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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David Gelles / Financial Times: Google buys ReCaptcha to help with security
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!: Google Acquires reCAPTCHA
Cade Metz / The Register: Googlebooks crusade captures CAPTCHA king
Leena Rao / TechCrunch: Google Acquires reCaptcha To Power Scanning For Google Books And Google News
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: Google Acquires reCAPTCHA To Improve OCR & Rumors Of Brightcove Acquisition
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb: Google Acquires reCAPTCHA to Fight Spam and Improve Google Books OCR
Olaf de Senerpont Domis / Dealscape: Google captures ReCaptcha
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek: Google Revisits Crowdsourcing With reCAPTCHA Acquisition
Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld: Google buys reCAPTCHA to boost book scanning efforts
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily: Insert Bad “Google Captchas reCAPTCHA” Pun Here
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: Google Buys reCAPTCHA, Rolling Spam Protection Into Products
Kristen Nicole / bub.blicio.us: Google's Acquisition of reCAPTCHA Good for the World
Michael Klurfeld / Techgeist: Google Bought reCAPTCHA For The Company's Talent
Glenn Fleishman / TidBITS: Google Acquires CAPTCHA Service
Chad Berndtson / ChannelWeb: What Google Gains With ReCaptcha Technology In Its Trickbag
Mike Harvey / Tech Central: Google buys reCAPTCHA
Brad Stone / Bits: Google Buys Service That Uses Humans to Digitize Books
Chris Crum / WebProNews: Google Acquires CAPTCHA Company
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily: Google Acquires reCAPTCHA
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped: Google Acquires reCAPTCHA
Brian Prince / eWeek: Google Buys ReCAPTCHA to Improve Security and Book Scanning
Andrew Mager / The Web Life: Google buys reCAPTCHA: Digitize old books and fight spam
Chris Meadows / TeleRead: Google ‘captchas’ ReCAPTCHA
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch: Google Acquires reCAPTCHA; Plans to Use Technology for Books and Archives
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent: Google Buys reCAPTCHA To Aid Book Digitization
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks: Google Acquires ReCaptcha
Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.com: Google announces it has bought reCAPTCHA
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.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Guardian, CNET News, MediaMemo, mocoNews, Howard Lindzon, VentureBeat, Screenwerk, PE Hub Blog, Dealscape, Blogspotting, The Next Web Blog and Silicon Alley Insider
Dana Oshiro / ReadWriteWeb: On Twitter: What's Valuation Got to Do With Revenue?
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian: Twitter eyes more cash and adds more tweaks
Don Reisinger / CNET News: Twitter to raise funding at $1 billion valuation?
Joseph Tartakoff / mocoNews: Twitter Is Raising Money At A $1 Billion Valuation
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat: Report: Twitter close to another round at $1 billion valuation
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk: Twitter Raising More VC Money, 67M Users
Alastair Goldfisher / PE Hub Blog: Retweet This: Twitter Raising $50M at $1B Valuation
Mary Kathleen Flynn / Dealscape: Twitter reportedly raising $50M at $1B valuation
Stephen Baker / Blogspotting: Could Twitter be worth a billion BusinessWeeks?
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!, GigaOM, CNET News, DailyFinance and Times of London
Om Malik / GigaOM: Skype Founders Sue eBay — Big Surprise
Michelle Meyers / CNET News: Skype founders file copyright suit against Skype
Staci D. Kramer / mocoNews:
Updated: Skype Founders Sue eBay, Buyers Over Copyright …
Updated: Skype Founders Sue eBay, Buyers Over Copyright …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, Reuters, VentureBeat, The Register, Guardian, PC World, Tech Trader Daily, Between the Lines, Digital Daily and Team Think
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
Nancy Gohring / PC World: Report: Skype Founders Sue Skype
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily: Skype: A $1.9 Billion Legal Nightmare
Dave Greenfield / Team Think: Skype Founders Sue eBay and Investors
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, Engadget Mobile, The Toybox, Maximum PC all, Daring Fireball and MacDailyNews
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily: RIMM: Trackball Trouble With The Tour?
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile: BlackBerry Tour mired by trackball problems, Verizon losing patience?
