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iGoogle goes widescreen

(First, a lengthy aside/mini-rant:  It baffles me that any VC would pump money into a “startpage” company like NetVibes when Google has such a ridiculous advantage in this space.  Forget the unbelievable human resources Google has at their disposal: By simply promoting iGoogle on their homepage, they’re guaranteed a gigantic cut of marketshare.  I like to think most people who could use a startpage like this have already figured out how to set one up, and those that haven’t… guess where they’ll go to “search” for answers when they finally realize the void they need filled?  Even with an inferior product, which iGoogle is, Google will still manage to meet the needs of casual users just entering this space.

I’m not saying it would be impossible for someone like NetVibes to be acquired by a company that wants to make a splash in this space — although big players like Microsoft and Yahoo have already set themselves up in this area — I’m just saying it seems like a pretty tough nut to crack, and there’s probably better bets out there.  Like finding companies to solve the unsolved.)

Anyway, the new design (along with a few quality feature additions that will keep people entrenched in Google-ville a little longer) is a nice step forward for iGoogle.  Tempting to make the switch, but I’ve got too many feeds to tackle in Google Reader to have it as anything but my startpage.

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October 16, 2008 at 6:16 pm

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The Eyeballing Game

The Eyeballing Game works by showing you a series of geometries that need to be adjusted a little bit to make them right.  The better you adjust them (using your mouse/trackpad and the naked eye), the higher your score.  There’s also a nice leaderboard showing the top scores from the past 500 players, for the sake of comparison.  [via Kottke]

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October 16, 2008 at 5:53 pm

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Yahoo plans to celebrate most devastating downsizing in company history

According to a Valleywag tipster, Yahoo plans to lay off 3,500 employees on December 10.  Just four days after a planned multi-million dollar Christmas party, which they still plan on carrying out.  Prioritization, apparently, is nowhere near the top of their priority list.

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October 16, 2008 at 7:35 am

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Gina Trapani’s hands-on T-Mobile Android G1 review

Some good stuff here, from one of the few tech reviewers I actually trust to cover the important stuff.  Mainly because, as Lifehacker editor, she tends to focus on features that make life more efficient – not a bunch of useless bells and whistles.

I have no interest in buying this phone, or any future Android-soaked hardware, but I will be rooting for all of them.  The iPhone is an amazing piece of technology that I can’t imagine taking for granted, and competition will only make it better.

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October 16, 2008 at 7:27 am

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Stephen King reading during Red Sox playoff loss

While I saw this shot of Stephen King curling up with a good book during game four of the ALCS on multiple ESPN talkinghead-fests earlier today, I had assumed the game was at least halfway over when said footage was shot.  (An almost-explainable time frame which would have allowed Mr. King to retain his super-fan status, considering many of the Fenway faithful were making their way out of the park by the sixth inning.)  But according to the SportsByBrooks commentary accompanying said photo, King was humming through “When Will There Be Good News?” no later than the third inning.

A top-tier fan reading “When Will There By Good News?” before one third of a humiliating playoff loss is even completed?  Suddenly, and inexplicably, news of the famous Citgo sign at Fenway Park catching on fire seems like a rather tame omen for Red Sox Nation.

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October 16, 2008 at 7:14 am

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Apple Laptop Spoilers

Plenty of great knowledge here previewing (leaking) the goodies to be unveiled during Apple’s much-anticipated laptop event later today. And from a great source, in the always-reliable John Gruber.

(This post gets the “spoiler alert” notification because the guy has never been wrong — at least since I started reading him — when he states Apple news in the form of a fact.)

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October 14, 2008 at 7:58 am

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