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Jeffrey Veen / Official Google Blog:
Here comes Measure Map  —  My first post to my blog was a little paragraph about my obsession with cycling, and I remember feeling a little ... let down.  Sure, it was remarkably easy.  Write.  Click a button.  Reload.  Cool!  But then what?  It wasn't until someone left a comment that I was hooked.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Buys MeasureMap
Discussion: Mark Evans
Joseph Kahn / New York Times:
In Rare Briefing, China Defends Internet Controls  —  BEIJING, Feb. 14 — Chinese authorities are determined to stop "harmful information" from spreading through the Internet, but the controls it places on Web sites and Internet service providers in mainland China do not differ much from those employed …
Discussion: Fast Company Now and RConversation
Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
Before Congressional Hearings, Yahoo! issues vague ethical "guidelines"  —  In advance of Wednesday's hearings where it will be asked to explain its lack of moral compass in China, Yahoo! has released a statement titled "Yahoo!: Our Beliefs as a Global Internet Company."  Read the whole thing.
Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
AOL's Uncensored Chinese Portal
Discussion: InfoWorld, BetaNews and Ted's Take
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Seeking new horizons  —  I am leaving Technorati to pursue new opportunities.  I submitted my resignation letter this morning and I will be a free agent on March 1.  I joined Technorati in February 2005 excited about changing the world of weblogs and introducing people to a new kind of search.
MovieBeam offers first HDTV online movie rentals  —  NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A video on demand movie service spun out of Walt Disney Co. is introducing on Tuesday the first U.S. home delivery service for high-definition films, backed by top Hollywood and Silicon Valley partners.
Pamela Parker / ClickZ:
MSN Tempts Would-Be Searchers With Prizes  —  You'd think the lure of easy information and good search results would be enough to attract people to a search engine.  But MSN is dangling prizes and charitable donations in front of would-be searchers, hoping that those who try its engine for the winnings might just hang around.
MSN's Incentivized Search Comedy  —  So we've all heard by now that MSN is incentivizing search.  It's not a horrible idea and I really like that that the big prizes are donations to charity.  A little bit of social goodwill is always nice to see and can really go a long way.
Microsoft Office Communicator Goes Mobile  —  Microsoft extends reach of Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005's real-time collaboration features to Windows Mobile-based devices, helping people work virtually anytime, anywhere.  —  BARCELONA, Spain — Feb. 14, 2006 — Today …
Apple Begins Shipping MacBook Pro  —  MacBook Pro Features Faster Intel Core Duo Processors Up to 2.16 GHz  —  CUPERTINO, California—February 14, 2006—Apple® this week will begin shipping the new 15-inch MacBook™ Pro notebook computer featuring the new Intel Core Duo processor …
Apple tables plans for Mac mini iPod dock once again
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Gates: End to passwords in sight  —  update SAN JOSE, Calif.—For years, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has had his sights set on the password as the weak link in the computer security chain.  —  Now, with Windows Vista, Gates feels he finally has the right weapons to supplant the password …
OSx86 10.4.4 Security Broken.  (Guess Who Done It?)  —  Happy Valentines Day... from Maxxuss.  —  The hacking guru has announced preliminary patches for Apple's latest release of OS X for Intel, version 10.4.4.  According to his website, … The significance of this event is huge.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Technorati Adds Authority Slider to Blog Search  —  Technorati Adds Authority Slider to Blog Search  —  Technorati has introduced an "authority slider" which lets searchers filter results based upon the authority ranking of a blog (reminds me of the sliders at MSN Search).
Martin LaMonica / CNET
Oracle snags open-source database company  —  Oracle said on Tuesday that it acquired open-source database company Sleepycat Software for an undisclosed sum.  —  The database giant said Sleepycat's open-source Berkeley DB database will complement Oracle's existing line of closed-source databases for embedding within applications.
Steve Gillmor / Steve Gillmor's InfoRouter:
Hey Bulldog  —  Ran into Sun's most authoratative blogger at OSBC this morning: Jim Grisanzio.  Although some would point at Tim Bray (too partisan around Atom to sustain deserved linkcred from pre-Sun days) or Simon Phipps (fragmented his Webmink brand into multiple feeds) …
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Bloop Bloop - How to Say I Love You in TiVo  —  Editor's Note: Want to find out what happens when TiVo puts 300 single women in a room with just 10 single guys?  Yeah, well so do we, but unfortunately that's not what this piece is about.  Still, as the resident single guy …
About the Hidden Smith Family  —  Heise Online is reporting about yet another example of the ever-warming relationship of copy protection and rootkit technologies.  The affair started with the digital rights management system Sony BMG was using to protect audio CD's.
Bill Scott / Yahoo! User Interface Blog:
Yahoo! Design Pattern Library Released  —  I'm excited to announce that today we are releasing the Yahoo! Design Pattern Library to the public under a friendly Creative Commons License.  The goal in releasing this library is for us to share the common patterns that we see emerging at Yahoo! …

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