The Plot to Kill Google — When Google's lawyers entered the smooth marble hallways of the Department of Justice on the morning of October 17, they had reason to feel confident. Sure, they were about to face the antitrust division—an experience most companies dread—to defend a proposed deal with Yahoo.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and ParisLemon
MG Siegler / ParisLemon: Google, Microsoft, AT&T, Politics and Bulls**t
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Cisco Plans Big Push Into Server Market — SAN JOSE, Calif. — Within the next few months, Cisco Systems, the largest maker of networking equipment, plans to release a product that threatens to shake up the technology industry and put the company on a collision course with traditional partners like Hewlett-Packard and I.B.M.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com, The Register, SmoothSpan Blog and Virtualization.com
Rik Myslewski / The Register: Cisco virtualization-server challenge to HP and IBM?
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
Metadata: Cisco Serves Up A Big One — Reports of Cisco's move into servers only tell part of the story. — Reports that Cisco is moving into the server business indicate that, economic hard times and all, the networking giant is still pursuing its plan to dominate the entire data center, as Forbes described in detail in September.
Steve / The Firearm Blog:
iPod Touch mounted on M110 Sniper Rifle — We have seen some cool iPhone applications come out for shooting sports. But nothing comes close to the sheer awesomeness of the Knights Armaments M110 iPod Touch mount and accompanying ballistics software. — The M110 is the 7.62×51mm …
Discussion: Ubergizmo, Engadget, techeblog.com and The Raw Feed
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Belkin Employee Sheds Light On Belkin's Supposedly Dirty Practices — Belkin's alleged, and now confirmed, payola scheme may have been one of the first times we've heard about their shady practices, but an employee of Belkin says it's actually very common. — To summarize the note …
Michael Santo / Alice Hill's Real Tech News: Belkin's Review Scams Run Deep: Employee
Harry McCracken / Technologizer: Do You Trust User Reviews on the Web?
Ron Schenone / Lockergnome Blog Network: Belkin Employee Confirms Paying For Comments
Arlen Parsa / The Daily Background: Belkin Whistleblower Alleges Systemic Wrongdoing: “This Only Scratches the Surface”
Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing Gadgets: The Day That Was — Soundclip, a tiny plastic scoop …
Yardena Arar / Computerworld: Belkin exec disavows fake user review offers
Michael Wei / Reuters:
Apple sells used products for less in China — BEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc said on Tuesday it had launched an online shop selling second-hand Apple products in China, offering discounts of up to 22 percent, as it looks to beef up its business in the country.
Discussion: CNET News and Neowin.net
Anne Dujmovic / CNET News: Apple now selling used products online in China
Chakkaradeep Chandran / Neowin.net: Apple sells used products for less in China
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple's Real Problem: Netbooks — Forget Steve Jobs' health problems. Cheap “netbooks” could steal the sizzle from Apple's hot notebook business. — BURLINGAME, Calif.—Forget Steve Jobs' health problems. Apple has other troubles. For starters, the Cupertino, Calif.-based computer …
Jessica Vascellaro / Digits:
Coupons Clips Google Engineering Director — By Jessica E. Vascellaro — The down economy has dramatically slowed hiring at Google. But it hasn't stopped startups from poaching the company's stars. — Coupons Inc., which makes software to help marketers create, distribute and track coupons …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Local Mobile Search
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider: Top Android Developer Quits Google (GOOG)
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Just in time for the Obama inauguration, Ustream's iPhone app launches — True to its word, live streaming video site Ustream, has released its iPhone application into Apple's App Store in time for people to watch President Obama's inauguration on their iPhones live tomorrow.
Discussion: MacRumors iPhone Blog, The Ustream.TV Blog, TUAW, Ken McGuire Technology Blog and Lifehacker
Eric Slivka / MacRumors iPhone Blog: Ustream Now Available for iPhone
Mel Martin / TUAW: Ustream viewer makes it to app store just in time
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker: Ustream iPhone App Available in App Store
Logitech Profit Tumbles 70%; Computer-Mouse Maker May Eliminate 600 Jobs — Jan. 20 (Bloomberg) — Logitech International SA, the world's biggest maker of computer mice, said third-quarter profit slumped 70 percent as consumers bought fewer accessories amid a global economic slump.
Discussion: CrunchGear, Reuters and Wall Street Journal
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Online TV Sites Battle for Viewers — Sites like TV.com, Hulu, and Joost that feature much of the same content are hoping that social-networking features will put them ahead of the crowd — On TV, content is king. But on the Web, community may reign supreme.
