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4:55 AM ET, February 2, 2007


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Muhammad Saleem / Pronet Advertising:
Latest Digg Payola Exposed!  —  Thanks to my friend and top Digg user #6 Karim Yergaliyev (supernova17), we bring to you the latest edition of 'Digg Payola Exposed!'  —  Note: I replaced the email addresses to reflect the Digg user names of the individuals that received the email.
Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
A couple updates...  Hey everyone -  —  It's been awhile since I've posted and I wanted to get the New Year underway by clearing up a couple of perceptions that have arisen around attempts to manipulate (game) the listing of home page stories on Digg.  —  Since the early days of the site …
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Digg Takes Away Power from Top Diggers  —  Kevin Rose has just announced that Digg is scrapping the Top Diggers list, believing the move will take away the perception that just a few hundred Diggers control the majority of the 5,000 submissions each day.
Discussion: Clickety Clack and WebMetricsGuru
Paul F. Roberts / InfoWorld:
Vista hole opens door to 'shout hacking'  —  Security honeymoon ends with warning on speech recognition  —  The honeymoon ended early for Microsoft's Vista operating system, after word spread Wednesday about a flaw that could allow remote attackers to take advantage of the new operating system's speech recognition feature.
Discussion: George Ou and Computerworld Blogs
RELATED: Announces Fourth Quarter Sales up 34%; Media Grows 25%; Electronics and Other General Merchandise Grows 55%  —, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2006.  —  Operating cash flow was $702 million in 2006, compared with $733 million in 2005.
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Adventures in Amazon Margins  —  Since first (!) achieving profitability back in 2002 online retailer Amazon's gross margins have mostly gone one direction: down.  It's been a bumpy and unpleasant ride, with just-announced margins the lowest full-year figures since the company's fiscal 2001.
Discussion: Business 2.0 Beta
Blake Robinson / CrunchGear:
Source: Microsoft Zune Phone In the Works  —  We've just received a sound tip that Microsoft is working on its very own phone to be branded under the Zune moniker.  Our tipsters inform us that Microsoft execs are in meetings today hammering out details of the device and developing strategies and timescales for its release.
Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
My DemoGod selections  —  Dinner starts in a few minutes and the Academy of Demo God selection, using their mysterious and occasionally controversial criteria will be announcing their selections for DEMO God.  The following are my picks.  They are based on hallway buzz, more than my personal picks.
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Google Maps for Windows Mobile available  —  Wow, when it rains it pours with reader tips.  Just got a note from Kayhan indicating that Google rolled out Google Maps for Windows Mobile!  The official information is right here on the Official Google Blog and you can pull down the CAB file for your Win Mo device here.
kNox / Our Picks:
Bill Gates: Vista is so secure it could run life support systems.  —  While on a visit in Romania, where Bill Gates participated in the celebration of 10 years since the Microsoft branch has been running there, and the launch of Vista, Microsoft's president declared that …
Discussion: Monkey Bites, Forever Geek and digg
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Disney sells 1.3m films on iTunes  —  Downloads of Walt Disney films on the iTunes platform have risen sharply to more than 1.3m after only three months on sale, putting pressure on other Hollywood studios to join Apple's digital service.  —  Disney began selling its new movies on iTunes in October.
Brian / Copyblogger:
The 5 Immutable Laws of Persuasive Blogging  —  Blogging is a great way to grow a business, promote a cause, or spread new ideas, because when you take an educational approach to marketing, you gain the attention and trust of people who might otherwise simply ignore old-fashioned advertising.
Discussion: ProBlogger Blog Tips, 901am and digg
Gawker Media mystery ads appear on YouTube  —  A YouTube subscriber with an affinity for Web sites owned by Gawker Media has for the past three months been posting copyright videos sandwiched between ads for Gawker-owned properties such as Valleywag and Gizmodo.
PAY PER POST  —  The ugly face of blog marketing  —  I had assumed that Pay Per Post, the blog marketing firm which pays its 'posties' to write nice things about corporate clients, would disappear before I was caught up in the general indignation.  Wrong.
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Last Podcast
Stace / Unwired View:
Replace the PC with your cellphone and Sony Ericsson Multimedia Cradle  —  Mobile phones are pretty small devices in their nature.  And no matter how you try, it will never be as convenient to use as a normal PC or other full sized multimedia devices.  The iPhone is the proof.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and Gizmodo
Jerry Brito / The Technology Liberation Front:
DRM on 9/11 Commission Report  —  This is nothing new, but it's something that grinds my gears to no end, and that's how the DMCA makes it illegal for me to use works that are completely in the public domain.  Researching my previous post, I had occasion to download and read a PDF of the 9/11 Commission Report.
Discussion: brainwagon
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Josh / Redeye VC:
Friendly competition?  —  When Mike Arrington of Techcrunch announced …
Discussion: AccMan and West Coast Grid
France to offer tax credits on video games
Discussion: GigaGamez and Techdirt
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Ads Drive Sharp Surge in Earnings at Google
Anne Broache / CNET
Senate Democrats badger FCC boss on Net neutrality
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The new behavior advertising upstarts: Aggregate Knowledge and Wunderloop
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