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9:05 PM ET, February 22, 2007

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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
A Google Package Challenges Microsoft  —  Google is taking aim at one of Microsoft's most lucrative franchises.  —  On Thursday, Google, the Internet search giant, will unveil a package of communications and productivity software aimed at businesses, which overwhelmingly rely on Microsoft products for those functions.
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Google Introduces New Business Version of Popular Hosted Applications  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) - today introduced Google Apps Premier Edition, a new version of Google's hosted services for communication and collaboration designed for businesses of all sizes.
BBC:
Google charges for web programs
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
It's G-Day: Google Launches Apps Premier
Rick / Burning Questions:
FeedBurner's View of the Feed Market  —  Prompted by widespread buzz from many FeedBurner publishers who blogged about notable increases in feed subscribers over the weekend, we thought now was a good time to step back and talk about media consumption drivers, and how to accurately assess adoption …
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:   The State of the Web-based RSS Reader Market - Feedburner, Pheedo Release Stats
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft hit with $1.5 billion patent verdict  —  A federal jury in San Diego has ordered Microsoft to pay $1.5 billion to Alcatel-Lucent in a patent dispute over MP3 audio technology used in Windows.  —  In its verdict, the jury assessed damages based on each Windows PC sold since May 2003.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Skype asks FCC to open up cellular networks  —  Skype yesterday petitioned the FCC to lay the smack down on wireless phone carriers who "limit subscribers' right to run software communications applications of their choosing" (read: Skype software).  Skype wants the agency to more stringently apply …
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
RIAA Fights Back, Threatens Open Wi-Fi  —  Debbie Foster was sued by RIAA member company Capitol Records for allegedly sharing copyrighted material on a P2P file sharing network.  However, the alleged infringement was apparently committed by someone else with access to her ISP account.
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA appeals attorneys' fees award
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits … and Slashdot
Microsoft:
Media Companies Discover New Ways to Reach Readers Using Windows Vista Technology  —  Q&A: Associated Newspapers Ltd., Forbes Inc. and Hearst Corp. release digital reader applications built on Windows Vista technology while Microsoft prepares to deliver tools to ease software development for the publishing world.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com and TeleRead
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Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Microsoft announces more Digital Readers, but why?
Discussion: Scobleizer and GottaBeMobile.com
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple TKOs Cisco in iPhone bout, analysts say  —  One called Steve Jobs 'the Rasputin of the computer industry'  —  Although Apple Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc. remained mum today on the details of their deal to share the "iPhone" trademark, some analysts said Cisco got the short end of the stick.
Discussion: Berlind's Testbed
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Scott Goldberg / Digital Media Wire:
Settled: Cisco and Apple May Share iPhone Name, But Everyone Knows its Apple's
Discussion: CNET News.com
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Getty Images may buy research firm Jupitermedia  —  Shares of Jupitermedia Corp., a provider of research on technology, closed up 26 percent Wednesday after the New York Post reported that the company is in talks to be bought by Getty Images Inc. of Seattle  —  The stock gained $2.05 to close …
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MacScoop:
Tons of Mac hardware releases for Q2, black iMac on the way?  —  While the release of Microsoft's Vista earlier this month is said to be seriously challenging Apple on its recent PC market share catch-up, tipsters well placed at Apple informed MacScoop that the company is preparing …
Andrew Wallenstein / Reuters:
Yahoo news to tilt to a lilt  —  LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Yahoo Inc. is hoping a quirky take on the news will strike a chord as its next original programming effort.  —  The Web giant confirmed Wednesday that it will launch a video project before the end of this quarter that will feature …
Rachel Konrad / Associated Press:
Missing laptop found in ET hunt … SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, has signed up more than 1 million volunteers worldwide in a search for extraterrestrial intelligence.  They've found no aliens yet, but they have at least turned up one missing laptop.
Business 2.0:
The Next Net 25  —  Business 2.0 Magazine's guide to the hottest Web 2.0 companies - and the powerful trends driving them - in this make-or-break year.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) — Twelve months have passed since we introduced the first Next Net 25 - our picks for the Web 2.0 wannabes most likely to break out of the pack.
Malika Zouhali-Worrall / Financial Times:
Ad-supported online video 'losing ground'  —  The market for film and television internet downloads is expected to grow dramatically over the next five years, with revenues from paid downloads far exceeding earnings from advertising placed on free programming, according to a new industry study.
Jeffrey Gangemi / Business Week:
Think MySpace, but for Local Businesses  —  MerchantCircle provides a search-optimized Web site where business owners can advertise and network free.  The company's next task?  Figure out how to make it pay  —  When tech entrepreneurs Wayne Yamamato, 43, and Ben Smith, 38, met back in 2004 …
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
NVIDIA confirms GeForce 8-series for laptops  —  NVIDIA may be talking up its high-end graphics for cellphones these days, but that doesn't mean it's forgotten about those who prefer their portable gaming slightly less portable, recently firming up some details on its GeForce 8-series graphics hardware for laptops.
Discussion: Shop Talk and dailywireless.org
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
FIM Acquires Interactive Ad Tech Company Strategic Data Corp.  —  Fox Interactive Media has made what the company calls its first "major" acquisition since low-profile Peter Levinsohn took over late last year, picking up interactive ad technology firm Strategic Data Corp.. The company's home page …
Andy Merrett / The Blog Herald:
Shiny's annual gadget awards: LG scores a hatrick  —  The Oscars of the gadget world, the Shiny Awards 2007, hosted in London last night by Shiny Media, and attended by many high profile British journalists and bloggers, saw LG's mobile phones clean up with two wins and a runner-up spot.
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Flickr shows a little too much skin  —  Alida Saxon knew something was wrong last weekend when she saw that a thumbnail image on her blog that gets automatically fed from her Flickr page wasn't one of her own photos.  —  She clicked on the link for the image—a shot of a swimming pool …
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Updated: Google's Transferable Stock Option Program Begins  —  Google has submitted filings (prospectus plus supplement) about its initial test of its transferable stock option (TSO) program.  The idea, you'll recall, is to give employees with vested stock options a new alternative with respect to making money from vested options.
Peter Nowak / National Post:
Puretracks takes lead in rights fight  —  Canadian download store Puretracks is turning up the volume on the free-the-music movement by selling songs online without copy protection.  —  Toronto-based Puretracks Inc. yesterday announced it was selling MP3 files from independent labels …
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Insider Pages Acquisition May Be Announced Next Week
Cory Sorice / CrunchGear:
Patent Monkey: Amazing Nokia Cell Phone Screen and Game Time
Discussion: Gizmodo and Ring Nokia
Gavin Clarke / Reg Developer:
Linux breakthrough for Visual Basic developers
Discussion: Channel 9
Mike / Techdirt:
Supreme Court Skeptical That US Patent Control Expands Beyond US Borders
Constance Loizos / Mercury News:
VC's valley venture
Discussion: VentureBeat and Valleywag
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Justin Wastnage / flightglobal.com:
Apple iPod set to swap 'white box' for 'black box' as LoPresti …
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
BUILDING OUT THE WIRED BLOG NETWORK
usa.canon.com:
CANON'S TWO NEWEST DIGITAL ELPH CAMERAS INFUSE ICONIC DESIGN …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Microsoft kicks the tires on Revver
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Google sees video anti-piracy tools as priority
 

 
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Erin Keane / Salon:
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