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John Markoff / New York Times:
Microsoft Would Put Poor Online by Cellphone  —  DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 29 — It sounds like a project that just about any technology-minded executive could get behind: distributing durable, cheap laptop computers in the developing world to help education.
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Watch:
Google Releases Upgraded Toolbar  —  Google has enhanced its toolbar for Internet Explorer, introducing several new features that will appeal to regular users of the program.  —  The new features include enhanced "suggestions" that appear on the fly as you type a query …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bookmarks integrated into Google Toolbar  —  Google added bookmarks to version 4 of its Internet Explorer Toolbar (note that this is not available for their Firefox Toolbar).  Google Bookmarks have been available since October on the Google site, but were not integrated into the toolbar until now.
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Google Bookmarks  —  Google just introduced version 4 of Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer including support for centralized bookmark tagging and notation from multiple computers.  The new feature allows any toolbar user with a Google account to store bookmarks within their Google search history for synchronization and editing.
Dual-Booting Windows XP on a Macintel  —  The Problems  — The modified Darwin Bootloader is made for EFI w/ EFI supporting operating systems  —  OK... So step by step.  —  Where is the BIOS used?  For what?  How?  —  The OS sends low-level calls to the BIOS that tell it exactly how to deal with the hardware.
Scott Karp /
Bubble 2.0 Is a Bubble in Media  —  There is a bubble in the tech industry, but it has nothing to do with the behavior of venture capital, as so many people are discussing.  There's a bubble because the tech industry is trying to be the new media industry, and very few people …
Marc Perton / Engadget:
Behind the scenes in the RIM/NTP patent war  —  If you thought theBlackberry patent battle between RIM and NTP was just a fight between a successful wireless company and a greedy patentfarmer, this lengthy article from the Toronto Globe and Mail may be an eye-opener.
Brier Dudley / Seattle Times:
Q&A with Jim Allchin of Microsoft  —  Talk about a swan song.  —  Retiring Windows boss Jim Allchin is putting final touches on software that could finally help people start feeling safe and secure using a PC, if all goes according to plan.  —  Allchin gave an overview last week of Windows Vista …
Business Week:
Steve Jobs' Magic Kingdom  —  How Apple's demanding visionary will shake up Disney and the world of entertainment  —  Early on a July workday in 1997, Jim McCluney, then head of Apple's worldwide operations got the call.  McCluney was summoned with other top brass of the beleaguered company …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
ESPN Finds Selling Ads on iTunes is a Bad Idea  —  It's only been a day since ESPN started selling their cute "This is Sports Center" Ads on iTunes, but already they are getting a big thumbs down from consumers.  So far 23 reviewers have weighed in and the collection has amassed a piddly one-star rating out of a possible five.
Google Blogoscoped:
How Much Did Google Agree to Censor?  —  How much does Google self-censor (or "filter", as they call it) in China?  We don't know exactly, as Google doesn't tell us so far.  —  What we do know is that the Chinese gov't handed Google some sort of list of sites which should be censored.
The Mobile Phone Rings: You're Fired!  —  Most young Europeans would choose SMS over their phone service, if they had to pick one  —  Feb. 6, 2006 issue - Are you afraid of storms, bursting levees and killer tsunamis?  Hold on to your cell phone-it may soon be warning you of impending catastrophe.
Discussion: Coolz0r
FactoryJoe / FactoryCity:
Me and Microsoft, Part I … So I don't think I had expected to really ever sit down for dinner with the guy who's responsible for Windows Vista (his official title is Co-President, Platforms Products & Services Division).  I mean, who am I in the grand scheme of things?
Discussion: and Incremental Blogger
Colleen Marie O'Connor /
London's AIM Calls To US VC Community  —  As the number of venture capital-backed IPOs in the US has nosedived-due in large part to burdensome costs and strictures imposed by Sarbanes-Oxley-the London Stock Exchange's AIM has emerged as an aggressive alternative for venture capital firms angling …
Discussion: The Stalwart
Dana Massey /
Debate: Major IPs as MMORPGs [ page 1 of 1 ]  —  Debate: Should Major IPs (Intellectual Properties) Be Made Into MMORPGs?  —  Editor's Introduction: We change up the authors - although full credit for topic choice goes to Frank and Garrett who will return next week - but the debate continues.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
DOJ May One Day Try to Break Up Google  —  In chapter eight John Battelle's incredible book, The Search, he astutely predicted that Google would increasingly fall under the watchful eye of the US government.  As we saw earlier this month, John was right.  The US government requested aggregate search data …
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Tello Explained  —  Last week a rocking big story broke in the Wall Street Journal about Tello, a company that has extremely deep roots in VoIP, especially when you realize that the essence of the company is Presence, and the person who has been championing presence almost as long as he has been championing VoIP is Jeff Pulver.
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
Flipping the Funnel—new ebook  —  The ideas I've been playing with over the last few years came together over the last few weeks... and my funnel post was a small part of that.  —  This new ebook (3 versions, 18 pages each, PDF format) explains how I believe some of the new Web 2.0 tools …

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