Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Update on Yahoo-Microsoft Talks: “Hot and Heavy” — Microsoft and Yahoo have been busily ferreting away on talks about search and advertising partnership possibilities in what one person close to the situation described as “hot and heavy.” — But exactly how hot and how heavy depends …
Discussion: Tech Check with Jim Goldman, Tech Trader Daily, tinyComb, Electronista and Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman: When Will Yahoo Turn Itself Around
Jason Wilk / tinyComb: Microsoft Yahoo Talks Getting Hotter
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider: Yahoo-Microsoft Talks Now Hot and Heavy
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Oprah Effect on Twitter — Oprah Winfrey, the icon that can turn any book or product into a best seller, posted her first Tweet on Friday on her show. There's been much debate among loyal Twitter users about whether this spells the end for Twitter's coolness, as soccer moms sign up in droves.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Mashable! and Digital Inspiration, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider: Oprah Winfrey, Ashton Kutcher Send Twitter Traffic Zooming Skyward
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!: The Oprah Effect: 43 Percent Pop for Twitter
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration: The Oprah Winfrey Effect on Twitter
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Living with the limits of Windows 7 Starter Edition — If you've read anything about Windows 7 Starter Edition, your first reaction was probably the same as mine: Is Microsoft nuts? This ultra-cheap edition is intended for use on netbooks, but its biggest restriction sounds like a complete deal-breaker …
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica: Windows 7 Starter is a (small) gamble for Microsoft
Vivek Gite / nixCraft Linux Sys Admin Blog: Windows 7 Starter Edition Only Runs 3 Applications At Once
The Oracle / lockergnome network: All Netbooks Will Run Windows 7
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun: Windows Starter Edition on Netbooks Might Be Just Right
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews: Microsoft: All netbooks will run any Windows 7
CmdrTaco / Slashdot: Windows 7 Starter Edition - 3 Apps Only
BT blocks off Pirate Bay — Updated at 1.10pm: BT and other mobile broadband providers are blocking access to The Pirate Bay, as part of a “self-regulation” scheme. — BT Mobile Broadband users who attempt to access the notorious BitTorrent tracker site are met with a “content blocked” message.
Discussion: Ars Technica, paidContent and mocoNews
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica: Big Content seeks injunction as Pirate Bay appeals verdict
Robert Andrews / paidContent: BT Blocking Pirate Bay To Dongle Users Due To ‘Adult’ Content
Robert Andrews / mocoNews: BT Blocking Pirate Bay To UK Dongle Users Due To ‘Adult’ Content
UK code of practice for the self-regulation of new forms of content on mobiles
UK code of practice for the self-regulation of new forms of content on mobiles
Discussion: The Register, TorrentFreak, p2pnet and open
Chris Williams / The Register: IWF denies wielding Pirate Bay banhammer
Glyn Moody / open: Internet Censorship, Salami-style
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google joins effort for 3D Web standard with new plugin, API — Google has released a new open source browser plugin that provides APIs for displaying rich 3D graphics in Web content. Google hopes that the plugin will help to advance a collaborative effort to create open standards for bringing 3D to the Web.
Discussion: CNET News and Raph's Website
Stephen Shankland / CNET News: Google tries jump-starting 3D Web with O3D
Raph / Raph's Website: Google 3D Web plugin
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Study: pirates biggest music buyers. Labels: yeah, right — Those who download illegal copies of music over P2P networks are the biggest consumers of legal music options, according to a new study by the BI Norwegian School of Management. Researchers examined the music downloading habits …
Discussion: paidContent, Mashable!, Electronista, CNET News, Guardian, Music Ally, CrunchGear, Boing Boing, p2pnet, PSFK and digg.com
Robert Andrews / paidContent: Research: P2P Freeloaders Also Ten Times As Likely To Buy Music
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!: Piracy: The Mother of Legal Music Downloads?
Matt Asay / CNET News: Study: P2P thieves buy more music
Sean Michaels / Guardian: Study finds pirates 10 times more likely to buy music
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally: Report claims P2P users buy more music, not less
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear: Study: Illegal music downloaders buy 10 times as much legal music …
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing: Norwegian P2P downloaders buy more music
Dan Gould / PSFK: Music Piracy May Actually Help Sales
Sunshine / LiveSide:
Web IM In Hotmail — Web IM is coming to Hotmail. It became available to users in France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and the UK last month and starting today it will roll out to Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and the USA. If your country is not in this list yet, don't fret!
