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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
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 …
Mike Olson / Sleepycat Software blog:
The next ten years.  —  You have likely heard the rumors; you may even have heard the news.  It's true.  This morning, we announced that Sleepycat is joining forces with Oracle.  —  I am sure that there will be all sorts of speculation about what this means, and why we sold, and why Oracle bought.
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
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?
Discussion: brainwagon and Bloggers Blog
Kent / Newsome.Org:   Climbing Bloggers Hill: Scoble on Getting A-Listed
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
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.
Lee Gomes / Wall Street Journal:
In Contest, Players Vie to Position A Site Atop a Google Search  —  Remember how your parents used to tell you that when you encounter people you don't like, you should just ignore them?  This story will help to show why that's true.  —  John Scott is a member of the occasionally shadowy fraternity of …
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 …
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.
Discussion: TechBlog
Ollie Stone-Lee / BBC:
UK holds Microsoft security talks  —  UK officials are talking to Microsoft over fears the new version of Windows could make it harder for police to read suspects' computer files.  —  Microsoft Vista is due to be rolled out later this year.  Cambridge academic Ross Anderson told MPs it would mean more computer files being encrypted.
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 …
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.
Joseph Kahn / New York Times:
In Rare Briefing, China Defends Internet Controls
Discussion: Fast Company Now and RConversation
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 …
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 …
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
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

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