The Official Google Blog:
Goodbye to an old friend: 1-800-GOOG-411 — Back in 2007 we launched 1-800-GOOG-411, a voice-powered directory assistance service that connects you quickly to businesses across the U.S. and Canada. On November 12, 2010, we will shut down the service. — GOOG-411 was the first speech …
Jared Newman / Technologizer: Goodbye (and Good Riddance), 1-800-GOOG-411
Liz Gannes / GigaOM: Goodbye to GOOG-411 and Biddy-Biddy-Boop
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb: Google Shuts Down 1-800-GOOG-411
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch: Google Cuts The Cord On Its Free 411 Service
Tom Krazit / CNET News: Google hanging up on GOOG-411
Marin Perez / IntoMobile: Google hangs up on Goog-411 to focus on Android
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat: Still dial 411? Google's free directory assistance option is shutting down
Sardar Mohkim Khan / Startup Meme: Google Pulls The Plug On Goog - 411 Service
Juan Carlos Perez / ITworld.com: Google to shutter GOOG-411 directory assistance service
Doug Caverly / WebProNews: Google To Disconnect GOOG-411
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: Google Cuts The Cord On GOOG-411
Keith Dsouza / Techie Buzz: Google Shutting Down Directory Services 1-800-GOOG-411
Adam Pash / Lifehacker: Google Shuts Down GOOG-411
Brad McCarty / The Next Web: Google kills its free GOOG-411 service
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Apple is changing its tune on music subs — Apple is talking with the major record labels about a subscription music service that would give customers unlimited access to songs for a monthly fee, sources told The Post. Apple iTunes boss Eddy Cue was on the phone with music honchos as recently …
Discussion: PC World, VentureBeat, Gizmodo, Tech Trader Daily, IntoMobile, Reuters, MacRumors, Ars Technica, Fast Company, Techland, FierceMobileContent, paidContent:UK, TiPb, I4U News, MacStories, Cult of Mac, GeekSugar, TechFlash, SlashGear, iLounge, Macsimum News, Edible Apple, hypebot, TUAW, The Register, Go Rumors, TechSpot, everythingiCafe and The Loop, more at Mediagazer »
Jared Newman / PC World: Yawn, Another Subscription iTunes Rumor
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat: Apple in talks for iTunes music subscriptions, blocks Spotify in the process
Marin Perez / IntoMobile: Apple close to subcription iTunes for iPhone, iPad
Mansi Dutta / Reuters: Apple in talks on fee-based music service: report
Rene Ritchie / TiPb: Apple working on music subscriptions again/finally?
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News: Apple iTunes Music Streaming Subscriptions Rumors get renewed
Federico Viticci / MacStories: Apple Allegedly Fighting Against A Music Service They Should Learn From
John Brownlee / Cult of Mac: Apple and Publishers In Talks For $10-$15 Per Month iTunes Subscription Service
Kristen Hawley / GeekSugar: More Rumored News About Apple's Subscription Music Service
Charles Starrett / iLounge: Apple in talks over music subscription service?
Dennis Sellers / Macsimum News: Apple considering music subscription service?
Bruce Houghton / hypebot: Apple Plots iTunes Music Subscription Service And How To Stop Spotify
Dave Caolo / TUAW: Rumor: Apple pursuing iTunes music subscription
Stephaine Larsson / Go Rumors: iTunes Subscription Service For Unlimited Music Access Coming?
Emil Protalinski / TechSpot: Rumor: Apple music subscription could start at $10/month
Tim Barribeau / everythingiCafe: Apple Reported To Be Rethinking Music Subscription
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop: Report: Apple in talks for iTunes music subscriptions
Darrell Etherington / TheAppleBlog:
Spotify's Move to U.S. Could Spur iTunes Subscription Service
Spotify's Move to U.S. Could Spur iTunes Subscription Service
Discussion: Techdirt, Engadget, AppleInsider and TechEye
Mike Masnick / Techdirt: Apple Trash Talking Spotify As It Prepares Its Competitor
Andrea Petrou / TechEye: Apple says Spotify must not launch in US
Boy Genius Report:
Samsung Galaxy Tab launching November 14th on Sprint for $399? — One of our Sprint sources just messaged us to let us know that the Sprint version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab is set to launch right around November 14. How about pricing? Well, we've also been told the 7-inch tablet will sell …
Discussion: I4U News, SlashGear, Gadget Lab, Android Community, IntoMobile, Gizmodo, eWeek, Fortune, Computerworld, Androidos.in, Techland, Android Phone Fans, Technologizer, GottaBeMobile, Obsessable, Phone Arena, CrunchGear, Techie Buzz, AndroidGuys, Softpedia News, Examiner, Crave, Electronista, Geek.com, techeblog.com, netbooknews.com, Phones Review, MobileBurn.com and ConceivablyTech
Jordan Cressman / I4U News: Samsung Galaxy Tab - November 14, $599: Rumor
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Samsung Galaxy Tab hitting Sprint for $399 on November 14?
