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3:45 PM ET, February 2, 2007

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Reuters:
Viacom demands YouTube pull down videos  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Viacom Inc. (VIAb.N: Quote, Profile , Research) has demanded that Google Inc.'s (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile , Research) online video service YouTube pull down all of its video clips after they failed to reach an agreement, the company said.
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Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
Viacom Demands That Google Pull More Than 100,000 Clips From YouTube  —  Exasperated by the failure to reach an agreement with Google and YouTube after months of negotiations, Viacom sent Google a letter today demanding that all Viacom material on YouTube—100,000 plus clips representing 1.2 billion streams …
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
Google Legal Woes Partly about Market Power
Discussion: IP Democracy and Bloggers Blog
Christopher Finke / Now I Have a Blog Too:
Top Diggers list is back  —  Digg removed its top users list this morning.  However, as I mentioned yesterday, … To prove my point, I've done exactly that: I've put together a script that displays the top 100 users at Digg, with the list being updated twice per day.  You can see the list here.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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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 …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Kevin's bold move...
Discussion: Digital Markets
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
By Demotivating Its Top Users, Digg May Decline
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and digg
Tony / Deep Jive Interests:   Why Digg's New Changes Won't Really Matter
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Digg Tries To Flatten The Head Of Its Long Tail Participation Curve
Discussion: Virtual Economics and digg
Steven Levy / Newsweek:
Finally, Vista Makes Its Debut.  Now What?  —  Bill Gates explains why you should buy his new operating system, what he's doing next and why John Hodgeman bugs him.  —  Vista View: Gates at the launch of his new operating system  —  On the morning of the launch of the Vista operating system earlier …
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kNox / Our Picks:
Bill Gates: Vista is so secure it could run life support systems.
Discussion: Monkey Bites, Forever Geek and digg
David Kaplan / PaidContent:
Penguin Tries Group Writing Via Wiki; Six Weeks To Write A Novel  —  Penguin claims to be the first major publishing house to use a wiki for writing a novel from scratch.  A Million Penguins went live Thursday; using wiki software it can be written, edited or read by anyone.
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The Penguin Blog:
A Million Penguins - The More the Merrier  —  So a couple of months ago I mentioned in this post a secret project, and now launch day is finally here!  Penguin is launching its first wiki and in a project called A Million Penguins we've created a space where anyone can contribute to the writing …
Reuters:   Publisher launches its first "wiki" novel
Reuters:
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 …
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Mike / Techdirt:
Romanian President Tells Bill Gates How Awesome Pirated Software Is For His Country  —  from the keep-sending-it,-please dept  —  Back in the old days, even Bill Gates would admit that piracy actually helped Microsoft, as it helped get people "addicted" to the software and built …
Discussion: The Register
New York Times:
It's 'Squawk Box' Meets 'Saturday Night Live'  —  A few years ago, a video on the stock performance of Jack in the Box might have involved a sit-down interview with the fast-food restaurant's chief executive, dryly discussing its fundamentals.  —  Today, it is just as likely to be a music video …
Discussion: PaidContent, A VC and Kevin Maney
Gregg Keizer / InformationWeek:
Microsoft Exec Wanted To Mask Linux Report Sponsorship, E-Mails Reveal  —  Kevin Johnson worried adding Microsoft's moniker to IDC analysis for its "Get the Facts" publicity campaign would only fuel the fire from Linux supporters.  —  Microsoft executives pondered whether to remove …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft tried to muck with anti-Linux 'facts'
Discussion: O'Reilly ONLamp Blog
MacNN:
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 .
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
National Pork Board Goes After Breastfeeding Search Marketer  —  Last year, well-known search marketer Jennifer Laycock set up the Lactivist project, where she explained step-by-step how to market a new web site on a budget.  Part of the project were the funny shirts she sold to promote breastfeeding …
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CNET News.com:
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.
Google Blogoscoped:
Evolution of a Search Engine  —  "You don't need a satellite to see the cosmic microwave background radiation!  Turn on your TV to a channel that's not broadcasting: a few percent of the snow on your screen is the Universe talking to you - or rather, whispering.  What's it saying?
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
In a Well-Worked Pattern, Amazon's Revenue Rises and Its Profit Drops  —  Amazon.com's profits are paying the price for higher taxes and heavy spending during the holiday months.  —  Its quarterly profit dropped 51 percent as the company continued to spend on technology and its discounted shipping programs …
 
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Newspapers search for Web headline magic
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Sony announces CPF-IP001 iPod audio docking station
LC Angell / iLounge:
Apple offers iTunes fix for Vista users
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Yahoo tests Local mashups
Discussion: Search Engine Land
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Good Memories, Silicon Valley
John Chow / John Chow dot Com:
Making Money From A Blog - January 2007
Nick Santilli / The Apple Blog:
Using Metadata Effectively in OS X
Discussion: Lifehacker and digg
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Tiny camera shoots HDTV
 Earlier Items: 
Jenstar / JenSense:
AdSense increases publisher earnings to $250 for new AdSense referrals
Patricia Leigh Brown / New York Times:
In an Enclave of Serious Wine Lovers, a Mesmerizing Theft
Ken Schachter / Red Herring:
YouTimes?  —  New York Times to post user-generated content.
Discussion: Beet.TV, Screenwerk and digg
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Interarchy Interview: Peter N Lewis and Matthew Drayton
Bigvip / Gamerscore Blog:
Addicted to Achievements?
Harry McCracken / PC World: Techlog:
Zoho's Cool Web-Based Note Taker
Jerry Brito / The Technology Liberation Front:
DRM on 9/11 Commission Report
Discussion: Techdirt, JD on EP and brainwagon
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Disney sells 1.3m films on iTunes