Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Sony BMG Lets the Music Play — The last of the major labels finally throws in the towel on DRM, and prepares to fight Apple for valuable download revenues — In a move that would mark the end of a digital music era, Sony BMG Music Entertainment is finalizing plans to sell songs without …
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org: Sony BMG Joining Amazon Music Store; Final Major To Try DRM-Free: Report
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear: Sony BMG will drop (some) digital music DRM this year
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch: Ding, Dong, The Music DRM Witch Is Dead
Evan Blass / Engadget: Sony BMG will reportedly offer DRM-free music
Richard Swinburne / bit-tech.net: Hell freezes over as Sony drops DRM
Brad Linder / Download Squad: Sony BMG dropping DRM
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!: DRM Officially Dead. Sony BMG Drops It.
Dan Moren / MacUser: Sony preparing to drop DRM like it's hot
Bruce Houghton / WebProNews: Sony BMG Becomes Last Major Label to Drop DRM
Jim Hopkins / Technology Live: Report: Sony unit dropping copyright protection
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Lone holdout in DRMed music recommends DRM circumvention — With three of the big four music labels abandoning DRM, that leaves Sony as the big holdout. That's right, the same company that brought you the Sony rootkit scandal is also the last of the major labels to repent and abandon their DRMed ways.
Dan Moren / MacUser: Under the gavel: iTunes isn't antitrust-worthy
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Google Patent Imagines Robots Indexing The Grocery Aisle — The two computer scientists behind “recognizing text in images” search technology also worked on Google Street View and Google Book Search. — A patent application filed by Google with the World Intellectual Property Organization …
Discussion: TechCrunch, WebProNews, Mashable! and All Points Blog
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch: Google Lodges Patent For Reading Text In Images And Video
David A. Utter / WebProNews: Patent For Google: Teaching Robots To Read
(WO/2008/003095) RECOGNIZING TEXT IN IMAGES — Publication Number: — WO/2008/003095 — International Application No.: — PCT/US2007/072578 — Publication Date: — International Filing Date: — Int. Class.: — G06F 17/30 (2006.01) — Applicants:
Bill Slawski / Search Engine Land:
Googlebot In Aisle Three: How Google Plans to Index the World? — Robots reading cereal boxes in the Supermarket? Googlebot at the Art Museum? Street signs and building addresses snatched from Street View images for local search, image search, and product search?
Discussion: Screenwerk, SEO by the SEA and Search Engine Guide
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk: Taking Local Search to Store Shelves
William Slawski / SEO by the SEA: Google on Reading Text in Images from Street Views, Store Shelves …
Jennifer Laycock / Search Engine Guide: What if Search Engines Could Read Images?
Today is My Last Day at Google — After a life-changing four and a half years of working with the most talented group of people I have ever met, I've decided to take the plunge and do it all over again, working for a very small start-up. Today is my last day at the Big G.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped, WebProNews, Search Engine Land, Phil Windley's Technometria and Mashable!
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped: Kevin Fox Leaves Google
Doug Caverly / WebProNews: Kevin Fox Quits Google
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: Google's User Experience Expert, Kevin Fox, Joins New Start-up Company
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!: Another One Bites the Dust: Nathan Stoll Leaves Google
Should Gmail, Yahoo, and Hotmail block Facebook? — Apparently Facebook will ban you (or at least Robert Scoble) if you attempt to extract your friend's email addresses from the service. — Automated access is a difficult issue for any web service, so I won't argue with their decision — it's their service and they own you.
Discussion: Insider Chatter, Virtual Economics, WebProNews, All Facebook, Get Engagd, Valleywag, bub.blicio.us, Like It Matters, Todd Watson, MediaVidea, VentureBeat, Marc's Voice and Scobleizer
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter: Does LinkedIn Have a Connections Fraud Problem?