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab: Samsung Tablet May Cost $400 with Long-Term Contract
Dylan Bailey / Android Community: Sprint Galaxy Tab coming November 14th?
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo: Sprint to Offer Galaxy Tab November 14th For $400?
Clint Boulton / eWeek: Samsung Galaxy Tab Coming from Sprint for $399: BGR
Seth Weintraub / Fortune: Samsung Galaxy Tab gets a Sprint price and a US release date?
Gaurav Shukla / Androidos.in: Sprint Galaxy Tab pricing revealed - $399 on contract?
Harry McCracken / Technologizer: Apple, the Low Cost Leader?
Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile: BGR: Samsung Galaxy Tab Launching on Sprint Nov 14 Subsidized at $399?
Stephen Schenck / Obsessable: Samsung Galaxy Tab may hit Sprint first in mid-November for $400 …
Sal Cangeloso / Geek.com: Samsung Galaxy Tab hitting Sprint Nov 14 for $399?
Todd Haselton / MobileBurn.com: Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab Android tablet could cost $399
Daniel Bailey / ConceivablyTech: iPad Will Keep The Edge over Samsung Galaxy Tab
David Lieberman / USA Today:
Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz: ‘creepy’ Facebook is biggest rival — ATLANTA — Yahoo (YHOO) shouldn't be such a hard company to figure out. It's one of the oldest and best-known content providers on the Web. Its news, information, entertainment and communications services attract more than 170 million U.S. visitors each month.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog, Search Engine Land, TechCrunch, Newsonomics, WebProNews, Adotas, The Next Newsroom Project, bizjournals and BoomTown
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog: Turmoil at Yahoo puts struggling Internet giant and its CEO in the spotlight
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics: News and “People Like That”: Carol Bartz Q & A
Doug Caverly / WebProNews: Bartz Labels Facebook Potential Biggest Competitor
Gavin Dunaway / Adotas: Yahoo: Bartz Bashing Continues
Kara Swisher / BoomTown: Next Yahoo Challenge: Earnings Triumph or Waterloo?
Amanda Natividad / paidContent:
Charting The Bartz Upheaval — Under Carol Bartz, who took over as CEO in January 2009, Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) has seen a seemingly endless number of executives coming and going. That turnover took center stage last month when Yahoo announced that a trio of high-level executives—EVP Hilary Schneider …
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Exclusive Q&A: Google's Andy Rubin Talks Android — SAN FRANCISCO—Androids are marching across the land. Google's Android smartphone OS has been making huge gains in U.S. market share according to recent surveys, with high-profile phones like Motorola's Droid X and Samsung's Galaxy S leading the charge.
Discussion: TechCrunch, IntoMobile, Fortune, WMPoweruser.com, Phone Arena, Android Phone Fans, SiliconANGLE and Android Community
MG Siegler / TechCrunch: Android Chief Likely Out Of Breath After Non-Stop Excuses For Carriers In Interview
Marin Perez / IntoMobile: Verizon, Google downplay Windows Phone 7
Kevin Krause / Android Phone Fans: Google's Andy Rubin Talks Android, Its Future, and Windows Phone 7
Kristen Nicole / SiliconANGLE: Microsoft Gets Palm License. What's it Mean for Windows Phone 7?
Dylan Bailey / Android Community: Android Chief weighs in on Windows Phone 7
NIC.LY statement regarding the decision to block vb.ly — NIC.ly rules and regulations were set by the local Libyan internet community (in accordance with best practices for ccTLDs) to reflect it's identity and content. It's a bottom up module in which the Community's feedback …
Discussion: Faster Forward, The Next Web, Neowin.net, Ben Metcalfe Blog, TechCrunch and violet blue ®
Rob Pegoraro / Faster Forward: Who's the master of a .ly domain?
