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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.
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
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
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.
Dennis Howlett / AccMan Pro:
Outright war: SAP, Oracle and the press  —  Following on from Nick Carr calling out SAPs use of research in advertising, SAP came blasting back, accusing rival Oracle of much the same thing.  That's pretty standard stuff in the software game, largely because the numbers are huge and the stakes extremely high.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Share Skype and InsideGoogle
Rebecca Barr / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Microsoft ads aim to erase 'huge' image  —  Software maker's campaign to cost $120 million  —  Microsoft Corp., the world's biggest software maker, will spend $120 million a year on an advertising campaign to fight its image as "a huge American company."  —  The campaign, using television …
Technology: Searching for Searches  —  The government is demanding millions of your queries.  AOL, Yahoo and Microsoft have coughed up.  Google is resisting.  —  Jan. 30, 2006 issue - Civil-liberties advocates reeling from the recent revelations on surveillance had something else to worry about last week …
Michael Bazeley / Mercury News:
Online privacy a fragile shield  —  SUBPOENAS MAKE USERS UNEASY ABOUT WHOM TO TRUST  —  Steve Shaer is feeling more skittish about Internet companies these days.  —  Not only is he upset that the federal government subpoenaed reams of data from four Internet companies — Google, Yahoo, AOL and Microsoft.
Vince Chan / AmBlogger:
ProBlogger talks to AmBlogger!  —  ProBlogger, Darren Rowse, contacted me through my Contact Form a couple days ago and I've been too busy to respond to him until now.  I'm honored to receive his correspondence but truthfully I've been expecting him to come calling anyday now!
Eclectic Copenhagen  —  What do you get when a group of opinionated communicators with blogs get together?  A real mashup of opinion, commentary and very lively conversation, that's what.  —  So it was on Saturday in Copenhagen when I was fortunate to meet with The Copenhagen Bloggers …
Rob Pegoraro / Washington Post:
The New iMac Dazzles, but Hold That Purchase  —  The extraordinary thing about Apple's new iMac is how ordinary it is to operate.  It looks, sounds and works almost exactly like the version it replaces, to the point where many Mac users probably couldn't pick it out of a lineup.
Torres Talking:
OQO  —  At the Naked Conversations party last night, some dude had one of the nifty new OQO PCs.  I got to take a look at it (Tablet enabled!) along with a bunch of tricked out Sprint PPC-6700s and Cingular 2125s.  I think there were almost as many Windows in the house as on the house.
Discussion: RetroSight and What Is New
Julie Leung:
Naked Conversations Launch Party in Bellevue  —  Robert Scoble kindly invited us to attend the Naked Conversations Launch Party on January 21.  Ted was in San Francisco this week and couldn't make it.  But after a week of parenting by myself, I was grateful for the opportunity to go out alone …

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