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The Yahoo! Query Language is strange.

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Eric Schmidt “Dropped His Resistance” to Chrome OS

Finally relenting to Sergey Brin and Larry Page after six years.

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Introducing the Google Chrome OS

The big news of the day. There is a lot of talk that Chrome OS may be what powers the CrunchPad, but I am not so sure.

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Gmail, Google Apps out of “beta”

It only took five years.

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Michael Jackson First Artist to Sell Over 1 Million Downloads in a Single Week

One more record for the road. Legitimate question: How much longer will Billboard data even be a useful measurement?

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China Bans MMO Goldfarming and Real-World Sale of Virtual Goods

This is HUGE news. Andy notes Eurogamer’s estimates: $10 billion dollars amongst 1 million workers.

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Imeem Is Deleting All Uploaded User Video and Images

With a week’s notice, and no way to back everything up. This is just unacceptable. You don’t do this kind of thing to your users. You could pay one of your engineers spend a day building an export tool, which in the long run costs you nothing, and buys you immense social capital. When a service is already taking away functionality (users hate this) why make it worse?

via Andy Baio.

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U.S. State Department speaks to Twitter over Iran

The reason Twitter got to delay it’s maintenance today was apparently in large part due to Gov’t intervention.

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Last.fm’s Founders Leaving

Cannot say I’m surprised. It’ll be two-years after their acquisition, which is probably the earliest they were allowed to leave.

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Activision sues Double Fine over Brutal Legend

For once, I agree with EA. Activision abandoned the project, dropped it entirely, and now that it is finally on track for release (Rocktober 13th) they’re trying to block it.

Fuck you, Activision.

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Xbox Live to Allow Download of Full Retail Games

Whoo boy. So far includes Sonic, call of Duty 2, Crackdown and Bioshock Mass Effect. The fact that I have to physically get up off the couch and go to a story to buy games for my Xbox is probably the only reason I’m not homeless right now. This is huge news. Obviously this won’t be the standard for some time, because they can’t afford to piss off the retail channel. Still.

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Closing Tabs 5/27/09

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The Vendor Client Relationship

This is how pretty much every major client I’ve ever had does things. It is a lot less funny when you are waiting on thousands instead of dozens of dollars.

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Canwest Refinances Canwest Media Inc.’s Senior Credit Facility

This is the big news today, here in Canada. CanWest is THE media conglomerate here, and they’ve been missing payment deadlines for months.

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Making It Official

My friend (and incredible designer) Alistair Morton on taking a “real job.”

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Twitter Replies to #fixreplies

This is maybe the fourth response that Biz has had to write, and it’s the only good one. The gist: Twitter screwed up and removed a feature that a lot of hardcore users loved. When they “fixed” it, the explanation of HOW they fixed it made almost no sense to anyone.

Now they’re fixing it for real, I hope. The original setting will not return, though.

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Kickstarter

Kickstarter is an attempt at modern, crowd-sourced fundraising. Post a project or idea with a set timeframe, and people can pledge cash. If your fundraising goal gets reached, you get the money. If it doesn’t, then everyone gets a refund. Check out the introduction video.

I could really see using this in the future.

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Last.fm Introduces Radio Subscriptions

Users outside of the US, UK, and Germany will now have to pay 3 euros per month to keep streaming music from the popular site. The user backlash has already begun.

As more and more VC-funded startups have to start showing balance sheets, there’s going to be a lot fewer freebies around.

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Amazon.com Now Selling WiiWare Game Codes

Following the Xbox Live Arcade codes, this is no surprise, but nice to see. Also of interest to me: Amazon does not allow their associates to get commissions on these cards. Profit margin must be close to zero, if not into the red.

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NYT Bits Blog on The Cost of Bandwidth

Hint: It’s falling, not rising. Time Warner got into a big shit-fight over imposing bandwidth caps, which Rogers has already done here in Canada.

Here’s an exercise to illustrate how fucked the telecom industry is: Raise your hand if you believe a word that comes from Comcast, Time Warner, or AT&T.