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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 …
Ars Technica:
Yahoo throws in the search towel  —  The Internet became less interesting today as Yahoo showed signs that it has given up in its battle with Google for best search engine.  The company, while not abandoning its search, isn't expecting to make great inroads with it, either.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Mikek / Hacking NetFlix:
Netflix Q4 2005 Results & Webcast Notes  —  Netflix has announced Q4 2005 financial results (click here to view the release).  —  In Q4 2005: … For 2005: … Davis Freeberg at Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection has written an excellent analysis of the news.  —  Follow the link to see my notes from the investor webcast:
Justin Mann /
Netflix to support HD-DVD and BluRay concurrently
Associated Press:
Hacker guilty of taking over PCs for attacks  —  A 20-year-old Southern California hacker admitted Monday to surreptitiously seizing control of hundreds of thousands of Internet-connected computers, using the zombie network to serve pop-up ads and renting it to people who mounted attacks on Web sites and sent out spam.
American owns up to hijacking PCs
Discussion: Moore's Lore
Rob Hof / TechBeat:
Dan Gillmor: The Rough Road to Citizen Journalism  —  Dan Gillmor finally offers an explanation of what's happening (or, more lamentably, not happening) at his citizen journalism venture, Bayosphere.  He's got a raft of reasons why the site hasn't taken off, and they're something of a laundry list …
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
Carlo / Techdirt:
Oh Look, Even More Astroturf  —  Verizon's no stranger to astroturfing, the practice of faking grassroots opinion to further its causes, with a group it supports handing out iPods to people that complain about their cable company, presumably in an effort to support its entrance into the TV business.
Rob Fahey /
Nintendo DS hits 3 million online connections, says UK boss  —  1000 new hot-spots set to roll out across Britain  —  The number of connections to Nintendo's Wi-Fi Connection online service has topped three million worldwide, according to the company's UK general manager David Yarnton …

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