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1:00 AM ET, February 9, 2007


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
A Comparison of Live Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo Mail  —  The Windows Live team announced today that they're rebranding their new email beta to Windows Live Hotmail.  We haven't written about the application for some time, and this is as good an excuse as any to compare the current release to Gmail and the new Yahoo mail beta.
Wired News:
XBLA's Greg Canessa Poached by PopCap  —  The man who birthed Xbox Live Arcade has abandoned his brainchild.  With freshly inked adoption papers, Greg Canessa, former general manager of Xbox Live Arcade, will now nurture PopCap Games' console and handheld divisions as the vice president of video game platforms.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple TV to play games, too?  —  Back last September when Apple introduced the "iTV" alongside games for the iPod, we had to wonder to ourselves whether Apple would use iTunes and their new casual games relationships to make the device we now know as the Apple TV something of a competitor for Xbox Live Arcade.
Discussion: Apple Gazette, MacUser and digg
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Why The SEO Folks Were Mad At You, Jason  —  Jason Calacanis is riled up about SEO today, telling the world that "90% of the SEO market is made up of snake oil salesman" and still confused over why the "SEO folks" were mad at him when he said "SEO is bull" during our keynote conversation at SES Chicago last December.
First Impressions: Windows Mobile 6  —  I've been playing with a beta for quite some time now and have to say that, as an everyday user of Windows Mobile, Number 6 is a much needed upgrade.  In addition to the highlights above, there are a number of other enhancements that have been made that allow your productivity to soar!
Apple iPhone vs. Samsung F700: Which is Touchscreenier?  —  Apple's iPhone may have been announced first, but Samsung's Ultra Smart F700 (announced yesterda) seems to be one-up Apple's effort in a few feature categories.  —  If you'll take a little journey with me, we'll compare the iPhone …
the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
February 2007 Advance Notification  —  This is Christopher Budd and it's the Thursday before the Second Tuesday for February 2007.  —  As we do each month at this time, we've posted our Advance Notification for the upcoming security bulletin release.  —  I did want to note that this month …
David Pogue / New York Times:
Breaking the Myth of Megapixels  —  For an industry that's built on science, the technology world sure has its share of myths.  Thousands of people believe that forwarding a certain e-mail message to 50 friends will bring great riches, that the gigahertz rating of a computer …
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Netvibes module developer collects web credentials, personal content  —  A French security blogger gained access to private user data on personal homepage service Netvibes last weekend, exposing stored usernames and passwords for popular integrated web services as well as user content loaded in the page.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
YouTube's Payoff: Hundreds of Millions for the Founders  —  Everyone suspected that the investors, founders and early employees of YouTube made tidy sums when the video sharing site was acquired by Google for $1.65 billion in stock late last year.  —  But until yesterday, few knew just how tidy those sums were.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Powerset's search technology scoop, may scare Google  —  Powerset, a San Francisco search engine company, will announce Friday it has won exclusive rights to significant search engine technology it says may help propel it past Google.  —  The technology, developed at Palo Alto Research Center …
Bruce Meyerson / Associated Press:
Mobile ESPN to relaunch through Verizon  —  NEW YORK - ESPN is relaunching its shuttered cell phone service through Verizon Wireless, this time delivering its flashy feed of sports scores, news and video highlights through a top industry player instead of competing for subscribers with its own full-blown wireless brand.
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Yahoo! Pipes: Deconstructing a Pipe  —  Yahoo! has just released a site for hosting and mixing RSS feeds; read Tim's launch post for details.  In my previous post Yahoo! Pipes: The Modules For Building Pipes I explained the tools available for building a pipe and mentioned the Apartment Near Something pipe.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPhone June 15 date a hoax — game on  —  Sorry everybody, we hate to be the bearers of bad news for you iPhone obsessives, but that iPhone FCC letter dating it at June 15th?  It was a hoax.  Our eagle-eyed friends over at Phone Scoop noted that the confidentiality agreement document is, in actuality, photoshopped.
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Apple Core
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
WeMedia conference, Miami  —  3:45 Blogging is just the first wave of the new "soft power" of participatory media, says Pressthink's Jay Rosen.  He explained how the project aims to tap this collective power, to produce real reporting from the horizontal dimension of the internet.
Eytan Avriel / Haaretz:
NY Times publisher: Our goal is to manage the transition from print to internet  —  Despite his personal fortune and impressive lineage, Arthur Sulzberger, owner, chairman and publisher of the most respected newspaper in the world, is a stressed man.  —  Why would the man behind the New York Times be stressed?
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Is interoperable DRM inherently less secure? …
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Preview: IM Talk Shows and Social TiVo
Discussion: P2P Blog
Scott Gilbertson / Wired:
Firefox 3 Alpha 2  —  Mozilla announced the release of Firefox 3 alpha 2 this morning.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft 'officelabs' looks to open source for inspiration
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Quantum computer to debut next Tuesday?
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
David Kaplan / PaidContent:
@ Media Summit: Murdoch On Newspaper Future: It Scares Me; Tribune Bid Evaporating
Tom Krazit / CNET
New Energy Star ratings for PCs on the way
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Local TV Online Revs Up 41%
Discussion: Reel Pop
 Earlier Items: 
Mike / Techdirt:
Russian Schools Figure Linux Is Less Likely To Send Them To Siberia …
Discussion: digg
Mike / Techdirt:
RIAA DMCA Notices Based On Flimsy, Easily Falsified Evidence
Discussion: Exploring
Sharon Gaudin / EE Times:
Secrets of the DoS root server attack revealed
David Hinkle / DS Fanboy:
According to local news station, DS = child molestation tool
Discussion: Go Nintendo and digg
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
Diller Promises Big Investments in IAC Digital Originals
Phm / Via Digitalis:
From Lift07, an appeal for funds - A Lift07, un appel pour …
Discussion: Rough Type and SEO BlackHat
Roger Ehrenberg / Information Arbitrage:
EA Revisited: Playing Catch Up on the Wii, Waking up to the Failure that is PS3
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
New York Times:
Ads Made by You, in a Click  —  The Internet has allowed consumers …