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11:55 AM ET, January 21, 2007

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Brian Solis / PR 2.0:
Enough Already: Getting the Social Media Release All Wrong  —  After spending a week writing "Social Media Killed the Press Release Star," which painstakingly explains in great detail the need to improve the content and overall relevance of PR and press releases as well as putting a microscope …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Stowe's right: kill the social media press release idea now  —  Stowe Boyd speaks out against social media press releases and other lame ideas.  He's right.  I hate that idea too.  Just give us a damn demo of your product and tell us about it.  That's why I usually do two videos with companies …
Chris Heuer / Social Media Release:
The Social Media Release is about getting the facts right
Jeremy Toeman / Jeremy Toeman's LIVEdigitally:   Time to kill the Press Release?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
booBox To Help Bloggers Sell Stuff  —  Brazil-based booBox is preparing to launch a set of tools for bloggers and other website owners that will help them sell items they are writing about.  They've submitted some basic information to us, but there is clearly a language barrier and we are still digging into the details.
Discussion: Bloggers Blog and Go2web2
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
Big Media's Crush on Social Networking  —  I WAS wandering around recently in Second Life, the much-ballyhooed online virtual world, and had a nice chat with one of its "residents."  But at the end of the talk he (or perhaps she; you never really know in these digital dioramas …
Michael / michael parekh on IT:
ON RSS READER AGIDA  —  Dave Winer, who Time Magazine describes as having "Helped popularize blogging, podcasting and RSS", hits the nail on the head with this post on what's wrong with today's RSS readers like Bloglines or Google Reader (the two I use currently): … He's right.
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows Vista Content Protection - Twenty Questions (and Answers)  —  A conversation has cropped up since the recent publication of a paper scrutinizing how Windows handles digital rights management, especially for HD video.  I've since looped back with Dave Marsh, a Lead Program Manager responsible …
Discussion: Under The Stairs and Slashdot
ongoing:
On Linking  —  In a recent ongoing piece, I mentioned the "Canada Line", a huge construction project currently disrupting Vancouver.  Motivated in part by the 2010 Winter Olympics, it's a subway/elevated train connecting the city core, the airport, and everything on the path between them …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Considered IPod Rival, Apple Partnership (Update3)  —  Jan. 19 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, as early as 2003 considered a partnership with Apple Inc. or creating its own digital music player to rival Apple's dominant iPod.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft made the Zune because partner hardware "sucks"  —  Thanks to yet another Microsoft antitrust suit in Iowa, subpoenaed emails have revealed a moment of candidness and clarity at Microsoft in 2003 when Jim Allchin (Co-President, Platforms & Services Division, depicted left) …
Discussion: Bink.nu
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Limited Numbered Signature Edition (seriously)  —  You have to be seriously freaking into Vista if you're even thinking about the Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Limited Numbered Signature Edition (seriously, we didn't even think Microsoft was capable of a title like that) …
Discussion: Neowin.net, CrunchGear and digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Geni Overwhelmed With Early Popularity  —  Rumors of the new startup by former PayPal COO David Sacks to be called Geni started a couple of weeks ago.  A few days later, on January 16, Geni launched.  It allows people to create quick and beautiful family trees, got a flood of early attention …
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Telcos Target Google in 'Neutrality' Fight  —  The latest round in the battle over net neutrality has started, and as usual the telcos have their game plan sussed out and in widespread, synchronized action.  The message?  Google is bad, and wants to control the Internet to keep its cash pile growing.
Discussion: The 463 and Verizon
Bob Sullivan / The Red Tape Chronicles:
Spam is back, and worse than ever  —  If you feel like your inbox is suddenly overrun with spam again, you are right.  —  Not long ago, there seemed hope that spam had passed its prime.  Just last December, the Federal Trade Commission published an optimistic state-of-spam report …
Michael Cohn / Red Herring:
Blip.tv Brings Vlogs to Masses  —  Major media companies and politicians start paying attention, and money, to video bloggers.  —  Blip.tv CEO Dina Kaplan wants to make video blogging into a paying profession for video makers.  —  Her company is out negotiating and signing deals …
Discussion: Off On A Tangent
Drew / Dembot:
Ins and Outs  —  There is a new article in the LA-Times this weekend on the tired issue of Amanda leaving Rocketboom.  The article was scheduled to run in 2006 which is where I left all of this behind.  I said it was over then and the commitment stands.  By now, I wish Amanda well and hope she is happy.
Discussion: Paul Colligan's …
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Google Moving Into In-Game Advertising; In Talks To Buy AdScape Media  —  We had been working on this story for more than a week, and now WSJ beats us to it (darn it): Google is about to buy its way into in-game advertising, paidContent.org has learned, and WSJ is also reporting the same.
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Ilya Vedrashko / MIT Advertising Lab:
Google Could Buy In-Game Ads Firm
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Ogle Earth
 
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Blu-ray cracked too?  —  It's still early on to tell whether …
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