The Official Google Blog:
Teaching computers to read: Google acquires reCAPTCHA — The image above is a CAPTCHA — you can read it, but computers have a harder time interpreting the letters. We tried to make it hard for computers to recognize because we wanted to give humans the scoop first, but we're happy to announce …
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Seth H. Weintraub / Seth H. Weintraub's blog: Google acquires reCAPTCHA in two-for-one deal
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!: Google Acquires reCAPTCHA
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: Google Acquires reCAPTCHA To Improve OCR & Rumors Of Brightcove Acquisition
Leena Rao / TechCrunch: Google Acquires reCaptcha To Power Scanning For Google Books And Google News
Olaf de Senerpont Domis / Dealscape: Google captures ReCaptcha
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily: Insert Bad “Google Captchas reCAPTCHA” Pun Here
Cade Metz / The Register: Googlebooks crusade captures CAPTCHA king
David Gelles / Financial Times: Google buys ReCaptcha to help with security
Glenn Fleishman / TidBITS: Google Acquires CAPTCHA Service
Chad Berndtson / ChannelWeb: What Google Gains With ReCaptcha Technology In Its Trickbag
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek: Google Revisits Crowdsourcing With reCAPTCHA Acquisition
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: Google Buys reCAPTCHA, Rolling Spam Protection Into Products
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb: Google Acquires reCAPTCHA to Fight Spam and Improve Google Books OCR
Brad Stone / Bits: Google Buys Service That Uses Humans to Digitize Books
Kristen Nicole / bub.blicio.us: Google's Acquisition of reCAPTCHA Good for the World
Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld: Google buys reCAPTCHA to boost book scanning efforts
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped: Google Acquires reCAPTCHA
Michael Klurfeld / Techgeist: Google Bought reCAPTCHA For The Company's Talent
Mike Harvey / Tech Central: Google buys reCAPTCHA
Chris Crum / WebProNews: Google Acquires CAPTCHA Company
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily: Google Acquires reCAPTCHA
Brian Prince / eWeek: Google Buys ReCAPTCHA to Improve Security and Book Scanning
Chris Meadows / TeleRead: Google ‘captchas’ ReCAPTCHA
Andrew Mager / The Web Life: Google buys reCAPTCHA: Digitize old books and fight spam
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks: Google Acquires ReCaptcha
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch: Google Acquires reCAPTCHA; Plans to Use Technology for Books and Archives
Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.com: Google announces it has bought reCAPTCHA
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent: Google Buys reCAPTCHA To Aid Book Digitization
Ronny Kerr / VatorNews: Google acquires reCAPTCHA for book scans
Tom Krazit / CNET News: Google acquires ReCaptcha as book-scanning aid
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Closing New Venture Round At $1 Billion Valuation — Fast growing startup Twitter will soon be joining a select group of startups with private venture round valuations of $1 billion, we've heard from multiple sources. CEO Evan Williams disclosed the round to employees at a recent all hands meeting.
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT: Fasten your seatbelts — When Cnet blows the whistle …
Dana Oshiro / ReadWriteWeb: On Twitter: What's Valuation Got to Do With Revenue?
Grant Robertson / Download Squad: Keep hype alive : Twitter raises more pocket change
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian: Twitter eyes more cash and adds more tweaks
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News: At TechCrunch50, sexy yields to sensible
Brian Solis / bub.blicio.us: Twitter Now Worth 1 Billion Dollars!
Alastair Goldfisher / PE Hub Blog: Retweet This: Twitter Raising $50M at $1B Valuation
Mark Evans / Twitterrati: What Does Twitter Do With $50 Million?
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk: Twitter Raising More VC Money, 67M Users
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent: Twitter Is Raising Money At A $1 Billion Valuation
Mary Kathleen Flynn / Dealscape: Twitter reportedly raising $50M at $1B valuation
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat: Report: Twitter close to another round at $1 billion valuation
Stephen Baker / Blogspotting: Could Twitter be worth a billion BusinessWeeks?
BlackBerry Tour facing 50% return rate? — The BlackBerry Tour is suffering from a widespread defect that could seriously impact Research in Motion's bottom line, an analyst cautioned on Wednesday. The trackball on the smartphone is reported as clogging so quickly that it requires users …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily, Phone Arena, CrackBerry.com blogs, PC World, Maximum PC all, The Toybox, Engadget Mobile, MacDailyNews and Gizmodo
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily: RIMM: Trackball Trouble With The Tour?
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs: BlackBerry Tour Owner Poll: Have You Returned Your Tour Due …
Nancy Gohring / PC World: Analyst: 50% Return Rate for Blackberry Tour
Jennifer Bergen / The Toybox: Are you suffering from BlackBerry Tour trackball problems?
