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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google NOT Turning Its Back on Network Neutrality  —  Updated @ 9:30 pm: In response to an earlier story in The Wall Street Journal, Google offered a clarification and reaffirmed its stance on network neutrality and pointed out that it is not backing away from it.  It has dismissed the WSJ story as confused.
Richard Whitt / Google Public Policy Blog:
Net neutrality and the benefits of caching  —  One of the first posts I wrote for this blog last summer tried to define what we at Google mean when we talk about the concept of net neutrality.  —  Broadband providers — the on-ramps to the Internet — should not be allowed to prioritize traffic based …
Discussion: CNET News
Lessig Blog:
The made-up dramas of the Wall Street Journal  —  I got off the plane from Boston to find my inbox filled with anger about an article in the Wall Street Journal.  To those who were angry, I hope you will direct any anger at the Wall Street Journal after you read what follows.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Q: What Do You Get When You Add Karate Belts To a Q&A Service?  Mahalo Answers.  —  Mahalo is now answering your questions.  The human-curated search engine/ condensed wiki guide is adding a Q&A service called Mahalo Answers to its mix.  It is a combination of Yahoo Answers …
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Palm Pins Its Hopes on Nova  —  The smartphone maker debuts its new operating system, code-named Nova, at January's CES.  Palm says its phones for it will bridge the BlackBerry-iPhone gap  —  Jon Rubinstein got the call in mid-2007 while he was living on the Pacific Coast of Mexico …
Bill Ray / The Register:
ADSL - the VoIP killer  —  Weak link in reliability chain  —  Over half of UK businesses are avoid VoIP 'cos their ADSL broadband connections to branch offices aren't up to scratch, according to research coming out of Enterprise-VoIP specialists Viatel.  —  Viatel hired Omniboss to talk …
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
BitTorrent Recapitalizes: $17 M Financing Undone, Valuation Plummets  —  File sharing service BitTorrent has undone its $17 million financing from earlier this year, we've learned from an investor in the company, and that money (or what's left of it) has been returned to investors DCM, Accel Partners and DAG Ventures.
Discussion: P2P Blog, VentureBeat and NewTeeVee
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Zannel brings media-rich microblogging to iPhone  —  Zannel, a media-rich microblogging service that launched in late 2007, has a new and free iPhone application that puts many of its features on to the popular portable device.  —  Called CityWatch, the app takes a similar approach to Loopt …
Discussion: Social Media
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Kumo gets a trademark  —  A few weeks ago we spotted the domain name registration for Kumo, a possible new name for Live Search.  Now Joseph Tartakoff at the Seattle PI has noticed that Microsoft has trademarked the Kumo name: … Mary Jo Foley first uncovered the Kumo name last summer …
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Interview: New NYT.com GM Denise Warren: Tip-toeing Into Aggregation With Guarded Optimism  —  As if heading advertising for the New York Times (NYSE: NYT) Media Group wasn't tough enough in this climate, Denise Warren is taking on the role of GM of NYTimes.com as the site fends off increased challenges from competitors and the economy.
Discussion: ReveNews
Fred / A VC:
Display Advertising Works, But It Works Differently Than Search  —  There's been a lot of talk recently that search and other forms of “performance” or “direct” online marketing will continue to grow in the downturn while display and other forms of “brand” marketing will struggle.
 
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Alejandro Lazo / Washington Post:
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
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Change.gov iPhone App Now Available
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What Yahoo Should Do  —  In this economic day and age, cash is king.
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog
Microsoft Live Labs:
Seadragon Goes Mobile
Antony Bruno / Reuters:
Challenges remain for Amazon digital music service
Discussion: Lucas Gonze' blog
Ed Sutherland / problognews.com:
WordPress Targets Premium Designers for Deletion
Discussion: Alister Cameron
Dave Rosenberg / Negative Approach:
Myst Online to be released fully open-source