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Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Google Finance Launching?  —  Google Finance Launching?  —  Over the past three or four hours Search Engine Journal has noticed some interesting referrals from  —  After visitng the referring URL, I saw that the live Google 404 …
Mathew /
Hey Google — where's my calendar?  —  Not content with controlling a majority of the market for online search and search-related advertising, Google has been rolling out add-ons to its online hegemony over the past year or so, including GTalk, Google Analytics and so on.
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Google Page Creator Can't Handle Capacity  —  Google Page Creator Can't Handle Capacity  —  In what is becoming a trend with Google Beta product launches (thinking Google Analytics and Accelerator), Google Page Creator, which was launched yesterday, has had to stop issuing new accounts due to heavy demand.
Claudia H. Deutsch / New York Times:
A Milestone for iTunes; a Windfall for a Downloader  —  It may well have been the best 99 cents Alex Ostrovsky ever spent.  —  Early yesterday, he paid that amount to download "Speed of Sound," a song on the Coldplay album "X&Y," from the iTunes Music Store, the Internet music shop …
Jonathan Silverstein / ABCNEWS:
iTunes: One Billion Served  —  Apple iTunes Hits Its Billionth Download  —  Feb. 23, 2006 — There's been a counter on Apple's iTunes Web page since early February that's been ticking up to the music service's 1 billionth download, and sometime last night it happened.
Amy Gardner /
iTunes Music Store Downloads Top One Billion Songs  —  Scholarship at Juilliard School of Music to be Created  —  CUPERTINO, California—February 23, 2006—Apple® today announced that one billion songs have been legally downloaded from the iTunes® Music Store since it was launched less than three years ago.
Discussion: technology filter and TechSpot
Rali /
Apple: One Billion Music Downloads; 15 Million Video [by rafat] …
Discussion: Hacking NetFlix and Bits of News
Om Malik / CNN:
The Black Box That Would Conquer Telecom  —  An open-source project tries to break Cisco's lock on the $4 billion corporate router business.  —  (Business 2.) - At the San Francisco offices of Panorama Capital, two dozen engineers, venture capitalists, and academics gathered around …
Om Malik / Om Malik on Broadband:
Here Comes Open Source Telecom  —  My latest Business 2.0 article, The Black Box That Would Conquer Telecom, just went online over at the CNN Money website.  This is a story about a stealthy startup called Vyatta, that has build the world's first commercial open-source router …
John Borland / CNET
MPAA sues newsgroup, P2P search sites  —  The Motion Picture Association of America said Thursday that it sued a new round of popular Web sites associated with movie piracy, including several that serve as search engines but do not distribute files themselves.
Discussion: IP Democracy and IPcentral Weblog
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
Will there be a BlackBerry shutoff?  Eight experts tell me  —  On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge James Spencer will hold a hearing on the ongoing patent infringement dispute between BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion and patent holding company NTP.  —  Based on Judge Spencer's findings …
Discussion: Engadget, Mark Evans and BBHub
Gary / ResourceShelf:
New Academic Paper Offers a Review of Weblog Searching  —  Search News  —  Web Search  —  Weblog Search  —  New Academic Paper Offers a Review of Weblog Searching  —  The paper will be presented at the 28th European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR'06) 2006 in April.
Seo Book / Aaron Wall's SEO
YAHOO! TO BAN COMPARITIVE SEARCH ADS  —  Danny points at a SEW thread noting that starting next month Yahoo! will no longer allow competing businesses to bid on trademark phrases: … Trademark terms are some of the most valuable words in the search space.
Mike Evangelist / Writers Block Live:
The HD Boycott Begins Now  —  This is important.  I really want you to understand what's going on with the video industry's push towards HD.  They are engineering a complete removal of the concept of fair use.  They are setting up systems that will completely control how, when and where you can use content that you buy.
Discussion: HD Beat and
Raul / Heading East:
10 Semi-Obscure Mac Programs You Shouldn't Be Without  —  I keep seeing lists of 10 must have Mac programs, but the lists is they are well known can't-live-without programs like Launchbar and Windowshade already installed on Machead machines.  Here are some slightly more obscure programs I use every day:
Discussion: Lifehacker
Jason Snell / Macworld:
MacBook Pro: First day, first Lab tests  —  Latest laptop looks and feels like a PowerBook  —  Our first MacBook Pros arrived yesterday—three 2GHz models bought with our own coin—and the testing started immediately.  Macworld Lab has been churning away on benchmark testing …
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
Mabber Mobile Instant Messaging  —  Mix open instant messaging protocol Jabber with mobile phones and you get Mabber, a new product from a team based in Cologne, Germany.  The team at Mabber were early adopters of the Jabber protocol and with the lower mobile data charges in their home country decided …
Discussion: Coolz0r and The Silent Penguin
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
GQ Magazine Sends a Message  —  The men's monthly ventures into a new arena — text messaging readers via cell phone.  But will advertisers answer the call?  —  GQ is about to push its men's magazine franchise into the quickly growing world of wireless media.

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