Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
“Don't Be Evil” Tool — Backed By Facebook & Twitter — Gets Them Into Google's “Search Plus Your World” — I've written that Google has plenty of public data to allow parts its new Search Plus Your World feature to be inclusive of rival social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
Discussion: The New Persuaders, Digits, L.A. Times Tech Blog, AllThingsD, parislemon, Andy Beard, Computerworld, Marketing Land, @parislemon, ITworld.com, Webmonkey, Lifehacker, the Econsultancy blog, Forbes, TechCrunch, 9to5Google, GigaOM and Pulse2, Thanks:@blakeross
Robert Hof / The New Persuaders: Why Does Google Need A Facebook Engineer to Fix Larry Page's Mistake?
Shayndi Raice / Digits: Facebook, Twitter Call Out Google On Social Search Results
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog: 'Don't Be Evil' tool alters new Google search results
Andy Beard / Niche Marketing: Really Evil - The “Don't Be Evil” Bookmarklet
MG Siegler / @parislemon: It strikes me as decidedly stupid that Google has done something which now aligns Facebook and Twitter.
Joel Mathis / ITworld.com: 'Don't Be Evil' bookmarklet tweaks Google search results to overcome Google Plus favoritism
Scott Gilbertson / Webmonkey: Hack Swaps Google's Search Plus Your World Results for the Wider Social Web
Adam Pash / Lifehacker: The Don't Be Evil Bookmarklet Makes Google's Social Results Useful Rather Than Simply Promotional
Patricio Robles / the Econsultancy blog: Facebook, Twitter, MySpace chide Google
Ewan Spence / Forbes: 'Don't Be Evil' Shows Why I Struggle To Trust Google
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch: Facebook And Twitter Engineers Fight Google “Search Plus Your World” With “Don't Be Evil”
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google: Twitter and Facebook engineers create 'Don't Be Evil' tool to alter Google's controversial social results
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM: Facebook picks fight with Google over who is more evil
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: Facebook Product Director Blake Ross Designs “Focus On The User”
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Google: Do Yourself a Favor and Just Come Clean Already — The issue over whether Google is giving preferential treatment to its own products is back in the news, and this time the evidence is pretty damning. — I'm not sure how Google will tap dance around it. (See Trevor's reporting about another Google+ tapdance here.)
Discussion: Search Engine Land, @twittercomms, Daring Fireball and Business Insider
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land: A Proposal For Social Network Détente
Twitter Comms / @twittercomms: Q. Does Google need a deal to crawl Twitter? A. No. Google's web bots crawl Twitter 120M+ times a day; 3 billion pages indexed & counting.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball: The New Portal Strategy — Sarah Lacy: … Link
Chris Dixon / Business Insider: Chris Sacca on the implied user contract
What's not evil: ranking content fairly *and* letting public content get indexed — Most websites spend massive amounts of time and money to get any of their pages index and ranked by Google's search engine. Indeed, there is a entire billion dollar industry (SEO) devoted to helping companies get their content indexed and ranked.
Discussion: parislemon, reDesign, @mathewi and Business Insider
Rocky Agrawal / reDesign: Twitter and Google are both responsible for you not being able to search tweets
Mathew Ingram / @mathewi: I would really love if someone could help me understand whether Google not indexing tweets properly is Google's fault or Twitter's fault
John Battelle / John Battelle's Search Blog:
Facebook Coalition To Google: Don't Be Evil, Focus On The User
Facebook Coalition To Google: Don't Be Evil, Focus On The User
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog: Facebook, Twitter, Myspace to Google: Don't be evil
Molly McHugh / Digital Trends: Engineers from Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace collaborate to challenge Google's Search Plus Your World
Stephen E. Arnold / Beyond Search: Facebook, Google, and Evil: Standard Operating Procedure?