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb: Windows Live Becomes Even More Social: Integrates Facebook …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org: Microsoft Finally Integrates Windows Live Messenger and Hotmail
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft: Microsoft integrates more social-networking sites with Windows Live
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica: Web Messenger in Hotmail now in seven more countries
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch: Ages After Yahoo And Google, Microsoft Finally Enables Web-Based IM In Hotmail
Lee Mathews / Download Squad: Web IM finally available to US, Canadian Live Hotmail users (and more)
Stephen Shankland / CNET News: Microsoft adds Web-based IM to Hotmail
Zack Whittaker / iGeneration: Web Messenger integrates into Hotmail
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie: Enable Web IM in Hotmail from any region!
Brian Heater / AppScout: Hotmail Web IM Comes to US
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
CNBC Is Ridiculous: Macs Come With Photoshop, PCs Need $600 Extra to ‘Perform As Well As a Mac’ — Regular people are probably confused by the re-inflamed Mac vs. PC ad war, which now focuses on price. Never fear, CNBC's Jim Goldman breaks down the true cost of PCs. Wait, Macs come with Photoshop?
Discussion: BusinessWeek, Gawker, MacNN and digg.com
Arik Hesseldahl / BusinessWeek: CNBC On The Mac Vs PC Fight
Ryan Tate / Gawker: How Apple's Pet Reporter Stole His Talking Points
The New York Times Company Reports 2009 First-Quarter Results — NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The New York Times Company announced today a first-quarter 2009 operating loss of $61.6 million compared with operating profit of $6.2 million in the first quarter of 2008.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Podcasting News, paidContent.org, MediaMemo and Silicon Alley Insider
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: New York Times Sees Intensifying Advertiser Pullback In First Quarter
James Lewin / Podcasting News: WSJ: Blogging “America's Newest Profession”
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider: New York Times Cash Situation Still Critical
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sharp's Mebius PC-NJ70A packs LCD trackpad for the whiz-bang crowd — And you thought Apple's button-less “glass trackpad” was hot stuff. Sharp has just let loose details on its thoroughly Japanese Mebius PC-NJ70A, which sadly packs an exceptionally boring list of internal components …
Discussion: Maximum PC all, SlashGear, Gadgetell, Newlaunches.com, Softpedia News, Incremental Blogger, Akihabaranews.com, Obsessable and GottaBeMobile.com
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Sharp Mebius PC-NJ70A netbook with touchscreen trackpad
Shawn Ingram / Gadgetell: Sharp Mebius: the netbook with two screens
Emily Price / Obsessable: Sharp Mebius PC-NJ70A
Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile.com: Sharp Intros Mebius NJ70A Netbook with Touchsreen Trackpad
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Mayo Clinic, Microsoft deepen health record ties — The Mayo Clinic on Tuesday said it will build a personal health record service based on Microsoft's HealthVault technology. — The product, Mayo Clinic Health Manager, will initially focus on general pediatric and adult health issues, immunization records, pregnancy, and asthma.
Discussion: paidContent.org, Microsoft Pri0, Softpedia News and Minneapolis Star Tribune
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org: Mayo Clinic Signs Up For Microsoft HealthVault App
Chen May Yee / Minneapolis Star Tribune: Mayo opens private medical-data website
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Mark Penn's fuzzy pro-blogging stats — I did a lot of digging around in the numbers around blogging for my book, so I'm on alert when I read a piece like Mark Penn's look at pro blogging in the Wall Street Journal, which is getting lots of attention this morning. A little skepticism is definitely in order.
Trevor Butterworth / thestatsblog.wordpress.com: Should you blog or bartend? — According to the Wall Street Journal …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb: Bad Stats: Are There Really Almost As Many Professional Bloggers As Lawyers?
