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
David Gelles / Financial Times: Google buys ReCaptcha to help with security
Chad Berndtson / ChannelWeb: What Google Gains With ReCaptcha Technology In Its Trickbag
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek: Google Revisits Crowdsourcing With reCAPTCHA Acquisition
Cade Metz / The Register: Googlebooks crusade captures CAPTCHA king
Brad Stone / Bits: Google Buys Service That Uses Humans to Digitize Books
Glenn Fleishman / TidBITS: Google Acquires CAPTCHA Service
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily: Insert Bad “Google Captchas reCAPTCHA” Pun Here
Olaf de Senerpont Domis / Dealscape: Google captures ReCaptcha
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: Google Acquires reCAPTCHA To Improve OCR & Rumors Of Brightcove Acquisition
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: Google Buys reCAPTCHA, Rolling Spam Protection Into Products
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!: Google Acquires reCAPTCHA
Kristen Nicole / bub.blicio.us: Google's Acquisition of reCAPTCHA Good for the World
Leena Rao / TechCrunch: Google Acquires reCaptcha To Power Scanning For Google Books And Google News
Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld: Google buys reCAPTCHA to boost book scanning efforts
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped: Google Acquires reCAPTCHA
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb: Google Acquires reCAPTCHA to Fight Spam and Improve Google Books OCR
Michael Klurfeld / Techgeist: Google Bought reCAPTCHA For The Company's Talent
Chris Crum / WebProNews: Google Acquires CAPTCHA Company
Mike Harvey / Tech Central: Google buys reCAPTCHA
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily: Google Acquires reCAPTCHA
Chris Meadows / TeleRead: Google ‘captchas’ ReCAPTCHA
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks: Google Acquires ReCaptcha
Brian Prince / eWeek: Google Buys ReCAPTCHA to Improve Security and Book Scanning
Ronny Kerr / VatorNews: Google acquires reCAPTCHA for book scans
Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.com: Google announces it has bought reCAPTCHA
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch: Google Acquires reCAPTCHA; Plans to Use Technology for Books and Archives
Andrew Mager / The Web Life: Google buys reCAPTCHA: Digitize old books and fight spam
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent: Google Buys reCAPTCHA To Aid Book Digitization
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
By Acquiring ReCaptcha, Google Acquired a Crowd Computer Along the Way — As previously mentioned, Google has acquired reCaptcha, a company providing those hard-to-read Captcha tests to tell robots and humans apart on websites (e.g. to protect a comment form against automated spamming).
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.
Patricio Robles / the Econsultancy blog: Is Twitter worth $1bn?
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: VCs Betting Twitter Is Worth $1 Billion, Still No Revenue Model
Dana Oshiro / ReadWriteWeb: On Twitter: What's Valuation Got to Do With Revenue?
Brian Solis / bub.blicio.us: Twitter Now Worth 1 Billion Dollars!
Don Reisinger / CNET News: Twitter to raise funding at $1 billion valuation?
Mark Evans / Twitterrati: What Does Twitter Do With $50 Million?
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian: Twitter eyes more cash and adds more tweaks
Grant Robertson / Download Squad: Keep hype alive : Twitter raises more pocket change
Alastair Goldfisher / PE Hub Blog: Retweet This: Twitter Raising $50M at $1B Valuation
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk: Twitter Raising More VC Money, 67M Users
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent: Twitter Is Raising Money At A $1 Billion Valuation
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat: Report: Twitter close to another round at $1 billion valuation
Mary Kathleen Flynn / Dealscape: Twitter reportedly raising $50M at $1B valuation
Stephen Baker / Blogspotting: Could Twitter be worth a billion BusinessWeeks?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Source: Insight Venture Partners Is The New Twitter Investor
Source: Insight Venture Partners Is The New Twitter Investor
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
The long-awaited DreamScreen tablet computer comes from HP, not Apple — Hewlett Packard has beaten Apple to the punch in coming up with a beautiful tablet-like computer. The company's just-announced DreamScreen products represent a new category of wireless connected screens.
Discussion: PC World, The Next Web Blog, Engadget, eHomeUpgrade, MobileContentToday, GottaBeMobile.com, Technologizer, Crave, Mashable!, Electronista, Gadgetell, Liliputing, Gizmodo, Electricpig.co.uk and TechVi
Martin Bryant / The Next Web Blog: HP's DreamScreen is almost an Apple Tablet and available sooner (Video)
Alexander Grundner / eHomeUpgrade: HP Launches the HP DreamScreen Infotainment Display
Todd Ogasawara / MobileContentToday: How Can Anyone Confuse the HP DreamScreen (Souped Up Photo Frame) …
Xavier Lanier / GottaBeMobile.com: HP DreamScreen: Photo Frame on Steroids
Harry McCracken / Technologizer: HP's DreamScreens: Photo Frames on Steroids
John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog: HP DreamScreen: More than just a photo frame
Iyaz Akhtar / Gadgetell: HP introduces the DreamScreen and it has apps …
Ben Sillis / Electricpig.co.uk: HP Pavilion dm3 hands-on!
Randall Bennett / TechVi: HP unveils DreamScreen tablet
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: Techdirt, Mashable!, CNET News, GigaOM, Techgeist, DailyFinance and GigaLaw.com Daily News
Michael Masnick / Techdirt: Skype Tech Licensing Soap Opera Continues: Founders Sue eBay …
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 …
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal: Skype Founders Balk at eBay Deal
Dan Goodin / The Register: Skype founders sue eBay in license brawl
Douglas MacMillan / Tech Beat: Skype Lawsuit May Complicate Sale
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian: Skype founders file suit against eBay
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat: Skype founders sue eBay for copyright violations
Nancy Gohring / PC World: Report: Skype Founders Sue Skype
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
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.
