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1:30 PM ET, February 9, 2007

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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
In a Search Refinement, a Chance to Rival Google  —  Early in the decade, a struggling Xerox Corporation was trying to sell off a stake in its Palo Alto Research Center, which it could no longer afford to support.  But with the technology bubble bursting, the price that investors were willing …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Powerset's search technology scoop, may scare Google  —  Powerset, a San Francisco search engine company, will announce Friday it has won exclusive rights to significant search engine technology it says may help propel it past Google.  —  The technology, developed at Palo Alto Research Center …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Powerset Hype To Boiling Point
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's …
Erik Sass / MediaPost Publications:
DMarc Founders Leave Google  —  CHAD AND RYAN STEELBERG, THE founders of an automated radio ad placement company purchased by Google in January 2006, have left the company.  —  The brothers resigned amid reports of growing tension between dMarc, the company they founded, and Google over differing approaches to radio ad sales.
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Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
dMarc Founders No Longer At Google
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
Jobs's Music Proposal Rebuffed  —  Piracy Software Not the Problem, Industry Executive Says  —  The recording industry is beginning to respond to a proposal made this week by Apple chief executive Steve Jobs calling for an open music system that would allow songs to be played on any device.
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Jimmy Guterman / PaidContent:
EMI In Talks To Sell Music Online Sans DRM; Potential Deal Could Change Industry  —  This may turn out to be the most interesting week in digital music since Apple opened its online store.  First, Steve Jobs told the major labels to forget about Apple licensing out is FairPlay DRM system; the end game was going to be unprotected files.
Economist:
Music wants to be free
Discussion: Infinite Loop and digg
Nick / Rough Type:
IT, YouTube and the wealth gap  —  Google has reported, in a financial filing, that YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen each pulled down about a third of a billion dollars in selling their video-sharing company to the search giant.  That's not a bad payday for a year-old …
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Meta:
An Open Letter to Google Founders— to save Google in China and save Internet in China  —  I'm writing you the short letter on behalf of many Internet users in China to have some suggestions to resolve the current dilemma for Google in China, from both business and social perspectives.
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and Joho the Blog
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia's E90 Communicator: first pics!  —  Check it QWERTY geeks, we've got a trio of clandestine snaps of Nokia's oft rumored, but never seen E90 communicator.  As you can see from the pics, the E90 does indeed pack a dual-hinge allowing it to open like a 9500 or fold-up flat like the 9300.
Discussion: Gadgetell, CrunchGear and jkOnTheRun
Paul Cesarini / Observer:
Caught in the Network  —  At 9:15 one Thursday morning, there came a polite knock on my mostly closed office door.  I was expecting the knock.  A student was coming to talk to me about getting into one of my courses, which he needed to graduate.  —  So when I heard the knock, I said, "C'mon in, Kyle."
Discussion: broadbandreports.com, Slashdot and digg
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
The Web, Now Just for You  —  New online tools offer personalized recommendations to help users find what they like—and help advertisers target their audience  —  Kevin Rose likes to talk about his taste for oolong tea.  But lately the founder of Digg, a popular bookmarking site …
Dana Gardner / Dana Gardner's BriefingsDirect:
Entrepreneur-itis bites again as Marc Fleury leaves Red Hat  —  There's always a risk when a company formed by a strong personality — especially when the company is identified closely with that individual — is acquired.  Yet I had high hopes when JBoss was acquired by Red Hat last year.
Discussion: Open Sources and LXer Linux News
RU Sirius / 10 Zen Monkeys:
When Cory Doctorow Ruled the World  —  Interviewing Cory Doctorow is easy.  You just flip the on switch by asking the first question, and he emits a constant stream of brilliant, insightful stuff.  Editing interviews with Doctorow is easy as well.  He generally speaks in coherent …
Discussion: Valleywag
Mike / Techdirt:
Gary Shapiro Slams Warner Bros.  Chair On His Congressional Remarks  —  from the nice-work dept  —  Earlier this week, the MPAA went to Congress to see if the new Democratic leadership would start pushing their agenda more than the old Republican leadership did (though, even the Republicans were pretty friendly to the industry).
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
iRobot intros next-gen bomb-defusing PackBot  —  iRobot may be best known for its innocuous Roomba and Scooba robots, but there is another, less-talked about side to the company — one where robots face far more perilous tasks than wall-to-wall shag carpeting.
Discussion: Ubergizmo and digg
Mark Sweney / Guardian Unlimited:
YouTube goes mobile and SkySports.com sets record  —  Vodafone has struck a deal with YouTube to launch a mobile version of the video-sharing website.  —  The deal, which will see UK users the first to be able to access a YouTube for mobile service, follows hot on the heels of Wedneday's agreement …
Discussion: Mashable! and PaidContent
CNNMoney.com:
Pixar options reportedly under probe  —  Feds looking at '01 stock options that Apple's Steve Jobs approved for animation superstar John Lasseter, report says.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Apple Chairman and CEO Steve Jobs, whose company's stock-options practices are already the subject …
Discussion: MacUser and Blogging Stocks
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Viacom moves on without YouTube  —  NEW YORK—Viacom may not miss YouTube as much as some people think.  —  Viacom representatives have been quietly telling industry insiders this week that they plan to aggressively promote their revamped ComedyCentral.com Web site.
Discussion: Kevin Maney
Ben / Ben Metcalfe Blog:
On linkbaiting, SEO'ing and all that other crap  —  I guess I must be a blog puritan.  A naive, day-dreaming, quasi-utopian blog puritan at that.  —  There's been a lot of discussion about Jason Calacanis calling bulls**t on the SEO industry (I'm not going to get into that echo chamber …
 
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Kenneth Chang / New York Times:
Wizardry at Harvard: Physicists Move Light
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
Peter Judge / Techworld.com:
Quantum computer to debut next week
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
VMWare's 3D graphics acceleration just around the corner?
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
VTech at the International Toy Fair
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Elizabeth Montalbano / InfoWorld:
Premium Vista PCs fare well in first week
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
Where's Ray? Where's the Vista Campaign?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Photobucket To Show Off Latest Flash Tools
Discussion: Ryan Stewart
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Windows Mobile 6 Professional in pictures
Discussion: TechSpot News
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