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USA Today:
AOL promises video search, phone calls  —  STERLING, Va. — America Online plans to roll out major new services over the next few months to help it compete in key Internet battlegrounds — taking on teen-networking site MySpace, voice powerhouse Skype and others, CEO Jonathan Miller said in an exclusive interview.
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Tony Glover / thebusinessonline.com:
Microsoft free internet voice service challenges Vodafone  —  MICROSOFT has developed a Skype-style free internet voice service for mobile phones that City analysts believe could wipe billions off the market value of operators such as Vodafone.  —  The service is included in a mobile version …
Financial Times:
Internet telephony set to go mobile  —  Internet telephony over mobile phones took centre stage at the 3GSM World Congress mobile phone conference in Barcelona last week, with two announcements signalling that the mobile phone industry is waking up to the potentially disruptive technology coming its way.
Discussion: VoIP Now and VoIP Blog
New York Times:
Tollbooths on the Internet Highway  —  When you use the Internet today, your browser glides from one Web site to another, accessing all destinations with equal ease.  That could change dramatically, however, if Internet service providers are allowed to tilt the playing field …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Around the MashupCamp fire  —  MashupCamp is getting underway this morning at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.  About 300 mashers have gathered to geek out on the latest innovations in Web- based applications.  As my colleague and MashupCamp head counselor David Berlind said …
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Watch:
Jeeves Retires  —  After nearly a decade of service, Jeeves is retiring from his duties at the search engine, which will assume the long used but little promoted name "Ask."  —  Jeeves was the brainchild of venture capitalist Garrett Gruener and technologist David Warthen.
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Ask Jeeves Blog:   Thanks, Jeeves
Lia Miller / New York Times:
Can't Remember Who Whacked Whom?  Just Check the Map on the Web Site  —  Longtime viewers of HBO's "The Sopranos" know there are many places in New Jersey to dump a body.  And in one of the first marketing efforts to use Google's map technology, HBO would like to show you exactly where those are.
Discussion: All Points Blog
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
The Engadget Interview: Reggie Fils-Aime, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Nintendo  —  I hardly ever agree to do phone interviews- there's something about actually being able to sit face-to-face with someone that makes a conversation flow- but when Reggie Fils-Aime …
Discussion: Go Nintendo and Joystiq
BBC:
Google throws out US data demand  —  Google has formally rejected a demand from the US government to hand over a week's worth of search records.  —  The rejection was made in court documents Google filed in response to official demands for search data.  —  In the strongly-worded papers Google …
Discussion: TechSpot
DeK / No fat clips!!!:
Boycott Yahoo  —  On April 27, 2005, Shi Tao (a Chinese journalist) received a ten-year prison term for sending information about a Communist Party decision through his Yahoo email account to a website based in the United States.  (Source: Amnesty)  —  In response to this, I'm [redirecting] …
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Philip P. Pan / Washington Post:   Reference Tool On Web Finds Fans, Censors
Reuters:
MySpace: Murdoch's big hope, parents' nightmare  —  SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch saw a Web site with monster growth potential in MySpace.com, the online music and dating phenomenon that makes it easy for teens to find friends and express themselves.
Discussion: The Kelsey Group Blog
Wired News:
Can Surround Sound Save MP3?  —  Ever since computers picked up the handy ability to play decent-sounding music, fans have overwhelmingly defaulted to the MP3 format for audio files because it sounds pretty good, doesn't take up much space and (perhaps most importantly) works with more devices than any other digital audio format.
John Markoff / New York Times:
I.B.M. Researchers Find a Way to Keep Moore's Law on Pace  —  SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 19 — I.B.M. researchers plan to describe an advance in chip-making on Monday that could pave the way for new generations of superchips.  The development, which comes from materials research in the design …
Discussion: Engadget
danah.org:
"Identity Production in a Networked Culture"  —  American Association for the Advancement of Science … Introduction:  —  I want to talk with you today about how teenagers are using a website called MySpace.com.  I will briefly describe the site and then discuss how youth use …
Discussion: Terra Nova
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Edgeio and the distributed world  —  I got a preview of Michael Arrington's Edgeio — the classified system for the distributed future — and I think it is more important than it looks.  —  Edgeio as it stands is pretty simple: You tag a post on your blog "listing" and Edgeio will spot it and add it to its data base.
Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
Google admits Desktop security risk  —  Businesses have been warned by research company Gartner that the latest Google Desktop Beta has an "unacceptable security risk," and Google agrees.  —  On Feb. 9, Google unveiled Google Desktop 3, a free, downloadable program that includes an option …
Discussion: TechSpot and Office Evolution
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
The Clueless Manifesto  —  Here's to the clueless ones. … Cluelessness is underrated.  It's the newbie who does something he didn't know was supposed to be impossible.  It's the naive guy asking the one dumb question any clued-in person would diss.  And it's that question that leads to the answer no expert would have found.
NAA:
And now, for real, the Edgies go to...  Kirk Read welcomes the audience at 6:40 and makes introductory remarks; then introduces Rob.  —  Rob Runett: [Intro comments]  —  Here to present tonight's first award is Fraser Van Asch,  —  Executive Vice President & General Manager, McClatchy Interactive
Steve Bloomfield / Independent:
How an Oyster card could ruin your marriage  —  Lipstick on the collar may point to infidelity, but a check of your travel card can reveal where and when it happened  —  Oyster cards, the "smart" little blue thing in London commuters' wallets that enable them to travel at will around the capital, have another, unexpected function.
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Emily / textually.org:
SIMCON SECRETELY RETRIEVES DELETED TEXT MESSAGES
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and Coolz0r
John Biggs / New York Times:
A Video Clip Goes Viral, and a TV Network Wants to Control It  —  When a video clip goes "viral," spreading across the Web at lightning speed, it can help rocket its creators to stardom.  Alas, the clip can also generate work for corporate lawyers.  —  As anyone with an Internet connection …
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Rali / PaidContent.org:
NBC's C&D To YouTube For SNL Video Clips; YouTube Complies …
Mark Evans:
Blogburst: An Odd Reponse by Old Media  —  I've got to agree with Scott Karp's take on Blogburst, which aims to take blogs and have them syndicated/republished on the Web sites of newspapers.  There are a few flaws in this strategy.  As Scott points out "why do publishers need BlogBurst as a middleman?"
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