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Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
GOOGLE PULLS THE OTHER LEG WITH SECURE ACCESS  —  Following the Web Accelerator debacle, Google wants another crack at your entire internet traffic.  This time, its through the Google Secure Access client.  —  Located at, GSA connects you to a Google-run Virtual Private Network.
Adam Pasick / Reuters:
Google prepares to launch WiFi service  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Online search leader Google is preparing to launch a wireless Internet service, Google WiFi, according to several pages found on the company's Web site on Tuesday.  —  A WiFi service, which offers a high-speed connection to the Internet …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Secure Wireless Access From Google & More On GoogleNet Broadband Plans  —  Google Pulls The Other Leg With Secure Access from InsideGoogle covers new Google Secure Access wireless software now being offered for download, while Threadwatch and Om Malik points to the Google Reviewing Bids …
Om Malik / Om Malik's Broadband Blog:
Google's Secure (WiFi) Access Tool
Discussion: GoogleRumors
Feel Free: Opera Eliminates Ad Banner and Licensing Fee  —  Opera Software today permanently removed the ad banner and licensing fee from its award-winning Web browser.  The ad-free, full-featured Opera browser is now available for download - completely free of charge - at
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Opera to give away browser in bid to boost market share  —  Norwegian firm chases Firefox  —  A Norwegian maker of Internet browsing software hopes to imitate the success of the Firefox browser by using the same business tactic: giving the software away.  —  Opera Software ASA …
Discussion: Asa Dotzler and
TGS 2005: No more Metal Gear for Kojima?  —  Director reveals his plans to leave series after MGS 4: Guns of the Patriots; series illustrator also exiting.  —  TOKYO—Director Hideo Kojima is retiring from the Metal Gear series...again.  During an event at Konami's booth at the Tokyo Game Show today …
Discussion: Joystiq and Kotaku
Rob Fahey /
TGS: Kojima states PS3 loyalty with new MGS4 trailer; Moore responds
Discussion: Joystiq
GameSpot:   TGS 2005: Kirby creator to make Metal Gear Solid 5?
Edward W. Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Movie Studios Form DRM Lab  —  Hollywood argues — or at least strongly implies — that technology companies could stop copyright infringement if they wanted to, but have chosen not to do so.  I have often wondered whether Hollywood really believes this, or whether the claim is just a ploy to gain political advantage.
Tom Espiner /
Symantec: Mozilla browsers more vulnerable than IE  —  Mozilla Web browsers are potentially more vulnerable to attack than Microsoft's Internet Explorer, according to a Symantec report.  —  But the report, released Monday, also found that hackers are still focusing their efforts on IE.
The Doc Searls Weblog:
This is weird.  Worse, it's sad and bad for Google.  —  I can see keeping discussions "off the record" in embargoed or NDA'd conditions, where product plans are being disclosed.  Also where the context is meetings with customers.  Those conditions are well understood by everybody, and have been for decades.
Discussion: Scripting News
How We'll Get Back to the Moon  —  Before the end of the next decade, NASA astronauts will again explore the surface of the moon.  And this time, we're going to stay, building outposts and paving the way for eventual journeys to Mars and beyond.  There are echoes of the iconic images of the past …
Discussion: greg hughes, Metafilter and
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Julian Bond thinks Windows Vista will be the downfall of Microsoft  —  Julian Bond has the black helicopter view of Windows Vista: Why Longhorn will be the end of MS.  —  Oh, Julian, if your view of our OS turns out to be right I'll be the first one in line waiting at the Bellevue Apple store …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Ask Jason  —  I got a ton of great questions on my last post, and I answered them ask quickly and in as much details as I could in the comment form.  My experience in running a transparent Web 2.0 company (dang, that sounds really wonky) is that at the end of the day (or "net net" …
Discussion: Things That and
Jon's Radio:
Accelerating Change 2005  —  After the PDC last week I went up to Palo Alto to give a talk at the Accelerating Change conference.  This year's theme was Artificial Intelligence and Intelligence Amplification.  The first speaker was Vernor Vinge1, a mathematician, computer scientist, and science fiction author.
Discussion: Geeking with Greg

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