Lisa Hoover / Computerworld Blogs: Blogging for pay: A reality check
Patricio Robles / the Econsultancy blog: The Wall Street Journal embarrasses itself with blogging article
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Yahoo's Bartz Picks Balogh to Tear Down ‘Wall of Shame’ of Failed Products — Yahoo! Inc. Chief Executive Officer Carol Bartz said last month that she created a “wall of shame” for products she isn't happy with. She's counting on her top technology executive to fix them.
Discussion: Beyond Search
Stephen E. Arnold / Beyond Search: Wall of Shame: Yahoo's Digital Barrier
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Cost of Downloading All Those Videos — In an article in today's New York Times, I wrote about the controversy over the now-abandoned plan by Time Warner Cable to impose additional fees on customers who upload and download more than a set quota. — AT&T continues to test a similar plan …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Public Knowledge, DSLreports and New York Times, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee: Vid-Biz: Kutcher, Streaming Costs, Limelight
Robb Topolski / Public Knowledge: ISPs Behaving Badly: Uses Fake Consumer Group to create Fake Facts …
Saul Hansell / New York Times: As Costs Fall, Companies Push to Raise Internet Price
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Google rolls out search changes — Google has launched two experimental products it hopes will change the way users search for pictures and news. — A feature known as Similar Images uses a picture rather than text to find other matching images. — Timeline presents information already available …
John Lister / TECH.BLORGE.com: Google tests new search features
New Zealand Herald:
MSN website hacked — Visitors to the msn.co.nz website are being re-directed to a site that includes a photograph of Microsoft boss Bill Gates with pie on his face. — The site usually carries news stories. — However hackers have changed the name servers which means that visitors …
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day: Hackers hijack DNS records of high profile New Zealand sites
Brian Heater / AppScout: MSN New Zealand Hacked By Activists
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast Expands DOCSIS 3.0 In Bay Area - New community launches include Palo Alto and San Mateo — Comcast gave us a nudge this morning to note that the nation's largest cable company is continuing their expansion of faster DOCSIS 3.0 technology into the Bay Area.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM: Updated: San Francisco to Get Super-Fast Broadband From Comcast
Scott Duke Harris / Mercury News:
With Oracle's acquisition of Sun, Larry Ellison's empire grows — This time, there were no jokes about Larry Ellison wanting to kill a rival's dog — or the rival. This time, unlike Oracle's bids for PeopleSoft and BEA Systems, there was no hint of hostility.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Think Big! Could Sun/ORCL Trigger IBM/SAP Combo? — Ah, spring is the air. (In Silicon Valley, where the temps this week have soared into the 90s, it actually feels more like August.) And the natives are in the mood for love. — So far this week, we've seen Sun Microsystems (JAVA) …
Discussion: Open Source, Dow Jones Newswires, InformationWeek, Brier Dudley's blog and TheStreet.com
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source: Will Oracle-Sun deal close?
Jessica Hodgson / Dow Jones Newswires: Oracle, With Sun Micro Buy, Steps Into Ring With IBM, H-P
James Rogers / TheStreet.com: IBM Shrugs Off Oracle-Sun Threat
Lose your job? Tell your Facebook, Twitter friends — Last week, Sarah Bryant was too upset to call anybody after she was fired from her call-center job of three years. Instead, she sat down at her computer and posted “I got fired” on her Twitter and Facebook profiles.
Discussion: Etan on Tech
Etan Horowitz / Etan on Tech: The rise of the ‘I was laid off’ status update
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
EBay: Back To Basics — CEO John Donahoe is expected to bring the 10-year-old company back to its marketplace origins. — BURLINGAME, Calif. — When John Donahoe became chief executive of eBay in March 2008, he said it would take him a year to asses the company's portfolio and figure out its next move.
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Time For Google To Fund An Online-Only Version Of The Pulitzers? — The Pulitzer Prizes were announced today — and sincere congrats to the hard-working journalists who've won those highest of prizes. But with no online-only publications winning — in the first year they were eligible to enter …
Discussion: TechFlash, Content Bridges, Gawker and Nieman Journalism Lab, Thanks:atul
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker: Your 2009 Pulitzer Winners
Edward J. Delaney / Nieman Journalism Lab: 22% of Pulitzer entries had online content, including 7 winners
Stephanie Gaskell / NY Daily News:
U.S. Army uses Facebook page, tweets to declare war on Ashton Kutcher's top Twitter spot … The U.S. Army wants you - to be its friend on Facebook. — You can also follow the Army on Twitter. Or post a comment on its new blog. They're all part of the Army's new mission: social networking.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org:
Yet Another Microsoft Search Brand—This Time For Phones? — Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) has grabbed headlines for trademarking two possible new names for Live Search—Bing and Kumo. But paidContent found that the company has quietly trademarked a third search brand name too—Sift.