Seamusmccauley / Virtual Economics: Thoughts on Scoblegate — The big blog news of the past 24 hours seems …
Mathew Ingram / WebProNews: The Data Portability Issue Isn't Going Away
Anthony LaFauce / All Facebook: Is Facebook being hypocritical? — Paul Buchheit wrote …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag: How Plaxo took advantage of Scoble
Brian Solis / bub.blicio.us: It's Not Your Data, Yet
Brian Oberkirch / Like It Matters: this antipattern is kryptonite to the open social web
Pramit Singh / MediaVidea: How to be an Ego Blogger — There are three main ways, people make money with blogging.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer: Facebook lets me back in... I just received this email.
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
The Coming War Over Data On The Web
The Coming War Over Data On The Web
Clint Boulton / eWEEK.com: Facebook Welcomes Back Scoble
Alan Patrick / broadstuff: THE METADATA WARS BEGAN YESTERDAY IN EARNEST.....
Mark Sweney / PDA: Facebook in row over user info restrictions as porn website sell-off hits Las Vegas
David A. Utter / WebProNews: Facebook A Bigger Thief Than Scoble
Chris Messina / FactoryCity: It's high time we moved to URL-based identifiers
Robojiannis / social media and green horses: Monopolization and ownership of data [the facebook aftermath]
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch: Facebook Invited To Join The DataPortability Work Group
Alexander van Elsas / Alexander van Elsas's Weblog …: Just a few minor wishes for 2008
Leo Blanco / 901am: Facebook folds, reactivates Scoble's account
Joseph Weisenthal / The Stalwart: Privacy And Data On Social Nets
Saul Hansell / Bits: Twitter, Firefox and Big Ideas That Are Small Companies
John Markoff / New York Times:
Intel Leaves Group Backing Education PCs — SAN FRANCISCO — Intel said Thursday that it had chosen to withdraw from the One Laptop Per Child educational computer organization, which it joined in July after years of public squabbling between Intel's chairman, Craig R. Barrett, and the group's founder, Nicholas P. Negroponte.
Discussion: Profy.Com, dailywireless.org, p2pnet, Alice Hill's Real Tech News, Engadget and Bloomberg
Paul Glazowski / Profy.Com: Intel, OLPC Sever Ties After Six Months Of Collaboration
Jon / p2pnet: Intel backs out of OLPC
Michael Santo / Alice Hill's Real Tech News: Intel Pulls Out of the OLPC Program
Ryan Block / Engadget: Intel steps down from OLPC board
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Intel pulls out of One Laptop Per Child group
Intel pulls out of One Laptop Per Child group
Discussion: Engadget, PC World, CrunchGear, Hardware 2.0, Electronista, TeleRead, Digital Trends, Bloomberg, The Register, Between the Lines, CNET News.com, Wall Street Journal, Gizmodo and Ars Technica
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear: Intel quits OLPC, stops work on XO Laptop after dispute
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0: The Intel/OLPC break-up - I'm surprised the marriage lasted as long as it did
Nick Mokey / Digital Trends: Intel Drops Support for OLPC
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg: Intel Says It Drops Support for One Laptop Per Child Program
John Oates / The Register: Intel walks out of OLPC project
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com: Intel leaves the OLPC after dispute
Steve Stecklow / Wall Street Journal: Intel Backs Out of Laptop Program
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo: Intel Walks Away From OLPC Because Negroponte Is Mildly Insane
Mary Kathleen Flynn / Behind The Money Blog:
Leah Culver, 25, writes the code that powers Pownce — Technorati — Facebook — Digg — How does a 25-year-old computer science major from the University of Minnesota wind up as a co-founder of one of Silicon Valley's most closely watched startups?
U.S. Album Sales Fell 9.5% in 2007 — LOS ANGELES (AP) — Album sales in the United States plunged 9.5 percent last year from 2006, as the recording industry had another weak year despite a 45 percent surge in the sale of digital tracks, according to figures released Thursday.
