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Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Google admits online stumble  —  Google Inc., trying to extend its dominance of Internet search into the market for videos, said it made a mistake with the design of an online store.  —  Shows for sale weren't well promoted on the home page of Google Video, which was introduced earlier this month …
Burtonator / Kevin Burton's Feed Blog:
Yahoo Will Buy Digg - Announcement Early Next Week  —  I've now heard from two sources close to Yahoo which tell me that Yahoo is going to be buying Digg for nearly $30M.  I haven't yet heard from anyone working for Yahoo that this is 100% (they obviously had 'no comment') …
Jay Greene / Business Week:
The Bug in Microsoft's Ear  —  The software giant is mulling its own digital device that adds gaming to music and video, in an effort to compete with Apple's iPod empire  —  After getting trounced for four years in the digital music business by Apple Computer (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT) finally seems poised to do something about it.
Om Malik / Om Malik on Broadband:
Yahoo's New CPO Loves His Mac  —  You might have worked for the company for a decade, but that doesn't mean you will get a new cappuccino machine.  It does mean that you get a new ID card, that says you have worked for the company for 10 years, and it also means you get a new gig.
Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
A VC Rant with an opportunity  —  Short story.  "Joe" has been working for 5 years to bring a software product to market while keeping the day job waiting & bussing tables.  He has a wife, two kids, a dog and they live in a small nothing apartment.  —  For years, Joe toils away while pounding …
Discussion: Mark Evans
Cingular Patents the Emoticon :(  —  The USA based mobile operator, Cingular Wireless has managed to get a patent on the concept of using emoticon on mobile phones.  While the aim of the patent is to enable the displaying of MSN style graphics on handsets, they also managed to patent …
Roblimo /
MS Security VP Mike Nash Replies  —  You posted a lot of great questions for Mike Nash last week, and he put a lot of time into answering them.  As promised, his answers were not laundered by PR people, which is all too common with "executive" interviews with people from any company.
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Google Cache Ruled Fair Use  —  A district court in Nevada has ruled that the Google Cache is a fair use.  —  Blake Field, an author and attorney, brought the copyright infringement lawsuit against Google after the search engine automatically copied and cached a story he posted on his website.
EFF: Breaking News:
Nevada Court Rules Google Cache is Fair Use
Discussion: IP Democracy
Josh / Bokardo:
Microsoft Didn't Give User Data to DOJ in Privacy Case (podcast)  —  First, the podcast: Microsoft, Google, and the DOJ Privacy Case (7.21 MB mp3 )  —  During a meeting today at the Microsoft Search Champs Conference in Redmond, WA, Yusuf Mehdi, Senior VP of MSN Information Services …
Google founder defends China portal  —  Also: How the powerful make their way to Davos, and what they're doing instead of networking.  —  DAVOS, Switzerland (FORTUNE) - The World Economic Forum, a gathering of leaders from the business world, media, academics, and assorted hollywood stars and do-gooders, is taking place this week.
Umair / Bubblegeneration Strategy Lab:
The Problems With 2.0, pt 345314  —  I luv Memeorandum and all it's reconstructor cousins.  It's one of the first things of my reading list.  It's hugely slashed my search costs in finding new stuff.  —  But there's a problem.  Ever since I've started using it to the point where it replaces …
Discussion: The Stalwart and Like It Matters
BlackBerry blackout threat terrifies CEOs  —  Execs at World Economic Forum fear freeze on their wireless e-mail device; hope for settlement with NTP.  —  DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - It's not the sub-zero temperatures that have the corporate kingpins shivering in Davos this year but the prospect of life without their "BlackBerry."
Discussion: Gizmodo
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Nintendo announces DS Lite  —  Nintendo likes to be a littledifficult on us from time to time, but we're stoked that after they decided to redesign the DS, then reneged, that they reneged therenege and went through with it anyhow — though honestly, knowing Nintendo, it was an inevitability given their …
Marc Perton / Engadget:
Government turns up volume on GPS  —  The US governmentflicked the switch today on a new GPS signal, known as L2C.  The signal, according to the government, is transmitted ata higher effective power, allowing it to "work better in urban areas and indoors."  The new signal, beingtransmitted …
Associated Press:
U.N. Lends Backing to the $100 Laptop  —  DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The United Nations on Thursday lent its support to a project which aims to ship inexpensive, hand-cranked laptops to school-aged children worldwide.  —  Kemal Dervis, head of the U.N. Development Program …
Discussion: Kevin Maney
Ben Charny /
Microsoft Blogs Make Room for Ads  —  Microsoft's MSN Spaces blogging features are set for a major upgrade to incorporate a revenue-sharing advertising option and a new partnership with, according to various sources.  —  What Liveside.Net, and other Microsoft watchers are describing …
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
Ancient flaws leave OS X vulnerable?  —  OS X contains unpatched security flaws of a type that were fixed on alternative operating systems more than a decade ago, according to a security researcher credited with finding numerous bugs in Apple's increasingly popular platform.
Microsoft Expands Internet Research Efforts With Founding of Live Labs  —  MSN and Microsoft Research co-found applied research lab; Live Labs and Silicon Valley Search Labs will lead the next evolution of innovation in Internet products and services.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — Jan. 25, 2006 …

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