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11:25 AM ET, February 16, 2008


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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Poor People Use Yahoo, Those Better Off Use Google  —  New data released by Hitwise yesterday shows that the difference between those using Yahoo and Google can be shown by the wealth of each user.  —  The graph right demonstrates “Online Representation” based on demographic types.
Discussion: Mark Evans and VoIP Blog
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Yahoo! Search Draws Younger Audience; Google Users Big Spenders Online  —  In my post earlier in the week, I mentioned that Yahoo! Search attracts a younger audience than Google.  I promised a post with figures to back up my claim (sorry I am a day late - forgot it was Valentine's Day!).
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Developers Introduce Comcast Busting Encryption  —  Several BitTorrent developers have joined forces to propose a new protocol extension with the ability to bypass the BitTorrent interfering techniques used by Comcast and other ISPs.  This new form of encryption will be implemented …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Samsung's See'N'Search set-top TV / Internet box demo video  —  Samsung's See'N'Search set-top box that intelligently and automatically pulls content from the internet to match whatever TV show is on sounded nice enough, but we wanted to see it in action.  Apparently the good people at Samsung …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Alan Rusbridger / Guardian:
Dork Talk  —  In the early 90s, I made a pilgrimage to Boulder, Colorado, where the Knight Ridder chain of newspapers had established a research lab to contemplate the future of newspapers.  It was rumoured that they were developing a “tablet” - that is, a portable screen about the size …
Discussion: TeleRead
New York Times:
Taps for HD DVD as Wal-Mart Backs Blu-ray  —  SAN FRANCISCO — HD DVD, the beloved format of Toshiba and three Hollywood studios, died Friday after a brief illness.  The cause of death was determined to be the decision by Wal-Mart to stock only high-definition DVDs and players using the Blu-ray format.
Stephen J. Dubner / Freakonomics:
Is MySpace Good for Society?  A Freakonomics Quorum  —  Two little words — “social networking” — have become a giant buzzphrase over the past couple of years, what with the worldwide march of Facebook and headline-ready stories about Web-assisted suicides.  So what's the net effect of social networking?
Republican National Convention 2008:
2008 Republican National Convention Names Official Innovation Provider  —  (SAINT PAUL, Minn.) - Embracing technology that will propel the 2008 Republican National Convention to the forefront of the digital age, the GOP today announced that Google Inc. will serve as the Republican National Convention's Official Innovation Provider.
Eliot Brown / New York Observer:
Apple Is Building on 34th, But Will It Set Up Shop?  —  Avenue Apple store?  —  Apple has applied for a building permit at 21 West 34th Street, listing plans for a two-story 19,000-square-foot retail structure on the site, owned by SL Green.  —  So will this be the next iStore?  —  Maybe, maybe not.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Patentability Of Business Model And Software Patents Comes Under Court Scrutiny  —  Nearly ten years ago, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) made its ruling in the State Street Bank case, effectively allowing patents on business models and greatly expanding the scope of software patents in one single move.
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Sun turns to Neil Diamond for Amazon utility ‘killer’  —  Here's Sun Microsystems.  Ahead of the curve with utility computing?  Check.  Interested in gaining the business of today's internet companies?  Big check.  Full of server-side software skills?  Check.
Discussion: Storage Soup
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
Screenshots of Yahoo Buzz, a Digg competitor  —  The pace of of product launches from Yahoo is breathless — and with a whiff of desperation.  On February 26, Yahoo plans to beta launch Yahoo Buzz as a competitor to Digg, and a tipster supplied Valleywag with screenshots.
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Yahoo Layoffs Could Cost $25M  —  Most of the charge will hit Yahoo's first quarter numbers  —  The reorganization at Yahoo that resulted in hundreds of layoffs will cost the company millions in related costs.  —  Sending employees out the door of its California offices triggered mass layoff provisions in the state's labor laws.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / eWeek:
What's Behind the SCO Buyout  —  What's Behind the SCO Buyout  —  Why would anyone pay $100 million for a company in bankruptcy and with a collapsing business and a total worth, including selling the furniture, of about $5 million?  —  If I had a $100 million lying around …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Private equity firm pours $100 million into SCO money pit
Discussion: Law & Life, Gadgetell and The Open Road
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Alan Feuer / New York Times:
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Nick Booth / Inquirer:
Swedish boffin turns mobile phone into electrocardiogram
Discussion: and Gizmodo
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
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Elinor Mills / CNET
Lawsuit claims Google stole idea for Sky layer in Earth
Discussion: Ogle Earth and TechSpot News
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Group Wants to Draft Lessig For Congress
Google finds evil all over the Web
Discussion: VoIP Blog and JD on EP
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Virus from China the gift that keeps on giving
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I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Plan B  —  Last week I presented my best guess why Microsoft would want to buy Yahoo.
Discussion: WinExtra
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