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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
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
Oracle Acquisitions are not about MySQL  —  I've been thinking about this for the last day or so and have come to the conclusion that Oracle's acquisition of Sleepycat Software (and Berkeley DB) is not about MySQL.  Even when combined with their previous purchase of Innobase Oy (and InnoDB), it's not about MySQL.
Red Herring:
Oracle Bags Sleepycat
Discussion: The Silent Penguin
Kent / Newsome.Org:
Climbing Bloggers Hill: Scoble on Getting A-Listed  —  As a Valentine's Day present to those of us trying to scrape and claw our way up bloggers hill (and there are many of us), Scoble hands out some tips for joining the A-List.  Obviously he knows what it takes to get on the proverbial A-List and he has some good ideas.
Discussion: LexBlog Blog and Micro Persuasion
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: Message, brainwagon and Bloggers Blog
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
Microsoft Hopes Prizes Attract New Search Users  —  Remember the long-running e-mail hoax from the early days of the Web, the one that had Bill Gates testing an "e-mail tracing program" and offering to pay recipients big bucks if they passed his test e-mail along to all their friends?
Discussion: The Kelsey Group Blog
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
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 …
Ars Technica:
HD DVD and Blu-ray delayed again, as AACS is pushed back  —  Remember all of the positioning about which next-generation optical format would hit the market first?  Forget about it.  It now appears that both formats will hit the market at the same time, because delays in the security specification …
Discussion: Engadget and eHomeUpgrade
Feld Thoughts:
Why Most VC's Don't Sign NDAs  —  The following question appeared in my inbox the other day. … For starters, I'll restate the assertion.  Most VC's don't sign non-disclosure agreements.  Guy Kawasaki had a good comment on it in his Venture Capitalist Wishlist post. … That basically says it all.
Discussion: ben barren
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
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.
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Monitor:
WHAT OFFICE LIVE IS NOT  —  Last night, Microsoft lifted the NDA for Office Live, so I am rapidly blogging a day sooner than expected.  Office Live goes live—at least in limited beta—tomorrow.  —  So there is to confusion about Office Live:  —  * Office Live absolutely is not a hosted version of Microsoft Office.
Om Malik / Om Malik on Broadband:
SIPphone Gets VC Cash  —  Michael Robertson's San Diego, Calif.-based voice-over-IP start-up, SIPphone just raised $6 million in funding from New York-based Dawntreader Ventures.  The company behind increasingly popular Gizmo Project soft phone and instant messaging client is going to use …
Discussion: BeyondVC and VoIP Watch
Apple shipping MacBook Pros with faster processors  —  Apple Computer on Tuesday gave all of its MacBook Pro customers something sweet for Valentines Day: an unexpected CPU upgrade free of charge.  —  The company, which announced it will begin shipping the MacBook Pro this week …

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