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Newspapers may not be known for being digital visionaries, but the British newspaper The Guardian is doing something pretty revolutionary: by launching its Open Platform, the company has completely rethought the fundamental nature of its business, and the way that it thinks about value creation online. Read more »

According to Google, the company’s search and advertising businesses helped generate an estimated $54 billion in economic value for the U.S. last year, an estimate that’s clearly an attempt to promote the company’s value at a time when it’s coming under fire from legislators. Read more »

BroadVision, an enterprise software company that went public not long after Netscape and then spent almost a decade recovering from the Web 1.0 boom and bust, is launching a new SaaS offering called Clearvale, which it says is designed to bring social networking into the enterprise. Read more »

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Yahoo has announced two new partnerships, including one involving its online personals — which will be taken over by — and a mobile mapping and email deal with Nokia. But like several similar announcements by the company recently, they seem like too little, too late. Read more »

PayPal doesn’t just want to be in your mobile phone, or behind the transfer of virtual goods in social networks, according to President Scott Thompson. He sees the company becoming the default payment engine for your television, your car, your DVD player and even your fridge. Read more »

The controversy over Facebook’s transmission of user ID info through a page’s URL is another sign that the social network’s handling of privacy has become such a hot-button issue that virtually any behavior, no matter how small or accidental, will be used as ammunition against it. Read more »

In an interview with Fox Business Network, Eric Schmidt said Google TV is about “building a platform with millions of people using these technologies” and that thanks to the ability to target advertising, ads on the new Google service “should be worth a lot of money.” Read more »

The controversy over Google’s collection of personal data via its Street View program continues to grow, but the company seems to be reluctant to acknowledge the full importance of the lapse, saying no harm was done. Meanwhile, the company faces a class-action lawsuit over the practice. Read more »

The Guardian newspaper in Britain, which has been providing access to its content through its Open Platform project for a little over a year on an experimental basis, says the project is now “open for business” and that it wants to partner with developers and companies. Read more »

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While newspapers like the New York Times are putting up paywalls, The Guardian in Britain is not only giving its content away to readers but to developers, too, through its open API. Developer Chris Thorpe says the idea is to turn the paper into a platform. Read more »

The e-book industry is dominated by Amazon and Apple, but the game will change later when Google launches its online e-book service, Google Editions. The company will allow users to download books in multiple ways, opening another front in the ongoing war of Open vs. Closed. Read more », a textbook rental service for students, has landed a big fish for its board: the startup said today that Netflix co-founder and former CEO Mark Randolph has joined as a director. BookRenter called the addition of Randolph an endorsement of its Netflix-style service for textbooks. Read more »

Canadian legislators plan to introduce restrictive new copyright legislation, possibly as soon as next month, according to copyright expert Michael Geist. It would come three years after another proposed copyright bill was withdrawn in the face of criticism that it was too restrictive. Read more »

Google is rolling out a new look for its search pages. The biggest difference is a new left-hand navigation menu that appears by default, with colorful icons for different categories. The menu also displays only the sub-categories and related search tools that Google believes are relevant. Read more »

Silicon Valley venture firm Sequoia Capital has bought a stake in Klarna AB, a European payments provider, and Sequoia partner Michael Moritz has joined the company’s board. The amount has not been disclosed, but Sequoia will become the single largest shareholder of the Swedish company. Read more »

Two Congressmen have proposed a sweeping bill to govern online privacy that would require companies to provide clear notices of what information is being collected by either their site or service or a third-party ad network, and would allow users to opt out from such services. Read more »

Federal authorities are widely believed to be considering an antitrust inquiry of some kind into Apple’s practices regarding development of apps for the iPhone and iPad, with the FTC and the Justice Department discussing a complaint reportedly made by Adobe over Apple’s restrictions on developers. Read more »

One of the founders of Bootup Labs, an incubator that was forced to restructure after failing to raise as much money as it had promised, has said he is leaving the company. Former NowPublic CEO Leonard Brody is also joining the fund in an advisory role. Read more »

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak tells Fox Business that the company has sold more than a million iPads because the product is so well-engineered and designed, and that consumers have developed a trust in Apple products that goes beyond the company’s traditional fan base. Read more »

Local news aggregator Topix has rolled out a suite of new features, including a new Twitter service that sends local news to users based on their location, as well as the integration of Facebook’s social plugins on topic pages, and a doubling of the news content. Read more »

Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz has been taking a lot of flak for saying in an interview with the BBC that Google needs to diversify its business, because it is still “99.9 percent search.” But you know what? She’s right. The search giant does need to diversify. Read more »

Opera, the Norwegian browser company that is a perennial runner-up to larger players such as Internet Explorer and Firefox, has bought Australian web-mail company for an undisclosed sum. Opera says it wants to expand its email service to mobile devices and even interactive televisions. Read more »

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales says that he believes the benefits of taking an open approach to content outweigh the disadvantages, and says that something as large and influential as Wikipedia has become could never have been built unless the process was open to anyone to contribute. Read more » has sent a strongly worded letter — written by the company’s lawyer — to competitor Plenty of Fish, accusing the free dating service of making unsubstantiated claims about its traffic and the number of users the site has. Read more »

There’s no question location-based services such as Foursquare and Gowalla are hot properties, with Foursquare reportedly the subject of multiple acquisition offers, including one from Yahoo estimated at $100 million. But are these services really standalone businesses, or are they features that belong inside other businesses? Read more »

Harbinger Capital partners has reportedly hired Sanjiv Ahuja, the former chief executive of Orange, the wireless unit of France Telecom, to run its planned Long Term Evolution wireless network. The private equity firm wants to construct a next-generation wireless network using both satellite and terrestrial components. Read more »

Firefox has thrown down the gauntlet in the race to take charge of your online identity, saying it will add identity-management features to its browser, and hopes to build recommendation services into it as well. The move pits the browser’s open-source model against Facebook’s proprietary approach. Read more »

In the latest salvo of privacy-related criticism to be directed at the social network, a group of four senators have sent a letter to Facebook asking the company to change some of its new information-sharing settings, and to stop enabling its sharing features by default. Read more »

In the latest in a series of acquisitions of small companies that began last fall, Google has bought a small Israeli startup called LabPixies, which makes casual games and apps for the web and mobile devices. The company makes a number of popular games for iGoogle. Read more »

Gizmodo’s purchase of an iPhone prototype from someone who found it in a bar has led some to criticise the blog’s journalistic methods, and police to raid an editor’s home. Do you think the blog was justified, or should editors face legal charges for their acts? Read more »

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