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AMAZON ONE-CLICK PATENT REJECTED BY THE US PATENT OFFICE AS A RESULT OF MY REQUEST  —  In a recent office action, the USPTO has rejected the claims of the Amazon.com one-click patent following the re-examination request that I filed on 16 February 2006.  —  My review resulted in the broadest claims of the patent being ruled invalid.
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Stephen Hutcheon / Sydney Morning Herald:
War on Amazon patent began with a GRRRR!!!  —  Peter Calveley with some of the documents he received from intenet retailer Amazon.com in support of their claim over the 1-Click online shopping patent.  —  Amazon.com, one of the world's largest online retailers, is on the brink of losing …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Amazon's 1-Click patent picked apart by US Patent Office
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
US Patent Office rejects Amazon one-click patent
Discussion: CNET News.com
New York Times:
Silicon Valley Start-Ups Awash in Dollars, Again  —  Silicon Valley's math is getting fuzzy again.  —  Internet companies with funny names, little revenue and few customers are commanding high prices.  And investors, having seemingly forgotten the pain of the first dot-com bust …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Web 2.0 Summit: And So It Begins
Discussion: Between the Lines and GigaOM
Nick / Rough Type:
The casino economy  —  The New York Times technology blog features …
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
Brad Stone / Bits:
Carlota Perez on the Web 2.0 Bubble
Verne Kopytoff / The Technology Chronicles:   Web 2.0 kickoff  —  Don't bother calling any Internet executives this week.
Nik Fletcher / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple: "we plan to have an iPhone SDK in developers' hands in February"  —  That's right folks.  You read it correctly.  Cats & dogs are living together, and in other news Steve Jobs has, via Apple's 'Hot News' page, announced that Apple will, FINALLY, support third-party development of native applications for the iPhone.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Apple planning iPhone SDK for February!  —  Well, would you look at that.  Apple apparently wants third party applications on the iPhone and iPod touch just like every other sane individual on the planet.  The company just announced on its Hot News feed (and we'd say this certainly qualifies as such) …
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Apple: Steve Jobs: iPhone SDK In Dev Hands February '08
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Valleywag
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia's N810 makes first appearance, drops jaws  —  We're still waiting for the press release, but that's Nokia N810 Internet Tablet in the fo' realz.  Yeah, sexy is an understatement.  We peeped this model in a spyshot back in July and appears to be the same lovely recently revealed by the FCC.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Nokia N810 hands-on
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Maps Becomes Social  —  Another piece from Google's social project has been released: Google Maps becomes social with the addition of user profiles.  Until now, users could create personalized maps and write reviews for local businesses, but they didn't have an identity.
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Jess Lee / Google LatLong:
Put yourself on the map  —  Who knows your neighborhood better than you?  That's why we've been releasing features that let you add your own content to Google Maps.  For example, you can use our map-creation tools to make maps of recommended places to visit or leave ratings and reviews for your favorite restaurants.
Discussion: WebProNews and Dan Blank
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:   Google Maps Adds Profiles
Business Wire:
CORRECTING and REPLACING eBay Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2007 Financial Results  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Eighteenth graph, third sentence should read: These amounts assume a Q4-07 US dollar to Euro exchange rate of $1.38, and actual rates through the first three quarters of 2007 …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
eBay: Growth Stable at 30%, Margin Down From Mix Shift
Discussion: GigaOM and paidContent.org
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Docs Mobile Released  —  Google Docs Mobile went live now, after traces of it were spotted a month ago.  It's a minimalist reformatting of the "Google Office suite" for cellphone display.  What you will see is a search box as well as recent documents - word processing, spreadsheets, or presentations - below it.
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Nick / Rough Type:
Google, Apple and the future of personal computing  —  I confess: My last post, about the Zonbu, was frivolous.  The Zonbu will be lucky to be a footnote in the history of 21st century computing.  Yes, it has the right model, more or less.  What it doesn't have is the muscle.
Discussion: GigaOM and SmoothSpan Blog
Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
How to get Mac OS X Leopard for as low as $40  —  Last night, I remembered something that you will no doubt thank me for later.  When Mac OS X Tiger came out a few years ago, I was ready to buy it.  I had my $130 in hand and was waiting in line.  But as I approached the cash register …
Jeff Bercovici / Condé Nast Portfolio Magazine:
MySpace Founders Re-Up at News Corp.  —  Remember how MySpace founders Tom Anderson and Chris DeWolfe had to sign a new contract with News Corp. sometime this month or pack up their desks?  —  Well, they're not going anywhere.  A well-placed News Corp. source tells me they've reached a new agreement …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Private BuyOut Of Ancestry.com For $300+ Million  —  Spectrum Equity Investors has led a $300 million investment to acquire a majority interest in Provo Utah-based The Generations Network (the parent company of Ancestry.com, MyFamily.com and other sites) according to a source with knowledge of the deal.
 
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Notebooks continue to drive growth in worldwide PC market
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
RIAA sues Usenet: Wait, you can do that?
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The NSA gets its own smartphone
Discussion: Gizmodo
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Senate Democrats want to force 'consumer-friendly' wireless practices
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All Criticism of This Website Is Hereby Forbidden
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F# - A Functional Programming Language
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