Randall Stross / New York Times:
Hey, Baby Bells: Information Still Wants to Be Free — AT the top of my wish list for next year's Consumer Electronics Show is this: the introduction of broadband service across the country that is as up to date as that 103-inch flat-screen monitor just introduced by Panasonic.
the fiction zone that DC has become — The Washington Internet Daily (which apparently is not on the Internet) has a story predicting the Telecom Bill will pass the House this year. The only sticking point seems to be the "controversial" "net neutrality" proposal.
Tom Foremski / IMHO:
Could Yahoo Music become Apple iPod's Achilles's heel? — I hate my CDs. I hate them because they take up several large boxes and they follow me from apartment to apartment. — I ripped some of them onto my hard drive-but my jukebox is scattered across several laptops from different eras of my life.
Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
One-stop site for blogs offered — A new Boston website aims to bring order to the tens of millions of weblogs proliferating online and provide one-stop shopping for overwhelmed Internet surfers. In the process, it could put some cash in the pockets of Internet scribes pecking away in obscurity.
Andy Oram / O'Reilly Network:
The Problem with Webcasting — A cast that can be imprisoning — There's a new restriction on content waiting in the wings—a "webcaster's right" that allows websites to control the dissemination of content they put up. With this new privilege, they'll be able to prevent retransmission …
Quinn Norton / Wired News:
Covert Crawler Descends on Web — WASHINGTON DC — Websites get looked at by two different kinds of visitors: the human ones who peer around, look at the graphics, think about the links and click slowly; and the spiders, those automated scanners that come in from search engines like Google …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
iLife '06 From the Perspective of an Anthropomorphized Brushed Metal Interface — WEDNESDAY, 11 JANUARY 2006, THE DAY AFTER THE MACWORLD EXPO KEYNOTE ADDRESS, 8:30 AM PACIFIC … SAFARI: Hey. Brushed. What's up? — BRUSHED METAL: Ah, you know. In the neighborhood, figured I'd stop by.
Discussion: The Tao of Mac
Michael Coates / OpsanBlog:
MyHeritage Face Recognition — At first, I thought it was that "monkey" spoof of a few years ago; where a site told you your monitor could serve as a camera and all you had to do was start at it and click a bogus "capture" button. When it rendered your picture, it was of something simian. Ha ha.
Discussion: Randy Holloway Unfiltered 2.0
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Security vendors looking to define 'rootkit' — Symantec, Anti-Spyware Coalition hope to ease confusion over cloaking techniques — After being criticized for including rootkit-like cloaking software in its Norton SystemWorks product, security vendor Symantec (Profile, Products, Articles) …
William Slawski / SEO by the SEA:
Google's most popular and least popular top level domains — What are the most popularly used top level domains, or at least, which are the ones that show up on pages indexed in Google? — I wondered this yesterday after seeing a news article stating that the registration of .cn (china) …
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
Why BlackBerry's Google Talk won't offer voice — When I first heard that Google Talk would be compatible with the BlackBerry OS starting sometime this spring, my first reaction was puzzlement. — I mean, BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion draws its very sustenance from cellular carriers.
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Bloggers Are So Wrong About Media — There is so much wrong with the blogger view that the monoliths of old media will be brought down and consumers will bask in the glory of infinite media choice — discussing, creating, tagging, rating (meta-ing) each other's content in one big solipsistic frenzy.
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
We're being sold in Peoria — Heheh, Stephen Streight is the first retail customer of our book that we know about (says he liked the book better than the blog too!). That's great cause he was one of our top participants on the blog. If you see it on the book shelf, we'd love pictures!
Discussion: Naked Conversations
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