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5:20 PM ET, January 23, 2007

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BBC:
BBC plans online children's world  —  A virtual world which children can inhabit and interact with is being planned by the BBC.  —  CBBC, the channel for 7-12 year olds, said it would allow digitally literate children the access to characters and resources they had come to expect.
Chris Williams / The Register:
Google Germany goes kaput  —  Ich hatte meinen domain namen vergessen  —  Updated Google apologised on Tuesday after its German site disappeared overnight and was replaced by a page from domain holding company Goneo.  —  The search engine was resurrected at about 7.30am German time, though users still report some problems.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Report: Google Doesn't Renew Google.de, Site Goes Down
Discussion: Monkey Bites
Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
E-mail from the grave?  Microsoft seeks patent on 'immortal computing'  —  In this culture of instant information, some Microsoft Corp. researchers are pursuing a radical notion — the concept of saving messages for delivery in decades, centuries or more.  —  The project, dubbed …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:   Microsoft files for 'immortal computing' patent
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David Flynn / APC:
Vista Service Pack 1 is coming  —  Reckon you won't upgrade to Vista until the first service pack is released?  That's looking likely to be the second half of this year, according to Microsoft's latest email blast.  —  The company has put out a call for "customers and partners (to) …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Rewriting Vista history
Discussion: Windows-Now.com
Apple Recon:
Apple Special Event on February 20  —  We have just gotten an anonymous tip from a source that indicates that Apple is planning a special event on February 20 to introduce Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), iLife '07 and iWork '07 as well as updated Mac Pros.  Mac Pros will be available immediately …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo, Apple Gazette and digg
Ted Patrick / Ted On Flex:
Flex 3 - The most important feature!  —  The Flex team is in full development of the next full release of Flex, Flex 3.  The release is looking amazing but I wanted to reveal the most important feature today.  Flex 3. targets the release version of Flash Player 9 and will be widely deployable …
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Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Interview with Mike Downey, Sr. Product Manager for Apollo
Discussion: JD on EP
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TellMe Launches a Killer Mobile Product  —  If you have a cell phone that supports the new TellMe mobile application, you will never use 411 again to find a business.  It launches today at 5 AM PST.  —  TellMe mobile is a free Java application that you install on your phone.
David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
Second Life: It's not a game  —  Fortune's David Kirkpatrick reports on why IBM's Sam Palmisano and other tech leaders think Second Life could be a gold mine.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — Last November in Beijing, IBM gathered 2,000 employees, with 5,000 more watching on the web …
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David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
It's not a game (cont.)
Discussion: Getting Granular and Screenwerk
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
The not-so-shocking Intel/Sun alliance  —  (Intel is a sponsor of SVW) Monday's news that Sun will make Intel Xeon servers and Intel will promote Solaris shocked some observers.  —  Sun's former CEO Scott McNealy used to say nasty things about Intel's Itanium 64-bit microprocessor, a competitor to Sun's SPARC chip.
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Kevin Closson / Kevin Closson's Oracle Blog:
Sun to Product Xeon-based Servers. …
Discussion: InfoWorld Tech Watch
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Campaign to Reduce Wikipedia's PageRank to Zero  —  When news spread that Wikipedia was going to add the "NOFOLLOW" attribute to all external links, in an effort to reduce spam, I suggested that the issue could be resolved if everyone linking to Wikipedia, added a NOFOLLOW and effectively reduce the value of a Wikipedia link.
Heather Timmons / International Herald Tribune:
BBC talking to Google about providing video on YouTube  —  LONDON: The British Broadcasting Corporation said Monday that it was in discussions with the search engine company Google about putting some of the BBC's programming on the online video site YouTube.
Discussion: The Blog Herald and Gadget Lab
Business Wire:
Wikio Secures $5.3 Million in Series A Funding  —  Blog and Media Search Company Receives Funding For Research and Development, and International Expansion  —  LUXEMBOURG—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Wikio, operator of the popular personalized Web information page announced today it has closed a Series 'A' round of funding totaling $5.3 million.
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
IBM Wants Many Eyes on Visualization  —  IBM today announced Many Eyes, a site for sharing and commenting on visualizations.  Martin Wattenberg, who developed the original version of the treemap we use for our book market visualizations as well as the awesome baby name voyager, and Fernanda Viegas …
Stowe Boyd / Message:
In The Time Of "Me First": IBM Slowr?  —  Social applications are likely to be the major theme in software this year.  IBM has been pushing hard in recent years, building on the huge installed base and share-of-mind in the enterprise software world, and now has launched a new product family …
Rick Jelliffe / O'Reilly XML Blog:
An interesting offer: get paid to contribute to Wikipedia  —  My first computer was a Mac Plus.  Loved it.  My second computer was an AT&T Unix PC running System V. Loved it long time.  My third computer was a Sparc running Solaris or SunOS.  Loved it.  At work I run Linux, Open Office, Firefox, Eclipse, etc.
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Personalized Home Page Adds Expand & Collapse Per Post  —  A DigitalPoint Forum thread reports that Google has made a slight change to the Google Personalized home page, by adding a little plus sign to the RSS feeds.  Instead of just seeing the title, you can click on the plus sign …
dmnews.com:
Is SEO "rocket science?":  A Q&A with Dave Pasternack  —  Is SEO "Rocket Science?":  A Q&A With Dave Pasternack  —  Q: Your article back in October created a lot of controversy in DM News and the search engine blogosphere.  What's everybody so angry about?
Schneier / Schneier on Security:
Debating Full Disclosure  —  Full disclosure — the practice of making the details of security vulnerabilities public — is a damned good idea.  Public scrutiny is the only reliable way to improve security, while secrecy only makes us less secure.  —  Unfortunately, secrecy sounds like a good idea.
 
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