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch: Libyan Domain Registry Shares Its Views On The .ly Hoopla, But Questions Remain
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Time To Think Carefully About Which Country Hosts Your URL Shortener
Time To Think Carefully About Which Country Hosts Your URL Shortener
Discussion: CircleID, Techdirt and The Atlantic Online
Roland LaPlante / CircleID: Reduce the Risk of URL Shorteners to Your Brand With Your Own TLD
Nicholas Jackson / The Atlantic Online: Libya Shutting Down .ly Domains Without Notice
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Exclusive: Microsoft to Shutter Massive Inc. — Looks like Microsoft has a Massive failure on its hands. — The software giant will shutter its in-game advertising unit Massive Inc. before the end of this month, according to sources close to the company.
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog, CNET News, Silicon Alley Insider, paidContent, MediaMemo, VG247 and The Next Web, Thanks:jasonhiner
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News: Microsoft said to be closing Massive Inc. unit
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent: Microsoft Reportedly Shutting Down Its In-Game Ad Unit
Stephany Nunneley / VG247: Report: Microsoft to close its in-game advert unit Massive Inc.
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web: Big failure: Microsoft reportedly closing down game ad platform Massive Inc.
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Caught Spying on Student, FBI Demands GPS Tracker Back — A California student got a visit from the FBI this week after he found a secret GPS tracking device on his car, and a friend posted photos of it online. The post prompted wide speculation about whether the device was real …
Discussion: Engadget, Techdirt, Network World, msnbc.com, p2pnet, SlashGear, DailyTech, Switched, TG Daily, dailywireless.org, CrunchGear, GMSV, Gawker and [H]ardOCP News/Article Feed
Mike Masnick / Techdirt: Guy Finds FBI Tracking Device On Car, Posts Pics Online …
Paul McNamara / Network World: Arab-American student finds FBI tracking device on his car
Wilson Rothman / msnbc.com: FBI busted tracking student, demands GPS spy gear return
Chris Davies / SlashGear: FBI demand GPS bug back from tracked US student
Terrence O'Brien / Switched: Caught Spying, FBI Asks Student to Return GPS Tracker
Trent Nouveau / TG Daily: FBI tracks California student with outdated spy gear
Sam Churchill / dailywireless.org: Secret GPS Tracking
John Biggs / CrunchGear: FBI Takes Back Their GPS Tracker
Levi Sumagaysay / GMSV: Quoted: Involuntary location-based services, allegedly courtesy of the FBI
Adrian Chen / Gawker: Don't Post Pictures of an FBI Tracking Device You Find on a Car to the Internet
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's M&A Strategy-Maybe Local Commerce Rather Than Content (Hello, Groupon!) — It's no secret in Silicon Valley dealmaking circles that Yahoo has been looking at what insiders have called a “transformative” acquisition to jumpstart the company. — And while many think that has to mean grabbing …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, The Praized Blog and Tech Trader Daily
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider: 100 Million Reasons Yahoo Would Spend $2 Billion To Buy Groupon
Sebastien Provencher / The Praized Blog: Yahoo Looking to Acquire Groupon?
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily: Yahoo To Buy Groupon?
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
About this 7-inch Apple iPad — Analyst are predicting that Apple will begin work on its 7-inch iPad very soon. They are wrong. — The fact is, Apple already has a 7-inch iPad. They have had one of the smaller devices since they started making the 9.7-inch iPad that we have now.
Discussion: AppleInsider, MacRumors, displayblog, Silicon Alley Insider, Erictric, Daring Fireball, Edible Apple, everythingiCafe and Macworld
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider: 7" iPad Already Done — Just A Question Of Whether Or Not Apple Wants To Release It
Bertrand Vasquez / Erictric: Apple Reportedly Developed 7-Inch and 9.7-Inch iPad Models Together
John Gruber / Daring Fireball: Jim Dalrymple on the Rumors of a 7-Inch iPad
Tim Barribeau / everythingiCafe: Jim Dalrymple: 7-Inch iPad Already Here
Dan Moren / Macworld: Remains of the Day: Here a gate, there a gate
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Report: Hulu Prepping To File For $2 Billion IPO — According to a Reuters report, Hulu is preparing to IPO in the first half of 2011. Sources told the news organization that Hulu will be looking to raise between $200 million and $300 million in a deal valuing the company at about $2 billion.
