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FTC Cool To Net Neutrality
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The Federal Trade Commission issued its ‘Broadband Connectivity Competition Policy’ report and suggested caution on enacting net neutrality regulations.

Microsoft, Google Chart New Map Views
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Google Maps and Microsoft Live Search Maps released new ways of looking at the world through their products at the Where 2.0 conference.

All Your Conlin are Belong to YDN

One of the things that’s helpful about having been at Yahoo more than a few years and having multiple roles during that time is that it provides lots of opportunity to meet lots of people and figure out what they’re good at.

As a by-product, I’ve managed to build up a list of people who constitute my "dream team." These are the people that I wish I could take with me when I move into a new group and/or role. It’s rare that you can get ‘em to move since these are also the people who are often quite happy in their roles, but it never stops me from trying.

Microsoft Stops Filling Search Boxes

MSN UK was running an experiment where they pre-filled the search box with “of the day” popular terms, such as “Apprentice BBC” or “Cricket World Cup”, hoping it would prompt users to take advantage of the search box a little more. Well, after a few days, the experiment has been retired and dubbed a bad idea.

SkypePal Finally Makes its Appearance

At the mesh meetup we had at the Charlotte Room tonight, I ran into Jim Courtney of Skype Journal and he said he had just finished posting something interesting about the new Skype beta — and he was right.

Mobile Networks Should Embrace Social Networks

Day one of reading the many feeds submitted by our readers, and I’m already sharing a lot of cool stuff over at my link blog.

Worthy of further consideration is Andrew Girdwood’s suggestion that mobile phone networks should look to embrace social networks as a way to grow their user-base. One of his ideas…

Smart Phones for Smart Bloggers

I have noted a couple of times before that Nokia sent out phones and internet tablets in the past to some bloggers.

Review: Wicked Cool Perl Scripts

Order (or just read more about) Wicked Cool Perl Scripts from Amazon.com

Microsoft’s Cool With Third Place

The good news for Microsoft is that the company pulled in something like $12.5 billion last quarter. The bad news is most of that didn’t come from search, and the company expects less of its revenue to come from search in the near future.

Windows XP “Virtually” Free

Microsoft has done a really cool thing, and made a legal, activated copy of a Windows XP SP2 Virtual PC image available as a free download.

Google Releases New Book Search Features

Google has released a major update to its Book Search in an effort to provide a more organic reading experience to the user as well as scholarly resources for readers wishing to delve deeper into the academic community’s take on a particular book.

PubCon Coverage

Search Engine Roundtable is doing a great job recapping sessions from PubCon, including the panel I did with some of the best search bloggers in the industry.

Cool WordPress.com Feature

I just learned about this recently. Did you know you can go to:

Yahoo, Linksys Put Out “Cool” New Phone

Linksys and Yahoo have partnered to create a new must-have for fans of Yahoo Messenger. The Linksys Dual-Mode Cordless Phone for Yahoo! Messenger with Voice (CIT310), which could really use a shorter name, is now available. Initial reviews are fairly positive.

Cool New Media Center Applications

Chris Lanier posts about two cool new Media Center apps.

Cool Today, a Joke Tomorrow?

I had the opportunity to sit down and share pizza with a bunch of teenagers this weekend. Naturally, I quizzed them about their media consumption habits.

Atlas and Atlas Control Toolkit Introduction

What is “Atlas”? According to “Atlas” official site, “Atlas” “is a free framework for building a new generation of richer, more interactive, highly personalized standards-based Web applications.

The boring blogger visits Google Reader later today

I’m off to see the Google Reader team later today (among others, I have another day packed with interviews, will head over to Salesforce.com’s big shindig in SF in the afternoon).

Cool Listening and Podcastings 3rd Anniversary

I was in the UK at the weekend to organize a couple of things re my move there next week.

Google Earth Adds Cool Stuff With Boring Title

Need a guided tour about what’s going on the world? Google announced the addition of Featured Content, a collection of multimedia overlays in Google Earth. The Featured Content offering informs users about the environment, culture, history, wildlife and attractions world locations.

Trying to be Cool

I’ve noticed an interesting pattern in marketing articles lately: big brands trying to be cool.