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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Google and Yahoo Aim at Another Screen  —  Two ascending Internet giants, Google and Yahoo, are to make plain today that they intend to move aggressively beyond the Internet browser and onto the television screen.  —  The two companies, already the most popular services for searching …
Rali /
Yahoo To Launch Go Intiative; Mobile, Connected TVs & Desktop Access [by rafat] : Yahoo is making its biggest bet yet outside its website: at CES, it is launching what it calls Yahoo Go (the site should go live here later), a series of mobile and connected TV-PC intiatives.
Elinor Mills / ZDNet:
Yahoo goes mobile … Yahoo was set to announce on Friday that its e-mail, instant messenger, photo and other services will be available on mobile phones and PC-connected TVs, as well as on personal computers without using a browser.  —  Yahoo Go Mobile, to become available on Friday …
Burt Helm / Business Week:
Yahoo on Your Phone, TV, PC...
San Francisco Chronicle:   CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW 2006
Robert X. Cringely /
A Commercial Runs Through It  —  Google's Grand Plan to Take Over TV Advertising  —  My 2006 predictions column has to be delayed until next week, not because I have no predictions, but because there is so much speculation and mis-information swirling around about Google and the Consumer Electronics Show …
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
DRM: Three dirty letters you won't hear in a CES keynote  —  Doc Searls pans Paul Otellini's CES presentation of Intel's ViiV for the media cartel it's bound to create: … With apologies to Doc (and in the name of transparency), the editor in me changed the order of those last two sentences.
Guy Kawasaki / Let the Good Times Roll:
The Top Ten Lies of Venture Capitalists  —  Venture capitalists are simple people: we've either decided to invest, and we are convincing ourselves that our gut is right (aka, "due diligence") or there's not a chance in hell.  While we may be simple, we're not necessarily forthcoming …
Paul R. La Monica / CNN:
A Monster deal for Google?  —  As Google bulks up in the online classifieds biz, some say a buyout of Monster could make sense.  —  NEW YORK ( - Should Google start looking for a Monster under its corporate bed?  —  The top search engine is preparing to formally roll out Google Base …
Anil Dash:
Dos and Don'ts for Beating the iPod (and iTunes)  —  Lots of people in both the music/media and technology businesses are obsessed with beating Apple's work on the iPod and iTunes.  With the CES show being this week, that obsession will reach its annual peak, so I figured I'd take the time to post a list I'd made some time ago.
Apple — A Tragic Love Story
Paul Boutin / Engadget:
Live from Yahoo's keynote  —  8:55am Terry Semel should be out in a fewminutes (right after the ubiquitous Gary Shapiro, of course.)  The guys behind us are arguing whether or not Yahoois a Web 2.0 company.  No wait, they're trying to figure out what a "Web 2.0 company" is.
Walter S. Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
A New Palm Treo Uses Microsoft's Software, But It Doesn't Beat 650  —  Palm's Treo smart phones have been the best high-end cellphones on the market, with the finest combination of voice, email and Web-browsing capabilities in a hand-held device.  —  But many corporate information-technology departments have refused to buy the phone.
Om Malik / Om Malik on Broadband:
Slow Lingering Death of Net Neutrality?  —  On the front page of The Wall Street Journal, the clock started to tick on the "network neutrality." … Anyone who forgot the comments of AT&T's Ed Whitacre and BellSouth's CTO Bill Smith, this is just a reminder.
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Clinton in Redmond..Is Ballmer Stepping Aside  —  There are some rumors circulating that Steve Ballmer is about to step aside at Microsoft as its day to day operations head to make room for another president.  —  Bill Clinton.  —  Here's what I know.  Sources near Microsoft headquarters report …
Marcus Kabel / Associated Press:
Wal-Mart Halts Movie Suggestions on Web  —  Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is shutting down the system that creates movie recommendations on its shopping Web site after it linked a "Planet of the Apes" DVD to films about famous black Americans, including Martin Luther King Jr.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Regina Lynn Regina Lynn / Wired News:
Play Together, Stay Together  —  Every once in a while, a sex-tech innovation comes along that is so up my alley, it's hard to write a column about it because I'm too excited.  —  I fidget in my chair and can't think of any words to describe my thoughts without sounding like a marketing copywriter.
Discussion: Kotaku and PSFK
Yahoo! News:
Florida Slaps Spammer with $11 Billion Fine  —  CIS Internet Services, a Clinton, Iowa-based Internet service provider, has been awarded $11.2 billion in a court judgment against a Florida man who sent millions of unsolicited pieces of commercial e-mail.  —  Robert W. Kramer, III …
Teresa F. Lindeman / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Consumers are buying into the idea of selling unwanted presents online  —  Gifts that keep on giving  —  The chocolate fondue set seemed fine, complete with a ceramic bowl, forks, iron base and candle.  Yet skybar02 of Philadelphia had little time for it, ruthlessly posting the unwanted Christmas gift …
Discussion: Techdirt
Paul Mason / BBC:
Do avatars dream of electric racoons?  —  As part of Newsnight's Geek Week, business correspondent Paul Mason and presenter Jeremy Paxman broadcast TV's first ever face-to-face studio session from inside the computer game Second Life.  —  Here, Paul comes face to face with the designer who made it happen.

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