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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
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.
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
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 …
Chris Morris / CNN:
An experiment failed  —  Majesco learns a hard lesson about the video game industry.  —  Game Over is a weekly column by Chris Morris  —  NEW YORK ( - On paper, the formula seems pretty solid.  Blend original, critically acclaimed games with the reliable franchises based on well-known film licenses.
Discussion: Joystiq and Kotaku
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
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.
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
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.
Emily /
SNAKED PHONE  —  Snake is a fashion phone with an emotional body monitoring interface.  Using the phone as a symbolic tool to display a well trained body and attract the surrounding.  From Product Visionaires.  —  [via La Coctelera]
Discussion: Gizmodo
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

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