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Google Responds to Viacom

Google: We will never launch a product or acquire a company unless we are completely satisfied with its legal basis for operating

Businessweek : Viacom's Suit Won't Snuff Out YouTube

Businessweek :For anyone fretting that YouTube may be headed for anything resembling the same fate as the peer-to-peer file-sharing services, the message is simple: Google is no Napster. The article also goes on to say that Google has far more resources than Napster did to defend itself.

Microsoft to sue 'cybersquatters'

Microsoft Corp. said it plans to file a new round of lawsuits in the U.S. and Britain this week against people it says are profiting from registering Internet domain names that contain the company's trademarked terms.

Now it's war: Viacom sues YouTube/Google for $1 Billion+

The lawsuit was filed today and Viacom is seeking a ruling to require YouTube and Google to comply with copyright laws and pay more than $1 billion in damages. Especially interesting from the press release is Viacom's description of YouTube's biz model:

AT&T Considered Buying Yahoo

At&T wanted to buy Yahoo, so now we can all enjoy low e-mail rates (per minute maybe)?

Rumor: Google to Buy Dish Network

Is Google getting ready to move into TV Advertising

VentureBeat » Rumor: Google about to sign ad deal with Dish Networks

Google Pays Homage to the Game They Play in Heaven

With Google on our side who needs fast bowlers or good batsmen :)

The Bubble Burst Today

March 10, 2000 The Nasdaq hits 5,048.62, the high-water mark of the dot-com boom. It's all downhill from here. Full Story

Google, the mass transit operator with biodiesel Buses and pampered employees

Google, is now a mass transit operator complete with biodiesel buses to make commuting painless for its pampered workers — and keep attracting new recruits in a notoriously competitive market for top engineering talent.

Medina Takes Back RegisterFly

In a legal decision that stunned even the lawyers for the victor, a U.S. District Court judge on Mar. 8 handed over the embattled Web registrar Registerfly.com to the executive who was running it when it began to founder. Judge Peter Sheridan ruled in favor of defendant Kevin Medina, who had been chief executive of the parent company, Unifiednames, before he was fired by two other board members on Feb. 12.

The Future of Connecting to the Web: Free

The three main web networks are shifting in response to control of access to the web. Today Yahoo!'s stock is down about 5% on reports of losing leverage in a deal with AT&T:

MySpace launching Digg killer

... or so the story goes

MySpace News takes News to a whole new level by dynamically aggregating real-time news and blogs from top sites around the Web

Rearranging Deck Chairs on the SS Registerfly

As reported here registerfly appears to be taking on water and quickly sinking. They have an announcement on their homepage for damage control.

Commodore to enter PC Market

I still remember playing games on my Commodore 64 ... Well it appears they are getting into the PC Market.

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Is Google Moving Beyond Search to "Discovery"?

I saw this little nugget on a blog written by the head of staffing for online sales and operations at Google. I wondered if it revealed thinking inside the Googleplex about what it is Google ought to be doing:

Web Review of Patents

The US Patent and Trademark Office is opening up patent applications for feedback from the web:

The Patent and Trademark Office is starting a pilot project that will not only post patent applications on the Web and invite comments but also use a community rating system designed to push the most respected comments to the top of the file, for serious consideration by the agency's examiners.

The 50 Most Important People on the Web

PC World published a list of the Top 50 web VIPs today.

It's actually 62, since they've combined some entries such as the Google executives, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt.

Google Set to be the largest 'Ad Company' in the UK

Google has now overtaken Channel 4, which earned £775m, and makes it the country's second-biggest advertiser after ITV, which recorded £1.63bn worth of spending in 2006, but is expected to record a drop in revenues for 2006 when it files its latest figures on Wednesday.

Google's Accounting Practices - Is it a Bad Data Push or an Algo Update

Pardon me for showing a bit of impish delight when Google's having a bit of problem getting the SEC to see things their way when it comes to how accounting and taxes need to be paid Google defends tax-accounting practices | CNET News.com

Report : Register Fly's CEO spent company funds on liposuction surgery and escort services

Quote: A lawsuit filed by RegisterFly’s parent company, Unified Names, blames the meltdown on misuse of company funds by President and CEO Kevin Medina, who was fired by the company’s board. The suit alleges that Medina spent company funds on liposuction surgery and escort services