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7:50 AM ET, February 8, 2007

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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Pipes and Filters for the Internet  —  Yahoo!'s new Pipes service is a milestone in the history of the internet.  It's a service that generalizes the idea of the mashup, providing a drag and drop editor that allows you to connect internet data sources, process them, and redirect the output.
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Anil Dash:
Yahoo Pipes  —  Background: Yahoo's launched an interesting and innovative new service, Pipes, which lets users with a relatively low degree of technological expertise combine structured sources of web data such as feeds.  In this way, it's possible for non-experts to create new web services for their own use or for public consumption.
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
Yahoo! Launches Pipes  —  It takes effort to explain the significance of an important product who's immediate benefit to consumers may not be so obvious, and the awkwardly named 'pipes' from Yahoo! is no exception.  The product name is taken from the world of UNIX where a pipe is a conduit …
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Yahoo! Pipes remixes the syndicated web  —  Yahoo! released Yahoo! Pipes tonight, a visual editing interface for web feed manipulation and reconstruction.  The Pipes team, part of the Yahoo! Advanced Products group, has spent some time looking at how people consume syndicated content …
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
Yahoo! Pipes: Unlocking the Data Web  —  For far too long now RSS has been used in ways that don't really tap its true potential.  Being able to syndicate my favorite headlines or blog posts is great.  In fact, it helped to kick off a revolution in personal on-line publishing that is still growing and evolving.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Yahoo Launches Pipes, an RSS Remixer  —  RSS feed remixing has been a pet topic of mine for quite some time, so tonight it was a pleasure to discover Yahoo's new Pipes service (hat-tip Thejesh).  It's a beta service from Yahoo and the name, which pays tribute to Unix pipes …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, ZefHemel.com and TechMag
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Yahoo! Pipes: The Modules For Building Pipes  —  Yahoo! Pipes was released today with the goal of allowing people to easily mix, match, filter, sort and merge data sources into RSS feeds.  These resulting RSS feeds are called Pipes and they allow you to do things like find all of the parks …
Jackson West / GigaOM:
Yahoo's Pipes Hard to Grok But Snazzy
Discussion: Marc's Voice
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Why people hate SEO...  (and why SMO is bulls$%t)  —  This video is so cheesy you have to think it's a fake... but I don't think it is.  (Hat Tip)  —  The SEO folks got really pissed off at me for saying "SEO is bulls@#t." last year, but the truth is that 90% of the SEO market is made up of snake oil salesman.
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Windows Mobile 6 announced  —  Microsoft's finally ready to take the wraps off Windows Mobile 6, the long-awaited successor to Windows Mobile 5 (what else?) that's been baking in the oven for a while now as "Crossbow."  The platform formerly known as Pocket PC Phone Edition has become Windows Mobile 6 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Testing Virtual Gifts  —  Facebook is testing virtual gifts - small icons that you can give to other Facebook members to be displayed on their pages in the "wall" section as well as a new gift area.  The test is running with members from just a couple of select schools at this time.
Discussion: Bloggers Blog and GigaOM
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Noah Kagan / Okdork.com:   Breaking: Facebook adds New Revenue Channel: Social Gifts
Gizmodo:
The Most Ridiculous Windows Video Ever  —  If you thought the Vista Ads were boring, check out this Windows 386 ad from the early 90s.  I'm not sure what kind of designer drugs these people were on when they made this, but we're pretty sure it's currently used for farm animals and prison inmates sterile.
Discussion: Igniq.com Gaming News and digg
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
RIAA misreads Jobs' open letter on DRM, thinks he's offering to license FairPlay  —  Steve Jobs' open letter about DRM and music yesterday definitely got a lot of tongues wagging, but there's one group that might want to re-read what he wrote.  Bit Player (you gotta scroll down to the bottom of the post) …
Discussion: Monkey Bites, Apple Gazette and digg
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Ellen Messmer / Network World:
RSA '07: Bruce Schneier casts light on psychology of security  —  Security decisions often are much less rational than one would prefer, Schneier says  —  SAN FRANCISCO — One of the security industry's most outspoken experts, Bruce Schneier, spoke at RSA Conference on the topic …
Mike / Techdirt:
Phone Call Arbitrage Is All Fun And Games (And Profit) Until AT&T Hits You With A $2 Million Lawsuit  —  from the so-much-for-that-plan dept  —  Late last year, the NY Times' David Pogue wrote a blog post describing a service called FuturePhone, which offered free international calls.
Discussion: Fractals of Change and GigaOM
Davidweiss / Mac Mojo:
Birthday Gift for MacBU  —  Yesterday, as I walked from the dark parking garage to begin my day of work, I remembered that we were celebrating MacBU's 10th anniversary!  The clouds were thinning and I looked around to see if perchance, the cloudy weather would abate, even a little bit for our big party.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jobster Attacks the Monster  —  Monster.com is a fat target.  It has a market cap of nearly $7 billion and generates over $1 billion per year in revenue.  All that revenue is largely generated on paid job listings, starting off at $475 for a single listing.
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
YouTube Founders Got $650 Million in Shares Post-Sale; Sequoia Got $442 Million in Shares  —  YouTube Founders Got $650 Million in Shares; Sequoia Got $442 Million; Nothing For Music Labels?  —  Updated below: This is based on the $470.01 closing share price of Google on Wednesday.
Discussion: alarm:clock and VC Ratings
Tropicaljantie / Watching, Testing, Digesting:
Somebody noticed that Skype Reads Your BIOS and Motherboard Serial Number.  But is it really that big an issue ?  —  Important enough to mention it here.  Read this entry by myria.  —  If this is all true (we will know once it is better documented, I guess) this then means that too many "confidential data" are located on one spot.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Is Helio's cool factor enough?  —  Helio, the cell phone service for the mega-cool hipster crowd, is bleeding cash, a scenario that will likely force its deep-pocketed investors in one of two directions: either dig deeper still or bid the business adieu.  —  Helio, which launched in May …
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Aipotek's ultra-slim VoIP phone  —  While its practicality for extended chatting sessions may be in question, Aipotek's latest VoIP phone here should fit in nicely with your other barely-able-to-hold-onto gadgets, measuring just 7.5 mm thick and less than an inch-and-a-half wide.
Discussion: VoIP Blog and I4U News
 
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
NBC blasts Google's YouTube over copyright
AppleInsider:
Apple may ax next-gen HDD iPod in favor of all-flash models
Discussion: MacRumors and LoopRumors
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Talent recruitment spurs VMware IPO
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HOWTO: Achieve blog nirvana
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Nintendo thought about going into the cell phone business?
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Lifehacker:
Download of the Day: RocketDock (Windows)
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Gizmodo:
Dealzmodo (??): Apple iPod Hi-Fi, $87 B&M
Discussion: MacUser and Gadgetell
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
When Security Companies Fail
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Social Networking For Change(.org)
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Using a crosswalk in New York? "NO iPOD FOR YOU!"
Discussion: VoIP Blog and Macsimum News
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Google opens Gmail to all
 

 
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