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Microsoft's nightmare inches closer to reality  —  As early as May 1995, three months before Netscape Communications' initial public offering sparked the dot-com boom, Microsoft executives were worried that the nascent World Wide Web could one day become a significant threat to the Windows franchise.
Edward W. Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Google Print, Damages and Incentives  —  There's been lots of discussion online of this week's lawsuit filed against Google by a group of authors, over the Google Print project.  Google Print is scanning in books from four large libraries, indexing the books' contents, and letting people do Google-style searches on the books' contents.
Discussion: Infothought
Robert X. Cringely /
Google Goes Las Vegas  —  An AdWords Experiment Shows Why at Google, the House Always Wins  —  Google is in the news everywhere lately.  They are filching executives from Microsoft, and Microsoft is conveniently forgetting how Redmond did the same and worse to Borland.
Discussion: Techdirt and Adrants
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Unpeeling Apple's Nano  —  Researcher iSupply took a look inside the latest iPod to find out how much Apple is making off it and who supplies its parts  —  Rumors swirled for weeks that Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs had a product up his sleeve that would upstage the long-awaited ROKR music-playing phone.
Tom's Hardware Guide:
Material cost of iPod nano estimated around $90
Discussion: Engadget
Daniel Terdiman / Cellular |
Free 411 for the mobile masses  —  Demofall  —  If you've ever been driving around, trying futilely to find a specific restaurant but refusing to call directory assistance on your cell phone because it's too expensive, the folks at Jingle Networks may have a solution.
Wolfgang Gruener / Tom's Hardware Guide:
Vista graphics drivers to be more stable than XP drivers, ATI says  —  San Francisco (CA) - Graphics drivers developed for Vista, Microsoft's next generation operating system, will be far more stable than their Windows XP-based counterparts, and not crash the operating system anymore …
Rafat /
Audio Interview: Maria Thomas, VP & GM, NPR Online & Mobile … Audio Interview: Maria Thomas, VP & GM, NPR Online & Mobile : At the Digital Hollywood earlier this week, I met with Maria Thomas, the soft-spoken VP and GM of NPR's new media efforts, which includes online and mobile.
Discussion: SearchViews
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Friday's essentials from Silicon Valley  —  Lot of developments to report, so here's a smorgasbord:  —Socialtext wins SAP's backing: SocialText, the Palo Alto wiki and social software company, has finally scored more backing, this time from software giant SAP — more on this later.
Charles Arthur / The Register:
iPod Nano owners in screen scratch trauma  —  Front panel scratches 'insanely easily'  —  People slavering to get Apple's "impossibly small" iPod Nano into their sticky hands may want to pause a moment: those ahead of them in the queue have discovered that it's also unbelievably easy to scratch the screen …
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
Subvert from Within: a user-focused employee guide  —  It's one thing to talk about—and execute—a user-focused approach when you're a small company or an independent contractor.  But what if you are, in fact, a fish in a sea as vast as, say, Microsoft?  Can you hope to make a difference?
Discussion: 43 Folders
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Buy a TiVo starting September 6, get a service contract  —  We know how much people hate paying for service on their gadgets—let alone being under service contracts for said service.  But damned if TiVo didn't just totally stick it to their user base by instituting a $150 "service commitment" …
Discussion: Techdirt and Zatz Not Funny
David Weinberger / Joho the Blog:
Public Radio Program Directors  —  I'm in St. Louis for the annual PRPD meeting.  Jeff Jarvis, Jennifer Ferro (KCRW) and I are on a panel in 45 minutes on "Technology, Culture and Public Radio."  For me, the interesting question is: Given that the Net is disaggregating radio stations and networks …
Discussion: BuzzMachine
Tony Smith / The Register:
World of Warcraft plague 'swamps servers'  —  When Blizzard introduced the God of Blood - Hakkar to his mates - in a new World of Warcraft scenario called Zul'Gurub, little did it know it was summoning up the online equivalent of Ebola or AIDS.  —  According to a posting on WoW fansite Shacknews …
Discussion: Igniq - Gaming News
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Virtual plague spreading like wildfire in World of Warcraft
Discussion: Perceptric Forum

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