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1:10 PM ET, October 21, 2007

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Bharat Mediratta / New York Times:
The Google Way: Give Engineers Room  —  GOOGLE engineers are encouraged to take 20 percent of their time to work on something company-related that interests them personally.  This means that if you have a great idea, you always have time to run with it.  —  It sounds obvious …
Times of London:
Google.  Who's looking at you?  —  It wants to know everything about you.  It wants to be your best friend — or your Big Brother.  Are your secrets safe with Google?  —  John Arlidge  —  In the blissed-out California sunshine, the glistening glass-and-steel curves of the Googleplex seem …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Powerset Testing Search Results At Mechanical Turk  —  A reader noticed that stealth search engine Powerset is using Amazon's Mechanical Turk service to gauge user reactions to search results.  —  See the screen shot (click for larger view) - users are shown a query and a number of results …
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Nick / Rough Type:
The business case for TimesSelect  —  Last month, the New York Times discontinued TimesSelect, the program that required readers to pay a subscription fee to read popular columnists and access the paper's archives.  The news was greeted with whoops and hollers from the members of the web's hallelujah chorus …
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Tim Harford / The Undercover Economist:
Undercover Economist column: Did you pay to read this?  —  Until recently, there were two types of newspaper website: those that made you pay to read many of the articles (The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times) and those that didn't.  —  That is changing.
Todd Cochrane / Geek News Central:
Why Tech Blogging is Broken  —  Last night I attended a book launch party here in Honolulu.  At that party I met a marketing person from a SEO startup who told me a little about what they were doing in the search optimization space.  I found it very intriguing and as competition is very tough …
Nick / Rough Type:
For Wal-Mart, too, IT is a commodity  —  "I never viewed computers as anything more than necessary overhead," Sam Walton once said.  Nevertheless, after I wrote "IT Doesn't Matter" back in 2003, critics would routinely present Wal-Mart as the killer counter example to my argument …
Susan Crawford blog:
Comcast Is Pretending to be You  —  This AP story makes clear that Comcast is pretending to be part of online conversations in order to frustrate users who want to use particular online applications.  This happens all the time in the name of "traffic shaping" — it's the kind of thing that China does to interfere with internet use.
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isen.blog:
Why a Net Neutrality law is not enough  —  Once we decide that Network Neutrality is a good thing to (re)enshrine in law, then we need to ask how to do that effectively.  One way would be to pass a law saying, "Thou shalt not discriminate."  That's the current approach.
Howard Owens:
The culture of infallibility inhibits newspaper innovation  —  Yesterday at the closing panel of the Online News Association conference, Anil Dash and Josh Cohn of Google talked about the newspaper industry's failure to embrace change.  —  Anil made this astute observation, "Journalism is the culture of infallibility."
Akhil Wable / Facebook Developers News Feed:
More Distribution and Visibility  —  In an effort to continue providing new ways to distribute your applications, we're making the Application Directory and app "about" pages available to people who are not logged in.  We are also enabling these pages to be indexed by search engines like Google …
Mobility Site:
New betas of Mobipocket Reader available  —  Mobipocket has a new Beta of the Mobipocket Reader 6.0 for Blackberry.  This new beta version is available on Mobipocket's beta pages or you can download it directly with your Blackberry browser from their mobile website (http://m.mobipocket.com).
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Judith Chevalier / New York Times:
In Search of Wireless Wiggle Room  —  I RECENTLY watched a YouTube clip of a young man removing the memory chip from his iPhone with his teeth, in an attempt to "unlock" the device for use on a network other than the AT&T system for which the phone was exclusively sold.
Discussion: Slashdot
Katie Allen / Guardian:
Major pirate website shut down  —  One of the world's most-used pirate film websites has been closed after providing links to illegal versions of major Hollywood hits and TV shows.  —  The first closure of a major UK-based pirate site was also accompanied by raids and an arrest …
 
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Dan Moren / Macworld:
The Apple we know and love  —  In the past few months …
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Toshiba Working With Microsoft On New Entertainment Xbox
Mark Boslet / Mercury News:
UN telecom panel endorses Intel's WiMax technology
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Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
RESTING MY CASE (AGAIN)
Chris Pirillo:
Christmas Music Parody - Blue Vista
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
The New Era of Semantic Apps
InfoWorld:
AT&T sues Vonage for patent infringement
 

 
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