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Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Google's Shadow Payroll Is Not Such a Secret Anymore  —  Shawn Hogan, the founder of Digital Point Solutions, said his company received about $10,000 a month from Google for ads placed on its online forum.  It shares the revenue with users.  —  FEELING depressed because you missed out on Google's stock bonanza?
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Marketers Want to Appear on Small Screen  —  Forget the 30-second spot on a 50-inch high-definition TV.  How about a three-second message on the tiniest of screens?  —  Television-style advertising is coming to a mobile phone near you.  It is part of a broader push by marketers to create …
Simon Dumenco / AdAge:
A BLOGGER IS JUST A WRITER WITH A COOLER NAME  —  Why Blogging vs. Traditional Media Has Been Oversold  —  I've been thinking of what I am — about what any media person in the digital age is — since having coffee last week with a 30-something newspaper editor who bemoaned the fact …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Sharing Broadband to Increase Speed  —  SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 15 - Two West Coast start-up companies have built new wireless technologies that take to heart Benjamin Franklin's exhortation to hang together rather than hang separately.  —  Both Mushroom Networks, which was started at the University …
Justin Sullivan / Newsweek:
A (New) Chip on His Shoulder  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs brought new Intel chips to his machines faster than anyone expected.  What's next for Macs and iPods?  —  Partners: Intel CEO Paul Otellini (left) and Jobs at Macworld  —  By By Steven Levy  —  Jan. 14, 2006 - Steve Jobs foiled …
Quinn Norton / Wired News:
Anonymity on a Disc  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — To many privacy geeks, it's the holy grail — a totally anonymous and secure computer so easy to use you can hand it to your grandmother and send her off on her own to the local Starbucks.  —  That was the guiding principle for the members …
Discussion: Download Squad and Boing Boing
John Markoff / New York Times:
Jobs suggests Dell should eat his words  —  It may not be the last laugh, but on Friday afternoon, after the close of the stock market, Steve Jobs, the chief executive of Apple Computer, shared an e-mail chuckle with his employees at the expense of Dell, a big rival.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Jeremy Wright / Ensight:
The Mystery Blog  —  I was intending to wait to announce the mystery blog until the seller posted his view of the process, the whys and the wherefores and such.  However, the time we'd agreed for him to post to has come and gone, and he's in bed dead sleeping.
Discussion: Message and Blogaholics
Frequently Asked Nintendo Revolution Questions  —  Welcome to Revolution Report's Revolution FAQ.  —  Our staff at Revolution Report receives about 30 mailbag questions per week, countless message board questions per day and ungodly hours of communication with our readers.
Discussion: Joystiq and Kotaku
Mark Russinovich / Mark's Sysinternals Blog:
Rootkits In Commercial Software  —  By now many of you have heard that Symantec released a security advisory last Tuesday that reported its use of rootkit-like cloaking technology in its SystemWorks product.  The Symantec use of rootkit-like cloaking raises the question of what exactly defines a …
Discussion: Spyware Confidential and OpsanBlog
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Gather Blather  —  There is an awful lot of Gather blather tonight, proving, once again, that there is no such thing as bad publicity.  After all, most people aren't saying particularly nice things about the walled-garden blog-hosting outfit, but that undoubtedly doesn't matter much to the company …
Discussion: Darwinian Web and Changing Way
Robert McCrum / Observer:
E-read all about it  —  The world of publishing stands on the cusp of the greatest innovation since Gutenberg.  With cheap, portable electronic readers just around the corner, what is the future of the printed book?  —  Every year at the Booker Prize, there's an odd little ritual …
Bertelsmann set to head Quaero internet project  —  By By Tom Braithwaite in Paris and Tobias Bayer in Hamburg  —  Bertelsmann, the media group, is close to signing up as German leader on a project to create a multimedia search engine to challenge US dominance.
Discussion: Techdirt and Kevin Maney
Ryan Naraine /
Microsoft Ships First Vista Security Patches  —  Microsoft Corp. has shipped the first critical security update for Windows Vista, the next version of its flagship operating system.  —  Over the weekend, the company released patches for beta testers running the Windows Vista December CTP …

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