Jennifer Bergen / The Toybox: Are you suffering from BlackBerry Tour trackball problems?
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.
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 …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent: Yahoo May Eventually Let Home Page Users Select Alternate Search Engines
Gavin Clarke / The Register: Microsoft targets Google's mobile dream with Bing
Ron Schenone / Lockergnome Blog Network: Bing Gains Market Share In August
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek: Microsoft Bing Owned 10.7 Percent of Searches in August
Barb Dybwad / Mashable!: Bing Is Now the Fastest Growing Search Engine
Arnold Zafra / Search Engine Journal: Google Has Less Bugs than Bing and Yahoo
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance: Barry Diller on ‘foolish’ Microsoft, ‘smart’ AOL and much more
Andrew Lyle / Neowin.net: Bing gains market share
Cyril Kowaliski / The Tech Report: Bing breaks 10% market share
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
Rafat Ali / paidContent: Google In Talks To Buy Brightcove?
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb: Rumor: Google In Talks to Acquire Brightcove for $500-$700 Million
Doug Caverly / WebProNews: Google May Buy Brightcove For $700 Million
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com: No Logic in Google-Brightcove Rumor
Ryan Lawler / Contentinople: Report: Google in Talks for Brightcove
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee: Rumor Mill Swirls: Google-Brightcove Tie-Up
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily: Google To Buy Brightcove?
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: InformationWeek, Light Reading, TechFlash, mocoNews, Engadget Mobile, Electronista, DSLreports, dailywireless.org and Phone Scoop
Marin Perez / InformationWeek: Comcast Pushing TV To Phones
Jeff Baumgartner / Light Reading: Comcast Keeps Mobile Spectrum Sidelined
John Cook / TechFlash: Comcast looks to deliver TV shows to your phone
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews: Comcast Exploring Adding TV And Voice Services Over WiMax
Sam Churchill / dailywireless.org: Comcast Delivers Mobile TV via WiMAX
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop: Comcast to Start Pushing TV to Mobile Phones
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, CNET News, Gadgetwise, iPhone Buzz, MobileCrunch, Coolest Gadgets, Mashable!, GottaBeMobile.com, SlashGear, Mobilewhack.com, DVICE and Gizmodo
Steven Sande / TUAW: What will they think of next? A real keyboard for the iPhone
Thomas Ricker / Engadget: iTwinge: the perfectly named iPhone keyboard
David Carnoy / CNET News: iTwinge: iPhone dream keyboard?
Roy Furchgott / Gadgetwise: A Real Keyboard for the iPhone?
Shane McGlaun / iPhone Buzz: iTwinge keyboard mounts to your iPhone
Doug Aamoth / MobileCrunch: iTwinge tactile keyboard for iPhone
Shane McGlaun / SlashGear: iTwinge iPhone keyboard set for November
Adam Frucci / DVICE: iTwinge adds a physical keyboard to the iPhone
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo: iTwinge Is the Stupidest iPhone Accessory of All Time, Ever
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: NBC Bay Area, Gawker and 1938 Media
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
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: Podcasting News, Aviary Blog, Download Squad, ReadWriteWeb and Brad Linder's digital home
Alan Queen / Aviary Blog: Aviary release Myna Audio Editor!
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.
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
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
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?
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.
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: mocoNews, TechFlash, dailywireless.org and Xconomy
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews: AT&T Purchases Airwaves From Billionaire Paul Allen To Support 4G Roll Out
John Cook / TechFlash: Paul Allen sells spectrum to AT&T
Sam Churchill / dailywireless.org: Paul Allen Sells 700MHz, Needs Bigger Boat
Gregory T. Huang / Xconomy: Report: Paul Allen's Vulcan Sells Wireless Spectrum Licenses to AT&T
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 …
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 …
Steve / Kindle Nation Daily:
Kindle edition of The Lost Symbol outselling Amazon hardcovers! — Get ready for what could become the biggest story of 2009 in the book trades. — Yesterday I went out on a limb and predicted that “Amazon will sell more Kindle editions than hardcover editions of The Lost Symbol during …
Discussion: CNET News, ReadWriteWeb, I4U News, Silicon Alley Insider, Contentinople, Electronista, AppScout and GeekTonic, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Don Reisinger / CNET News: Dan Brown book selling better on Kindle than hardcover?
