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Jonathan Thaw / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Yahoo! gives up quest for search dominance  —  Yahoo! Inc., one of the first Internet search companies, has capitulated to Google Inc. in the battle for market dominance.  —  "We don't think it's reasonable to assume we're going to gain a lot of share from Google," Chief Financial Officer Susan Decker said in an interview.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Yahoo Cedes Search to Google and So Do I  —  This story is sure news to me.  Yahoo is going on record saying that it's not their goal to be No. 1 in Internet search.  "We would be very happy to maintain our market share," CFO Susan Decker told Bloomberg.  —  That's it, I am no longer using Yahoo Search.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Yahoo: Not A Goal To Overtake Google In Search Market Share  —  Steve Rubel points to a Bloomberg news article, Yahoo! gives up quest for search dominance, examining Yahoo CFO Susan Decker saying "It's not our goal to be No. 1 in Internet search.  We would be very happy to maintain our market share."
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
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.
Grace Wong / CNN:
Setback for BlackBerry maker
High Court Rejects Blackberry Case In NTP Dispute
Discussion: Phone Scoop and Techdirt
Ina Fried / CNET
Apple's iWork emerges as rival to Microsoft Office  —  Corel bills its WordPerfect Office software as "the world's leading alternative to Microsoft Office."  But when it comes to U.S. retail sales, Corel lost the No. 2 spot in 2005 to a somewhat unlikely competitor: Apple Computer's iWork.
Discussion: Office 12 Watch and MacSlash
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Is There Hope for Content Brands?  —  Beneath all the buzz about Google re-taking the top spot as #1 Global brand is evidence of a worrisome trend for content brands, which supports the theory that Google is a brand killer.  If you look at the U.S. & Canada results for the brandchannel survey across …
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
The Year of Living DRMishly  —  This year may be the year that gadget makers finally conquer the living room, replacing DVD players, VCRs and personal video recorders with all-in-one media devices that serve up HDTV, pre-recorded movies and digital music.  If so, it will likely also be the year …
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 …
Dan Gillmor / Dan Gillmor's blog:
From Dan: A Letter to the Bayosphere Community  —  A little over a year ago, I left the San Jose Mercury News to pursue my passion for what we've come to call "citizen media" — the idea that anyone with something to say could use increasingly powerful and decreasingly expensive tools to say it, potentially for a global audience.
Discussion: Darwinian Web and SiliconBeat
Silicon Valley Watcher:
The publishing industry is the new technology industry  —  [The following is a reply to a post by Dave Winer, the father of blogging, on his blog, which doesn't accept comments, which is fine because we have hyperlinks :-) That's the beauty of the new media.)
Discussion: Syndicator blog
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
A-Hole bill would make a secret technology into the law of the land  —  If the controversial Analog Hole bill makes it into law, US technologists will have to obey a law whose most important details are a trade-secret.  —  The entertainment industry, always a bastion of media savvy …
Discussion: Techdirt and IP Democracy
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.
Elinor Mills / CNET
Google co-founders cash in  —  Last month, the 32-year-old celebrity co-founders of Google each sold more than $160 million worth of their company's stock.  —  That may sound like the ultimate jackpot to most people, but to Sergey Brin and Larry Page it was just another month in their billionaire-in-a-year lives.
Bink /
Microsoft TechED Europe 2006 in Amsterdam cancelled, evolving to 2 events in Barcelona  —  I just received official documentation that Microsoft TechED Europe 2006 in Amsterdam is cancelled.  Teched Europe will evolve to 2 events (merging with IT Forum) and is rescheduled to November 2006 in Barcelona.
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
Jed Brown /
Performancing Firefox 1.1 Delicious/Technorati Release!  —  That's right, as Nick promised last week, we've launched Performancing for Firefox 1.1!  —  So what's new in this release?  —  Read on for a complete walk-through of what 1.1 has to offer.  —  New features … Also new to this release:
Discussion: paradox1x
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 …

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