Tech Web, page A1 … for 7:20 PM ET, December 7, 2005
Current Tech Page     Also:   Politics

Top Items:

Michael Bazeley /
Yahoo's new online phone calls near  —  Yahoo is expanding its reach in the fast-growing Internet calling market, offering a service that will allow people to make and receive low-cost computer calls to and from regular phones.  —  The long-expected move could make the Sunnyvale company …
Bruce Meyerson / Associated Press:
Yahoo adds Skype-like ability to IM service  —  NEW YORK — Yahoo Inc. is entering a suddenly crowded field, offering Skype-like capabilities through its instant-messaging service that will let people dial regular phone numbers using their computers or receive calls from conventional phones.
David / Signal vs. Noise:
Don't scale: 99.999% uptime is for Wal-Mart  —  David Dec 06  —  Jeremy Wright purports a common misconception about new companies doing business online: That you need 99.999% uptime or you're toast.  Not so.  Basecamp doesn't have that.  I think our uptime is more like 98% or 99%.
Dan Goodin / Wired News:
The Digital Audiophile's Toolbox  —  So you want to be an audiophile?  Great, but you need to realize this is an elite designation and that joining the ranks will take work.  The key is having the right tools, and not all of those listed here are easy to figure out, at least not the first time you use them.
Dan Goodin / Wired News:   Old Rips: May They Rest in Peace
CBS goes mad: free college hoops online  —  CBS Sports will offer out-of-market basketball games for free online during NCAA March Madness.  —  It's the fourth year that CBS Sports will offer the mostly regional games—ones that wouldn't appear across the whole network.
Discussion: BeyondVC, Techdirt and
David Carnoy / CNET
Ten things I hate about the Xbox 360  —  OK, so we've been through this drill before.  Carnoy reviews a product, gives it a high rating, then writes a column talking about all the things he doesn't like about it.  Worse, he starts referring to himself in the third person, which can only mean the ego's just running a little too high.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Creative's new Zen Vision:M (with video)  —  Creative is introducing their new Zen Vision:M, an answer to Apple's 5G iPod, and what an answer it is.  We know it gets old hearing every new player get compared to Apple's flagship offering, but can you seriously blame us here?
Discussion: Shiny Shiny
Danny / Danny Ayers, Raw Blog:
Web 2.0 and Scale  —  The point made by Jeremy Wright (currently 404ing), and supported by Om Malik on the need for Web 2.0 startups to consider scalability of their systems is valid, as far as it goes.  But I believe the argument is, in part at least, misdirected and doesn't goes far enough.
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Microsoft, Google still vying for AOL  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. are in a "two-horse" race to strike an Internet advertising partnership with Time Warner Inc.'s AOL online unit, sources familiar with the talks said.  —  Industry experts say AOL is a critical swing factor …
Discussion: Search Engine Lowdown
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
MediaMax Bug Found; Patch Issued; Patch Suffers from Same Bug  —  iSEC, EFF, and SonyBMG issued a joint press release yesterday, announcing yet another serious security bug in the SunnComm MediaMax copy protection software that ships on many SonyBMG compact discs.
Discussion: Techdirt and Boing Boing
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
NBC to Sell TV Shows for Viewing on Apple Software  —  NBC Universal said yesterday that it would start to sell downloadable versions of 11 of its current and older television shows through the iTunes Music Store of Apple Computer.  —  NBC is the second major television network to distribute programming through Apple.
Joris Evers / CNET
New IM worm chats with intended victims  —  You can now instant message with a worm.  —  A new worm that targets users of America Online's AOL Instant Messenger is believed to be the first that actually chats with the intended victim to dupe the target into activating a malicious payload, IM security vendor IMlogic warned Tuesday.
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
Ingenio Adds InfoSpace to Pay-Per-Call Network  —  Ingenio is today expected to announce two partnerships that will extend its pay-per-call ad network to a host of new Internet users.  —  Most notably, the company will partner with private label search and directory publisher InfoSpace …

About This Page:

This is a snapshot of tech.memeorandum at 7:20 PM ET, December 7, 2005.

View another snapshot:

About tech.memeorandum:

The Web is humming with reports and opinions on technology.  tech.memeorandum is page A1 for these discussions.  Auto-updated every 5 minutes, it uncovers the most relevant items from thousands of news sites and weblogs.

Site News:

See for all site news.


Add tech.memeorandum to:

More Items:

Rory Blyth:
Comic: 720p vs. 1080i - The Great HD TV Debate EXPLAINED and SOLVED
Discussion: Xbox 360 Fanboy
Publishers to Google: back off
Mathew Honan / Macworld:
Podcast is 2005 Word of the Year
Individualist / Dot Tactics:
what does the future hold for communities?
Discussion: Conversion Rater
Zephoria / apophenia:
video games perpetuate A Clockwork Orange
Case researchers discover methods to find 'needles in haystack' in data
Sophos says Apple good security choice
J P / It's All About the:
The Real Moneymaker for Skype?

Earlier Picks:

Daniel Terdiman / CNET
New gateway to multiple virtual worlds?
Discussion: Joystiq and newsmotto! blog
Bonhomie Snoutintroff / The Register:
EFF volunteers to lose important suit over Sony 'rootkit'
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade
Bo-Mi Lim / Associated Press:
Microsoft Loses Antitrust Case Before S. Korean Regulators
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
Don Park's Daily Habit:
Killing the Desktop  —  When I observe how my wife and son uses …
Discussion: Between the Lines
Michael Singer / CNET
Newsmaker: Is the PowerPC due for a second wind?
Discussion: MacSlash and digg
Jennifer Granick / Wired News:
Face It: Privacy Is Endangered
Matt Casamassina /
More Revolution Specs Uncovered
© 2005 Memeorandum