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Om Malik / Om Malik on Broadband:
Yahoo, Google & Web 2.0 Reality Check  —  Not such a good day for Yahoo and other search engine stocks.  Yahoo's modest financial performance in the fourth quarter of 2005 prompted a quick sell-off, and already the second largest search engine is down 10% for the day.
Jonathan Berr /
Two Abandon Google Bandwagon  —  Sizzling Google (GOOG:Nasdaq - commentary - research - Cramer's Take) is getting too hot for some analysts to handle.  —  Stifel Nicolaus analyst Scott Devitt and Scott Kessler of Standard & Poor's cut the search engine giant to sell.
Michael Liedtke /
Yahoo 4Q Profit Misses Views; Shares Fall  —  Yahoo Fourth-Quarter Profit Falls Short of Analysts' Expectations; Shares Decline 13.5 Percent  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo Inc.'s fourth-quarter profit nearly doubled as advertisers continued to shift their spending to the Internet …
Elinor Mills / CNET
Yahoo misses Wall Street estimates  —  Internet bellwether Yahoo posted on Tuesday net income for the fourth quarter that rose from a year ago but was below analyst expectations, sending shares down about 13 percent in after-hours trade.  —  Net income for the period ended Dec. 31 was $247 million …
Business Wire:   Yahoo! Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2005 Financial Results
THE LATEST BITS + BYTES »  —  SXSW TECH BOOK TOUR RECAP: "DOG DAYS" MARKS ITS TERRITORY AT BOOKPEOPLE  —  Monday night at a book talk and signing co-presented by Texas Monthly, 2005 SXSW Interactive keynote speaker and former-Wonkette Ana Marie Cox provided witty insights to her first novel "Dog Days."
Los Angeles Times:
Google Purchase of Radio Ads Company Puzzles Some  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google Inc. said today it would pay as much as $1.1 billion to acquire a company that buys radio airtime, in the clearest sign yet that the Internet search giant wants to extend its online dominance to the wider world of advertising.
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Google to buy radio advertising company
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Apple changes iTunes, now obtains consent before collecting info  —  Apple has changed the way iTunes works so that users are given the chance to decline the iTunes Ministore, a service that gathers detailed information about your listening habits and transmits it to Apple along with a number that uniquely identifies you.
Christopher Elliott / New York Times:
On Business, and Blogging on the Road  —  Hurricane Katrina was a defining moment for Rachel Gradwohl, a frequent business traveler.  A consultant for a national accounting firm, Ms. Gradwohl blogged about being made homeless by the disaster in her Web journal, the Princess Diaries (
Darin / Fried Fish:
I've been meaning to blog about a new web platform feature that we've added to trunk builds of Firefox.  It is now possible to define a ping attribute on anchor and area tags.  When a user follows a link via one of these tags, the browser will send notification pings to the specified URLs after following the link.
Discussion: Download Squad and Boing Boing
Russell Buckley / MobHappy:
Apple Signals iPhone  —  Carlo included a link last week about Apple's recent patent filing around Mobile Me.  Closer examination reveals that the patent covers a wide range of possibilities, including "digital music," "cellular" and "telecommunications."  —  My first prediction for 2006 …
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Windows Expertise:
Windows users, don't let your guard down  —  The problem with relying on software tools to keep you safe is that a user with administrative privileges and a little knowledge (which, as everyone knows, is a dangerous thing) can defeat or disable those tools.  Two examples of this phenomenon appeared this week.
Presentation Zen:
Where can you find good images?  —  A lot of people ask me where they can get good-quality images, so I thought it would be good to have one post that I could bookmark and send out to people.  I mentioned before that I use the most (as well as more expensive sites …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
New News: Deconstructing the newspaper  —  [Here's another in a very occasional series of posts suggesting how to change newspapers, all tagged and headlined "NewNews."  Prior posts addressed the need to inspire an imperative for change and suggested turning the newsroom into a classroom …
Blackmailers target $1m website  —  The site of a UK student who had the idea of selling pixels as advertising space has been hit by a web attack.  —  Alex Tew, 21, hit the headlines at the start of the year when he revealed his Million Dollar Homepage had made him a million dollars in four months.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Service Choice  —  What is "service choice" and how does Google Talk enable it?  —  Whom are you federating with?  —  Do service providers need explicit approval to federate with the Google Talk service?  —  Do you plan to support other industry standards for communications interoperability?
John Blau / InfoWorld:
Why a paper ticket if an SMS will do?  —  New mobile phone ticketing technology could soon make paper-based tickets obsolete  —  New mobile phone ticketing technology could soon push paper-based tickets to the sidelines in many European soccer stadiums, ski resorts, trade shows …
Dave Rosenberg / Open Resource:
Rumor Mill: SpikeSource changing sales model  —  This post is based entirely on unsubstantiated rumor.  Word on the street is that SpikeSource is making the move to a new channel focused strategy.  I don't want to gloat, but I told you that the existing business model was not sustainable.
Discussion: The Silent Penguin
Peter Galli /
Microsoft Puts Open-Source Integration to the Test  —  Expect to see a lot more interoperability work between Microsoft Corp. and some of its open-source competitors over the next year—like the agreement struck with JBoss Inc. last year—as well as more participation by the Redmond, Wash. …

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