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12:45 PM ET, February 9, 2007

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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
In a Search Refinement, a Chance to Rival Google  —  Early in the decade, a struggling Xerox Corporation was trying to sell off a stake in its Palo Alto Research Center, which it could no longer afford to support.  But with the technology bubble bursting, the price that investors were willing …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Powerset's search technology scoop, may scare Google  —  Powerset, a San Francisco search engine company, will announce Friday it has won exclusive rights to significant search engine technology it says may help propel it past Google.  —  The technology, developed at Palo Alto Research Center …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Powerset Hype To Boiling Point  —  Silicon Valley based search engine startup Powerset has mostly been closed lipped about their product.  This makes sense given that they are gunning for the fastest growing Internet company in history, Google.  But their excitement over an exclusive deal …
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's …
Erik Sass / MediaPost Publications:
DMarc Founders Leave Google  —  CHAD AND RYAN STEELBERG, THE founders of an automated radio ad placement company purchased by Google in January 2006, have left the company.  —  The brothers resigned amid reports of growing tension between dMarc, the company they founded, and Google over differing approaches to radio ad sales.
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Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
dMarc Founders No Longer At Google
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
Jobs's Music Proposal Rebuffed  —  Piracy Software Not the Problem, Industry Executive Says  —  The recording industry is beginning to respond to a proposal made this week by Apple chief executive Steve Jobs calling for an open music system that would allow songs to be played on any device.
Discussion: Between the Lines and Paul Mooney
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Economist:
Music wants to be free
Discussion: Infinite Loop and digg
Nick / Rough Type:
IT, YouTube and the wealth gap  —  Google has reported, in a financial filing, that YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen each pulled down about a third of a billion dollars in selling their video-sharing company to the search giant.  That's not a bad payday for a year-old …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia's E90 Communicator: first pics!  —  Check it QWERTY geeks, we've got a trio of clandestine snaps of Nokia's oft rumored, but never seen E90 communicator.  As you can see from the pics, the E90 does indeed pack a dual-hinge allowing it to open like a 9500 or fold-up flat like the 9300.
Discussion: Gadgetell, CrunchGear and jkOnTheRun
Meta:
An Open Letter to Google Founders— to save Google in China and save Internet in China  —  I'm writing you the short letter on behalf of many Internet users in China to have some suggestions to resolve the current dilemma for Google in China, from both business and social perspectives.
Paul Cesarini / Observer:
Caught in the Network  —  At 9:15 one Thursday morning, there came a polite knock on my mostly closed office door.  I was expecting the knock.  A student was coming to talk to me about getting into one of my courses, which he needed to graduate.  —  So when I heard the knock, I said, "C'mon in, Kyle."
Discussion: broadbandreports.com, Slashdot and digg
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
The Web, Now Just for You  —  New online tools offer personalized recommendations to help users find what they like—and help advertisers target their audience  —  Kevin Rose likes to talk about his taste for oolong tea.  But lately the founder of Digg, a popular bookmarking site …
Dana Gardner / Dana Gardner's BriefingsDirect:
Entrepreneur-itis bites again as Marc Fleury leaves Red Hat  —  There's always a risk when a company formed by a strong personality — especially when the company is identified closely with that individual — is acquired.  Yet I had high hopes when JBoss was acquired by Red Hat last year.
Discussion: Open Sources and LXer Linux News
Mark Sweney / Guardian Unlimited:
YouTube goes mobile and SkySports.com sets record  —  Vodafone has struck a deal with YouTube to launch a mobile version of the video-sharing website.  —  The deal, which will see UK users the first to be able to access a YouTube for mobile service, follows hot on the heels of Wedneday's agreement …
Discussion: PaidContent and Mashable!
Ben / Ben Metcalfe Blog:
On linkbaiting, SEO'ing and all that other crap  —  I guess I must be a blog puritan.  A naive, day-dreaming, quasi-utopian blog puritan at that.  —  There's been a lot of discussion about Jason Calacanis calling bulls**t on the SEO industry (I'm not going to get into that echo chamber …
CNNMoney.com:
Pixar options reportedly under probe  —  Feds looking at '01 stock options that Apple's Steve Jobs approved for animation superstar John Lasseter, report says.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Apple Chairman and CEO Steve Jobs, whose company's stock-options practices are already the subject …
Discussion: MacUser and Blogging Stocks
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Photobucket To Show Off Latest Flash Tools  —  We are expecting Photobucket and Adobe to jointly announce a new Flash based tool for Photobucket users within the next couple of weeks.  The tool will allow users to mash up videos, photos and music clips into a timeline, and add titles …
Discussion: Ryan Stewart
Abe Olandres / The Blog Herald:
We're reshuffling and Tony's taking charge  —  We're barely 3 months in since we first took charge of the Blog Herald.  A lot of things have happened since then and I believe we have survived one problem after another pretty well.  Our roster of contributors has grown and our rhythm has been stabilized.
Discussion: SYNTAGMA and Deep Jive Interests
 
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Kenneth Chang / New York Times:
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Seeking Alpha:
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
VMWare's 3D graphics acceleration just around the corner?
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