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Howard Mintz /
Feds want Google search records  —  BUSH LAWYERS ASK JUDGE TO MAKE GOOGLE HAND OVER DATA; GOOGLE PROMISES A FIGHT  —  The Bush administration on Wednesday asked a federal judge to order Google Inc. to turn over a broad range of material from its closely guarded databases.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Bush Administration Demands Search Data; Google Says No, Others Comply  —  Via John Battelle and Google Morning Silicon Valley, Feds want Google search records from the San Jose Mercury News covers the Bush administration demanding last year that Google and other search engines turn …
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
What if we promise not to show the records to Karl Rove?  —  If you don't regularly anonymize your Google cookie and purge your personalized search history, now might be a good time to start (then again, in this day and age, why bother?).  The Department of Justice on Wednesday asked …
Discussion: IP Democracy
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
DON'T LOOK NOW, BUT IT'S HAPPENING  —  From my book, written a year or so ago:  —  As we move our data to the servers at,,  —, and, we are making an implicit bargain, one  —  that the public at large is either entirely content with, or, more likely,
Michael Bazeley / SiliconBeat:
Google's privacy fight with the government  —  We asked John Battelle at the Web 2.0 Conference last fall what he thought could hurt Google, what event or action could ultimately get in the way of the company's meteoric rise.  Battelle, who wrote the book The Search, said that if Google got emeshed …
Susan Mernit / Susan Mernit's Blog:
The battle over bundling: Top Ten Sources and more  —  Executive Director of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society John Palfrey has a post today about whether the way his independent venture, Ten Top Sources, sources and then publishes content from blogger's RSS feeds is a) legal and b) appropriate.
John Palfrey:
Susan Mernit's Point on RSS and Copyright
Coldcoffee / cold coffee in a spent cup:
Stealing content through RSS
Konica Minolta Announces Withdrawal Plan for Camera Business and Photo Business  —  Konica Minolta has long been a leading company in photo imaging business covering wide range of imaging from input to output.  In addition, we have provided inspiring products and services by fusing our unique technologies.
Darren / Digital Camera Reviews, Ratings …:
Konica Minolta Abandons Photo Industry
Discussion: Gizmodo
Gretchen Gallen / Sold to Escom LLC For $14M  —  SAN FRANCISCO - The infamous and controversial domain has officially been sold to Boston-based Escom LLC for a reported $14 million, XBiz has learned.  — owner Gary Kremen was unavailable for comment, but a source from Kremen's company …
Discussion: SiliconBeat and
Wall Street Journal:
Talk of Taipei: First Citywide Wi-Fi Access  —  City-Private Venture  —  Is Ahead of the West;  —  Online at Bus Depot  —  One evening last July, in the Taiwanese capital of Taipei, Web-site consultant Rong Chen was on a subway train when a client called needing urgent repairs to its network.
Percy / SnapStream Blog:
Godzilla PVR  —  Introduction:  —  With the third installment of our Monster PVR series, we here at SnapStream asked ourselves, "How can we beat the Medusa PVR, our 6 tuner beast, and our Hydra PVR, our 10 tuner monster?"  —  Why, by making an 11 tuner system with HDTV support, of course!
Discussion: Krunker, eHomeUpgrade, Gizmodo and PVRblog
Gary Gentile / Associated Press:
'Bubble' hits theaters, TV, DVD on same day  —  LOS ANGELES — If you live in New Jersey, Virginia or Nevada and want to see the new Steven Soderbergh film Bubble in a theater, pack your bags.  It won't be showing in those or more than a dozen other states.
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:   What Business are theaters in ?  —  With the release of Bubble …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Following the money: how Subway ads ended up in Counter-Strike  —  Big brands, strange places  —  If you've ever seen a computer infested with spyware (not your own, of course), you know that it's not uncommon for ads from well-respected companies to start popping up on the desktop.
Business Week:
Is Google Out of Steam?  —  Downgrading its stock to sell, S&P's Scott Kessler explains why the search giant is vulnerable on several fronts.  Key among them: click fraud  —  Here's a gazillion-dollar question for investors: Has Google's (GOOG ) stock peaked?
David Pogue / New York Times:
Google Video: Trash Mixed With Treasure  —  BY now, everybody knows that anything audio is eventually followed by something video.  Radio first, then TV.  Audio tape, then videotape.  CD, then DVD.  Music iPod, then video iPod.  —  And then, of course, there's Apple's iTunes Music Store.
Jason Snell / Macworld:
First Lab Tests: iMac with Intel Core Duo processor  —  Intel-based iMacs are fast, but gains don't match Apple's claims  —  Since the first rumors of an Apple switch to Intel, everyone has been wondering about the potential speed of Intel-based Macs.  Last week's announcement …
Discussion: PC World's Techlog
Michelle Meyers / ZDNet:
Tech plays supporting role at Sundance festival … Filmmakers will play the starring roles at the 2006 annual Sundance Film Festival, a 10-day independent film showcase opening Thursday night in Park City, Utah.  —  And though not eligible for an Oscar, technology will play a supporting role …

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