartz, deputy director, CDT  —  This is big news, people …
Spencer Ante / Business Week:
They're Hiring in Techland  —  The tech job market has sprung back to life, and this year could be the best one since 2000 … In the summer of 2002, amid the depths of the dot-com bust and the rise of global outsourcing, William Davis did something that seemed kind of crazy: He became a graduate student in computer science.
Discussion: IP Democracy

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