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11:00 AM ET, February 2, 2007


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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 …
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.
Tony / Deep Jive Interests:
Why Digg's New Changes Won't Really Matter
Discussion: Digital Markets
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Digg Takes Away Power from Top Diggers
Discussion: Clickety Clack and WebMetricsGuru
Harry McCracken / PC World: Techlog:
Zoho's Cool Web-Based Note Taker  —  One of the most impressive things I saw here at the DEMO conference (which wrapped up this evening) is a Web service that's still in a private alpha version.  As such, it has every right to be rough around the edges, and it is—but it's also …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
What's "cool" at Demo?  —  Lots of people have been asking me "what's cool at Demo?" while I walk around the hallways here.  I find that question tough to answer.  —  I guess it's that "cool" has different meanings:  —  1) That it'll change how you work.  Zoho's Notebook wins here.
Arvind / Zoho Blogs:
Zoho Notebook gets a tremendous welcome  —  The announcement of the Private Alpha of Zoho Notebook during the DEMO '07 had a high impact among bloggers and journalists alike.  Here's some choicest quotes from around the net :  —  Harry McCracken at PC World :
Discussion: EI:blogs
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
Piracy worked for us, Romania president tells Gates  —  BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Pirated Microsoft Corp software helped Romania to build a vibrant technology industry, Romanian President Traian Basescu told the company's co-founder Bill Gates on Thursday.  —  Basescu was meeting …
Discussion: Techdirt, TorrentFreak and Slashdot 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
Discussion: Business 2.0 Beta
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Amazon: 220,000 developers signed up for Amazon Web Services
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.
Financial Times:
View from the Top: Bob Iger
Discussion: PaidContent
Apple files iPhone/iTMS transactions patent  —  Apple Files Patent Relating to iPhone/iTMS Transactions  —  On February 1, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's patent application titled Configuration of a computing device in a secure manner .
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Interarchy Interview: Peter N Lewis and Matthew Drayton  —  It's not every day that one of the most popular indie Mac apps in history changes hands, but that's what happened today, when Matthew Drayton and his new company, Nolobe, acquired the rights to Interarchy from Peter N Lewis's Stairways Software.
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.
Bigvip / Gamerscore Blog:
Addicted to Achievements?  —  I don't think anyone could have predicted the popularity of Gamerscore and Achievements on Xbox 360.  For me, it has changed the way I play games.  No longer is it about just trying to beat the game from beginning to end; I now find myself wanting to go back and unlock …
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.
Patricia Leigh Brown / New York Times:
In an Enclave of Serious Wine Lovers, a Mesmerizing Theft  —  ATHERTON, Calif. — It was perhaps the most Californian of crimes.  Behind the electronic gates and freshly clipped hedges of an exclusive cul-de-sac, the thieves worked in the dead of night, ignoring watches …
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Ken Schachter / Red Herring:
YouTimes?  —  New York Times to post user-generated content.
Discussion: Beet.TV, Reel Pop and digg
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Dell returns as CEO of his namesake company
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Techdirt
Video Archives  —  ZINK Imaging, LLC.  —  PRODUCT NAME
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Mac Developer mulling OS X equivalent of ZERT
Discussion: Slashdot
John Musser / ProgrammableWeb:
CNET Launches New API
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Orkut Integrates YouTube
Josh / Redeye VC:
Friendly competition?  —  When Mike Arrington of Techcrunch announced …
Discussion: AccMan and West Coast Grid
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Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Google Maps for Windows Mobile available
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
Jerry Brito / The Technology Liberation Front:
DRM on 9/11 Commission Report
Discussion: JD on EP and brainwagon
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Seagate introduces us to DAVE
Discussion: Slashdot
Screenshot Tour: How to crack a Windows password with Ophcrack Live CD
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
Stace / Unwired View:
Replace the PC with your cellphone and Sony Ericsson Multimedia Cradle
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and Gizmodo
Brian / Copyblogger:
The 5 Immutable Laws of Persuasive Blogging
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