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Jonathan Thaw / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Yahoo! gives up quest for search dominance  —  Yahoo! Inc., one of the first Internet search companies, has capitulated to Google Inc. in the battle for market dominance.  —  "We don't think it's reasonable to assume we're going to gain a lot of share from Google," Chief Financial Officer Susan Decker said in an interview.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Yahoo Cedes Search to Google and So Do I  —  This story is sure news to me.  Yahoo is going on record saying that it's not their goal to be No. 1 in Internet search.  "We would be very happy to maintain our market share," CFO Susan Decker told Bloomberg.  —  That's it, I am no longer using Yahoo Search.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Yahoo: Not A Goal To Overtake Google In Search Market Share  —  Steve Rubel points to a Bloomberg news article, Yahoo! gives up quest for search dominance, examining Yahoo CFO Susan Decker saying "It's not our goal to be No. 1 in Internet search.  We would be very happy to maintain our market share."
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Grace Wong / CNN:
Setback for BlackBerry maker  —  High court rejects Research in Motion petition to review ruling that could shut e-mail service.  —  NEW YORK ( - BlackBerry maker Research in Motion was dealt a setback Monday after the Supreme Court turned down a request to review a major patent infringement ruling against it.
High Court Rejects Blackberry Case In NTP Dispute
Discussion: Phone Scoop and Techdirt
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
U.S. Supreme Court rejects RIM's appeal
Dan Gillmor / Dan Gillmor's blog:
From Dan: A Letter to the Bayosphere Community  —  A little over a year ago, I left the San Jose Mercury News to pursue my passion for what we've come to call "citizen media" — the idea that anyone with something to say could use increasingly powerful and decreasingly expensive tools to say it, potentially for a global audience.
Silicon Valley Watcher:
The publishing industry is the new technology industry  —  [The following is a reply to a post by Dave Winer, the father of blogging, on his blog, which doesn't accept comments, which is fine because we have hyperlinks :-) That's the beauty of the new media.)
J. Kyle Foster / Bloomberg:
Sprint Nextel Freezes Pension Plans  —  Competition in Wireless Drives Effort to Cut Labor Costs  —  Reston-based Sprint Nextel Corp. froze pension plans for almost half of its 80,000 employees and won't offer a fixed retirement benefit to new workers as the company cuts labor costs to compete with other wireless carriers.
Discussion: Om Malik on Broadband
Ina Fried / CNET
Apple's iWork emerges as rival to Microsoft Office  —  Corel bills its WordPerfect Office software as "the world's leading alternative to Microsoft Office."  But when it comes to U.S. retail sales, Corel lost the No. 2 spot in 2005 to a somewhat unlikely competitor: Apple Computer's iWork.
Discussion: Office 12 Watch and MacSlash
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
The Year of Living DRMishly  —  This year may be the year that gadget makers finally conquer the living room, replacing DVD players, VCRs and personal video recorders with all-in-one media devices that serve up HDTV, pre-recorded movies and digital music.  If so, it will likely also be the year …
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Is There Hope for Content Brands?  —  Beneath all the buzz about Google re-taking the top spot as #1 Global brand is evidence of a worrisome trend for content brands, which supports the theory that Google is a brand killer.  If you look at the U.S. & Canada results for the brandchannel survey across …
Shiny Media / Tech Digest:
3 pays punters to receive voice calls and text messages  —  To be honest I am still getting my head around this one, but it appears that UK 3G network 3 is now going to start paying customers to receive voice calls and text messages.  Of course they don't receive cash, but rather credit …
Discussion: Engadget and Shiny Shiny
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
A-Hole bill would make a secret technology into the law of the land  —  If the controversial Analog Hole bill makes it into law, US technologists will have to obey a law whose most important details are a trade-secret.  —  The entertainment industry, always a bastion of media savvy …
Discussion: Techdirt and IP Democracy
Elinor Mills / CNET
Google co-founders cash in  —  Last month, the 32-year-old celebrity co-founders of Google each sold more than $160 million worth of their company's stock.  —  That may sound like the ultimate jackpot to most people, but to Sergey Brin and Larry Page it was just another month in their billionaire-in-a-year lives.
Bink /
Microsoft TechED Europe 2006 in Amsterdam cancelled, evolving to 2 events in Barcelona  —  I just received official documentation that Microsoft TechED Europe 2006 in Amsterdam is cancelled.  Teched Europe will evolve to 2 events (merging with IT Forum) and is rescheduled to November 2006 in Barcelona.
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
About that DOJ Request  —  I've waited several days and thought quite a bit before saying anything about the Department of Justice asking search engines for search data.  I waited partly because I didn't want to say something I'd regret, and that was pretty likely to happen early on.
Jed Brown /
Performancing Firefox 1.1 Delicious/Technorati Release!  —  That's right, as Nick promised last week, we've launched Performancing for Firefox 1.1!  —  So what's new in this release?  —  Read on for a complete walk-through of what 1.1 has to offer.  —  New features … Also new to this release:
Discussion: paradox1x
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Advertising Is Obsolete.  Everyone Says So.  —  AS advertising conferences go, the take-home message at the Word-of-Mouth Marketing Association meeting was a little unusual: Don't advertise.  —  But at the conference, held here last Thursday and Friday, more than 450 advertising …
Shel Israel / Naked Conversations:
McDonald's New Blog—Slow Service for the Hungry  —  We sort of knew something was coming from McDonald's back in October when we saw Steve Wilson, senior director for global web communications speak at BlogOn in New York City as he described a ponderously slow, occasionally frustrating steady process …

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