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3:15 PM ET, January 12, 2007

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Business Week:
The Small Fry Sour On Search Ads  —  Priced out by brand giants, the outfits that pioneered the medium are looking elsewhere  —  For years, running those little four-line text advertisements on Web search engines brought in a profitable stream of new customers to BabyAge.com.
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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Maturation of Paid Search Means the End of the Free Lunch  —  There's certainly been a lot of noise being generated by medium-sized companies, complaining they're no longer getting the same ROI from paid search - especially from Google AdWords.  —  I've been taking a look at the trends …
Nick / Rough Type:
Search advertising and the little guys  —  Search-based advertisements, like the ones distributed through Google's AdWords service, were supposed to be a boon for small businesses.  Cheap and precisely targeted, they would, for the first time, put the little guys on equal footing with the big guys in the ad market.
Discussion: Tech Beat
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
How Apple could fight Cisco  —  news analysis A cell phone is to an Internet phone as an airplane is to a faucet?  —  That analogy isn't likely to appear on the SATs next year.  But that's precisely the question at the heart of the legal dispute over whether Apple will be allowed to use the iPhone name …
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VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
Apple vs. Cisco over iPhone  —  I was just on the phone with Garvin Thomas, a reporter from NBC11 News who wanted my take on the iPhone lawsuit between Apple and Cisco and to discuss what he learned.  First, when you search the US Patent and Trademark Office database for iPhone …
Roughly Drafted:
Macworld: Ten Myths of the Apple iPhone
Discussion: Tech Beat, Cult of Mac and I4U News
Knox / Celebs & Tech Gossips!:
No Porn On Sony HD-DVD Blu-ray?  —  Has Sony gone mad?  Prominent adult movie producer Digital Playground (site) says it is forced to use HD DVD instead of Blu-ray, because Sony does not allow XXX-rated movies to be released on Blu-ray.  —  It does not matter how you stand to porn.
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Carlo / Techdirt:
Will Sony's Apparent Anti-Porn Stance Doom Blu-Ray?
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
Exclusive: Inside The Venice Project, Built On Mozilla  —  The Venice Project is not just another online video start-up.  The Luxembourg-based company is the latest co-production of the two-person hit factory of Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis.  The founders of Kazaa and Skype are hoping …
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Exclusive - Yahoo Using Dirty Tactics to Switch Google & Firefox Users?  —  The power struggle between Yahoo and Google for your desktop just took an evil turn, with evidence that suggests Yahoo is covertly trying to switch Google search users without their explicit permission.
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
AT&T Prepares to 'De-Brand' the Cingular Wireless Name  —  One of the biggest "de-brandings" in advertising history is to begin Monday when AT&T, now the sole owner of Cingular Wireless, starts changing all Cingular marketing to adopt the AT&T name.  —  AT&T will not disclose the budget for the campaign …
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Real-time quotes for free  —  At Google, we get excited about making all kinds of information accessible to everyone.  The more up-to-date the information, the more valuable it is.  This is particularly true in the world of finance; information, and timing of that information, is money.
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Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
NYSE May Allows Real-Time Quotes; Google, CNBC To Provide Data …
Discussion: Techdirt
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
PayPal to offer password key fobs to users  —  eBay is getting ready to offer its PayPal users a password-generating key fob that promises to increase the security of the online payment service.  —  The device displays a new one-time password in the form of a six-digit code about every 30 seconds.
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
The Ultimate iPhone Frequently Asked Questions  —  Wow.  Predictably, the torrent — and I do mean torrent — of iPhone commentary from the citizens of the Web is practically outflooding spam this week.  Most of it comes from people whose shirt fronts are practically drenched in drool.
Joe Mandese / MediaPost Publications:
CBS/Google: Analysts Say Radio Ad Deal Is Imminent, Has Sticking Points  —  CITING EXPECTATIONS THAT A MAJOR ad sales agreement with Google is imminent, securities firm Merrill Lynch reaffirmed its "buy" rating for CBS stock.  In a report issued by lead broadcast analyst Jessica Reif Cohen …
Discussion: Screenwerk, Reel Pop, TechCrunch and digg
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Report: Vista's business sales stronger than expected  —  update Sales of Windows Vista to businesses were stronger than expected during the operating system's debut month, according to a report from NPD Group.  —  The sales outpaced the first month's tally for Windows 2000 and only slightly trailed …
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Security Hole Allows Account Hijacking  —  It's your worst nightmare - someone reads parts of your Google emails, views your docs, modifies your spreadsheets, checks out your reading habits on the Google personalized homepage or Google Reader, and goes through your search history.
blizzard.com:
WORLD OF WARCRAFT SURPASSES 8 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS WORLDWIDE  —  Player population in North America now exceeds 2 million, while Europe and China pass the 1.5 million player and 3.5 million player marks, respectively  —  Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. announced today that World of Warcraft® …
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Wi-Fi VoIP and iPhone: New Competitors?  —  The unrelated announcements this week of Apple's iPhone and Vonage's plan to bundle Wi-Fi with VoIP got me thinking: Do we need some new competitive analysis to figure out what's really happening in the world of good ol' talk talk talk?
Discussion: VoIP Watch
 
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Safari for Windows from Apple? Mozilla thinks so
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Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
A Guide to Watching Network TV Online
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
$60 to keep crapware off of a Windows PC?
Ed Foster / InfoWorld GripeLine:
Comcast Has Its Limits  —  Cable modem providers have always …
Jimmy Guterman / PaidContent:
British Newspapers Optimize for Google—and Pay Google, Just to Make Sure
Discussion: The Zone Read and Rough Type
Michael Gartenberg:
Jobs on the iPhone being a closed system
Vishesh Kumar / TheStreet.com:
Yahoo! Holder Building a Dissident Nation
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 Earlier Items: 
BBC:
Radio goes the open source route
Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:
Good thing I didn't file a trademark on iPhone back in 1995...
New York Times:
Digital Billboard Up Ahead: New-Wave Sign or Hazard?
Discussion: michael parekh on IT and AdJab
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Google plans street advertising presence
Scott Knaster / Official Google Mac Blog:
Taming Mac OS X File Systems
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Firefox 3 Plans and IE8 Speculation - Browsers Heading Apart Again
Mike / Techdirt:
Does The iPhone Need Patents?
Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
Apple Chief Benefited From Options, Records Indicate
 

 
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