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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: Traffick and LiveSide
Elizabeth Montalbano / InfoWorld:
MSN won't rebrand itself
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
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Better Living Through Software:
All Your Information Are Belong to Google
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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 …
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:   HBO Petitions FCC To Prevent DVR Recording
Vent  —  The Real Reason why Tech Media Snub Fooky  —  I told you before how I felt Techcrunch was snubbing  But Techcrunch is as insignificant as a small fry sitting at the bottom of the McDonald's bag in the big scheme of things. was being snubbed by a lot of media outfits.
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 …
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.
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
Loyalty Programs for Search  —  A number of folks have commented on the survey that some Yahoo! Mail users received about search incentives.  I don't know a lot about it, but I'm a bit surprised by the reactions to this hardly new idea.  (A9 has had something similar for a while with
The weblog:
The New Gatekeepers  —  A recent article in the Wall Street Journal claims that there is a level of conflict of interest for bloggers who have advised FON and are writing about it.  While the Journal's story, in itself, is probably more of a tempest in a tea cup, I do believe that it raises …
Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
Oracle's Open-Source Shopping Spree  —  The database giant is in talks to purchase at least three software companies that would help it shift customers to a subscriber-based model  —  The open-source community may be in for a jolt.  Oracle (ORCL) is plotting what could be the biggest endorsement yet …
David Intersimone / Sip from the Firehose:
Borland plans separate company for Delphi, JBuilder, C++Builder, InterBase, JDataStore and other developer products...  To our loyal developer community:  —  Today, Wednesday February 8, 2006 at 1am Pacific Time, Borland announced plans to seek a buyer for our IDE product lines that include Delphi …
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.
WhoopJack / ipBS:
How to get your missed TV shows with Azureus and Bittorrent  —  I'll start by saying that I am a paying cable subscriber.  Often times there are multiple shows on at the same time that I would like to watch and I wanted a way to be able to watch those other shows.
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
Kim Tae-gyu / KoreaTimes:
Korea Develops Running Robot  —  South Korea has developed a robot that is capable of running.  The feat is the second in the world after Japan and was accomplished by a local venture start-up working on a small budget.  —  Robotis Thursday took the wraps off the network-based humanoid …
Discussion: Engadget and THE RAW FEED
Business Week:
Can Sony's Kutaragi Score Big?  —  Once pegged as CEO material, the outspoken exec was bounced back to the games unit.  Now his fortunes are tied to PlayStation 3  —  Things have been unusually quiet for Ken Kutaragi lately.  This time last year, the genius behind Sony's (SNE) …
Discussion: Kotaku and Gamerscore Blog
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

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