Discussion: BoomTown, All about Microsoft, Silicon Alley Insider, CNET News and Search Engine Land
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft: Microsoft trademarks two more names: Sift and Swivel
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider: Microsoft Trademarks Yet Another Possible Search Brand: ‘Sift’
Tom Krazit / CNET News: Microsoft mobile-search moniker: Sift?
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: Microsoft “Sift”: Microsoft's New Mobile Search Brand?
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Considers Building An Ad Network — As its been speculated, but never confirmed, Facebook is considering building an ad network on the back of Facebook Connect — but not for at least another six months, an advertising industry source who's discussed the issue with Facebook tells us.
Discussion: Contentinople, HipMojo.com, The Social, VentureBeat, All Facebook and MobileCrunch
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com: What do Facebook and Publishers' Clearinghouse Have in Common?
Caroline McCarthy / The Social: Qik brings its mobile video to Facebook
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat: Doing it live: Qik's streaming mobile video service connects with Facebook
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch: Qik Launches Facebook Connect Support
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
iPhone OS 3.0 to feature voice control and feedback — Various voice-related features, under the codename “Jibbler,” have been discovered in the version of SpringBoard set to ship with the next update to Apple's mobile operating system. — Sources speaking to Ars have discovered evidence …
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR, AppleInsider, Macworld, CNET News, Gadget Lab, PC World, InformationWeek, The iPhone Blog, TECH.BLORGE.com, SlashGear, Electricpig.co.uk, MacRumors, MacNN, iLounge, Local Mobile Search, I4U News, AppScout, Ubergizmo, MobileContentToday, Tech Trader Daily, Gizmodo, 9 to 5 Mac and digg.com
Patricia Resende / NEWSFACTOR: Apple May Add Voice Command and Control To iPhone
David Carnoy / CNET News: Report: iPhone OS 3.0 may include voice control
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab: iPhone 3.0 Beta Reveals More Clues of Voice Control
Mitchell Ashley / PC World: iPhone 3.0 Beta Comes With Some Heavy Restrictions
Marin Perez / InformationWeek: Voice Recognition Found In iPhone 3.0
Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog: iPhone 3.0: Voice Control to Get “Jibbler” With It?
Dave Jeyes / TECH.BLORGE.com: Voice control coming to the iPhone
Chris Davies / SlashGear: iPhone OS 3.0 to include “Jibbler” voice control?
Ben Sillis / Electricpig.co.uk: iPhone OS 3.0 boasts voice control
Eric Slivka / MacRumors: More Details of iPhone OS 3.0 ‘Voice Control’ Emerge
Charles Starrett / iLounge: More signs of voice control found in iPhone OS 3.0
Greg Sterling / Local Mobile Search: Rumor: Voice Coming to the iPhone
James Douglas / I4U News: iPhone OS 3.0 Gets Jibbler Voice Recognition
Brian Heater / AppScout: Report: iPhone OS 3.0 Has Hidden Voice Control
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily: iPhone 3.0: Pretty Nifty, I Must Say
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo: iPhone 3.0 Will Have “Jibbler” Voice Controls, Talk Back to You Like iPod Shuffle
Chauncey Dupree / 9 to 5 Mac: Jibbler voice controls added to iPhone 3.0?
Wall Street Journal:
Computer Spies Breach Fighter-Jet Project — WASHINGTON — Computer spies have broken into the Pentagon's $300 billion Joint Strike Fighter project — the Defense Department's costliest weapons program ever — according to current and former government officials familiar with the attacks.
Discussion: Ars Technica, PC World, PolicyBeta and Beyond Search, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica: Chinese hackers nick Joint Strike Fighter plans
Stephen E. Arnold / Beyond Search: Cyberwarfare Shoots Down an Aircraft