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12:05 PM 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
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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!).
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
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 …
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.
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?
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.
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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.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
HD DVD deathwatch: we're making it official
Discussion: Engadget HD, Ars Technica and Digg
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.
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Lawsuit claims Google stole idea for Sky layer in Earth  —  A former Google contractor is suing the company for allegedly stealing from him the idea for the Sky layer in Google Earth.  —  The lawsuit filed this week in federal district court in Atlanta seeks punitive damages of $25 million from Google.
Discussion: Mashable!, Ogle Earth and TechSpot News
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
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
Ranking using Indiana University's user traffic  —  Mark Meiss gave an great talk at WSDM 2008 on a fascinating project where they tapped and anonymized all traffic into and out of Indiana University, then analyzed the behavior of search users.  Their paper, “Ranking Web Sites with Real User Traffic” …
 
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Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Judge says use of MySpace may violate a court order
Nick Booth / Inquirer:
Swedish boffin turns mobile phone into electrocardiogram
Discussion: textually.org and Gizmodo
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
stickK Allows You To Put A Contract On Yourself
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Private equity firm pours $100 million into SCO money pit
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Yahoo Layoffs Could Cost $25M
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Group Wants to Draft Lessig For Congress
Deborah Gage / San Francisco Chronicle:
Virus from China the gift that keeps on giving
Discussion: Engadget, SlashGear, GigaOM and Slashdot
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US Marines Select Rockwell Collins ParaNav
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
 Earlier Items: 
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Murdoch's Yahoo move gives Microsoft pause
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
News Corp. Working On Music ‘Hulu’ For MySpace
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
Screenshots of Yahoo Buzz, a Digg competitor
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Magazine:
Everex CloudBook Mini Review Verdict: Needs More Time in the Oven
Dylan Tweney / Epicenter:
Wired.com CTO Still Bullish on Amazon S3, Despite Service Failure
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Comparing Six Ways to Identify Top Blogs in Any Niche
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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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