Faith Merino / VatorNews: Hulu projected to raise up to $300M in IPO
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat: Hulu preparing for $300M IPO to hold ground against Netflix and company?
Bertrand Vasquez / Erictric: Hulu to File for $2 Billion IPO in 2011
Greg Sandoval / CNET News: Report: Hulu prepares for public offering
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent: Latest On Possible Hulu IPO
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee: Hulu Could File For IPO By End of 2010
Jim O'Neill / fierceonlinevideo.com/news/frontpage: Hulu IPO by year's end? Report says it's ready to raise $300 million
Kristina Farrah / SiliconANGLE: Hulu Blocks Google TV, Dreams of IPO
Jordan Cressman / I4U News: Hulu Planning IPO, Could It Bring $300 Million?
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo: Hulu Still Beating the IPO Drum
Doug Caverly / WebProNews: Rumor: Hulu IPO Possible Early Next Year
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley: Report: Web video site Hulu preparing for IPO
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Wireless will have ‘interactive launch’ of BlackBerry 6 on October 14 — Hey, what do we have here? One of our Verizon sources was kind enough to send us this piece of intel regarding Verizon Wireless and BlackBerry 6. It looks like the company plans of having an “interactive launch” …
Discussion: PocketBerry, IntoMobile, SlashGear, Phone Arena, CrackBerry.com blogs, Erictric and Electronista
Mac Jadalhack / PocketBerry: Verizon holding BlackBerry 6 launch event on October 14th
Simon Sage / IntoMobile: BlackBerry 6 Hitting Verizon Around October 14?
Stephanie Scala / SlashGear: BlackBerry 6 Invite for October 14: Will you attend?
Bertrand Vasquez / Erictric: Verizon Wireless to Host BlackBerry 6 Launch Event on October 14
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Web traffic redirected to China still a mystery — Six months after Web traffic involving popular U.S. sites and e-mail from computers around the globe was re-directed to Chinese servers unnecessarily, Internet watchers are trying to figure out why it happened and how to prevent future mishaps.
Ted Samson / InfoWorld:
Oracle to eliminate budget plans in MySQL license hike — With a pending fee increase and the elimination of lower-tier license plans, customers could see annual costs increase more than four-fold — MySQL users who were once nervous that Oracle would let the popular database wither and die …
Discussion: The Register
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft employees must contribute to health care in 2013 — Microsoft is holding a “surprise town hall” meeting this morning to discuss the “evolution” of its U.S. employee benefits, according to numerous comments on the popular Mini-Microsoft blog. — And the sentiment beforehand was not positive.
Discussion: TechFlash, CNET News, All about Microsoft Blog and WinBeta
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog: Microsoft to tweak employee benefits and more news of the week
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Growth of a meme: how a mobile lawsuits visualisation evolved — Started by the New York Times, knife-and-forked by myself, then made increasingly beautiful by graphic designers: how the view of the patents bunfight improved — In March, Nick Bilton over at the New York Times had a brilliant idea …
Discussion: The Next Web, Techdirt, Mobile Marketing Watch and Thoughts from the Sidelines
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
MySpace Unveils New, Artsy Logo — If you've been following the news lately, you've probably realized that logo redesigns are a kind of a big deal. Today at the Warm Gun design conference in San Francisco, butt of too many design/user experince jokes to mention social networking site MySpace unveils …
Discussion: The Next Web
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web: MySpace has a new logo - it's a “my” plus a space - get it?