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile: BlackBerry Tour mired by trackball problems, Verizon losing patience?
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo: Remainders - Things We Didn't Post
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Why You Can't Get a Good Phone With Verizon — Why does the U.S. carrier known for the best network have the worst smartphones? — Verizon gets plaudits for its coverage and call quality, but consistently loses out to AT&T, T-Mobile and even Sprint when it comes to getting the newest high-end handsets.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Skype Founders File Copyright Suit Against eBay — SAN FRANCISCO — The founders of Skype are escalating their legal battle with eBay. — Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, who became billionaires after selling Skype to eBay in 2005, have filed a copyright lawsuit against Skype in United States district court in Northern California.
Discussion: Mashable!, CNET News, GigaOM, Techgeist, Times of London, DailyFinance and GigaLaw.com Daily News
Michelle Meyers / CNET News: Skype founders file copyright suit against Skype
Om Malik / GigaOM: Skype Founders Sue eBay — Big Surprise
Michael Klurfeld / Techgeist: Skype Founders Try to Derail Acquisition With Copyright Suit Against eBay
Staci D. Kramer / mocoNews:
Updated: Skype Founders Sue eBay, Buyers Over Copyright …
Updated: Skype Founders Sue eBay, Buyers Over Copyright …
Douglas MacMillan / Tech Beat: Skype Lawsuit May Complicate Sale
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal: Skype Founders Balk at eBay Deal
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat: Skype founders sue eBay for copyright violations
Dan Goodin / The Register: Skype founders sue eBay in license brawl
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian: Skype founders file suit against eBay
Frank Reed / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim: eBay's Skype Deal in Peril
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily: Skype: A $1.9 Billion Legal Nightmare
Dave Greenfield / Team Think: Skype Founders Sue eBay and Investors
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Bing grabs 10 percent of search market — Microsoft's new Bing search service is the fastest-growing U.S. search engine among the top 10, according to a Nielsen report released Monday. — The total amount of searches on Bing rang in at 1.1 billion for the month of August …
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance: Barry Diller on ‘foolish’ Microsoft, ‘smart’ AOL and much more
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek: Microsoft Bing Owned 10.7 Percent of Searches in August
Gavin Clarke / The Register: Microsoft targets Google's mobile dream with Bing
Barb Dybwad / Mashable!: Bing Is Now the Fastest Growing Search Engine
Ron Schenone / Lockergnome Blog Network: Bing Gains Market Share In August
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent: Yahoo May Eventually Let Home Page Users Select Alternate Search Engines
Arnold Zafra / Search Engine Journal: Google Has Less Bugs than Bing and Yahoo
Andrew Lyle / Neowin.net: Bing gains market share
Cyril Kowaliski / The Tech Report: Bing breaks 10% market share
Jason Kottke / kottke.org:
Your company? There's an app for that. — Few technology and device-making companies probably realize it, but they are in direct competition with Apple (or soon will be). How did this happen? Well, the iPhone1 does a lot of useful things pretty well, well enough that it is replacing …
Discussion: Snarkmarket and Daring Fireball
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
TC50: TechCrunch50 founders' feud: “It's over” for the startup conference — “I can tell you that this is the last TechCrunch50,” event co-founder Jason Calacanis told humorist Loren Feldman last night in a video interview after the close of the third annual TechCrunch50 conference in San Francisco.
Discussion: Texas Startup Blog, NBC Bay Area, Gawker, 1938 Media and Smalltalk Tidbits …
Alexander Muse / Texas Startup Blog: What makes a good partnership?
Sajid Farooq / NBC Bay Area: TechCrunch Conference's Big Finish
Ryan Tate / Gawker: Bitter Breakup Splits Tech's Biggest Boosters
Loren Feldman / 1938 Media: Techcrunch 50 Will Never Be Held Again
James A. Robertson / Smalltalk Tidbits, Industry Rants: Attempted Humor Fail
The Business Of Online Video:
Confirmed: Google Rumor False, Not Acquiring Brightcove — I received a call from one of the parties involved in the Google/Brightcove rumor who would not talk on record but confirmed with me that the rumor that Google is buying Brightcove is in fact false.
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!: Google to Buy Web Video Provider Brightcove? [RUMOR]
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat: Report: Google in talks to buy Brightcove for $500-700 million
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb: Rumor: Google In Talks to Acquire Brightcove for $500-$700 Million
Ryan Lawler / Contentinople: Report: Google in Talks for Brightcove
Rafat Ali / paidContent: Google In Talks To Buy Brightcove?
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com: No Logic in Google-Brightcove Rumor
Doug Caverly / WebProNews: Google May Buy Brightcove For $700 Million
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee: Rumor Mill Swirls: Google-Brightcove Tie-Up
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily: Google To Buy Brightcove?
