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PC Magazine:
AT&T Warns Apple, Others, Of Patent Infringement  —  AT&T possesses several patents related to video compression, which the company says are an essential component of the MPEG-4 video technology.  In a bid to drive its global licensing program, AT&T has targeted Apple Computer, Inc. …
Discussion: Engadget, Techdirt and HD Beat
Elinor Mills / CNET
Nicol to 'bring out the soul' of MSN  —  John Nicol was on sabbatical with his teenage daughter delivering computers to schools in Uganda last September when he got a phone call from a top honcho at MSN asking him to be general manager of Microsoft's portal.
Discussion: LiveSide and Traffick
Elizabeth Montalbano / InfoWorld:
MSN won't rebrand itself
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
HBO wants its programming to be off-limits for DVRs  —  Although the courts shot down the FCC's attempt to enforce the broadcast flag, the networks are moving full steam ahead on getting the flag written into law one way or another.  So far, one bill has been introduced that would plug the so-called …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Newsome.Org
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
HBO Petitions FCC To Prevent DVR Recording
Joris Evers / CNET
Advertisers may face public humiliation over adware  —  WASHINGTON—Companies could find themselves put up for public humiliation by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission if they continue to advertise through insidious ad-serving software.  —  Such a move might help in the battle against adware …
Brendan Sinclair / GameSpot:
Industry icons get connected  —  Luminaries with ties to EA, Ubisoft, Sony, Microsoft converge to talk about the online future of the gaming industry.  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA—Online gaming has been "the next big thing" for years now, and the success stories are beginning to show their impact on the industry.
Discussion: Joystiq and Kotaku
Business Week:
Can MTV Stay Cool?  —  How CEO Judy McGrath must remake her TV empire for a digital world  —  Nearly 40 years ago, in a blue-collar Irish neighborhood in Scranton, Pa., Judy McGrath fell in love with music.  As much as her father, Charles, tried to get his only child to listen to Duke Ellington …
Discussion: Techdirt and IP Democracy
Om Malik / Om Malik on Broadband:
Vonage Churn Investor Heartburn  —  Vonage, the New Jersey-based VoIP services provider filed documents with the Securities & Exchange Commission yesterday, hoping to raise a whopping $250 million in a widely anticipated initial public offering.  The marquee group of investment bankers …
Heather Green / Business Week:
Inside the BlackBerry "Workaround"  —  Finally, Research in Motion provides details of a plan to keep its popular service running, just in case.  Here's what you need to know about it  —  Buck up, BlackBerry addicts.  At least that's the message from Research In Motion (RIMM) …
Chris Gilmer / The Unofficial Google Weblog:
Is getting a job at Google hard?  —  I know a lot of people who drool at the thought of getting into a company such as Google.  With so many outstandingopportunities, in an atmosphere that promotes fun, idea generation, and personal growth.  But what do you need in orderto get looked at?
Discussion: InsideGoogle and SearchViews
Ed Oswald /
Microsoft Rolls Out Live Expo  —  UPDATED Following three months of internal testing, Microsoft has announced that it is opening its classified listing service Windows Live Expo, formerly code-named "Fremont," to select businesses in the Seattle metropolitan area.
Stephanie Hannon / Official Google Blog:
Big mail on campus  —  San José City College (SJCC) has embarked on a technology improvement program, and for the first time will be offering student email accounts.  That's where we come in.  We're testing a new service with the school by hosting Gmail accounts with SJCC domain addresses …
Bink /
Microsoft plans to release 7 patches next week, 5 for Windows  —  On 14 February 2006 Microsoft is planning to release:  —  Security Updates  —  . One Microsoft Security Bulletin affecting Microsoft Windows Media Player.  —  The highest Maximum Severity rating for this is Critical.
David Walker / eHomeUpgrade:
Could the Playstation 3 Kill Sony?  —  As we quickly approach E3 in May, many people are eagerly anticipating more details on the Sony PS3.  Since Sony burst onto the gaming scene with the original Playstation, they have been the company to beat in the console wars.
Darin / Surfin' Safari:
Thank You from Apple!  —  Back in June 2005, we started the WebKit Open Source Project.  —  Since then, lots of people have gotten involved in the project.  Those of us at Apple are grateful for all the work they've done and how it will help us with future releases of Safari and WebKit.
Carolyn Abraham / Globe and Mail:
Better living through video games?  —  When he snags downtime from his schoolwork, Ryerson University student Brad Evans gabs with friends, grooves to Kanye West on his MP3 player and races virtual hotrods on his Sony PlayStation.  All at the same time.  —  Before you assume gadgets …
Discussion: Techdirt and Tech_Space
Business Week:
This Is The Face Of Broadband TV  —  PCCW's Janice Lee has Net video thriving in Hong Kong — and she's not stopping there  —  Janice Lee landed her first job out of college in the early 1990s with Star TV, a satellite network that was trying to beam programming across Asia.
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