Richard Waters / Financial Times: Rivals spar over Google+ traffic
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider: Facebook Engineers Built A Way Better Version Of Google
David Goldman / CNNMoney.com: Facebook to Google: 'Don't be evil'
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge: ‘Focus on the User’ swaps Google+ for the entire social web when searching
Nancy Messieh / The Next Web: Twitter, Facebook, MySpace engineers use Google's own algorithm to build a better social search
Jeremy C. Owens / Mercury News: Social-networking rivals take aim at Google's new search feature, offer free workaround
Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb: It's Not Wrong for Google to Focus on Its Own Users
Clint Boulton / eWeek: Facebook Targets Google+ With 'Don't Be Evil' Tool
MG Siegler / PandoDaily:
Evil, Greed, And Antitrust Aren't Google's Real Problems, Relevancy Is
Evil, Greed, And Antitrust Aren't Google's Real Problems, Relevancy Is
Discussion: Daring Fireball
John Gruber / Daring Fireball: Google's Problem: Relevancy
Bradley Horowitz / Google+:
Toward a more inclusive naming policy for Google+ — With Google+, we aspire to make online sharing more like sharing in the real world. And during the Google+ signup process, we've asked users to select the name they commonly use in real life. — Since launch we've listened closely …
Discussion: Mashable!, BetaNews, CNET, PC World, Epeus' epigone, SiliconFilter, Electronista, Marketing Land, The Next Web, VentureBeat, TechCrunch, NBC Bay Area, PandoDaily, GadgeTell, SlashGear, 9to5Google, Ars Technica, Neowin.net and Business Insider
Lance Ulanoff / Mashable!: Handle This: Google+ Finally Allows Pseudonyms
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews: Google+ names policy goes just far enough
Jay Greene / CNET: Google+ updates policy to address identity crisis
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World: Google+ Adds Support for Pseudonyms — Sort of
Kevin Marks / Epeus' epigone: Google Plus admits they want fake names
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter: Google+ “Doesn't Give a Damn” About Your Real Name, But Still Doesn't Want You to Use a Pseudonym
Nancy Messieh / The Next Web: According to Google, 20% of Google+ users who submit name appeals would prefer to use a pseudonym.
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat: Google+ is now allowing nicknames, pseudonyms & more
Mathew Luschek / NBC Bay Area: Google+ Now Allows Nicknames
Trevor Gilbert / PandoDaily: Search, Plus Your World Plus Your Pseudonym
Jeremy Hill / GadgeTell: Google+ eases up on real name requirement
Jake Smith / 9to5Google: Google now allows for nicknames on Google+
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica: Google+ pseudonym policy lets Google reject names that aren't “established”
John Callaham / Neowin.net: Google+ to allow “alternate names” on accounts
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider: Now You Can Use A Fake Name On Google+
Violet Blue / Pulp Tech Blog:
Pseudonyms on Google Plus? Wrong.
Pseudonyms on Google Plus? Wrong.
Discussion: Betabeat, The Next Web and Gawker, Thanks:@violetblue
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat: Be Who You Want to Be, On Google Plus
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Judge: Americans can be forced to decrypt their laptops — American citizens can be ordered to decrypt their PGP-scrambled hard drives for police to peruse for incriminating files, a federal judge in Colorado ruled today in what could become a precedent-setting case.
Discussion: TechCrunch, PandoDaily, The Register, Electronista and msnbc.com
Trevor Gilbert / PandoDaily: Americans Can Be Forced To Decrypt Their Laptops
Iain Thomson / The Register: US Supremes: GPS tracking requires warrant
Suzanne Choney / msnbc.com: Judge orders woman to give up password to hard drive
Kathleen De Vere / Inside Mobile Apps:
Exclusive: Microsoft to discontinue its virtual currency system Microsoft Points — Microsoft's proprietary virtual currency system, Microsoft Points, will be phased out by the end of the year, according to a source with knowledge of the company's decision.
Discussion: GeekWire, TechCrunch, The Escapist, Neowin.net, Gamasutra and Electronista
Todd Bishop / GeekWire: R.I.P., Microsoft Points? Report says they're going away
Johnathan Grey Carter / The Escapist: Rumour Mill: Microsoft Ditching MS Points
Tom Curtis / Gamasutra: Report: Microsoft Points to disappear by year's end
Neil Daswani / Dasient Blog:
Dasient Has Been Acquired by Twitter — The Dasient team is excited to announce that we have been acquired by Twitter! Effective immediately, we will be bringing our technology, tools, and team to the revenue engineering team at Twitter. — Since its inception, Dasient has been focused …
Discussion: Computerworld, Gizmodo, TechCrunch, CNET, Epicenter and The Next Web
Andrew Tarantola / Gizmodo: Is Twitter Gearing Up for a Malware Crackdown?
