Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Google and Creator of ‘Family Guy’ Strike a Deal — LOS ANGELES — Google is experimenting with a new method of distributing original material on the Web, and some Hollywood film financiers are betting millions that the company will succeed. — In September, Seth MacFarlane, creator of …
Discussion: paidContent.org, John Battelle's Searchblog, Mashable!, Clickety Clack and WinExtra
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog: Adsense as Distribution Vehicle
Effective Cpms / Clickety Clack: Google Teams Up With Creator of The Family Guy, Scaring All Media Companies
Steven Hodson / WinExtra: From the Pipeline — Another Sunday and another episode …
Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Google taps ‘Family Guy’ guy for Web series — Web search giant Google has enlisted Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane to create an original animated series that it will distribute on the Web via its AdSense advertising system, according to a report in the New York Times .
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
The GOOG->MSFT Exodus: Working at Google vs. Working at Microsoft — Recently I've been bumping into more and more people who've either left Google to come to Microsoft or got offers from both companies and picked Microsoft over Google. I believe this is part of a larger trend especially …
Discussion: techno.blog and WinBeta
Sergey Solyanik / 1-800-MAGIC:
Back to Microsoft — Last week I left Google to go back to Microsoft, where I started this Monday (and so not surprisingly, I was too busy to blog about it). — I think I am the first person in the Seattle/Kirkland area to do so, so this merits an explanation. Isn't Google an insanely cool place to work for?
Discussion: Beyond Search and Smalltalk Tidbits …
Stephen E. Arnold / Beyond Search: Devastating Critique of Google
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Windows Could Use a Rush of Fresh Air — MICROSOFT Windows has put on a lot of weight over the years. — Beginning as a thin veneer for older software code, it has become an obese monolith built on an ancient frame. Adding features, plugging security holes, fixing bugs …
Discussion: The Unofficial Apple Weblog, Computerworld, TidBITS, Brandon Live!, TeleRead, Memex 1.1, Slashdot and Digg
Robert Palmer / The Unofficial Apple Weblog: Tevanian: Does Microsoft have the guts to slim down Windows?
Robert L. Mitchell / Computerworld: The verdict on Vista — Where the server goes, the desktop doesn't necessarily follow
Glenn Fleishman / TidBITS: Microsoft Needs to Empty Windows Trash, Reboot
Brandon Paddock / Brandon Live!: NYT article says we should throw away Windows
David Rothman / TeleRead: E-book standards ramifications …
Timothy / Slashdot: Fresh Air For Windows?
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
10,000 Canadians petition for iPhone rate relief — It's taken more than a year for the iPhone to make its way across the world's longest undefended border, which may help explain why so many Canadians are upset this weekend. — On Friday, Rogers Communications (RCI) …
Mr. Besilly / iPhone Savior: Steve Jobs Gets Open Letter From Angry Cult of iPhone Canada, Stop Rogers!
Will Park / IntoMobile: Online petition proves growing Canadian distaste for Rogers' iPhone 3G calling plans
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report: Rogers' iPhone data plan petition
Tris Hussey / Maple Leaf 2.0: Attention Rogers Mobile: You blew it with the iPhone data plans and you know it
Elaine Chow / Gizmodo: Canadians Write Angry Letter to Steve Jobs Over iPhone Plan in the Great White North
Rogers announces iPhone 3G packages
Rogers announces iPhone 3G packages
Discussion: Geek Culture
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Rhapsody Agrees DRM Is Dead; Launches MP3 Store — Streaming music service Rhapsody has joined the likes of Wal-Mart, Amazon, and Napster by launching an MP3 store. — Its move to offer unprotected music downloads has been anticipated since last Fall when Real Networks joined forces with MTV and Verizon.
Discussion: paidContent.org, Silicon Alley Insider, Bit Player, CNET News.com, Crave, Michael Gartenberg and Gizmodo
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org: RealNetworks Launched MP3 Store; Unlimited Music in Verizon Wireless, With DRM
Jon Healey / Bit Player: iLike Rhapsody - why don't more people?
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com: Can Verizon VCast take on iTunes?
Benny Goldman / Gizmodo: Verizon Gets Rhapsody Subscriptions, DRM-Free Downloads
Tim Arango / New York Times:
A Movie on Your TV at Home, Before You Can Rent It — The very future of how we consume media rests on the movie star shoulders of Will Smith. That is Hollywood hyperbole — but it contains a speck of truth. — In an industry first, Sony Pictures' hoped-for blockbuster “Hancock,” …
Luis Suarez / New York Times:
I Freed Myself From E-Mail's Grip — EARLIER this year, I became tired of my usual morning ritual of spending hours catching up on e-mail. So I did something drastic to take back control of my productivity. — I stopped using e-mail most of the time. I quickly realized that the more messages …
Discussion: Ed Brill, VoIP Watch, Memex 1.1 and Web Worker Daily
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch: “If You Send Me Email, I May Not Reply”
Mike Gunderloy / Web Worker Daily: Cutting Email Down to Size
Rob Webb / RobWebb2k:
LinkedIn quietly launches Research Network and DirectAds...let the monetization begin. — LinkedIn DirectAds — LinkedIn has quietly launched a beta version of a dynamic CPM text advertising platform called LinkedIn DirectAds. No formal announcement of the launch was made on the LinkedIn blog or elsewhere.
Discussion: The Social Times
Nick O'Neill / The Social Times: LinkedIn Launches Direct Ads
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
BitTorrent seed farmer found guilty, faces 10 years in jail — The MPAA has won a jury conviction for criminal copyright infringement, opening the doors to many more cases like it in the future. A federal jury convicted 26-year-old Daniel Dove for both felony copyright infringement as well as conspiracy …
Discussion: CNET News.com
Steven Musil / CNET News.com: MPAA helps land criminal conviction in P2P piracy case
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Google Enters ComScore's Turf — Reston Web Measurement Firm Says It Isn't Threatened, Citing Its Data Quality — Suddenly having Google as a competitor could quickly spell death for a smaller firm. When the search giant last week unveiled a tool that measures audiences for various Web sites …