BlackBerry Tour facing 50% return rate?
BlackBerry Tour facing 50% return rate?
Discussion: Softpedia News, Tech Trader Daily, PC World, CrackBerry.com blogs, Engadget Mobile, Phone Arena, The Toybox, Maximum PC, MacDailyNews and Gizmodo
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily: RIMM: Trackball Trouble With The Tour?
Nancy Gohring / PC World: Analyst: 50% Return Rate for Blackberry Tour
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs: BlackBerry Tour Owner Poll: Have You Returned Your Tour Due …
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?
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo: Remainders - Things We Didn't Post
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: MobileContentToday, TechFlash, Edible Apple and MacDailyNews
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 …
Gavin Clarke / The Register: Microsoft targets Google's mobile dream with Bing
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent: Yahoo May Eventually Let Home Page Users Select Alternate Search Engines
Stephen E. Arnold / Beyond Search: Interpreting the Microsoft Song about Mobile Search
Ron Schenone / Lockergnome Blog Network: Bing Gains Market Share In August
Barb Dybwad / Mashable!: Bing Is Now the Fastest Growing Search Engine
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek: Microsoft Bing Still Has Room to Grow, Says Exec
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance: Barry Diller on ‘foolish’ Microsoft, ‘smart’ AOL and much more
Andrew Lyle / Neowin.net: Bing gains market share
Arnold Zafra / Search Engine Journal: Google Has Less Bugs than Bing and Yahoo
Cyril Kowaliski / The Tech Report: Bing breaks 10% market share
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, Bloomberg and TeleRead, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Tom Krazit / CNET News: Report: Google considering book settlement tweaks
Chris Meadows / TeleRead: Google CEO to critics: What would you have us do?
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Eyeing 10% Market Share For Chrome. Mac Version Due By The End Of The Year. — As we noted yesterday, version 3 of Google's Chrome web browser is now available for PC users. But in an interview yesterday with Reuters, Google revealed a couple of interesting tidbits about the project.
Discussion: Reuters and Asa Dotzler
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters: Google updates browser, plans to gain share
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
At TechCrunch50, sexy yields to sensible — SAN FRANCISCO—At some point during the TechCrunch50 conference it became evident that the Web 2.0 floodgates are no longer open. — Maybe it was when conference co-organizer Jason Calacanis asked one of the panels of judges what they'd thought …
Discussion: blogs.ft.com, TechCrunchIT and WebProNews
Chris Nuttall / blogs.ft.com: TC50 start-ups are flickering beacons of success
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT: Fasten your seatbelts — When Cnet blows the whistle …
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Taming Your Digital Distractions — Is there any human invention more duplicitous than the personal computer? These machines were manufactured and initially marketed as devices to help us at work. We were told they would perform amazing feats of office derring-do …
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
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.
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, Xconomy, mocoNews and TechFlash
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
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
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]
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb: Rumor: Google In Talks to Acquire Brightcove for $500-$700 Million
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com: No Logic in Google-Brightcove Rumor
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat: Report: Google in talks to buy Brightcove for $500-700 million
Ryan Lawler / Contentinople: Report: Google in Talks for Brightcove
Doug Caverly / WebProNews: Google May Buy Brightcove For $700 Million
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee: Rumor Mill Swirls: Google-Brightcove Tie-Up
Rafat Ali / paidContent: Google In Talks To Buy Brightcove?
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily: Google To Buy Brightcove?
Mary Kathleen Flynn / Seeking Alpha: Google Rumored to Be Considering Buying Brightcove
Pete Wylie / fierceonlinevideo.com/news/frontpage: Contrary to reports, Brightcove not in buyout talks with Google
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, Smalltalk Tidbits … and 1938 Media
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
James A. Robertson / Smalltalk Tidbits, Industry Rants: Attempted Humor Fail
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: ReadWriteWeb, Aviary Blog, Maximum PC, Brad Linder's digital home, Podcasting News and Download Squad
Alan Queen / Aviary Blog: Aviary release Myna Audio Editor!
Pulkit Chandna / Maximum PC: Aviary Launches Web-based Audio Editor, Myna
Brad Linder / Brad Linder's digital home: New Digital Audio Editing software
Brad Linder / Download Squad: Aviary Myna: The best web-based audio editor yet
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, paidContent, Engadget Mobile, Electronista, TechFlash, dailywireless.org, DSLreports, Phone Scoop and mocoNews
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
Sam Churchill / dailywireless.org: Comcast Delivers Mobile TV via WiMAX
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop: Comcast to Start Pushing TV to Mobile Phones
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews: Comcast Exploring Adding TV And Voice Services Over WiMax
Matt Rudd / Times of London:
Music industry ready for climbdown on internet piracy demands — The music industry is preparing to back down from its demands that people caught downloading songs illegally be disconnected from the internet after a revolt by leading musicians. — UK Music, the body that represents …
Discussion: Guardian, UK MUSIC and paidContent
Katie Allen / Guardian: UK Music claims unity on filesharing
Robert Andrews / paidContent: Music Biz Considers Backing For ISP Account Suspensions
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.
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.
Discussion: CNET News, VentureBeat, Mashable!, Twilio Company Blog, stuart henshall and Pat Phelan
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News: Phone calling coming to Twitter
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Jajah lets you make phone calls directly from Twitter
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!: Make Phone Calls on Twitter With @Call
Danielle Morrill / Twilio Company Blog: Call Twitter Friends with One Click Using TweetToCall
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.