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2:15 AM ET, February 6, 2007

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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Fast Releases White Label Adsense/Adwords  —  Norwegian enterprise search provider, Fast, released its AdMomentum product today.  The new product is private-label contextual advertising platform similar to Google's Adsense and Adwords platforms paid for by a software licensing fee instead of a revenue split.
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
FAST, the Comeback Kid?
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:   What We Really Sell to Our Customers is Control
Business Wire:
Publishers Take Back Control of Their Ad Revenue with FAST AdMomentum
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:   FAST Offers Publishers a Google AdSense Alternative
Peeyush / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Discover your links  —  You asked, and we listened: We've extended our support for querying links to your site to much beyond the link: operator you might have used in the past.  Now you can use webmaster tools to view a much larger sample of links to pages on your site that we found on the web.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Releases New Link Reporting Tools  —  For years, Google's link: command (and see here) has deliberately failed to show all the links to a website.  This came out of Google's fear that site owners simply wanted the data to try and manipulate rankings — which was pretty true.
Discussion: ResourceShelf and WebMetricsGuru
Zoli Erdos / Zoli's Blog:
2000 Bloggers Gaming Technorati and Google  —  There's a crazy meme going on which has the potential of turning Technorati ranks upside-down.  Now, that may sometimes be good, giving fresh views more visibility, like Seth Godin or Steve Rubel's recent initiatives.
Discussion: Webomatica and deal architect
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Ian Kallen / The Technorati Weblog:
Breaking the Chains  —  We all have an old friend from high school or a cousin who sends us obnoxious chain e-mails (you know, the ones that end with "Please tell everyone you know, so that people can be aware ..." or some such).  Perhaps you find these to be a nuisance but of limited harm.
Joel Durham Jr / ExtremeTech:
Vista Performance Shootout: Upgrade Vs. Clean Installation  —  Windows Vista's been out for a few days, and people all over the Internet are alternately singing its praises and berating all who even dream of installing it; you could probably spend a sleepless month reading the content that's …
Discussion: digg
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft raises support fees for Windows, Office
Discussion: Ars Technica
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
First Look: Bud.TV Not Quite Ready For Prime Time  —  Anheuser-Busch scored with its Super Bowl ads last night but it will take more than ads available all over the net to make its expensive Bud.TV a success.  Granted, I'm the wrong gender and age to be the target market but I'm not talking …
Discussion: Beet.TV, Reel Pop and Mashable!
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Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Bud.tv Tastes Stale, Flat  —  So what do you get when you bring a macrobrewer's mentality to the microcontent world?  How about tired sketch comedy cliches, prehistoric treatment of women and more product placement than one can reasonably stomach.  —  In a desperate attempt to be edgy …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Are Social Networks Just a Feature?  —  Social networks are now cropping up like mushrooms after a monsoon, most of them slight variations on the MySpace-Facebook model.  Unfortunately that trend has pigeonholed the notion of social networks into a web-page paradigm, a virtual Rolodex …
Discussion: broadstuff and Howard Lindzon
Charlie Brooker / Guardian:
I hate Macs  —  Unless you have been walking around with your eyes closed, and your head encased in a block of concrete, with a blindfold tied round it, in the dark - unless you have been doing that, you surely can't have failed to notice the current Apple Macintosh campaign starring David Mitchell …
Discussion: theWHIR.com Blogs, Technovia and digg
BBC:
Deal ends Beatles' Apple battle  —  Technology giant Apple has reached a deal with the Beatles to end the dispute over the use of the Apple name.  —  Apple Inc will now take full control of the Apple brand and license certain trademarks back to the Beatles' record company Apple Corps for continued use.
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs
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Thomas Crampton / International Herald Tribune:
Microsoft declines to intercede in Russian software piracy case  —  PARIS: Microsoft on Monday rebuffed a public appeal by Mikhail Gorbachev for its chairman, Bill Gates, to intervene on behalf of a Russian school principal charged with software piracy.  —  The case of Alexander Ponosov …
Discussion: M-Dollar
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Mike / Techdirt:
Gorbachev Asks Bill Gates To Save Russian Teacher From Siberia …
Discussion: Channel 9
Oatmeal / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
Web Developers: 13 Command Line Tricks You Might Not Know  —  Below is a list of command line tricks I've found to be very useful in web development that a surprising number of web developers don't know about.  —  1. ln -s /some/destination name_of_link  —  This is pretty straightforward …
Discussion: Lifehacker and digg
alarm:clock:
Israel's Gigya Raises $4M From Benchmark For Rich Email  —  E-mail start-up Gigya has raised $4N from Benchmark Capital in its first round.  Gigya was founded in November 2006 by several former employees of big league adware company Hotbar, which was bought by 180solutions.
Anything But iPod:
Swatch Infinity Concept PMP Watch  —  If you're looking for something a little less puzzling than the Rubik's Cube MP3 player, how about a nostalgic yet modern Swatch watch PMP?  The imaginary brainchild of designer Pierre Merlet, the Swatch Infinity is a bracelet-style digital watch …
Discussion: Tech Digest, Ubergizmo and Gadgetell
Gizmodo:
Super Bowl Ad Watch: Top Spots  —  Yeah, we know, the commercials were better than the game again this year, even though it was a pretty good Super Bowl for Colts fans at least.  There were a lot more HD spots in this year's game compared to last year's, too.
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Study Finds Security Flaws on Web Sites of Major Banks  —  Internet security experts have long known that simple passwords do not fully defend online bank accounts from determined fraud artists.  Now a study suggests that a popular secondary security measure provides little additional protection.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Brilliant New Startup: Useless Account  —  The trick to any good humor or hoax site is an attention to detail and a seriousness about your work.  Useless Account is the best recent example I've seen.  It's clear, for example, that more work has gone into this joke than many of the startups we see every day.
Ben Ames / InfoWorld:
Update: FTC forces Rambus to license memory chips  —  Government regulators will cap the royalty fees Rambus can charge DRAM manufacturers  —  U.S. government regulators will require Rambus to license its DRAM (dynamic RAM) chips to other vendors, and will cap the royalty fees Rambus …
doughtyhanson.com:
Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures invests in Plazes  —  Plazes raises €2.7m from Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures to develop its community and mobile channels.  —  Munich/Zurich/Berlin, 5th February, 2007 - Plazes, the geo-community platform and worldwide leading web service …
Discussion: TechCrunch, PaidContent and VC Ratings
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:   Plazes Raises $3.5M
 
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Joe / Techdirt:
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Discussion: Globe and Mail
Gizmodo:
Oh The Hubris: Microsoft's Xbox 360 Asks Asians What's Wrong With Them
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 Earlier Items: 
Paul Kapustka / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Should Call Viacom's Bluff
Discussion: Ars Technica and Reel Pop
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Glimpsing the future with Amazon's Web services
Rajeev Deshpande / Times of India:
Google Earth agrees to blur pix of key Indian sites
New York Times:
Microsoft's Vista Debut Wasn't Nearly So 'Wow'
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Facebook - Smart or Stupid?
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