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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.
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.
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.
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  —  Apple Computer, for the second time in less than two years, appears to have scrapped plans to include a built-in iPod dock with some of its forthcoming Mac mini desktop computers, AppleInsider has gathered.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
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.
James Niccolai / InfoWorld:
Ellison suggests rationale for JBoss acquisition
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.
Om Malik / Om Malik on Broadband:
Camino Sends OS-X A Valentine  —  When it comes to browsers, there are many options for Apple users such as Safari, Opera, and Firefox.  And then there is Camino, a browser that combines the visual and behavioral experience of a Mac with the speedy Gecko core.  Originally called Chimera, it has been nearly four years in the making.
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
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 …
Declan McCullagh / CNET
Google's ad sales tested in court  —  Another lawsuit is poised to challenge Google's lucrative advertising-based business model by arguing it encourages unlawful use of trademarks as keywords.  —  The parent company of a payday loan provider called Check 'n Go has sued Google in federal court in Ohio …
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols /
Google Windows apps coming to Linux  —  Google and CodeWeavers Inc. are working together to bring Google's popular Windows Picasa photo editing and sharing program to Linux.  The program is now in a limited beta test.  If this program is successful, other Google applications will be following it to the Linux desktop, sources say.
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Changed Another Help Entry  —  Google in response to their new censorship policies in China (in which they agreed to remove results unwanted by the Chinese government) changed another help entry.  This is what was available before, live until at least late January:
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! …
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
Jenstar / JenSense:
AdSense beta testing third party tracking in image ads  —  Selected members have begun to receive an email from Google about the new third party tracking AdSense beta they will begin testing.  This is a true beta (there were some publishers questioning if it really was from the AdSense team.

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