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Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Google Reader API  —  Google Reader is an online feed aggregator with heavy use of JavaScript and pretty quick loading of the latest feed data from around the web.  Google's AJAX front-end styles back-end data published in the Atom syndication format.  The data technologies powering Google Reader …
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Google announces feed API  —  Niall Kennedy, of Technorati, has the news that Google will release a feed API in early 2006.  —  Here's another note to Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, and Ray Ozzie.  Hey, I asked you guys to acquire NewsGator three months ago.  If you had done that you would have taken the wind out of Google's sails.
Gary Price / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Faces Patent Infringement Lawsuit Over Google Talk  —  While doing some research, I've learned that Google is being sued for patent infringement over the VoIP portion of the Google Talk program.  I've posted the full text (38 pages; PDF) of the complaint filed by Rates Technology in October here.
Om Malik on Broadband:
Google Sued For GTalk-VoIP Patent  —  If you have never heard of a company called Rates Technology, then you soon will.  It seems like this is going to be the new new NTP, only instead of wireless email, it will be the patent "big stick" when it comes to VoIP.
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Nerds in the Hood, Stars on the Web  —  For most aspiring rappers, the fastest route to having material circulated around the World Wide Web is to produce a work that is radical, cutting-edge and, in a word, cool.  But now a pair of "Saturday Night Live" performers turned unexpected hip-hop icons …
Discussion: Terry Heaton's Weblog and B2Day
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Read Most of O'Reilly's Hacks Books for Free Using Google  —  I am taking a break from my 2006 trends series tonight because a) I found an awesome hack I just had to share, b) I am lazy this week and c) I am in the mood to get Digged.  —  O'Reilly publishes a great series of books called the Hacks series.
Discussion: TeleRead and Andrew Lark
Microsoft eyeing deal to rival Google-AOL  —  NZ analyst speculates that Microsoft might be in talks with Yahoo  —  Microsoft may be cooking up a major internet partnership to rival Google's newly bolstered relationship with American Online (AOL), according to a blog posting by a Microsoft manager.
Clay Bavor / Official Google Blog:
I'm feeling silly  —  Not long ago, I walked by the desk of software engineer JJ Furman, and saw that he had made an interesting addition to his desk: a large blob of Silly Putty, about the size of a grapefruit.  Intrigued, I asked how he'd gotten so much of the stuff.  The answer?
Businessman wins e-mail spam case  —  A businessman has won what is believed to be the first victory of its kind by claiming damages from a company which sent him e-mail spam.  —  Nigel Roberts, who lives in Alderney in the Channel Islands, took action against Media Logistics UK over junk e-mails in his personal account.
Edward Jay Epstein / Slate:
Hollywood's New Year  —  My predictions for 2006.  —  One doesn't need a crystal ball to see that Hollywood's future is now inexorably tied to the small screen.  Just look at the studios' own internal revenue numbers.  Before the invasion of television, the big screen (aka movie theaters) …
Kathleen Craig / Wired News:
Beyond Porno: Free IPod Content  —  There's plenty of X-rated content for new iPods, but now, with the holidays approaching, you might want to think about downloading something else.  —  Luckily, Wired News has your back with a roundup of some of the best free iPod content on the net.
Discussion: Cinema Minima
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
'Intel Inside' dumped  —  Intel turns inside out  —  INTEL IS to dump its tagline 'Intel Inside' and run a huge logo launch in early January.  Chipzilla has been extremely precious about its 'Intel Inside' tagline and even taking companies to court for using the letter i, which Chipzilla believed it owned as part of its logo.
Discussion: The Blackfriars Blog
Associated Press:
Age of information overload  —  (AP) — Books are being scanned to make them searchable on the Internet.  Television broadcasts are being recorded and archived for online posterity.  Radio shows, too, are getting their digital conversion — to podcasts.  —  With a few keystrokes …
Discussion: The Blackfriars Blog
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
Shop 'Til They Lock  —  Post-Christmas sales are a must for bargain hunters, but this year brings a new incentive to stock up on electronics: 2005 might be the last good year to get gizmos that aren't locked down.  —  As the music, television and movie industries move to make more media available online …
Discussion: Techdirt and HD Beat
Mikko / F-Secure:
You don't want to download MSN Messenger beta 8  —  There is no MSN Messenger 8 yet.  Not in public beta anyway.  —  However, there's a new virus going around pretending to be "MSN Messenger 8 Working BETA".  —  There's two ways to catch it.  First, by downloading it from a fake site where it has been supposedly "leaked":
Jordan Running / Download Squad:
How to customize MSN Messenger more than Microsoft would like
Discussion: Lifehacker

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