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Jay Greene / Business Week:
The Bug in Microsoft's Ear  —  The software giant is mulling its own digital device that adds gaming to music and video, in an effort to compete with Apple's iPod empire  —  After getting trounced for four years in the digital music business by Apple Computer (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT) finally seems poised to do something about it.
Burtonator / Kevin Burton's Feed Blog:
Yahoo Will Buy Digg - Announcement Early Next Week  —  I've now heard from two sources close to Yahoo which tell me that Yahoo is going to be buying Digg for nearly $30M.  I haven't yet heard from anyone working for Yahoo that this is 100% (they obviously had 'no comment') …
Google founder defends China portal  —  Also: How the powerful make their way to Davos, and what they're doing instead of networking.  —  DAVOS, Switzerland (FORTUNE) - The World Economic Forum, a gathering of leaders from the business world, media, academics, and assorted hollywood stars and do-gooders, is taking place this week.
Chris Taylor / CNN:
Imagining the Google Future
Discussion: Publishing 2.0
Josh / Bokardo:
Microsoft Didn't Give User Data to DOJ in Privacy Case (podcast)  —  First, the podcast: Microsoft, Google, and the DOJ Privacy Case (7.21 MB mp3 )  —  During a meeting today at the Microsoft Search Champs Conference in Redmond, WA, Yusuf Mehdi, Senior VP of MSN Information Services …
Alexbarn / Alex Barnett blog:
Discussion: WeBreakStuff and
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:   Search Champs grilling MSN execs
Doc / Doc Searls' IT Garage:
Disrupting the VC Business and Exploring the Because Effect  —  I keep running into Rick Segal.  Doesn't matter how remote or large the event might be, there's Rick.  It happened last summer in Copenhagen, when Rick was the first guy I recognized in Denmark — sitting in a steetside cafe on the evening before Reboot started.
Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
A VC Rant with an opportunity  —  Short story.  "Joe" has been working for 5 years to bring a software product to market while keeping the day job waiting & bussing tables.  He has a wife, two kids, a dog and they live in a small nothing apartment.  —  For years, Joe toils away while pounding …
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Google admits online stumble  —  Google Inc., trying to extend its dominance of Internet search into the market for videos, said it made a mistake with the design of an online store.  —  Shows for sale weren't well promoted on the home page of Google Video, which was introduced earlier this month …
Discussion: Micro Persuasion and Techdirt
EFF: Breaking News:
Nevada Court Rules Google Cache is Fair Use  —  Important Milestone for Digital Copyright Law  —  San Francisco - A federal district court in Nevada has ruled that Google does not violate copyright law when it copies websites, stores the copies, and transmits them to Internet users as part of its Google Cache feature.
Discussion: IP Democracy
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Google Cache Ruled Fair Use  —  A district court in Nevada has ruled that the Google Cache is a fair use.  —  Blake Field, an author and attorney, brought the copyright infringement lawsuit against Google after the search engine automatically copied and cached a story he posted on his website.
Om Malik / Om Malik on Broadband:
Yahoo's New CPO Loves His Mac  —  You might have worked for the company for a decade, but that doesn't mean you will get a new cappuccino machine.  It does mean that you get a new ID card, that says you have worked for the company for 10 years, and it also means you get a new gig.
Cingular Patents the Emoticon :(  —  The USA based mobile operator, Cingular Wireless has managed to get a patent on the concept of using emoticon on mobile phones.  While the aim of the patent is to enable the displaying of MSN style graphics on handsets, they also managed to patent …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Nintendo announces DS Lite  —  Nintendo likes to be a littledifficult on us from time to time, but we're stoked that after they decided to redesign the DS, then reneged, that they reneged therenege and went through with it anyhow — though honestly, knowing Nintendo, it was an inevitability given their …
Discussion: Joystiq, I4U News and Clickable Culture
Kotaku, the Gamer's Guide:
DS Redesign Official
Discussion: The Game Chair, Gizmodo and Popgadget
Tom Taulli / Forbes:
Tapping Into The Blogosphere  —  LOS ANGELES - Without bloggers, may not have survived.  —  To increase visibility for the beta version of his jobs-search engine, Paul Forster decided to contact influential bloggers, including John Battelle, the blogger behind Searchblog and author of The Search.
101 dumbest moments in business: Tech  —  The year in shenanigans, skulduggery, and just plain stupidity in the world of technology.  —  13. The furor dies down, but only after Sony says that the real intent was to prevent the spread of the malicious Celine Dion virus.
Roblimo /
MS Security VP Mike Nash Replies  —  You posted a lot of great questions for Mike Nash last week, and he put a lot of time into answering them.  As promised, his answers were not laundered by PR people, which is all too common with "executive" interviews with people from any company.
Discussion: Download Squad and TechBlog

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