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Staci /
AOL-Microsoft: Will Cash-Rich Google Make A Play? : Day 2 of the new hot miniseries.  Influential Merrill Lynch analyst Lauren Rich Fine stirred the pot today with a client note suggesting that Google could jump in.  —  From Fine: "Depending on the limitations of the AOL-Google contract …
James Altucher /
MSN Plus AOL Is a Negative for Google
Mark McDonald /
Revolution Controller Finally Revealed  —  We've seen it, touched it, played games with it.  Read this now.  —  The entire industry has been clamoring for a taste of Nintendo's so-called next-generation 'revolution.' So have we.  Every time Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has opened his mouth …
Chris Kohler / Wired News:
Hands On With the Revolution
Discussion: Kotaku
Nintendo unveils next-generation game controller
Discussion: Kotaku and Guardian Unlimited
Jonathan Krim / Washington Post:
New Lines of Communication  —  Some Want to Scrap the Old Infrastructure To Create a High-Tech, Wireless Region  —  As crews rush to restore basic telephone and Internet services to areas ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, some executives, academics and analysts are urging a more ambitious approach …
Globe and Mail:
Rogers, Bell Canada team up  —  Bitter rivals Rogers Communications Inc. and Bell Canada have agreed to jointly build and manage a wireless high-speed Internet network that is expected to reach more than two-thirds of Canadians in less than three years.  —  The two communications companies …
Rogers and Bell to build Wireless Broadband Network
Linda S. Boreman /
Google unveils new erotica search engine  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - September 15, 2005 - Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today its plans to enter the lucrative adult content market with a new search engine that will be kept separate from its main line of search services.
Discussion: Things That and InsideGoogle
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Grotica - Google Erotica Engine or Webmaster World Joke?  —  Grotica - Google Erotica Engine or Webmaster World Joke?  —  While running across the search engine news this morning I found a press release, apparently from Google, hosted on and indexed in Google News.
Laurieanne McLaughlin / Macworld:
Analysis: Why Apple picked Intel over AMD  —  Steve Jobs sent a seismic shocker across the tech landscape in June when he announced Apple would phase out PowerPC chips and put Intel processors inside Macs starting in 2006.  To some, the move seemed puzzling: Why would Jobs, the king of cool design …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and
Ryan Katz / Think Secret:
Power Mac G5 revision expected soon, signs point to dual-core  —  September 15, 2005 - Apple's Power Mac G5 line will see an upgrade in the near future, possibly before the close of the month, sources have informed Think Secret.  Poor sales of the current models is likely the driving force behind …
Discussion: Engadget and
Sherman So /
Baidu sued over music downloads  —  The world's biggest music companies are suing Baidu, the mainland search engine that captivated Wall Street investors, for copyright infringement in a move that could force the company to shut down its MP3 search engine, a key to the company's popularity among young Chinese Internet users.
Mike / Techdirt:
Why Baidu's Investors Should Have Done Some Research
Discussion: Things That
Music giants sue 'Chinese Google' over MP3 downloads
Discussion: SiliconBeat and business2blog
Business Week:
Troubling Exits At Microsoft  —  Once the dream workplace of tech's highest achievers, it is suffering key defections to Google and elsewhere.  What's behind the losses?  —  When Microsoft Corp. (MFST ) hired computer scientist Kai-Fu Lee away from hardware maker Silicon Graphics Inc. …
Business Week:
A Rendezvous With Microsoft's Deep Throat  —  Meet mystery blogger Mini-Microsoft, an employee who runs a virtual watercooler for his corporate colleagues, also anonymous  —  I didn't have to change cabs twice and slip into the shadows of a suburban parking garage at 2 in the morning.
Discussion: Ted's Radio Weblog
Paul F. Roberts /
Microsoft Scraps Old Encryption in New Code  —  Microsoft is banning certain cryptographic functions from new computer code, citing increasingly sophisticated attacks that make them less secure, according to a company executive.  —  The Redmond, Wash., software company instituted a new policy …
Discussion: Channel 9
Dennis Moser /
Apple files patent for a unique camera built into laptop  —  On September 15, 2005, the US Patent & Trademark Office revealed Apple's patent application 20050201047 entitled Camera Latch.  The inventor listed is Christoph H. Krah for serial number 800166, originally filed March 12, 2004.
Robot weeds fields  —  Weeding is a major problem for ecological growers since it is both expensive and time-consuming.  New robot technology may have the solution.  In a new dissertation, Björn Åstrand, from Halmstad University in Sweden, presents how weeds can be removed mechanically -with the fully automated robot Lukas.
Shak / Chinawhite:
Google to acquire BAIDU ?  —  So for the last week or so, everyday I get an email asking me what I think of "Google buying Baidu" ?  —  So here's my take  —  The time I have spent in China in 2005 and having talked to many Business Folk, End Users, Advertisers, Taxi Drivers and Part Time Girlfriends has led me to 1 thing.

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