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch: With Self-Serve Ads On The Way, Twitter Adds Security Startup Dasient To Its Ad Product Team
Dara Kerr / CNET: Twitter acquires anti-malware company Dasient
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
Average Silicon Valley Tech Salary Passes $100,000 — Average annual salaries for Silicon Valley technology workers surpassed the $100,000 mark last year, according to a new survey, pushed higher by the strength of the region's latest boom. — Tech-jobs website operator Dice Holdings Inc …
Discussion: Forbes, PandoDaily and TechFlash
Alice Truong / Forbes: Silicon Valley's Average Tech Salary Surpasses $100,000
Trevor Gilbert / PandoDaily: Average Silicon Valley Salary Passes $100,000
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Virgin America Names Jet After Steve Jobs — Virgin America has named one of its fleet after Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, emblazoning a popular Jobs quote “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish” on the side of this Airbus A320. — Steve mentioned the phrase in his 2005 commencement address at Stanford University …
Discussion: CNET, PadGadget, iPhone Savior, NBC Bay Area, NBC Bay Area and MacNN
Ray Basile / iPhone Savior: The Amish Honor Steve Jobs With Buggy Tribute
Scott Budman / NBC Bay Area: Virgin Honors Steve Jobs With Jet
Scott Budman / NBC Bay Area: Virgin Jet Honors Steve Jobs
Dan Lyons / Real Dan Lyons Web Site:
Rumor: Apple spent $100 million in its first case against HTC — and got almost nothing — As I reported in this week's Newsweek, Apple's “thermonuclear war” on Android smartphone makers has been fizzling out lately. Most of Apple's legal claims have been tossed out, and the two minor victories Apple …
Discussion: CNET, iDownloadBlog.com, Android Phone Fans, Electronista, MacRumors, PhoneArena and 9to5Google
Roger Cheng / CNET: Did Apple blow $100 million in its legal fight against HTC?
Kevin Krause / Android Phone Fans: Apple $100 million in the hole thanks to HTC lawsuit, says report
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
350,000 Textbooks Downloaded From Apple's iBooks in Three Days — Though nascent and unproven, Apple's new textbook initiative appears to be gaining lots of momentum — and quickly, too. Within days of its debut, Apple's iBooks textbook store had already racked up a significant number of downloads.
Discussion: Examiner, Computerworld, VentureBeat, Geek.com, eBookNewser, Mercury News, Appolicious Advisor, SiliconANGLE, Techie Buzz, iPhone, Technology Review, Redmond Pie, TUAW, HotHardware.com News, Macgasm, iDownloadBlog.com, iPhone Hacks, DVICE, Mashable!, Electronista, Pocket-lint and DailyTech, more at Mediagazer »
Michael Santo / Examiner: Apple sees 350,000 downloads of its new iBook e-textbooks
Nate Hoffelder / eBookNewser: More Than 350 Thousand Textbooks Downloaded From iBooks in The First 3 Days
Jeremy C. Owens / Mercury News: Analyst: Apple sold more than 350,000 e-textbooks in three days
Phil Hornshaw / Appolicious Advisor: Apple's new textbook offering sees 350,000 downloads in three days, report says
Mellisa Tolentino / SiliconANGLE: The Contradictory World of Apple iBooks 2
Parth Dhebar / Techie Buzz: Early iBooks Textbooks Downloads Estimated at 350,000?
J.R. Bookwalter / iPhone: Monday Recap: Tablet Ownership Doubles, Vintage Camera Serves 3 Million
Christopher Mims / Technology Review: One eBook Platform to Rule Them All
Oliver Haslam / Redmond Pie: Apple's Textbooks Hit 350,000 Downloads In Just Three Days
Kelly Hodgkins / TUAW: Estimated 350,000 iBooks textbooks downloaded in three days
Grant Brünner / Macgasm: Apple sees 350,000 textbooks downloaded in the days after the iBooks 2 launch
Joe Rossignol / iDownloadBlog.com: 350,000 Textbooks for iPad Downloaded in Three Days
Raymond Wong / DVICE: Apple gains early momentum with new digital textbook push
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!: Users Download 350,000 Textbooks From iBooks in 3 Days [REPORT]
Tiffany Kaiser / DailyTech: Apple's New iBooks 2, iBooks Author Apps Hit 440,000 Downloads Combined in First 3 Days
Paul Graham / Y Combinator Posterous:
Welcome Garry and Aaron — Y Combinator is pleased to announce two new venture partners, Garry Tan and Aaron Iba. They're both YC alumni, both formidable hackers, and both really nice people. — Garry was one of the founders of Posterous, which we funded in 2008.
Trevor Gilbert / PandoDaily: AT&T and T-Mobile File For Spectrum Transfer
Nokia Lumia Sales Seen Topping 1 Million — Nokia Oyj (NOK1V)'s first phones running Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) software may have sold enough units last year to help rebuild investor confidence in the Finnish company, which lost $19 billion in market value in 2011.
