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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.
Search Engine Journal:
Yahoo Publisher Network Expanding This Spring  —  Yahoo Publisher Network Expanding This Spring  —  Yahoo is preparing its answer to Google AdSense, the Yahoo Publisher Network, and has been going about the launch of their contextual advertising offering in a slow and careful fashion.
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
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Yahoo! Giving Up on Search?  Hey, Wait Just A Gosh Darn Minute!  —  So every morning one of the first sites that I visit is Memeorandum.  I won't try to over-hype Memeorandum here, as we're all pretty familar with it at this point, but for those of you who have been hiding in the desert under …
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.
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Dan Gillmor tells all on Bayosphere; lessons learned
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Paul R. La Monica / CNN:
Disney buys Pixar  —  House of Mouse is teaming up with Pixar in a $7.4 billion deal.  Steve Jobs to become board member at Disney.  —  NEW YORK ( - Mickey Mouse and Nemo are now corporate cousins.  Walt Disney has announced that it is buying Pixar, the animated studio led …
Russ / Russell Beattie Notebook:
Opera Mini: Best Mobile Web Browser Bar None  —  I think the new Opera Mini is just about the best thing I've ever seen on a mobile phone.  Really!  It's easily the best Java app I've ever seen, and actually I think it's probably the best Mobile Web Browser there is out there - native smart phone apps included.
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
About that DOJ Request  —  I've waited several days and thought quite a bit before saying anything about the Department of Justice asking search engines for search data.  I waited partly because I didn't want to say something I'd regret, and that was pretty likely to happen early on.
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.
Samsung Pint-Sized Projector Is Real & Here  —  Samsung is such a cool company.  Sony may have the chic, but who else could come up with this little gem.  The SP-P300ME is Samsung's new pal-sized pocket projector, costs just £499 ($889), and is available soon.
J. Kyle Foster / Bloomberg:
Sprint Nextel Freezes Pension Plans  —  Competition in Wireless Drives Effort to Cut Labor Costs  —  Reston-based Sprint Nextel Corp. froze pension plans for almost half of its 80,000 employees and won't offer a fixed retirement benefit to new workers as the company cuts labor costs to compete with other wireless carriers.
Discussion: Om Malik on Broadband
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.
Discussion: and Under The Stairs
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 …
Chad Essley /
ArtRage 2.0 - The Review:  —  A few readers have written in to ask that I do a comparison between ArtRage 2.0, and Alias Sketchbook Pro 2.0.  —  While Alias Sketchbook Pro costs US $179.00, the full, registered version of ArtRage 2 costs a mere $20.  —  Does ArtRage 2 stand up to Sketchbook Pro in 2 terms of quality / features?
Chris Morris / CNN:
An experiment failed  —  Majesco learns a hard lesson about the video game industry.  —  Game Over is a weekly column by Chris Morris  —  NEW YORK ( - On paper, the formula seems pretty solid.  Blend original, critically acclaimed games with the reliable franchises based on well-known film licenses.
Discussion: Joystiq and Kotaku
Shiny Media / Tech Digest:
3 pays punters to receive voice calls and text messages  —  To be honest I am still getting my head around this one, but it appears that UK 3G network 3 is now going to start paying customers to receive voice calls and text messages.  Of course they don't receive cash, but rather credit …
Discussion: Engadget and Shiny Shiny
Grace Wong / CNN:
Setback for BlackBerry maker  —  High court rejects Research in Motion petition to review ruling that could shut e-mail service.  —  NEW YORK ( - BlackBerry maker Research in Motion was dealt a setback Monday after the Supreme Court turned down a request to review a major patent infringement ruling against it.
High Court Rejects Blackberry Case In NTP Dispute
Discussion: Techdirt and Phone Scoop

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