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Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Exclusive: Google to offer feed API  —  Google plans to offer a feed reader API to allow third-party developers to build new views of feed data on top of Google's backend.  The new APIs will include synchronization, feed-level and item-level tagging, per-item read and unread status …
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.
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 …
Discussion: New Media Hack
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Why your music collections will bite the DRM dust  —  I was really glad to see Dave Winer say that, in his opinion, the problems that he and other people are having with their iPods and iTunes are DRM-related.  Dave: It is the real culprit and your issues are real evidence of why the "R" …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
iPod continued  —  Paul Thurrot: "The fact that Posen's post is so long should alarm people.  I think it proves that Winer has a point."  —  Of course I have a point.  I've been using iPods for three years.  These are not casual comments by a newbie.  I've also used competitive products, and know it doesn't have to be this way.
Discussion: Andrew Lark
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.
Discussion: VoIP Blog, Techdirt and TechBeat
Om Malik on Broadband:   Google Sued For GTalk-VoIP Patent
Evan Hansen / Wired News:
2005 Foot-in-Mouth Awards  —  Tech execs say the darndest things.  And so do shuffling presidents, and disgraced scientists, and Wikipedia fakers.  It's time to relive 2005's biggest spoken gaffes.  —  "Screw the nano."  — Motorola CEO Ed Zander  —  Cell-phone makers hoping to break …
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
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
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
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.
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
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. Customers Order over 108 Million Items Worldwide During 11th Holiday Season; More Than 99 Percent of Orders Shipped in Time to Meet Holiday Deadlines Worldwide  —  SEATTLE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Dec. 26, 2005—, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that the 2005 holiday season finished …

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