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Chris Sherman / Search Engine Watch:
Google Introduces Web Page Creator  —  Want to create your own web page, but don't know how to begin?  The new Google Page Creator is a simple, free tool that allows you to publish to the web with ease.  —  Google Page Creator is a web based application that uses a basic …
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
Google Pages Released  —  Although there has been no official announcement yet Google have released the long awaited and long-rumored Google Pages (which has nothing to do with cloning Larry Page).  Pages allows users to create a webpage using an AJAX interface that removes a lot …
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Google Page Creator
Om Malik / Om Malik on Broadband:
Will Earthlink Spinoff Muni WiFi Biz?  —  Earthlink is playing a high stakes game of poker.  At stake - beleaguered Atlanta-based ISP's future.  Its two big bets - cellular MVNO and muni wireless networks.  Both are costly mega-million dollar investments.
Dean Takahashi / Mercury News:
Google, EarthLink submit S.F. WiFi plan
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Wireless broadband tunes in to TV spectrum
Discussion: Daily Wireless and eHomeUpgrade
Chicago Tribune:
Bloggy, we hardly knew ye  —  No sooner had Al Gore invented the Internet than early adopters discovered a liberating opportunity: Anybody with a modem and an ego could share his or her thoughts with the world.  —  Remember what happened next?  By the mid-1990s, a few self-publishers …
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
An Industry Off Its Game  —  Product Delays and Prices Hurt the Business of Video Play  —  The video game industry ought to be riding high.  Public interest has never been greater, overall sales are up, and blockbuster movies such as "King Kong" and "Star Wars" routinely look to video games to extend their reach into popular culture.
Discussion: Cathode Tan and Kotaku
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Hanging Out With Google Japan  —  Hanging Out With Google Japan  —  As many of the readers of Search Engine Journal may know, I am currently living outside of Tokyo, Japan and have been working on connecting with Japanese search engines and bloggers.  Today I took a trip into Tokyo to meet …
David Pogue / New York Times:
Wi-Fi to Go: The Hot Spot in a Box  —  YOU know what would be so cool?  A portable Wi-Fi hot spot.  Whenever you wanted Internet access, you wouldn't have to hunt for a wireless coffee shop or pay $24 a night to your hotel.  —  Instead, you'd travel with a little box.
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Yahoo! Search blog:
What's been going on with Yahoo! Answers?  —  It's hard for us on the core product team to believe that it's only been 2 months since we launched the beta of Yahoo! Answers.  Since then, we've added many features to the site in a steady stream of improvements.  So it seems like a good time to catch you up!
Graeme Wearden / ZDNet:
IBM issues subpoenas for tech giants' SCO dealings … The long-running legal battle over claims that IBM's version of Linux violates SCO Group's intellectual property took another twist on Tuesday when IBM sent subpoenas to four other tech players.  —  Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard …
Peter Galli /
Microsoft Releases Enterprise Windows Vista CTP  —  Microsoft made the February CTP (Community Technology Preview) for Windows Vista available to testers on Feb. 22, saying this is an enterprise release that was also feature-complete for the first time.  —  The Redmond, Wash. software maker …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Analyst sees new Macs, Pro apps, full-length video at special event  —  Analysts for American Technology Research have started to weigh in with their product predictions for Apple's recently announced special media event, which is set to take place during the last day of February.
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade and MacSlash
Stephen Totilo / MTV:
Gaming's Top Ref Pays Big Bucks For Record-Breaking Scores  —  Brooklyn-based ref has screened more than 1,200 tapes for all-time gaming feats.  —  Robert Mruczek gave up a lot to become a video game referee.  —  He gave up the free time he used to spend playing games literally for days on end …
Discussion: Joystiq
Wired News:
Mac Attack a Load of Crap  —  Is the sky falling in on our smug little Mac universe?  —  On Tuesday, there was news of a security hole in Apple's Safari web browser that allows a system to be compromised by merely visiting a website.  And last week, the first worm to pose a serious threat to Mac OS X …
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Dow Jones Plans to Merge Online and Print Divisions  —  Dow Jones & Company, the publisher of The Wall Street Journal, announced yesterday that it would merge its print and online operations, putting them under the control of L. Gordon Crovitz, who had been president of the company's online unit.
Dave Winer / Dave's Wordpress Blog:
How much has been invested in RSS?  —  In yesterday's piece I wrote of the RSS 2.0 roadmap: "There's a huge community that has invested billions of dollars around its assumptions."  —  Sounds good, but while I was riding on the BART yesterday for a lunch appointment in San Francisco I wondered if it's true …
Mutantfrog / Mutant Frog Travelogue:
2nd hand electronics sales will NOT soon be illegal in Japan  —  Akihabara News, Engadget, and probably a number of other blogs have posted a completely misinformed and alarmist claim that Japanese law will soon make it illegal to sell used electronics.  First the alarmist claim …
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Major League Gaming Gains Edge  —  Host of Videogame Matches  —  Gets $10 Million in Funding  —  To Help Craft Sports League  —  A company seeking to elevate competitive videogame playing into a professional sport said it has raised $10 million in financing and appointed a former Time Warner Inc., executive as president.
Discussion: Techdirt and
Kevin Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Google Names Head of Philanthropy  —  Physician Larry Brilliant,  —  A Former Tech Executive,  —  Will Lead Arm  —  Google Inc. named Larry Brilliant, a former high-tech executive and doctor specialized in global health issues, to head its philanthropic arm.

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