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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
It's a different world today  —  Adam Green: "Microsoft long ago mastered the trick of calculating exactly the minimal feature set needed to suck the air out of a market it wants to enter."  —  Like me, Adam is a dinosaur who walked the earth in the days when little software animals …
Discussion: Scobleizer
Darwinian Web:
IE7's aggregator isn't impressive, but it is good enough  —  Trying to recharacterize a quote once it is loose in the blogosphere can be a tricky business.  In my initial thoughts on IE7 I wrote that it would likely kill many RSS aggregators that did little more than let you read feeds.
Discussion: TechBeat
Dave Winer / Dave's Wordpress Blog:
Scott, they need a River
Discussion: EirePreneur
Jeff Chester / The Nation:
The End of the Internet?  —  The nation's largest telephone and cable companies are crafting an alarming set of strategies that would transform the free, open and nondiscriminatory Internet of today to a privately run and branded service that would charge a fee for virtually everything we do online.
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
The iPod Ecosystem  —  In the weeks leading up to last month's Macworld conference, few people knew what the notoriously secretive Steven P. Jobs was going to announce.  —  Gavin Downey, the director of product management at the Belkin Corporation, listened to all the rumors leading …
Stephen Shankland / CNET
VMware to make server product free  —  VMware, an EMC subsidiary whose software lets multiple operating systems run on the same computer, is expected to announce next week that it will begin giving away one of its key products for free, CNET has learned.
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
CBS Cuts Out Download Middleman  — The network will make 'Survivor' episodes available for $1.99 on its own website, bypassing Apple's iTunes service.  —  CBS Corp. has spoken: When it comes to making its reality hit "Survivor" available for downloading, iTunes has been voted off the island.
What's New for CSS in Beta 2 Preview?  —  We have heard all your feedback asking us for full CSS compliance.  With the now public available Beta 2 Preview build on XP, we get a big step closer to this goal.  Chris talked about our priorities for IE7 before, but I want to give more detail on our work with CSS.
Security issue in IE7?
Walter S. Mossberg / WSJ Personal Technology:
PubSub, Rollyo Offer Web Search Services The Big Engines Don't  —  The Internet search business is a hot topic.  But most of the talk centers on the advertising revenue it generates, not on what is happening in the actual search process itself.  And most of the attention is paid to the search giants …
Richard MacManus / Web 2.0 Explorer:
Interview with Digg's Kevin Rose, Pt 2: On Personalization and Fighting Spam  —  In Part 1 of my interview with digg founder Kevin Rose, we discussed digg's popularity, reputation systems and recent issues with GroupThink.  In the final part of this interview, Kevin and I talk about digg's battle …
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day:
What Comes After the Blockbuster?  The Nichebuster  —  I am at the Entertainment Gathering conference in LA and there is a lot of talk about the death of the blockbuster.  Wired editor Chris Anderson showed some nifty charts from his upcoming book on the Long Tail documenting the decline in hit albums …
Discussion: and Blogspotting
Andrew Wallenstein / Reuters:
Laugh tracks standing up on iTunes  —  LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Did you hear the one about comedians becoming a hit on Apple's iTunes?  —  That's actually not a joke: MTV Networks has been surprised to discover that low-profile stand-up specials from its Comedy Central channel …
Microsoft opens up censored blogs  —  Microsoft has changed how it reacts to government calls to censor blogs.  —  Recently the software giant faced criticism for removing the blog of Chinese journalist Zhao Jing for writing about sensitive topics.  —  Now Microsoft says blogs …
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Brad Burnham / Union Square Ventures:
Mathematics - How much is enough  —  I did not study a lot of science in high school so this reference to mathematics is likely to be my last effort to come up with a model from high school science that sheds light on the evolution of the information technology business.
Discussion: OnlyOnce and A VC
David Hornik / VentureBlog:
Company Building For Eight Year Olds  —  When you're a doctor or an architect, it is relatively easy to explain to your kids what you do for a living.  "I help make sick people healthy."  "I help build houses."  When you're a venture capitalist it is not quite as straight forward.
Twl / Open Source Applications Foundation Blog:
Quicksilver and a simple command line interface for Chandler  —  A few weeks ago, we had some sprints for the OSAF staff.  These were kind of blue sky sprints and people worked on pretty much whatever they felt like (if you are looking for cool project ideas related to Chandler, there are a bunch of those there as well).
Ryan Naraine /
Researcher: WMF Exploit Sold Underground for $4,000  —  Virus hunters combing through the wreckage of the zero-day WMF (Windows Metafile) attacks have found evidence that exploit code was being peddled by Russian hacker groups for $4,000 a pop.  —  The first sign of an exploit was traced …
Business Wire:
Electronic Arts Reports Fiscal Third Quarter Results  —  Number One Revenue Share on the PlayStation 2, Xbox, PSP System and PC in 2005  —  EA to Acquire JAMDAT Mobile, Inc.  —  REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Feb. 2, 2006—Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS - News) …

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