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2:55 PM ET, February 21, 2007


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Michael V. Copeland / Business 2.0:
Tech IPOs: They're back!  —  Why are champagne corks popping again in Silicon Valley?  Tech startups are coming back to Wall Street - and Business 2.0 Magazine identifies six that are likely to cash in.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) — For the first six years of the century …
Mathew /   Why should we celebrate tech IPOs?
Brian Bergstein / Associated Press:
Google closes a hole in its desktop search product  —  BOSTON — A potentially devastating hole in Google's (GOOG) prevalent desktop search product could have exposed personal files on users' computers to data thieves.  Google fixed the defect within weeks of being informed …
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
GrandCentral adds Gizmo Support  —  GrandCentral, the single-phone-number Web-based service launched last fall, is adding support for the free Gizmo Project Internet VoIP service, which may open up a whole new way to decrease spending on international or long-distance calling.
Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
GrandCentral adds support for Gizmo VoIP numbers
Discussion: VoIP & Gadgets Blog and IP Inferno
Eric S. Raymond /
ESR gives up on Fedora  —  The following letter was received from ESR, who has sent it to a number of Linux-related publications and mailing lists.  It is presented verbatim, except for the addition of HTML code.  —  After thirteen years as a loyal Red Hat and Fedora user, I reached my limit today …
Discussion: Global Nerdy and digg
Anne Broache / CNET
Microsoft patent case stirs software export fears  —  It's not every day that both the U.S. government and advocates of free and open-source software align themselves in court with Microsoft.  —  But a high-stakes patent case, set to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday morning …
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Microsoft's Rivals Root for It in Supreme Court Clash With AT&T
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Netvibes Promises Cross-Platform Widget Compatibility  —  The fragmentation of widget platforms presents a problem for developers, who need to develop and then maintain different versions of widgets for the various desktop widget platforms (Vista, Mac, Google, Yahoo) as well as online platforms …
Lisa Katayama / Wired News:
Japan's Hottest Cell Phone Straps  —  In Japan, dressing up a cell phone is almost as important as having one.  The cell-phone strap is an indispensable accessory that lets a person express individuality without flaunting it, and often tells a little story about Japanese culture and history.
Discussion: Kotaku, Gizmodo and DS Fanboy
Greg Sandoval / CNET
A new copyright battlefield: Veoh Networks  —  news analysis One of the last places you might expect to find copyright violations is on a Web site backed by Time Warner and former Disney CEO Michael Eisner.  —  Nonetheless, Veoh Networks CEO Dmitry Shapiro acknowledges that only a week …
Jim Courtney / Skype Journal:
Privacy and Prejudice: An Interruption 2.0 Manifesto for the AlwaysOn Lifestyle  —  Taking back control of your real time communications in the AlwaysOn world.  —  When reporting on my visit last summer to an Alexander Graham Bell museum near his summer home, I discovered an interesting facet to his lifestyle:
Discussion: VoIP Watch and Alec Saunders .LOG
Scoot / Scootinger's Blog:
"I'M A PC AND I'M A MAC" - CIRCA 1996!  —  This is a Mac user vs. PC user comparison from the September 1996 issue of MacAddict.  (this issue was actually the premiere/first issue of MacAddict) I recently found it when going through some of my old MacAddict magazines.
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Google-CBS Deal Dead For Now; YouTube's Tough Going With TV Networks  —  The wide-ranging and widely-expected Google-CBS deal, supposed to have been announced at CES last month, is dead for now, reports WSJ in a long and detailed story on Google's difficulties on working with TV networks and other media companies.
Marty Graham / Wired News:
Selling Homeowners a Solar Dream  —  Energy startup The Citizenrē Corporation's haikulike Google ad says it all.  "Solar for free," it headlines.  "No initial investment needed.  Just monthly payments for power."  —  Instead of making you spring for $25,000 or more in gear …
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Image Results Redesign Undone (Poll)  —  The Google Image search results recently went live with a redesign which was hiding most image information, and only show it when you hover the mouse over the image.  Google seems to have reverted this design step, and is now showing the old results layout …
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
PlayInterChange, a Personal Netflix?  —  What if you could turn that collection of video games and DVDs collecting dust on your shelf into a rental shop?  That's the promise of PlayInterChange, a new site launched this month that's hoping to enable consumers to turn themselves into a mini-Blockbuster or Netflix.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Cisco buys XML startup Reactivity
Discussion: VentureBeat and Marc's Voice
Jamie Huskisson:
Locking and password protecting your Mac whilst you are away
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Shift on Antitrust Issues May Aid Sirius-XM Deal
Discussion: Techdirt and Business Week
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
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Sensor firm warns Apple over iPhone
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Jobs and Gates to appear side-by-side at WSJ 'D' Conference
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Warner wants to buy EMI, independent labels approve
Discussion: MacUser
Fashion phone with exclusive accessories to be unveiled at Paris Fashion Week
Discussion: Gizmodo and
PRWeb: Launches in Local Search Space
Thomas C Greene / The Register:
Vista security overview: too little too late
Discussion: TechBlog and Slashdot
Mac DevCenter:
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET
New deal will bring competitive gaming to TV
Discussion: GigaGamez, CrunchGear and Joystiq
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Sun announces Project Neptune
Mac users 'still lax on security'