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Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
It's Like Lending to a Friend, Except You'll Get Interest  —  THE Internet has become a great place to track down friends — or friends of friends — for advice or for a date.  Now you can ask them for money, too., a start-up company based in San Francisco, started operations last week …
Microsoft Acquires Mobile Search Technology Provider MotionBridge  —  Deal enhances Windows Live services with innovative search solutions for mobile operators and their customers spanning work and play.  —  BARCELONA, Spain — Feb. 13, 2006 — Today, at the 3GSM World Congress 2006 …
Discussion: Scobleizer and B2Day
USA Today:
Bill would keep servers out of China  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Free-speech advocates have blasted Google and other Internet companies for bowing to China's demands that they censor or fork over information the communist government deemed objectionable.  —  Now, Congress is stepping …
Discussion: Rational rants and VoIP Blog
Forbes:   Yahoo! seeks help to fight China censors - report
Rick Weiss / Washington Post:
New Grant System Excludes Mac Users  —  Electronic Forms Compatible Only With Microsoft  —  What if the federal government were about to give away more than $400 billion in grants, but only people whose computers ran on Microsoft software could apply?  —  That is the predicament that many scientists …
Discussion: Om Malik on Broadband
Mark Evans:
Web 2.0: The So What Factor  —  I had to laugh when reading Mathew Ingram's dismissal of, which is offering a real-time beta chat service.  Mathew think it's cool but doesn't see why anyone should get excited about it.  Truth be told, you could say the same thing about a vast majority …
Alan /
The Great HDCP Fiasco  —  You want to know a secret?  None of the current ATI or NVIDIA graphics cards will support the full capabilities of Windows Vista.  —  But let's start from the beginning.  This story starts with my upcoming LCD Monitor Round-Up.  As you know, a good monitor …
Discussion: Engadget, HD Beat and Boing Boing
Google shares may fall another 50 pct-Barron's  —  Feb 12, 2006 — SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Shares of Web search leader Google Inc. <GOOG.O> — off 24 percent from highs set last month — could face a further 50 percent decline, Barron's said in the financial weekly's February 13 edition.
MySQL AB Secures $18.5 Million in Series C Funding  —  IVP Leads Intel Capital, Red Hat, SAP Ventures & Presidio STX in an Investment Round to Provide for Continued Enterprise Growth for the World's Most Popular Open Source Database  —  CUPERTINO, Calif. — February 13, 2006 — MySQL AB …
Discussion: SiliconBeat, AC/OS and Open Resource
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
How to Value Ratings With DVR Delay?  —  WOULD the opening greeting on "Saturday Night Live" sound as compelling if it began "Live plus 24 hours from New York" or "Live plus seven days from New York?"  —  That is the multibillion-dollar question being asked on Madison Avenue as agencies …
Tom Coates / a weblog:
My 'Future of Web Apps' slides...  Right then.  My slides.  I've been trying to work out the best way to put these up in public and it's been more confusing than I thought it would be.  Basically, the slides are so Keynote-dependent and full of transitions and weird fonts that it would translate …
Game Politics:
Commentary: Is It Time to Change the Name of the Game?  —  Video game ratings, video game violence, video game sex, Hot Coffee - their political and cultural impact are debated endlessly by politicians, gamers, parents, media pundits, activists and the video game industry itself.
Discussion: Joystiq
Phone Scoop:
Sony Ericsson Launches Two New Candybars  —  Today, 3:38 AM source: Sony Ericsson  —  Sony Ericsson at 3GSM this morning launched two new handsets, one at the low end of the spectrum and the other a higher end 3G model.  It is likely they will announce additional handsets and initiatives later in the show.
Discussion: Gizmodo and I4U News
Jeremy Parish /
Redefining Success  —  Who's really winning the console war?  —  Something about videogames seems to foster a severe all-or-nothing mentality in gamers.  A competitive streak is no bad thing, but to hear most videogame fanatics tell it, anyone who doesn't come in first place might as well not even have tried.
Discussion: Joystiq and Kotaku
Dennis Hissink /
Olympus E-330 Evolt SLR Camera preview  —  Introduction  —  Olympus has a long history in the digital imaging world.  They also have a long history in developing film cameras, and already for quite some years now they have been active in developing the digital compact and d-SLR cameras.
Discussion: Engadget and I4U News
Matt Marshall / Mercury News:
VCs backing `magic' of youth  —  AFTER POST-BUST LULL, TWENTYSOMETHINGS BACK IN DEMAND  —  When Jim Breyer, venture capitalist at Accel Partners, courted Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg last year to make an investment in his start-up, he couldn't buy Zuckerberg a drink because he hadn't turned 21.
Discussion: Valleywag, Techdirt and SiliconBeat
Dave Rosenberg / Open Resource:
"Get the Truth on Linux Management" Report (Spoiler: It's easier and cheaper than Windows)  —  Anyone who has read a tech publication or visited a major tech news site has invariably seen Microsoft ads touting random "facts" which are questionable at best.  Finally, there is a new study proving …
Discussion: Open Source and Slashdot

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