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Ina Fried / CNET
Real, Microsoft reach truce  —  update Microsoft and RealNetworks announced a sweeping deal on Tuesday that puts aside their legal differences and aims to shore up their respective digital-music strategies.  —  Under the deal, Microsoft will pay $460 million in cash to RealNetworks to settle antitrust claims.
John Dempsey /
COMCAST PROPOSES DVD/VOD SERVICE  —  FROM VARIETY: Hopes to offer films on VOD in DVD window then sell disc  —  Comcast is quietly trying to wolf down Blockbuster's lunch.  —  Like other operators, the cable giant is hell-bent on tapping into the billions of dollars that people spend …
Dan Bell /
Comcast proposes video on demand with a DVD follow-up  —  Would you pay your cable provider 17 dollars to watch a movie in your home in a pay per view form?  What if it was not released on normal PPV yet and wont be for over a month?  Still not convinced?  What if after you watched it …
Discussion: Engadget, OpsanBlog and TechSpot
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
GOOGLE ADDS TAGGING  —  Google has silently added a Bookmarks feature to My Search History, enabling you to quickly tag and comment any web page you've visited.  If Google in the future opens this up, letting users share their bookmarks and see bookmarking data in searches, we could see something very useful and popular.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Yahoo News Search, Day 2  —  Okay I've spent some time with Yahoo's news search and sent a note to Scott Gatz requesting a bit of advance notice next time, so we can review these things before they roll out.  —  There's a lot to like about their approach, but it is still not good enough …
Discussion: and hyku | blog
Lisa DiCarlo / Forbes:
Can You Tell Blogs From 'Real' News?
Discussion: BuzzMachine
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Yahoo Integrates News, Blogs & Flickr Search Results
Om Malik / Om Malik's Broadband Blog:
Yahoo's Blog Search, Too Little Too Soon  —  Technorati, one of the early entrants in the blog search arena has been beaten black and blue by blogosphere's cognoscenti.  Many of their complaints have been fair and justified.  No one wants an arthritic search engine after all.
Troy Wolverton /
Apple's Next Big Thing  —  Apple Computer (AAPL:Nasdaq - commentary - research - Cramer's Take) reports fourth-quarter earnings later Tuesday, but it's what the company says on Wednesday that may grab investors' attention this week.  —  Apple has scheduled a press event Wednesday …
Rafael Rivera:
Windows Vista Client/Server Product Key SKUs Revealed  —  Upon digging around in Vista, I came across an XML file filled with alpha-numeric gibberish, quickly identified as base64 encoded data.  I slapped it into my favorite web-based decoder and found some interesting product key SKUs …
Bink /
20 Longhorn/Vista SKU's revealed
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
Tkeating /
VoIP Blog - VoIP News, Gadgets  —  VoIP & Gadget News Blog with the latest news in the VoIP and gadget space, smart phones, product reviews, opinion & analysis.  —  Home Archives VoIP ForumsAboutContact  —  Linksys CIT200 Skype phone review  —  Linksys has partnered with Skype to offer …
Apple Reports Fourth Quarter Results  —  Apple Concludes Best Quarter & Best Year in Company History  —  CUPERTINO, California—October 11, 2005—Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2005 fourth quarter ended September 24, 2005, reporting the highest revenue and earnings in the Company's history.
Paul Thurrott /
MSN Mail Beta Preview  —  After several years of virtual stagnation, Web-based email solutions jumped to life again last year when Google announced that its free GMail service would offer users 2 GB of email storage space.  For established companies like Microsoft/MSN and Yahoo …
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Yahoo Gains Podcast Directory  —  News from the Yahoo Search Blog that Yahoo's gained a new Yahoo Podcasts site, where you can search for podcasts or listen to them online.  I'm looking forward to playing with it further in the near future and will likely do a longer look …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
A Game Console for the Rest of Us  —  Note to hard-core video game players: Microsoft says it is aiming for your mothers and wives.  —  In the coming weeks, Microsoft plans to introduce a marketing campaign to expand the appeal of the new Xbox 360 game console beyond the young men who are the Xbox's biggest fans.
Discussion: and Kotaku

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