Faith Merino / VatorNews:
TubeMogul raises $10M for video platform — The round of equity funding brings the company's total funds raised to over $15M — Article has been corrected to account for TubeMogul's announcement that the company has raised $10 million, not $1 million as previously stated.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, paidContent, NewTeeVee, TechCrunch, VentureBeat and SiliconANGLE
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent: TubeMogul Raises $10 Million For Online Video Analytics
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee: TubeMogul Raises $10M For Ads, International Expansion
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: Video Ad And Analytics Startup TubeMogul Takes $10 Million In VC Funding
Julie Klein / VentureBeat: TubeMogul helps advertisers find the right audience
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Imagine: Google Features Its First Video Doodle In Honor Of John Lennon's 70th — Head to Google.com right now and you'll notice that the site's logo has been transformed into an ink drawing, with a familiar set of glasses and mop of hair peeking up from the background.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Gizmodo, WebProNews, The Official Google Blog, Search Engine Land, Mashable! and Fortune
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider: Google Introduces Video Logo To Celebrate John Lennon's Birthday
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo: Google Used Video in Their Logo For the First Time Today
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews: YouTube Honors John Lennon For 70th Birthday
Mike Dutton / The Official Google Blog: Simply Lennon — There's a lot that can be said about John Lennon …
Brenna Ehrlich / Mashable!: Google Celebrates John Lennon's 70th Birthday with Video Doodle
Seth Weintraub / Fortune: John Lennon video doodle graces Google's logo
Wall Street Journal:
News Outlets Circle Samsung's Galaxy Tab — Several major news organizations are lining up behind a new tablet device from Samsung Electronics Co. built on Google Inc. software, in order to broaden mobile readership beyond owners of Apple Inc. popular iPad.
Greg Sterling / Internet2Go: Publishers Hedge with Galaxy Tab, $599 Price May Be Too High
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat: NYT, WSJ pin hopes on Samsung's new Galaxy tablet, due out on Sprint Nov. 14
Paul Miller / Engadget: News publishers looking to the Galaxy Tab and BlackBerry PlayBook for refuge as well
Todd Ogasawara / ThinkMobile: U.S. Newspapers Turning to Samsung Galaxy Tab as an Alternative to the iPad
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft folds Live Labs into Bing; Gary Flake resigns — Microsoft Live Labs is no more. — Microsoft is folding its Live Labs team into Bing, company officials said on October 8. — Almost all of the 70 or so Live Labs members are moving over within the next month.
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog, CNET News and Seattle Times
Ina Fried / CNET News: Microsoft axes Live Labs; Gary Flake resigns
Sharon Pian Chan / Seattle Times: Microsoft Live Labs entering Bing fold
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AdobSoft? “Nonsense” on the Microsoft-Adobe Rumor (In Any Case, It'd More Likely Be GooDobe) — Investment bankers and stock markets can calm down-Microsoft and Adobe are not in talks about an acquisition. — Spurred by a story in the New York Times that Microsoft was eyeing …
Discussion: Electronista, The Microsoft Blog, Silicon Alley Insider, Bloomberg, Guardian, TG Daily, PC World, Wired In Blog| BNET, Adotas, PetaPixel, Phone Arena, Digital Trends, TheAppleBlog, FierceMobileContent, Computerworld, Ars Technica, GMSV, Macsimum News, Electricpig, Telegraph, asymco, bizjournals and The Register
Charles Arthur / Guardian: Adobe and Microsoft: an acquisition that wouldn't make sense for either side
Trent Nouveau / TG Daily: Adobe and Microsoft plot against Steve Jobs
Tony Bradley / PC World: Microsoft Can't Buy Adobe, It's Supposed to Buy RIM
Gavin Dunaway / Adotas: Microsoft-Adobe Merger or Mobile Alliance?
Michael Zhang / PetaPixel: Adobe Photoshop May Possibly Become Microsoft Photoshop
Geoff Duncan / Digital Trends: Microsoft looking to buy Adobe?
Darrell Etherington / TheAppleBlog: Microsoft and Adobe: A Threat to Apple's Creativity?
Peter Bright / Ars Technica: Feature: Microsoft buying Adobe would fix both companies' Apple problem
Levi Sumagaysay / GMSV: Wall Street Gone Wild, the Adobe-Microsoft newsFlash version
Dennis Sellers / Macsimum News: Scratch that, Microsoft isn't buying Adobe
Shane Richmond / Telegraph: Microsoft merger speculation boosts Adobe
Horace Dediu / asymco: Adobe and Microsoft sitting in a tree
Kelly Fiveash / The Register: Microsoft, Adobe merger? Yeah, right
New Class of Malware Will Steal Behavioral Patterns — Computer scientists predict that a new generation of malware will mine social networks for people's private patterns of behavior. — It's not hard to find frightening examples of malware which steals personal information …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo BOSS Switching To Paid Model In Early 2011 — The Yahoo Search Blog announced BOSS is switching, as expected, to a paid model. — BOSS which launched in July 2008 has become a favorite of many developers when building their own search engine off of Yahoo's data.
Discussion: Computerworld and Yahoo! Search Blog
Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld: Yahoo lays out road map for BOSS