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Robert X. Cringely /
Google-Mart  —  Sam Walton Taught Google More About How to Dominate the Internet Than Microsoft Ever Did  —  Play to your strengths.  That's the key to success in any industry.  This is the week I promised to explain where I think Google is headed, and playing to the company's strengths …
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Google data centers and dark fiber connections  —  Robert X. Cringely wrote a fascinating story today "Google Mart" about Google's plans for all their data centers and dark fiber they have been buying.  Google has tens of thousands of servers, and over 50 data centers, scattered all over the world.
Lucas van Grinsven / Reuters:
Software Writers Spot Open Source in Sony BMG CDs  —  BARCELONA (Reuters)—Controversial copy-protection software used by music publisher Sony BMG on music CDs appears to have tapped an open source project, raising questions about copyrights, software experts said on Friday.
John Battelle / New York Times:
Building a Better Boom  —  IT sure feels like a bubble, doesn't it?  Let's tick off the signs: a red-hot market for Internet stocks (Google, for example, has more than quadrupled since it went public in 2004); fawning articles celebrating entrepreneurs; a glut of venture capitalists elbowing …
Nick Bradbury:
An Attention Namespace for OPML  —  In a recent post I said that OPML would be a great format for sharing attention data, but I wasn't sure whether this would be possible due to uncertainty over OPML's support for namespaces.  This afternoon I talked with Dave Winer and Steve Gillmor …
Dave Winer /
Extension mechanisms in OPML
Discussion: Danny Ayers, Raw Blog
Marc /
Reasonable Interview: Shel Israel, Co-Author, Naked Conversations  —  In the inaugural Reasonable Interview, Shel Israel, co-author (with Robert Scoble) of the upcoming book Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers, talks about the impact of blogging on marketing and advertising.
Discussion: gapingvoid
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
#46: Blogging does not integrate, Shel says
Steve Sloan / Steve Sloan, SJSU Tech on a mission:
Scoble returns to SJSU  —  Scoble talks to SJSU J-school faculty about future of Mass Communications  —  Today, my long-time friend, former student employee and current Microsoft Tech Evangelist & author Robert Scoble [Link], a former student of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Ryan / Ryan Sholin's J-School Blog:
Discussion: Scobleizer
Red Herring:
Hackers Cracked Gmail  —  Google fixed a problem in its email program that allowed hackers to read people's email and pose as legitimate users.  —  Google said Wednesday it has fixed a problem in its widely used email program that allowed hackers to break into people's Gmail accounts …
Discussion: NewTech Inc.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
Apple iTunes security flaw discovered
Jennifer Guevin / CNET
Open Source Media group met with harsh criticism  —  OSM, the Open Source Media group formerly known as Pajamas Media, launched Wednesday, but it hasn't received the positive response one might have expected from the blogosphere.  The group, which just secured $3.5 million in venture funds …
Brendan / Open Source:
"Open Source Media": In Case You're Confused,
Liam McNulty / Engadget:
Japan-only 20th Anniversary Edition Windows XP  —  Localization be damned, since Microsoft has decided to release a special edition of Windows XP only in Japan to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the first Windows.  Finding details about what has changed versus previous XPs is difficult …
Evolution of the Species:
Open Source Hardware  —  Other blog titles we considered...  Power to the People  —  Open-Gratis-Libre  —  Friday Free Stuff  —  (...but, Mary sort of has that one already.)  —  Let Freedom Ring II  —  The latter follows up on the previous blog of the same title from last week: Let Freedom Ring.
Discussion: DrunkenBlog
Rupert Goodwins / ZDNet:
Hyperthreading hurts server performance, say developers … Intel had stated that hyperthreading's performance advantages would show once threaded software became available, but it appears that in some cases the opposite is true  —  Intel's Hyperthreading Technology (HT) is being blamed for server performance problems.
David Naylor:
Google Sitemaps OMG  —  Another day, another Google privacy violation  —  Remember the new sitestats section of Google Sitemaps?  In a couple of minutes we've found quite a dodgy exploit which sometimes allows you to see the stats of your less web-savvy competitors.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Major Security Flaw With Google Sitemaps Stats
Discussion: Geeking with Greg and InsideGoogle
Russ / Russell Beattie Notebook:
What would you do with an extra $100 a day?  —  This is a real question.  Anyone reading this weblog knows that I'm notoriously bad with money and pretty much hate the topic with a passion, so I'm asking for real, what would you personally do if you had an extra $100 a day?
Discussion: and Things That
Kevin Poulsen / Wired News:
Negroponte: Laptop for Every Kid  —  TUNIS, Tunisia — If tech luminary Nicholas Negroponte has his way, the pale light from rugged, hand-cranked $100 laptops will illuminate homes in villages and townships throughout the developing world, and give every child on the planet a computer of their own by 2010.
Discussion: Boing Boing and Daily Wireless
New York Times:
Cisco Set to Enter Cable Field  —  Cisco Systems Inc., the Internet equipment provider, plans to announce today the acquisition of Scientific-Atlanta, a maker of television set-top boxes, for $7 billion, according to people who have been briefed on the negotiations.
Chris Kraeuter / Forbes:
Yahoo! Wins Search Victory  —  BURLINGAME, CALIF. - In the ongoing battle for high-level search expertise, Yahoo! announced a key hire in its search department, tapping the former chief scientist at AltaVista to lead its development projects in this hot area of the Internet.

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