Discussion: CrunchGear and TechCrunch
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear: Album sales dropped 9.5 percent last year, but downloads up 45 percent
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: The Long Decline of the Music Album Continues
An Open Letter from Marc Whitten about Xbox LIVE this Holiday — Dear Xbox LIVE Members: — During this past holiday season you helped us break a number of Xbox LIVE records. This included our largest sign-up of new members to Xbox LIVE in our 5 year history and just yesterday you broke …
Discussion: Kotaku, Game | Life, Engadget, Primotech, Joystiq, Windows Connected, Xbox 360 Fanboy and Xbox Live's Major Nelson
Luke Plunkett / Kotaku: Microsoft Offering Free XBLA Game As Compensation For XBL Downtime
Alex Petraglia / Primotech: Recent Xbox Live Issues May Be Result of Attack
Alexander Sliwinski / Joystiq: Microsoft offering free XBLA game due to Live issues
Josh Phillips / Windows Connected: Xbox LIVE outage not Denial of Service, Just Popular
Dustin Burg / Xbox 360 Fanboy: MS to offer free XBLA game for Live outage
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson: Xbox LIVE Holiday Performance
Scott Hillis / Reuters:
“Major Nelson” emerges as face of Xbox
“Major Nelson” emerges as face of Xbox
Discussion: Gizmodo, Open (finds, minds …, Kotaku and Digg
Kyle Bennett / enthusiast.hardocp.com:
GeForce 9800 GX2 Exclusive Pics & Specs — NVIDIA's yet-to-be released 9800 GX2 in the “flesh." We reveal some of the specs and what should be expected. — NVIDIA's yet-to-be released GeForce 9800 GX2 in the “flesh." We reveal some of the specs and what should be expected.
Discussion: Electronista, Kotaku, Engadget, TechSpot News and Gizmodo
Brian Crecente / Kotaku: Meet the New GeForce Graphics Card
Paul Miller / Engadget: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 pics, specs leaked
Jose Vilches / TechSpot News: Nvidia GeForce 9800 GX2 pics, specs leaked
Quentin / Rogue Amoeba:
Live Disc — Every time we exhibit at Macworld Expo, we hand out CDs with trial copies of all our software on them. And every time, we face the same problem, of how best to create these discs such that the software on them is up to date with the latest we have.
Discussion: MacUser and The Apple Blog
Derik DeLong / MacUser: Rogue Amoeba's Live Disc will own Macworld
Nick Santilli / The Apple Blog: Rogue Amoeba's Live Disc
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Monster Acquires Affinity Labs, Developer Of Vertical Career Sites, For $61 Million — Online jobs firm Monster Worldwide has acquired SF-based Affinity Labs, a developer of community sites centered around various vocations, for $61 million in cash. Examples of its portfolio include Policelink.com …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Silicon Alley Insider and cheezhead
Joel Cheesman / cheezhead: monster acquires affinity labs for $62m
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Mountain View's Meraki proposes free Wi-Fi network for S.F. — San Francisco's plan to provide citywide wireless Internet access, which foundered last summer when EarthLink pulled out, is being revived by a Mountain View company that wants to turn the city into a test site for its vision of a low-cost, community-powered system.
Discussion: dailywireless.org, VentureBeat, GigaOM, Screenwerk, Wi-Fi Networking News, Webomatica and TechCrunch
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat: Meraki rolls out free WiFi throughout San Francisco
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM: Meraki Raises $20M Series B
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk: Startup Aims to Revive SF Free WiFi Initiative
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News: San Francisco Gets Free Wi-Fi, Courtesy of Meraki
Tony Smith / The Register:
Sony confirms Skype coming to PSP — There's no doubt now that Skype is coming to the Sony PlayStation Portable - Sony's own website, updated to preview next week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, admits as much. — “Call friends, talk trash to fellow gamers or catch …
Discussion: TechCrunch UK and IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK: Skype to come to the PSP
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband: Skype coming to PSP