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb: Could the eBook Version of ‘The Lost Symbol’ Outsell the Hardcover Edition?
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider: Kindle Version Of New Dan Brown Book Selling Better Than Hardcover On Amazon
Brian Heater / AppScout: E-Book Version of New Dan Brown Novel OutSelling Hardcover
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Could Dan Brown's ‘Lost Symbol’ Sell Better on Kindle Than in Hardcover?
Could Dan Brown's ‘Lost Symbol’ Sell Better on Kindle Than in Hardcover?
Discussion: Kindle Nation Daily, paidContent, CrunchGear, Gadgetell and Telegraph
Tameka Kee / paidContent: Dan Brown's New Book Selling Better On Kindle Than In Hardcover Via Amazon
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear: Is Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol the first e-book to outsell …
Speaking of Security, the RSA Blog and Podcast:
“Chat-in-the-Middle” Phishing Attack Attempts to Steal Consumers' Data via Bogus Live-Chat Support — A new, unique type of phishing attack targeted against online banking customers was recently discovered by the RSA FraudAction Research Lab. RSA has coined this as a “Chat-in-the-Middle” …
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day: Phishers introduce ‘Chat-in-the-Middle’ fraud tactic
Robert McMillan / PC World: New Phishing Attack Chats up Victims
Elinor Mills / CNET News: New scam adds live chat to phishing attack
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
The Adobe-Omniture deal: Does it make sense? — Adobe made a big splash with its $1.8 billion acquisition of Web analytics company Omniture. However, the logic behind the deal isn't exactly obvious. — On Adobe's fiscal third quarter conference call, analysts were pressing Adobe on its rationale for buying Omniture (Techmeme).
Discussion: Local Onliner, WebProNews, ReadWriteEnterprise, PC World, Internet Evolution, Seeking Alpha, MediaFile, Contentinople and Software as Services
Chris Crum / WebProNews: Adobe Seeks to Expand its Analytics Horizons
Steven Walling / ReadWriteEnterprise: Adobe Acquires Omniture: It's All About the Revenue Model
Tony Bradley / PC World: Adobe Pays Premium to Acquire Omniture
Chris Kaufman / MediaFile: A deal in need of a touch-up?
Ryan Lawler / Contentinople: Adobe Buys Omniture for $1.8B
Phil Wainewright / Software as Services: Adobe ties web design to business results
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 and Gizmodo
Sholto Macpherson / crn.com.au: Safety first for IT executives in China
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo: Coming Back From China? Throw Your Phone Out
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Google Says It Wants To Hire Yahoo Talent — It wouldn't be so surprising (or newsworthy) if this was happening behind the scenes, but Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is now openly trying to recruit Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) search engineers. In a blog post, Matt Cutts, who is Google's most prominent search blogger …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Matt Cutts, Search Engine Land, WebProNews and Maximum PC all
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat: Google poaching Yahoo engineers in public
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: Yahoo Search Engineers, Google Wants To Hire You
Doug Caverly / WebProNews: Matt Cutts Extends Offer To Yahoo Engineers
Ryan Whitwam / Maximum PC all: Google Says it Wants Yahoo Talent on Board
Avner Ronen / boxee blog:
Zach Klein joins Boxee — We are happy to announce that Zach Klein has joined Boxee. Zach was part of the founding team that built College Humor, Busted Tees and Vimeo (at Connected Ventures/IAC). Building a great product is one of those things that combines art, science and instinct.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Pulse2
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: Boxee Hires Zach Klein For Product Management
John Cook / TechFlash:
Washington at top of the pack in new venture capital study — What impact has venture capital had on the U.S. economy? That's the question that a new report from the industry's chief lobbying group, the National Venture Capital Association, tries to answer.
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.
Nat Worden / Digits: Diller on AOL: No Thanks
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
SPECIAL REPORT: Ready, Aim, Charge! — NEW YORK On the day Michael Jackson died, the Los Angeles Times drew its heaviest Web traffic ever. When Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina admitted to an affair, The State of Columbia, S.C., had the best online numbers in its history.