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Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Yahoo! Giving Up on Search?  Hey, Wait Just A Gosh Darn Minute!  —  So every morning one of the first sites that I visit is Memeorandum.  I won't try to over-hype Memeorandum here, as we're all pretty familar with it at this point, but for those of you who have been hiding in the desert under …
Search Engine Journal:
Yahoo Publisher Network Expanding This Spring  —  Yahoo Publisher Network Expanding This Spring  —  Yahoo is preparing its answer to Google AdSense, the Yahoo Publisher Network, and has been going about the launch of their contextual advertising offering in a slow and careful fashion.
Blathering in the Blogosphere  —  I've been watching all the blathering about Yahoo! giving up search dominance to Google, which, I might add, is bulls**t*.  Quotes taken out of context by company executives do not an overarching business strategy make.  This is exactly the kind of thing …
Jeff Clavier / Jeff Clavier's Software Only:
Yahoo gives up to Google on Search ?  You really believe that ?  —  I was alerted by Thomas Hawk about the latest "news" building up in the blogosphere, and as such the top news on Memeorandum: Yahoo! gives up quest for search dominance.  My initial reaction was that this must be one of these quotes …
Jonathan Thaw / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Yahoo! gives up quest for search dominance
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Yahoo: Not A Goal To Overtake Google In Search Market Share
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Paul R. La Monica / CNN:
Disney buys Pixar  —  House of Mouse is teaming up with Pixar in a $7.4 billion deal.  Steve Jobs to become board member at Disney.  —  NEW YORK ( - Mickey Mouse and Nemo are now corporate cousins.  Walt Disney has announced that it is buying Pixar, the animated studio led …
Disney buys Pixar  —  update Walt Disney announced Tuesday that it's paying $7.4 billion in stock to acquire Pixar Animation Studios—a deal that puts Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs on Disney's board of directors.  —  For the venerable animation giant, the move is a significant bet …
Discussion: Techdirt
Fred / A VC:   Now That's A Venture Return
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
MPAA admits to unauthorized movie copying  —  What happens when an organization that is best known for inveighing against the unauthorized copying of movies gets caught doing exactly that?  The Motion Picture Association of America was caught with its pants down, admitting to making unauthorized copies …
Discussion: Newsome.Org
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.
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
TimesSelect Draws About 156,000 Web-Only Subs in First 4 Months  —  NEW YORK About 156,000 people have signed up and paid a special online fee to read The New York Times' columnists since the paper launched its TimesSelect service four months ago, the paper reported Tuesday.
Discussion: Perceptric Forum
Russ / Russell Beattie Notebook:
Opera Mini: Best Mobile Web Browser Bar None  —  I think the new Opera Mini is just about the best thing I've ever seen on a mobile phone.  Really!  It's easily the best Java app I've ever seen, and actually I think it's probably the best Mobile Web Browser there is out there - native smart phone apps included.
Samsung Pint-Sized Projector Is Real & Here  —  Samsung is such a cool company.  Sony may have the chic, but who else could come up with this little gem.  The SP-P300ME is Samsung's new pal-sized pocket projector, costs just £499 ($889), and is available soon.
Eliot Phillips / Engadget:
How-To: Build a practical HTPC  —  We've seen a lot of home theater PCs latelyand being in need of a new workstation, we decide to build one of our own.  We started planning by looking around to seewhat others had done.  It would be fun to own a HD capable 2TB box , but we're notgoing to drop $7,400.
Discussion: PVRblog and HD Beat
Chad Essley /
ArtRage 2.0 - The Review:  —  A few readers have written in to ask that I do a comparison between ArtRage 2.0, and Alias Sketchbook Pro 2.0.  —  While Alias Sketchbook Pro costs US $179.00, the full, registered version of ArtRage 2 costs a mere $20.  —  Does ArtRage 2 stand up to Sketchbook Pro in 2 terms of quality / features?
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.
Rich Ziade / BASEMENT.ORG:
- Taking RSS Beyond Headlines : Part One  —  Before I dig into some of the more obscure uses of RSS (in a future post), I figured I'd list out all sorts of creative ways RSS can be used beyond news headlines and blogs.  Here goes:  — Track Specific News Headlines.
Discussion: Somewhat Frank
Tim Wu / Slate:
Keeping Secrets  —  A simple prescription for keeping Google's records out of government hands.  —  In Google's Mountain View, Calif., campus, there's an LCD showing what's being searched for at any moment.  A passing glance may reveal that information on "Depression" "marital counseling …
Discussion: IFTF's Future Now, SEOmoz and Furdlog

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