Pete Wylie / fierceonlinevideo.com/news/frontpage: Contrary to reports, Brightcove not in buyout talks with Google
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Zune HD apps are here... complete with pre-roll ads — The first batch of apps for the Zune HD can now be freely downloaded from Microsoft, and they come with an unexpected “present”: static and video ads that play during launch. — Apps for the new Zune HD (read our review) are now available …
Discussion: TechFlash, Edible Apple and MacDailyNews
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Comcast plans to bring TV shows to your phone — Leading U.S. cable operator Comcast Corp said on Wednesday it plans to offer subscribers the option to watch their favorite TV shows on mobile devices through its new wireless Internet service. — The company is also exploring adding …
Discussion: paidContent, InformationWeek, Light Reading, Engadget Mobile, mocoNews, Electronista, DSLreports, TechFlash, dailywireless.org and Phone Scoop
Marin Perez / InformationWeek: Comcast Pushing TV To Phones
Jeff Baumgartner / Light Reading: Comcast Keeps Mobile Spectrum Sidelined
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews: Comcast Exploring Adding TV And Voice Services Over WiMax
John Cook / TechFlash: Comcast looks to deliver TV shows to your phone
Sam Churchill / dailywireless.org: Comcast Delivers Mobile TV via WiMAX
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop: Comcast to Start Pushing TV to Mobile Phones
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Aviary launches impressive audio editor, Myna — Aviary is great at making advanced Web-based artists' tools that I haven't a hope of being able to fully use. Case in point, the new audio editor, Myna, that joins the company's suite of graphics tools like the Phoenix image editor and the Raven vector editor.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Podcasting News, Aviary Blog, Maximum PC all, Download Squad and Brad Linder's digital home
Alan Queen / Aviary Blog: Aviary release Myna Audio Editor!
Pulkit Chandna / Maximum PC all: Aviary Launches Web-based Audio Editor, Myna
Brad Linder / Download Squad: Aviary Myna: The best web-based audio editor yet
Brad Linder / Brad Linder's digital home: New Digital Audio Editing software
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
The Man Who's Beating Google — Robin Li has built the most popular search site for the world's biggest audience—in China. That's round one in epic battle. — On a smoggy August morning outside Beijing's China World Hotel, Li Yanhong's fan club is assembling.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google's Schmidt To Book Settlement Critics: What's Your Solution? — As the proposed Google Book Search lawsuit settlement is debated, I've read calls from various critics that everything should go back to “square one” for a solution. Would Google be willing to do this?
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Tom Krazit / CNET News: Report: Google considering book settlement tweaks
Miles Weiss / Bloomberg:
Paul Allen Sells Wireless Spectrum Licenses to AT&T — Sept. 16 (Bloomberg) — Paul Allen, the billionaire co- founder of Microsoft Corp., agreed to sell wireless airwaves he acquired in 2003 to a unit of AT&T Inc. for an undisclosed price, according to government filings.
Discussion: dailywireless.org, mocoNews, Xconomy and TechFlash
Sam Churchill / dailywireless.org: Paul Allen Sells 700MHz, Needs Bigger Boat
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews: AT&T Purchases Airwaves From Billionaire Paul Allen To Support 4G Roll Out
Gregory T. Huang / Xconomy: Report: Paul Allen's Vulcan Sells Wireless Spectrum Licenses to AT&T
John Cook / TechFlash: Paul Allen sells spectrum to AT&T
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld:
Shh!!! HP sneaks Linux in on new laptops — Except for Dell, the major PC vendors are reluctant to admit they actually sell and support Linux. For instance, HP supports Linux quite well on its servers but is very reluctant to support it on its desktops.
Discussion: PC World
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / PC World: HP Sneaks Linux Onto New Laptops
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Former Bebo CEO and AOL Top Exec Shields and Shine's Murdoch to Form Interactive Content Start-Up — Former Bebo CEO Joanna Shields and Shine Group Chairman and CEO Elisabeth Murdoch have formed a content start-up to produce across media platforms, both online and offline, with a focus on social engagement, according to sources.
iTwinge is the World's First iPhone Keyboard — We may have just come across something that may convert dedicated BlackBerry users to finally using the iPhone.The iPhone is getting a KEYBOARD called iTwinge, a real feel and tactile keyboard for those who thought their big thumbs would never allow them to use the touchscreen version.
