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Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
Like This?  You'll Hate That.  (Not All Web Recommendations Are Welcome.)  —  SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 22 - On, a customer interested in buying the novel "The Life of Pi" is also shown "The Kite Runner" because other Amazon customers - presumably with similar tastes - also purchased that book.
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Say Hello to Tello  —  The startup promises to revolutionize business communications.  The involvement of four tech veterans lends that grandiose claim some credence  —  The months after the stock market crash of 2000 were tough ones indeed for tech startups.  And for communications startups, things were even worse.
Discussion: Techdirt and SiliconBeat
Om Malik / Om Malik on Broadband:
Say Tello For Presence  —  Jeff Pulver, wireless pioneer …
Discussion: IP Democracy
Richard Drew / Associated Press:
Supreme Court rejects BlackBerry patent appeal  —  Since its introduction in 1999, the BlackBerry has revolutionized communications, allowing business travelers and government employees to send and receive e-mail outside their offices and away from their stationery computers.
Confirming the Copyright Gap  —  The Toronto Star today featured a lengthy article by Sam Bulte titled Closing the Copyright Gap which explains her views on copyright reform (unfortunately the article is not currently online).  The article makes the arguments that observers of this issue would expect …
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:   Hollywood's Canadian MP plagiarizes entertainment industry in op-ed
Robin D. Rusch /
The Search Is Over: Google Wins in 2005  —  Global: Google Tops Ranking (view results)  —  In 2005's results, Google took the lead from Apple in what is shaping up to be a back and forth contest through the years for these two innovative tech companies.  Each year one out-does the other, and this time it is Google's turn to shine.
Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Software Notebook: Is Gates' prediction on spam a bust?  —  It was a prediction that captured the attention of the international media and weary Internet users alike: "Two years from now, spam will be solved," Microsoft's Bill Gates said.  —  Well, time's up.
Discussion: Squash and Tech_Space
Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
Move Over, HD-TV.  Now There's HD Radio, Too.  —  Traditional broadcast radio, the last bastion of analog entertainment technology, sees a bright future for itself.  Its strategy for success is to become more like one of its main competitors, satellite radio.
Discussion: The Kelsey Group
Sharon Waxman / New York Times:
Missed It in the Theater Today?  See It on DVD Tonight  —  PARK CITY, Utah, Jan. 22 - Hollywood will inch further toward making movies simultaneously available in theaters, on DVD and on home television screens at the Sundance Film Festival this week, as IFC Entertainment unveils a plan …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
Real Stern Shocker: No Podcast  —  Satellite radio is a pretty good technology that's attracting a respectable audience primarily through excellent programming.  But let's be clear — satellite doesn't hold a candle to podcasting, and not even Howard Stern can change that.
Evan Blass / Engadget:
WiFi sniffer turns your DS into a wardriving tool  —  Where would webe without the homebrew community, who snaz up our gadgets and humorously frustrate The Man at the same time?  Thelatest little tool to emerge from the 'brewers' bag of tricks is a program called DS2Key (for Nintendo DS …
Financial Times:
Quaero's challenge:I search, therefore I am  —  The internet graveyard is already filling up with Google-killers, challengers that have failed to knock the US internet search engine off its perch.  Now a European challenger is stepping into the ring, in the form of Quaero …
Next Generation:
Kojima: 'Games Are Not Art'  —  In the February 2006 issue of the Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine, Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima touches on everything from being a latch-key kid to how games aren't art.  —  The interview, conducted by James Mielke, exhibited many non-gaming aspects …
Discussion: Joystiq
Ben Elgin / Business Week:
Yahoo's Social Circle  —  In a bid to challenge search giant Google, the Web's most-used portal is betting on the wisdom of crowds … Yahoo! (YHOO) is on a quiet acquisitions tear.  First, it snapped up photo-sharing site Flickr in March.  In December, it acquired …
Discussion: IP Democracy
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
This Site Knows a Cold Isn't a Rock Band  —  HYPOCHONDRIACS of the world, rejoice: a new Web site,, could make it easier to identify whatever doesn't ail you.  —  The core mission of the Web site, which is owned by Healthline Networks, is to act as a medical search engine …
Discussion: down the avenue

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