Discussion: eWeek, BGR, CNET, paidContent, GigaOM, VentureBeat, IntoMobile, MobileSyrup.com, GeekWire, I4U News, The Next Web, MobileBurn.com, AllThingsD, Business Insider, Neowin.net and Electronista
Clint Boulton / eWeek: Android to Supplant iOS Among Developers: Ovum
Todd Haselton / BGR: Nokia may have sold more than 1.3 million Lumia smartphones last year
Lance Whitney / CNET: Nokia's Lumia shipments may have exceeded 1 million in 2011
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM: What would 1M Windows Phones sold mean for Micro-kia?
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat: Nokia's Windows Phone bet pays off, over 1M Lumias sold
Marin Perez / IntoMobile: Nokia Lumia line has sold over 1 million units
Todd Bishop / GeekWire: Estimate: Nokia ships more than 1M Windows Phones
Shane McGlaun / I4U News: Nokia Sells Estimated 1.3M Lumia Smartphones Globally
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web: Microsoft: Windows Phone updates will accelerate
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD: Nokia's First Windows Phones Off to a Decent Start
Ellis Hamburger / Business Insider: Nokia Shipped A Million Windows Phones In 2011, But How Many Did People Actually Buy?
John Callaham / Neowin.net: Analysts: 1.3 million Nokia Lumia phones sold in 2011
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Search, Punctuation Marks and Other Symbols — Google usually ignores punctuation and mathematical symbols from a query because it doesn't index them. They rarely change the meaning of a query and Google's index would have to grow a lot bigger, without improving the results too much.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch and Search Engine Land
Danny Goodwin / Search Engine Watch: Google Upgrades Punctuation Search Results
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: Google Search Showing Results For Punctuation Marks
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft says botnet kingpin worked for antivirus vendor — Four months after dismantling the nasty Kelihos botnet, Microsoft says it has tracked down the central figure behind it- naming Russian citizen Andrey N. Sabelnikov as a new defendant in its civil case over the botnet.
Discussion: CNET, TechFlash, Seattle Times, The Official Microsoft Blog, Neowin.net and WinBeta
Steven Musil / CNET: Microsoft identifies suspected Kelihos botnet author
Jeffrey Meisner / The Official Microsoft Blog: Microsoft Names New Defendant in Kelihos Case
Nathan Tsui / Neowin.net: Microsoft names new defendant in Kelihos case
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Evi arrives in town to go toe-to-toe with Siri — When Siri arrived on the iPhone 4S I thought to myself, who else could do this? It would need to be a search engine with natural language processing, but also behave in the manner of artificial intelligence and respond to voice recognition.
Discussion: SlashGear, Android Market, 9to5Google, WebProNews, PhoneArena, Redmond Pie, iPhone Hacks, MacRumors and Electronista, Thanks:@mikebutcher
Chris Burns / SlashGear: Evi one-ups Siri for iOS and Android
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google: Another Siri clone hits the Android market
Shaylin Clark / WebProNews: Evi: Siri Competitor Comes To iOS And Android
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Gilt Groupe Cuts Include 10 Percent of Employees and Two Executives — Gilt Groupe, a luxury e-commerce and flash sales site, has trimmed roughly 10 percent — as many as 90 — of its employees, including some of its management team. — Earlier this month, Gilt Groupe CEO Kevin Ryan downplayed rumors …
Discussion: PandoDaily, Betabeat, Business Insider, VentureBeat and Local Onliner
Trevor Gilbert / PandoDaily: Gilt Groupe Finalizes Layoffs
Nitasha Tiku / Betabeat: Layoffs at Gilt Groupe Complete: 90 Employees Let Go, Gilt City Closes Offices in Six Markets
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider: Gilt Groupe Cuts 10% Of Its Employees, 10% Of Its Snack Selection
Ben Popper / VentureBeat: Gilt Groupe lays off 10 percent of employees and shutters regional offices
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
64GB iPhone 4S takes 21% of sales, 36% of iPhone buyers come from another platform — A new survey of recent iPhone customers found that 21 percent of iPhone 4S buyers chose Apple's highest capacity 64-gigabyte model, while 36 percent of users migrated from another platform like Android, BlackBerry or Palm.
