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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.
Peter Kaplan / Reuters:
High court declines to review RIM patent ruling
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 Craig McCaw, telecom banker Michael Price and former Apple CEO John Sculley have teamed together in a new VoIP focussed start-up called Tello, based in San Mateo, California.  Doug Renert, a former executive at Oracle Corp heads up the start-up.
Discussion: MobileCrunch and IP Democracy
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 …
Mike / Techdirt:
Did Sam Bulte Plagiarize Her Explanation For Stricter Copyright Laws?
Discussion: Random Bytes and Mark Evans
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:   Hollywood's Canadian MP plagiarizes entertainment industry in op-ed
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.
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 …
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.
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
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
Dominic Gates / Seattle Times:
Rival emerges to Boeing's in-flight broadband  —  Connexion, the in-flight broadband service on which Boeing has spent hundreds of millions of dollars, is facing a potentially serious competitive threat from a new air-to-ground technology that could provide connectivity to airplanes over North America by mid-2007.
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Yahoo hires top internet scientist  —  Yahoo has hired a leading Chilean computer scientist to head its first research centres in Europe and Latin America, notching up a victory in the intense global competition for top engineering talent between the leading internet search engines.
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 …
Trevor Datson / Reuters:
Google pips Apple in 2005 brand poll  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Internet search engine Google (Nasdaq:GOOG - news) has retaken first place in the 2005 global poll of the world's most influential brands, while the eBay-owned (Nasdaq:EBAY - news) web phone service Skype makes its debut at No. 3.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
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 …

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