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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, B2Day and VoIP Blog
Forbes:   Yahoo! seeks help to fight China censors - report
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Barrons on Google: Not "bullish" but a lot of the same letters  —  Barrons gave Google investors a kick in the Grape Nuts this morning, suggesting the search sovereign's share price could be cut in half over the next year as it grapples with growing competition from Microsoft and Yahoo …
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.
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
Paula Berinstein /
Ad-Supported Free Books Arrive  —  February 13, 2006 — Perhaps information really does want to be free.  Citing the desire to create new revenue streams for authors, mega-publisher HarperCollins ( has announced the first free Web-based, ad-supported, full-text business book.
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
XBox 360 Hacked - Full HD/Memory Card Read-Write  —  Another day, another compromised closed-source project.  The XBox 360 filesystem has been cracked wide open and you can now move saved games to and from your 360 using a piece of software called xplorer360, a SATA cable, and/or a hacked USB cable.
Associated Press:
MS Venture Nips at Blackberry  —  BARCELONA, Spain — Microsoft has won backing from major cellular networks for a new generation of phones designed to transform mobile e-mail from executive accessory to standard issue for the corporate rank-and-file.  —  The partnerships …
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
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
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 …
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 …
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: Kotaku
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 …
Discussion: Raw
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Apple Touchscreen Patent Documentation  —  On Thursday we reported on the new iPod that might have a 3.5-inch touchscreen.  Some documentation that claims to be from Apple's patent applications has popped up around the web.  One of the interesting illustrations shows a larger format screen using …
Discussion: Gadgetophile
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

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