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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.
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:  —  Tonight the Wall Street Journal has an explosive (free) story on an issue that has been non-stop whispers in some blogging circles for weeks.  And that is?  The allegation that some high-profile bloggers who simultaneously advise startups and promote them on their blogs have undeclared conflicts of interest.
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?
Discussion: Paul Mooney
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 …
Ryan Katz / Think Secret:
True video iPod to sport 3.5-inch display, touch-screen click wheel  —  February 9, 2006 - Think Secret can confirm recent rumblings that Apple is nearing completion of a completely revamped video iPod that will shed the ubiquitous mechanical click wheel for a touch screen and will sport a 3.5-inch diagonal display.
Discussion: IP Democracy, B2Day and Gizmodo
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple still at work on true video iPod?
Discussion: The Apple Blog
Gary Price / Search Engine Watch Blog:
It's Time To Say So Long  —  The time has come for me to say goodbye to Danny, Chris, and the rest of the SEW team.  —  The good news is that I will not be going very far and what have become known to many of you as "Gary's other sites" (ResourceShelf and DocuTicker) will still be online and updated daily.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Goodbye Gary; Hello Barry!  —  I'm sad — but also happy — to report that Gary Price is no longer serving as Search Engine Watch's news editor.  Gary's moving on to pastures new, and we wish him well.  Coming on board to help make up for his loss is Barry Schwartz, who is our new news correspondent.
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 …
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?
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
BlackBerry releases full service interruption workaround software details  —  After many expressions of concern from its corporate customers, individual users and carriers BlackBerry this morning has revealed details about special software they say they will distribute and enable as a …
Eric / Burning Questions:
Attention Developers: FeedFlare Open API  —  We have been talking about our plugin for web services for a couple months now.  We call it FeedFlare, and we've already released a small default catalog of FeedFlare units that publishers can include in their feeds and on their sites.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / The Social Software Weblog:
Possible RSS features now nearly endless
Discussion: Lloyd@work
Hal R. Varian / New York Times:
A Plug for the Unplugged $100 Laptop Computer for Developing Nations  —  ONE of the more interesting technology sessions at Davos, Switzerland, this year was Nicholas Negroponte's presentation of a $100 laptop computer intended for developing countries.  —  Mr. Negroponte, the founder …
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.
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Too Many Ajax Calendars  —  For all the Ajax calendars that are appearing, it's a shame I can't find one which really meets my needs.  —  I tried out Trumba, Kiko, 30 Boxes, Yahoo! Calendar, and Spongecell.  I couldn't recommend any of them.  —  My needs are probably weird, but not that weird.
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 …

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