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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.
Measure Map sold to Google  —  Big news today: Measure Map has been acquired by Google, and we're down in Mountain View getting started on everything that is to come.  There will be more to say in the coming weeks, but for now you can see my post on the Google Blog.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Buys MeasureMap  —  Google just announced that they have acquired Adaptive Path's Measure Map (one of my most loved companies, more posts on them here).  —  No word on wild ass speculation is $5 - $10m.  Measure Map has not raised outside capital, and seems to be more of a drain …
Enndot / Marketing and Technology Discussed:
Exploiting MSN's Incentivized Search  —  I woke up this morning to a cancelled class and an interesting TW post on Microsoft's incentivized search.  I had a little downtime so I thought I would try to crack the system.  Thing is, I did.  —  If you haven't played with the search …
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.
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.
Red Herring:
Oracle Bags Sleepycat  —  The software giant buys an open-source database company.  —  Oracle said Tuesday it bought open-source database company Sleepycat for an undisclosed sum, marking another step by the company known for its proprietary database software to expand its open-source offerings, which are typically lower cost.
Discussion: The Silent Penguin
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:
AOL's Uncensored Chinese Portal
Discussion: InfoWorld, BetaNews and Ted's Take
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 and theory.isthereason
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
Ross Mayfield / Ross Mayfield's Weblog:
Learning from Wikipedia  —  A closing Keynote by Mitch Kapor at OSBC.  —  Kinda cool to see Mitch give this talk, as he has a strong interest in the community process behind Wikipedia and I joined him in Frankfurt at the Wikimania conference.  —  Matt Asay: Grateful to finally have Mitch here.
Discussion: Between the Lines
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Microsoft Issues 7 Patches  —  Microsoft today released seven security updates for computers running its Windows operating system and other software.  Two of the patches fix problems Redmond labeled critical, meaning the company believes the flaw could allow the propagation of an Internet worm …
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Tips for joining the A list  —  I keep getting asked "how do I get more traffic?"  Or, "how do I get TechCrunch to notice my blog?"  —  Quick: go to Technorati and do the brrreeeport search.  Now, which headline and opening text grabs you?  Makes you wanna click?
Simon Willison / Simon Willison's Weblog:
Yahoo! UI JavaScript treats  —  The Yahoo! Developer Network was updated yesterday with a veritable gold-mine of Exciting New Stuff, coinciding with the launch of the brand new Yahoo! User Interface Blog.  —  Here are some of the highlights:  —  Mature, extensively tested cross-browser JavaScript libraries …
Ben / Inside Firefox:
About the Firefox "memory leak"  —  A lot of people complain about the Firefox "memory leak(s)".  All versions of Firefox no doubt leak memory - it is a common problem with software this complicated.  We look to fix the issues where we can.  David Baron and others have done a huge amount of excellent work in this area.
Jose Antonio Vargas / Washington Post:
Virtual Reality Prepares Soldiers for Real War  —  Young Warriors Say Video Shooter Games Helped Hone Their Skills  —  One blistering afternoon in Iraq, while fighting insurgents in the northern town of Mosul, Sgt. Sinque Swales opened fire with his .50-cal. That was only the second time, he says, that he ever shot an enemy.
Discussion: Smart Mobs
Stephen Baker / Business Week:
The Inside Story on Company Blogs  —  Corporate America may fear critical comments in public blogs, but it isn't ignoring the medium's potential for improving internal communication  —  The numbers are downright puny.  According to The Fortune 500 Business Blogging Wiki …
Discussion: Mark Evans

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