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Business Week:
Steve Ballmer's Memo to Staff  —  Today, we are announcing the creation of three new business divisions — Microsoft Platform Products & Services Division, which will be led by Kevin Johnson and Jim Allchin as co-Presidents; Microsoft Business Division to be led by Jeff Raikes as President …
Brier Dudley / Seattle Times:
Microsoft streamlines to challenge competitors
Discussion: Rough Type and SearchViews
Jonathan Berr /
Diller Sacks the Butler  —  Jeeves is out of a job.  —  IAC/InterActiveCorp.  (IACI:Nasdaq - commentary - research - Cramer's Take) is dropping the butler who doubles as the mascot of its recently acquired Ask Jeeves online search business.  —  The New York-based online empire …
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Gary Price / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Diller Says Ask Jeeves Will Rebrand as
Ephraim Schwartz / InfoWorld:
Gadgets and gizmos add spark to Demo Fall 05  —  From keyboards to VoIP, technology keeps changing  —  HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — What would Demo Fall 05, the now bi-annual conference for the introduction of new products and services, be if it didn't have its share of gadgets and gizmos …
Buzz Bruggeman / buzznovation:
There is nothing like a live Demo at Demo...
Hui-yong Yu / Bloomberg:
Microsoft, Google Millionaires Bulldoze a New Aspen in Montana  —  Sept. 21 (Bloomberg) — Inside the Bulldog Saloon in Whitefish, Montana, hangs a sign that declares, ``This Ain't No Country Club.'' Tell that to the Internet millionaires in the backroom.  —  Regulars who gather …
Discussion: Dealflow and The Stalwart
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
CRAPPY WINE  —  "Socialised Media" apparachik, BBC employee Ben Metcalfe calls Stormhoek "crappy". … Give me a break.  It never occurs to Ben, the bloggers could have shredded the wine to pieces just as easily.  He doesn't mention that.  —  What frustrates Ben about the Stormhoek meme, I suspect, is that it's actually working.
EFF: Breaking News:
Google's Card Catalog Should Be Left Open  —  San Francisco, CA - Yesterday, the Authors Guild filed a class-action copyright infringement suit against Google over its Google Print library project.  Working with major university libraries, Google Print aims to make thousands of books searchable via the Web …
Kenneth Norton / Hey Norton!:
User triangulation: how to listen to customers  —  Quite by serendipity I've come across a few articles in the past week about listening to - and ignoring - users in the product development process.  —  The first came from my friend Jonathan Alexander in a post to his blog:
Om Malik / Om Malik's Broadband Blog:
Google WiFi Client Explained  —  Following my previous post, a lot of you (thanks!) sent me information about where all you were using the client.  Given the different locations, I guess this is "general availablity" for now.  A dozen of you sent me some special thoughts.
Discussion: business2blog and EuroTelcoblog
Jeff Clavier / Software Only:
Truveo: the little video search engine that could  —  A few days ago, Truveo went quietly out of stealth.  It did not get noticed immediately because of two major news "sandwiching" its release: Skype/eBay and Google BlogSearch.  However the buzz has been growing since then, and the initial feedback is pretty positive.
Discussion: TechCrunch and InterAdvocacy
Walter S. Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
Disposable Phone Chargers; 60 Minutes of Talk Time  —  Regardless of how "wireless" communications technology has become, your laptop, cellphone, BlackBerry, radio or TV will keep working only if the batteries can be recharged.  These gadgets may be your communications lifeline, but …
Discussion: Engadget
Business Wire:
Dell, Cingular Wireless Expand Alliance to Offer Next Generation Connectivity Choice; Collaboration Assures Mobile Users Wireless Broadband Access on Global Standard  —  ROUND ROCK, Texas & ATLANTA—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Sept. 21, 2005—Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) and Cingular Wireless today announced …
Discussion: Between the Lines
LG Electronics Develops UMA-based Wi-Fi Phone  —  LG Electronics developed LG-CL400 combining Wi-Fi and mobile communication, the company announced on Wednesday.  —  The South Korean handset maker said it had joined forces with the US-based Kineto Wireless to develop the Wi-Fi cell phone …
Flat panel glut good for Christmas shoppers: survey  —  AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Consumers may still enjoy sharply lower prices of flat panel monitors and LCD TVs during the Christmas peak selling season, because oversupply of panels is bigger than expected, a survey found on Wednesday.
Discussion: The Blackfriars Blog

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