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5:35 PM ET, May 12, 2007


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Chris / LiveSide:
Windows Live Folders beta - more info  —  As the last post on Windows Live Folders got a bit too long, here's further information on the Windows Live Folders service.  Click to enlarge the screenshots.  —  After the intial signin to the service, the user is presented with the Folders homepage …
Chris / LiveSide:
"Live Drive" is almost here - Windows Live Folders beta  —  One beta ends and suddenly five more spring up in its place.  We can finally get the talk around Windows Live going again - the Windows Live Folders site has just opened up in preparation for the beta.
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Free-Internet plan gets S.F. controller's office OK  —  Cost savings, citywide Wi-Fi connections make EarthLink-Google offer attractive  —  The San Francisco controller's office issued a favorable review Friday on a proposal by EarthLink and Google to provide the city with free wireless Internet access.
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
"Google buys a start-up once every few days, or around one a week"  —  "Google buys a start-up once every few days, or around one a week, Schmidt estimated" comes from an eWeeek article recapping a Google reporter briefing earlier this week.  —  One of the things I have learned …
Discussion: Mark Evans, Weblogsky and digg
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Social Bookmarking Meets Big Brother: Cluztr  —  Ottawa based Cluztr is social bookmarking meets Big Brother.  It's the Homer Simpson would use.  —  A few years ago clickstreams and attention data was all the rage.  In 2005 Michael Arrington covered Attention Trust …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Next 'MacBook' update a yawner; Ultra-portable to get 13-inch display  —  A forthcoming update to Apple Inc.'s 13-inch line of consumer MacBooks won't deliver much in terms of new features, AppleInsider has learned.  Meanwhile, the dimensions of the company's ultra portable sub-notebook initiative are taking shape.
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Joystiq interviews Bungie's Frank O'Connor  —  While checking out the Halo 3 multiplayer beta in New York tonight, we managed to nab Bungie's Frank O'Connor for a little one-on-one to get answers to some of those Halo-related questions that have been floating around for too long.
Howard Anderson / Computerworld:
A cynic rips open source  —  Open source is not a movement; it's a religion  —  I chaired an interesting meeting the other day.  It was me against senior executives of Cisco, Agilent Technologies and Novell.  —  The subject was: Do enterprise users really want open source?  Are you strongly supporting this?
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:   Open source is bad for vendors
Matthew Hurst / Data Mining:
The Future of Search  —  I spent Thursday and Friday last week in the Bay area.  On Friday I participated in Berkeley's Future of Search (FoS) event, Thursday was spent partly chatting to people at BuzzLogic (thanks Todd for breakfast at a great little place in South Park) and Barney et al at Powerset.
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Why does Google remember information about searches?  —  We recently announced a new policy to anonymize our server logs after 18-24 months.  We're the only leading search company to have taken this step publicly.  We believe it's an important part of our commitment to respect user privacy …
Rob Mead /
Apple iPhone: more secrets revealed  —  Considering third-party software; smaller iPhone on the way  —  It looks like Apple may open up the iPhone to third-party apps after all.  The news came at an Apple shareholders' meeting held in Cupertino, California yesterday.
Discussion: details of a global brain and digg
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
The Streisand Effect  —  A Web user and his information are like a grizzly and her cub.  Come between them, and you're likely to get mauled.  —  That's what a group of heavyweight tech and entertainment companies learned last week when they tried to keep the lid on the code that could help break the electronic locks on HD-DVDs.
Discussion: Techdirt and digg
San Francisco Chronicle:
WHO'S AFRAID OF GOOGLE?  —  Firms in Silicon Valley and beyond fear search giant's plans for growth  —  For a company that pledged to not be evil, Google makes a lot of enemies.  —  From Madison Avenue to Hollywood, some of industry's most powerful entities are marshaling their forces …
Discussion: Valleywag
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Company targets Apple, Microsoft and others for not using enough DRM  —  What do Vista, Flash, RealPlayer, and iTunes have in common?  According to Media Rights Technologies (MRT), all of them are infringing products under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and MRT has just sent cease …
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