Discussion: Electronista, Jims-Empire, Gotta Be Mobile, Redmond Pie, WebProNews and PhoneArena
Josh Smith / Gotta Be Mobile: Ultimate iPhone 4S Jailbreak Guide
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Our Apple whisper numbers — Averaging the Q1 2012 estimates of the six analysts with the best track records — Whisper numbers, according to Wikipedia, emerge from widening cracks in the spreadsheets maintained by Wall Street analysts. Quoting an article by Daniel Svensson, the entry explains:
Discussion: eWeek, PandoDaily, Shiny Objects, CNET, GeekWire, Gotta Be Mobile, MacRumors, 9to5Mac and parislemon
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek: Apple iPhone 4S, iPad Focus of Earnings Results
Trevor Gilbert / PandoDaily: Apple's Q1 “Whisper” Numbers
Brian Caulfield / Shiny Objects: iPhone 4S To Supercharge Apple's Holiday Quarter
Josh Lowensohn / CNET: Apple earnings preview: It's all about the iPhone 4S
Josh Smith / Gotta Be Mobile: Analysts Predict Apple Sold 33 Million iPhones, 14 Million iPads in Q1 2012 (AAPL)
Tom Loftus / Digits:
T-Mobile, AT&T File For FCC Approval Of Spectrum Transfer — T-Mobile USA and AT&T filed a request with the Federal Communications Commission for approval of the transfer of $1 billion in wireless airwaves AT&T promised as a result of the failure of its $39 billion bid to take over its smaller rival.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, AppleInsider, BGR, BetaNews, Fudzilla, PhoneArena, The Verge, IntoMobile, FierceWireless, Electronista and Engadget
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal: T-Mobile, AT&T Seek Approval Of Spectrum Transfer
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider: AT&T, T-Mobile file plans to transfer $1 billion wireless airwaves
Todd Haselton / BGR: T-Mobile and AT&T apply for $1 billion spectrum transfer with FCC
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge: AT&T and T-Mobile apply to FCC for approval of $1 billion spectrum transfer
Blake Stimac / IntoMobile: Operation T-Mobile/AT&T spectrum transfer: Engaged
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless: AT&T, T-Mobile file request for AWS spectrum transfer
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Cyberlocker Ecosystem Shocked As Big Players Take Drastic Action — While the shutdown last week of Megaupload and the arrest of its founder and management team was certainly dramatic, a situation of perhaps even greater gravity is beginning to emerge. — Over the past 48 to 72 hours …
Discussion: Bits, Gizmodo, Digits, TechCrunch, Techland, Techie Buzz, Plagiarism Today, The Next Web, WebProNews, TechWeekEurope UK, Geekosystem, ReadWriteWeb, Reuters, PC Magazine and Between the Lines Blog
Nicole Perlroth / Bits: Shuttering of Megaupload Sends File-Sharing Sites Packing
Eliot Van Buskirk / Gizmodo: File Sharing Sites Cast Themselves into Exile Over MegaUpload Bust
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch: Megaupload Bust Causes Cyberlocker Panic - But It's Only Temporary
Jonathan Bailey / Plagiarism Today: 3 Count: Changing Winds
Harrison Weber / The Next Web: File sharing sites scramble to avoid raids, one bans the US altogether
Zach Walton / WebProNews: Anonymous Creates MegaUpload Replacement
Steve McCaskill / TechWeekEurope UK: Filesonic Puts The Brakes on File Sharing Service
John Paul Titlow / ReadWriteWeb: MegaFallout: Shutdown of MegaUpload Spooks Other Services
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine: After Megaupload, FileSonic Disables File Sharing
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Polyvore, the Fashion Site, Gets More Money and a New C.E.O. — On Polyvore, the do-it-yourself online fashion magazine, the trendiest clothing and accessories today are Givenchy bags, mini skirts and anything from H&M. — That information is helpful enough to advertisers …
Jay Greene / CNET:
Google nearly doubles lobbying spending in 2011, tops Microsoft — Google nearly doubled its federal lobbying expenditures last year, surpassing rival Microsoft in dollars doled out to persuade legislators to consider its policy positions. — The Web giant spent $9.68 million in 2011 on federal lobbying …
Discussion: Associated Press, PandoDaily, GeekWire, Marketing Land and Softpedia News
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press: Google's fourth-quarter lobbying bill triples to $3.8M
Trevor Gilbert / PandoDaily: Google Doubles Lobbying Efforts
Greg Sterling / Marketing Land: Google Outspends Microsoft In DC Lobbying In 2011
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Nokia Siemens reaches for a $1.6 billion lifeline — With no more money from it corporate parents forthcoming and few remaining businesses to sell, Nokia Siemens Networks has gone to European and U.S. banks for the funding it needs to restructure and survive.
Stephen Morris / Bloomberg: Nokia Siemens Falls Short With $1.6 Billion Forward-Start Loan
Tarmo Virki / Reuters: Nokia Siemens secures 1.2 billion euro loan: source