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Clive Thompson /
Blogs to Riches  —  The Haves and Have-Nots of the Blogging Boom.  —  T  —  wo years ago, David Hauslaib was a junior at Syracuse University who was, as he confesses, "totally obsessed with who Paris Hilton was sleeping with."  So he did what any college student would do these days: He blogged about it.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Can We Stop with the A,B,Cs Already?  —  In a cover story that will surely generate tons of conversation and alienate lots of bloggers (now there's a way to sell print mags), New York Magazine crunches the numbers that make the blogosphere tick.  They analyzed both bloggers who were successful …
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Blogging and the Elusive Mass Audience
Discussion: Newsome.Org, clock and IP Democracy
Anne Broache / CNET
Tech companies brace for showdown over China  —  Technology companies accused of collaborating with China's Internet censorship regime are bracing for what could be a tough round of questioning from politicians this week.  —  Executives from Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Cisco Systems plan …
Discussion: Rational rants and Boing Boing
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: B2Day and VoIP Blog
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 …
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.
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
Nat / O'Reilly Radar:
Yahoo! Open Sources UIs and Design Patterns  —  Kudos to Yahoo!, who today released two pieces of goodness into the commons.  The first is their UI library, and the second is their Design Patterns Library.  The UI Library is a collection of DHTML/Ajax/Javascript (pick your favourite term) controls and widgets.
Discussion: WeBreakStuff
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.
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 …
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Barron's on Google: Not "bullish" but a lot of the same letters  —  Barron's 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 …
Heather Green / Business Week:
News You Can Use — and Write  —  Bayosphere's grand plans may be history, but many more community Web sites have taken its lessons to heart, letting everyday citizens deliver news  —  When Dan Gillmor told readers last month that, his community journalism startup …
Lia Miller / New York Times:
So Many Models in Bikinis, So Many Ways to See Them  —  This year, fans of Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit issue will have an abundance of choice when it comes to formats for viewing the bikini-clad supermodels.  In addition to the magazine, which appears on newsstands tomorrow …
Discussion: SON-OF-A-PITCH
Brian Oberkirch / Like It Matters:
Sales from the Edge: Meet Edgeio  —  Somewhere Umair Haque is smiling, as he's about to get another example of a smart aggregator to support his prescient arguments about microchunking & edge value.  —  Mike Arrington & Keith Teare are about to launch Edgeio, a free service …
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 …
Drew / 3bubbles:
3Bubbles - Breaking the Chains  —  Feels nice to finally break out of stealth mode and see all the conversations popping up around the blogosphere about 3bubbles since last Friday when /Message and TechCrunch released a sneak peak.  We have already received over 1,400 emails from people interested in the 3bubbles beta!
Motorola and Microsoft Plan to Bring More Choice to Mobile Music Fans  —  Seamless integration of Windows Media technologies will deliver complete music experience and redefine music discovery on Motorola handsets.  —  BARCELONA, Spain — Feb. 13, 2006 — Today at 3GSM World Congress 2006 …
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Best Buy and 360 bundling revisited  —  How did it end?  —  BEST BUY DID a good thing.  If you recall the whole XBox360 fiasco (1, 2, 3 and others), BB came out looking pretty, umm awkward.  —  It said it would investigate the problems, and it was against policy, people should not do it, and the rest of the usual PR babble.
Discussion: Kotaku

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