Discussion: TUAW, Engadget, Coolest Gadgets, GottaBeMobile.com, SlashGear, iPhone Buzz, Gadgetwise, Mashable!, MobileCrunch, DVICE, CNET News, Mobilewhack.com, Gizmodo and techeblog.com
Steven Sande / TUAW: What will they think of next? A real keyboard for the iPhone
Thomas Ricker / Engadget: iTwinge: the perfectly named iPhone keyboard
Shane McGlaun / SlashGear: iTwinge iPhone keyboard set for November
Shane McGlaun / iPhone Buzz: iTwinge keyboard mounts to your iPhone
Roy Furchgott / Gadgetwise: A Real Keyboard for the iPhone?
Doug Aamoth / MobileCrunch: iTwinge tactile keyboard for iPhone
Adam Frucci / DVICE: iTwinge adds a physical keyboard to the iPhone
David Carnoy / CNET News: iTwinge: iPhone dream keyboard?
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo: iTwinge Is the Stupidest iPhone Accessory of All Time, Ever
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Barry Diller: Of Course People Are Going To Pay For Content On The Web — At Goldman's Communacopia conference, another high profile CEO is telling the world the free-for-all days of the Internet won't last forever. Yesterday it was Rupert Murdoch, today it's Barry Diller.
Discussion: Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim and Digits
Nat Worden / Digits: Diller on AOL: No Thanks
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Next Headache: API Name Squatting — Twitter continues to work through username squatting issues by reassigning trademarked and even non-trademarked user names to their more appropriate owners. It's a manual process that sometimes takes weeks, but with Twitter's growing importance …
Zee / The Next Web Blog:
Phone Calls Come to Twitter. … JAJAH, a VOIP company, will announce the beta-launch of its Twitter calling solution, JAJAH@call tomorrow. — You'll be able to make phone calls via Twitter free of charge to anyone in the world, so long as they follow you back and have JAJAH accounts.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News: Phone calling coming to Twitter
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!: Make Phone Calls on Twitter With @Call
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Mint.com: Nurtured by Super-Angel VCs — Intuit is acquiring a startup conceived by a “25-year-old kid” and funded by First Round Capital, a new breed of high-risk, early-stage venture capitalist — Intuit's purchase of Mint.com was a big win for Mint CEO Aaron Patzer and the rest …
Discussion: Tech Beat and Creative Capital, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Aaron Ricadela / Tech Beat: Apres Mint, Intuit Must Freshen its Brands
Spencer Ante / Creative Capital: Mint.com: A Vindication of the Super-Angel VCs
John Brownlee / Geek.com:
US Government advises technology executives to trash mobile phones after returning from CHina — Just because the Soviet Union is gone doesn't mean that the US government isn't paranoid about Communist spying and espionage. Ask frequent business travelers who have flown to China recently …
Discussion: crn.com.au, Gizmodo and Slashdot
Sholto Macpherson / crn.com.au: Safety first for IT executives in China
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo: Coming Back From China? Throw Your Phone Out
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Court Rules Overstock Can't Enforce ‘Browsewrap’ Agreement — A federal judge has ruled that Internet retailer Overstock can't enforce the manadatory arbitration agreement set out in its online terms and conditions because there is no evidence that consumers read the policy.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt: Overstock Told That ‘Browserwrap’ Agreement Is Unenforceable
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
EU in informal talks on Microsoft, Yahoo deal-source — * U.S. regulators deepened review last week — * Microsoft, Commission not available for comment — EU antitrust regulators are in touch with Microsoft and Yahoo about their search engine deal, a source familiar with the situation said …
Discussion: eWeek, ZDNet Government, Techgeist, Ars Technica, The Microsoft Blog, All about Microsoft, CNET News and Electronista
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek: Microsoft, Yahoo Deal May Be Examined by EU, Says Report
Richard Koman / ZDNet Government: EU, US looking at MSFT-YHOO search deal: Is competition for GOOG anticompetitive?
Michael Klurfeld / Techgeist: EU's Investigating Microsoft-Yahoo Search Deal Won't Matter
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica: Microsoft, Yahoo in talks with EU over Microhoo search deal
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft: Microsoft confirms notification of EU about its Yahoo search deal
Elinor Mills / CNET News: Microsoft, Yahoo talking to EU about proceeding on deal
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Oracle's Q1: “We grew faster than SAP” — Oracle Corp., which is facing a delay of its acquisition of Sun Microsystems, today reported first quarter earnings of $1.5 billion, or 3 cents per share, a three-percent increase over the year-ago quarter. Revenue for the quarter was $5.1 billion, a 7 percent drop from last year.
Discussion: Yahoo! Finance, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Dow Jones Newswires, internetnews.com, eWeek and Digital Daily
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal: Oracle Profit Rises, but Sales Fall
Jim Finkle / Reuters: Oracle software sales miss target, shares fall
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek: Oracle's Profits Up, Revenues Down in Fiscal Q1
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily: Oracle Earnings: Miss and Match