Michael Bazeley / siliconvalley.com:
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 …
Discussion: The Unofficial Yahoo! Weblog and The Kelsey Group
Brad Hill / The Unofficial Yahoo! Weblog: Yahoo! Plans VoIP Service
Mike Boland / The Kelsey Group: Yahoo! vs. Skype
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%.
Discussion: Feh! v2, Ensight, Business Logs, What's New, The Stalwart, Smalltalk Tidbits …, IP Democracy and Ross Mayfield's Weblog
Ian Holsman / Feh! v2: What is 99% uptime anyway?
Jeremy Wright / Ensight: Does Scaling Matter?
Mike Rundle / Business Logs: Web 2.0 Scalability In The Bullseye
Joseph Weisenthal / The Stalwart: Size, Scale, Uptime, Downtime
James A. Robertson / Smalltalk Tidbits, Industry Rants: Don't try to be big all at once
Mitch Shapiro / IP Democracy: Web 2.0 Startups and Scaleability Investments
Ross Mayfield / Ross Mayfield's Weblog: Critical Apps
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 PaidContent.org
Ed Sim / BeyondVC: Frictionless sales (continued)
David Carnoy / CNET News.com:
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.
Discussion: Thomas Hawk's Digital …, The Consumerist and Xbox 360 Fanboy
How to stop filesharers from stealing hotel bandwidth — Starts out with some geeky stuff, keep reading, the funny part is later on. — So, I'm in Milwaukee at ye olde Holiday Inn Express. They have a wireless internet connection here and it's been suckin' all night, like I couldn't even do anything on it.
Discussion: The Peer-to-Peer Weblog and Gadgetopia
Brad Hill / The Peer-to-Peer Weblog: Doing the RIAA's Work in a Hotel
Deane / Gadgetopia: How to Deal with Network Hogs
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
Katie / Shiny Shiny: Creative's 'video iPod'
EFF: Breaking News:
SunnComm Makes Security Update Available To Address Recently Discovered Vulnerability On Its MediaMax Version 5 Content Protection Software, Which Is Included On Certain SONY BMG CDs — San Francisco, CA and New York, NY - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and SONY BMG Music Entertainment …
Discussion: Good Morning Silicon Valley, IP Democracy, CNET News.com, The Consumerist and TechBlog
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley: Sony BMG's new corporate anthem: Benny Hill Theme
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy: EFF and Sony Announce Security Patch
John Borland / CNET News.com: New Sony CD security risk found
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
Garrett French / Search Engine Lowdown: MSN, AOL, Google: the Battle Rages On
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.
Discussion: Web 2.0 Explorer, Om Malik on Broadband and Scott Sanders
Mike Antonucci / A+E Interactive:
Best Buy's new outreach over the Xbox 360 launch controversy — I'll also add this to the previous post about Best Buy, but this deserved a separate headline. Here's a new letter to consumers from Best Buy's President of Retail in North America, Brian Dunn: — TO: Open Letter to Customers
Discussion: The Social Customer Manifesto, Xbox 360 Fanboy, Paul's Down-Home Page and Joystiq
Christopher Carfi / The Social Customer Manifesto: Best Buy Apologizes For Strongarming Some Xbox Customers
Christopher Grant / Xbox 360 Fanboy: Best Buy says they're vewy vewy sorry
James Ransom-Wiley / Joystiq: Best Buy apologizes for 360 launch day swindling
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
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing: Sony's DRM security fix leaves your computer more vulnerable
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.