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Official Google Base Blog:
Buying on Google Base  —  While Google Base provides data structure and distribution for a wide range of content and information, a subset of items are for sale.  To help users more easily purchase and sell Google Base items, we're planning to enable people to buy items on Google Base using their Google Accounts.
Official Google Blog:
An update on payments  —  There's been a lot of interest and speculation about what Google is doing with payments.  We thought we'd give you a quick update on what we've done so far and what we see down the road.  —  If you take a look at the history of Google's advertising programs and online services …
Bill Burnham / Burnham's Beat:
Google Base Is The Merchant of Record, Now That's Interesting  —  I wrote a short post today on Google Base now intermediating payments between buyers and sellers.  One point that I feel compelled to elaborate on a bit more is that Google is apparently the merchant of record in these purchases.
Bill Burnham / Burnham's Beat:
Uh oh EBay: Google Base is now facilitating payments  —  Some very significant, if not predictable, news out of Google today.  Google Base is going to start beta-testing payment intermediation in which buyers can buy items off of Google Base using their Google Account, while sellers can register …
Inside AdWords crew / Inside AdWords:   All you ever wanted to know about Google Base but were afraid to ask
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Base Soon To Allow Buying & Selling Through Google's Own Payment System
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft's Origami project  —  So today Microsoft officially flippedthe switch on the buzz machine for their Origami Project — an atypical viral marketing manuveur for a company whoseproducts are usually known about years ahead of time.  Scoble says its a device, theInternet's lighting up with rumors — is it the Xboxportable?
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
BlackBerry Hearing Ends With No Ruling on U.S. Service Shutdown  —  Feb. 24 (Bloomberg) — A judge considering a halt in U.S. BlackBerry e-mail service criticized both sides in the case for not settling their patent dispute and said he will rule later on a shutdown.
Discussion: Engadget
Richard Drew / MSNBC:
Judge delays decision on BlackBerry cutoff
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Blogging for newbies  —  When I encourage people to start a blog here's what I suggest they do.  —  First, create a new weblog on one of the free services, like Blogger or MSN Spaces.  It takes about five minutes, and is about as hard as creating an email address on Yahoo or Hotmail, and represents less of a commitment.
Discussion: ben barren
Business Wire:
National Archives and Google Launch Pilot Project to Digitize and Offer Historic Films Online  —  WASHINGTON & MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Feb. 24, 2006—Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG - News) Co-Founder and President of Technology Sergey Brin today announced …
Agence France Presse:   US National Archives video available worldwide over Internet
Kristopher Kubicki /
AOpen MiniPC Revealed … PCs recently have taken on a new look when it comes to small form factors giving compliment to Apple  —  As the PC market continues to show its age, many manufacturers are changing focus and research to reflect niche markets - with or without the help of the channel partners.
Discussion: Engadget and THE RAW FEED
Tom Bramwell /
Half-Life 2 will not be required to run Episode 1  —  Half-Life 2: Episode 1 won't actually require Half-Life 2 to play, Valve's explained, and although the game will be "four to six hours" long, marketing director Doug Lombardi reckons it's "markedly richer" in terms of content quality.
Discussion: Joystiq
Thomas Mennecke /
Huge Anti-Piracy Push By MPAA  —  The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) is steamrolling across the great indexing plains.  Tuesday brought news the eDonkey2000 indexing server Razorback2 was taken offline by Belgian Police, in conjunction with the MPAA.
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
How Watermarks Fail  —  I wrote Wednesday about Randy Picker's suggestion of using digital watermarks to embed users' personal financial information into media files, to discourage users from sharing the files.  Today, I want to talk more generally about watermarks and how they tend to fail.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
iTunes, One Billion Suckers Served  —  ABC News: iTunes: One Billion Served Crank up the old PR and spin machine.  Apple today announced their one billionth iTunes download today.  The song?  Speed of Sound by Coldplay.  —  "Over one billion songs have now been legally purchased …
Ryan Katz / Think Secret:
iPod "Hi-Fi" Boombox arriving next week  —  February 24, 2006 - Among the products Apple will debut at next Tuesday's media event will be the iPod "Hi-Fi" boombox, reliable sources have informed Think Secret.  Details are scarce but sources have indicated the product will deliver unique capabilities beyond …
Business Week:
The Future of the Blog  —  Six Apart's Mena Trott helped start the stampede by co-designing user-friendly software.  But she thinks the blogging trend is only just beginning  —  It's hard to imagine the world without blogs.  The publishing technology has become a cultural and political force.
Kelly / gotomobile:
carnival of the mobilists XVI (sweet sixteen)  —  Spending time in Barcelona post 3GSM feels comparable to being in New Orleans after an annual Mardi Gras party (which, BTW they went ahead with this year as their first sign of normality post Katrina last week).  Kind of the quiet calm after a storm.

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