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
After Twitter Authority Here Comes Facebook Authority — I know... But I had to post this just as a follow up. After Twitter Authority I had to post about the first Facebook authority tool I bumped into. It seems to have a huge “lese-majeste” bug actually as I am positive I have 5000 friends …
Discussion: TechCrunch and RotorBlog.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch: Facebook Grader For The Sad, Sad People Out There
Arnold Zafra / RotorBlog.com: Facebook Grader Tells You How Famous You Are
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yammer Raises $5 Million For Workgroup Micro-Messaging — Fifty thousand dollars will only go so far. As the winner of last year's TechCrunch50, that's how much workgroup micro-messaging service Yammer received in prize money. But Yammer has now raised a $5 million series A financing …
Discussion: VentureBeat, VatorNews and ReadWriteWeb
Bambi Francisco / VatorNews: Yammer and Geni raise $5 million
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb: Geni Gets Another $5 Million for Social Networking and Genealogy Site …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon, Netflix, Priceline: Are they really recession resistant? — With Google and eBay kicking off a round of Internet earnings this week analysts seem to be on a hunt to find the most recession resistant Web companies. The early line: Amazon, Netflix and Priceline appear to be able to weather the economic storm.
Matthew Aslett / 451 CAOS Theory:
Intalio plans VC funds to finance buying spree — Open source BPM vendor Intalio turns 10 this year and is looking to celebrate by raising the funds necessary to finance a spending spree to acquire 8-10 open source vendors. — Intalio's CEO Ismael Ghalimi has sent an email to partners and users outlining the plan.
Discussion: IT|Redux Feed Digest
Ismael Ghalimi / IT|Redux Feed Digest: Looking for Acquisition Targets
Anton / Twingly Blog:
Twingly inaugurating world's first federated microblog search — This is it! Today we're launching Twingly Microblog Search. — We've been microblogging for a couple of years now at Twingly. Mostly at Jaiku because it's been the service of choice for new-media-people here in Sweden …
Discussion: VentureBeat, The Blog Herald, TechCrunch, TheNextWeb.com and the Econsultancy blog
MG Siegler / VentureBeat: Twingly launches microblog search …
Thord Daniel Hedengren / The Blog Herald: Twingly Launches Microblog Search, CEO Tells Us Why
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch: Twingly Launches Microblogging Search Engine
Ernst-Jan Pfauth / TheNextWeb.com: Twingly offers search for 6 microblogging services
Patricio Robles / the Econsultancy blog: Twingly's new microblogging search engine rocks
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Marketers Look Beyond Search Engines — Facebook, MySpace, iPhone Figure in Efforts by Pizza Hut, Others to Boost Online Exposure While Controlling Costs — Marketers, seeking to boost their online exposure while keeping a lid on costs, are looking beyond Internet search engines such as Google …
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk: Search Beyond Search Engines
Sean / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
Social Engineering Autoplay and Windows 7 — The Downadup worm utilizes autorun.inf files to spread via removable devices such as USB drives. — Our January 7th post, When is AUTORUN.INF really an AUTORUN.INF?, provided analysis. The autorun.inf uses some tricks, such as variable size, to help avoid detection.
Discussion: The Register and Hardware 2.0
John Leyden / The Register: Conficker Autoplay ruse gets teeth into Windows 7
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0: AutoPlay - Fun and social engineering
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times Company Enters into Agreement with Banco Inbursa and Inmobiliaria Carso for $250 Million in Senior Unsecured Notes — The New York Times Company today announced that it had entered into a private financing agreement with Banco Inbursa, S. A., Institucion de Banca Multiple …
Discussion: MediaMemo and Silicon Alley Insider
Tameka Kee / paidContent.org:
It's Official: NYTCo Gets $250 Million Cash Infusion From Carlos …
It's Official: NYTCo Gets $250 Million Cash Infusion From Carlos …
Discussion: Reuters and New York Times
Robert MacMillan / Reuters: Mexico's Slim to invest $250 million in New York Times
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times: Billionaire Seeks Deal in Times Co.
Brent Frei / TechFlash:
Lifestyle business? Google or Microsoft could eat your lunch — How many times will the lessons of business history be relearned? When it comes to the importance of being a marketing and distribution focused company primarily, versus a product company, it seems the answer is... an endless number.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Robert Andrews / Washington Post:
mocoNews.net - @ MidemNet: BlackBerry's Balsille Sees ‘Music 2.0,’ But Can RIM Really Be In It? — Midem was only too happy to oblige its lead sponsor BlackBerry with a keynote Q&A slot on its first-ever visit to the Cannes music biz confab, as the handset maker augments its stuffy image with a pitch for the lifestyle segment?
Discussion: Engadget, Boy Genius Report, BlackBerry Cool, BerryReview.com and Phone Arena
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report: Balsillie: Look out iPhone, RIM is gonna shake up mobile music
Ronen Halevy / BerryReview.com: Shazam Music Recognition App Coming To BlackBerry
Chuck SalterMon / Fast Company:
An Historical Twofer: President Obama and the Internet Inaugural — At the Consumer Electronics Show the other day, KC Estenson, the president of CNN.com estimated that the inauguration will be the most watched event in Internet history. No wonder. Although millions of people are expected …
Discussion: Bleeding Edge