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BlackBerry case: No shutoff, for now  —  update RICHMOND, Va.—More than 3 million U.S. BlackBerry users won't lose their service—at least for now.  —  In a hearing on Friday, U.S. District Judge James Spencer decided against issuing an immediate ruling on whether to impose an injunction …
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 Mobile
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.
John K / Got Ads?:
I accept: Payment through Google  —  Google is gathering the e-commerce pieces together.  Today they put up Google Payments so you can buy stuff and pay through Google.  It's visible for certain items on - like this: Wanna buy a rock?  —  Combine base and payment …
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
Magnet madness to hit Intel iBook line  —  Only Apple could take a phenomenon as ancient and rudimentary as magnetism and make it seem so profound.  —  The Cupertino, Calif.-based Mac maker has slowly and subtly been adding magnetic innovations to its computer systems over the last six months and now looks ripe to add yet another.
Discussion: TechSpot
Dave Winer / Dave's Wordpress Blog:
Why the backchannel is bad for RSS  —  This is a verbatim copy of an emal I sent to Brad Feld of Mobius Venture Capital, cc'd to Rogers Cadenhead and John Palfrey.  —  Brad, I appreciate you taking a proactive role, but there's something that's not right about all this …
Discussion: Newsome.Org
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
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
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
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 …
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?
David Pescovitz / Boing Boing:
Space Invaders wall decals  —  Cool wall graphics company Blik sells a line of big space invader decals in assorted colors.  The starter pack includes eight 13" diameter aliens and the missile base for $45.  —  Link (via Daddy Types)
Discussion: Joystiq, Gizmodo and Kotaku
Somewhat Frank:
BLOGOSPHERE TIPPING POINT AND HAMMERTIME!  —  The blogosphere is growing at a phenomenal pace adding new bloggers everyday.  I am pleased to mention today (February 24, 2006) that one of my favorite authors, Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker columnist and bestselling author of The Tipping Point and Blink, has launched a blog.
Official Google Blog:
History deserves the best  —  In junior high, I learned about most of history's greatest moments through the least engaging media possible: the yellowed pages of outdated textbooks or the unfocused projections of film strips on my classroom walls.  For many momentous events …
TREO IS HOT ON THE HEELS OF BLACKBERRY  —  While many white-knuckled BlackBerry users await a key court decision today that could shut down their wireless systems, others may have simply fled to the competition.  —  Palm's Treo, above, leads the BlackBerry in a customer-satisfaction survey, and its sales are closing the gap.
Discussion: InfoWorld TechWatch

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