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Elinor Mills / CNET
Yahoo to offer incentives for using search engine?  —  Yahoo confirmed on Wednesday that it's polling some Yahoo Mail users about what they would want in exchange for making Yahoo their primary search engine.  The survey was sent to a random sampling representing about 5 percent of its Yahoo Mail users, a Yahoo representative said.
Mike / Techdirt:
Now Yahoo's Trying A Search Engine [Bribery] Loyalty Program  —  A couple months ago, Bill Gates got all sorts of attention for randomly musing that maybe Microsoft would start paying people to use its search engine.  It was pretty clear that it wasn't an actual program in place, but just a thought.
Discussion: Mashable* and Valleywag
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:   Why do search engines lie?
Inside Google Desktop:
Desktop Reloaded  —  Today we're very pleased to announce the launch of Google Desktop 3 Beta.  The new version comes loaded with features that make finding and sharing information even easier and more fun than before.  —  As a Sidebar user, you can now customize and view personalized information anywhere …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Desktop 3.0: Privacy is Dead(er)  —  Google is launching a new version (3.0) of their Desktop Search product, possibly tonight.  —  The biggest change is the option to store your hard drive index on Google's servers instead of locally on your own computer.
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
GMail code hints at coming domain feature  —  Google's GMail has been firing on all cylinders, but it could be on the verge of getting even more horsepower.  Based on information found buried deep within the javascript source, we can start to see the bigger picture for GMail — what else could they possibly add to this mail client?
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Print Ads  —  You can now create Google AdWords in print publications like Information Week or Motor Trend.  Click on the magazine that picks your interest, enter your AdWords login & Customer ID (found in the upper right corner of your AdWords account), and select the ad space.
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
Songbird Preview Released  —  Earlier today the guys at songbird released 0.1 alpha preview of songbird, the firsthint at what is hopefully gonig to be a great new music player.  Its more of a proof of concept model rather than a full program, just to prove to the many doubters that songbird does exist.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Senate looks at network neutrality and likes it  —  Meetings of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation are not usually the stuff of which fireworks are made, but yesterday's hearing on network neutrality brought both sides of the debate to the table and allowed them to pitch …
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
Fee-happy broadband cable shows its true "net neutrality" colors
Discussion: IP Democracy, B2Day and ZDNet
Rob Hof / Business Week:
Edgeio Edges Toward Launch—and a Clash with E-Commerce Giants?  —  Edgeio, the much-anticipated, secretive startup by onetime RealNames founder Keith Teare and TechCrunch blogger Mike Arrington, suddenly isn't so secret anymore.  Although its "official" launch is weeks away, possibly Feb. 27 …
Rebecca Buckman / Wall Street Journal:
Blog Buzz on High-Tech Start-Ups Causes Some Static  —  When Spanish Internet start-up FON Technology SL tried to generate some buzz this past weekend about new funding it had snared from Google Inc. and eBay Inc.'s Skype Technologies, it pitched stories to traditional media outlets.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
VIGNETTE: GOOGLE'S SALES CALL AND THE (NEW?)  FIFTY PERCENT RULE  —  For the second time in one year, I got an email from Google's outbound sales force, on account of being the band manager for Boing Boing, which is a pretty high traffic site.  Clearly, Google's cold calling sales force …
Soapbox: As Time Goes By -  —  MMORPG Dynamic Lifestyle Adjustment  —  My level 37 Blaster, Vanille Ice, is languishing on the City of Heroes Triumph server.  I imagine him sitting on his frozen couch, twiddling his frosty thumbs and wondering where his crime-fighting days went.
Discussion: Joystiq
Elinor Mills / CNET
How much is your house worth?  Zillow knows  —  A Seattle start-up is launching a Web site this week designed to help people get estimates on home valuations and gather all sorts of detailed information in their quest to sell or buy property.  —, a beta-test version of which will hit …
Charles Ar / Guardian:
Survival of the unfittest  —  Lotus Notes is used by millions of people, but almost all of them seem to hate it.  How can a program be so bad, yet thrive?  —  Imagine a program used by 120 million people, of whom about 119m hate it.  Sound unlikely?  Yet that's the perception one garners …
Discussion: Ed Brill
Kim Tae-gyu / KoreaTimes:
Korea Plans to Build `Mobile Paradise'  —  South Korea plans to construct a ``mobile paradise,'' a special district next year, where people will be able to enjoy a seamless service from the world's latest wireless technologies.  —  The Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) …
Discussion: Smart Mobs
"The Road Ahead" 10 years on  —  Published: 8th February 2006 by Geoff Richards  —  Love him or loathe him, there's no denying the achievements of William Henry Gates III.  You may not agree with Microsoft's business practices but it's questionable that you would be sat here reading …
Discussion: SearchViews

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